About Blood Flow Optimizer
Using a blend of natural ingredients, including organic herbs and extracts, pharmaceutical grade amino acids, plant-based vitamins, and minerals, the Blood Flow Optimizer supplement promises to promote healthy circulation and blood flow. How so?
The company tells us that Blood Flow Optimizer improves fibrin function (more about this soon), supports strong and flexible blood vessels, fights free radical damage, and defends against inflammation. They also claim Blood Flow Optimizer will move more heavy metals and toxins out of your arteries, while decreasing existing plaque buildup—and prevent it from accumulating in the future.
According to the manufacturer, Blood Flow Optimizer can help anyone achieve “a healthier heart and stronger vascular system.” All you need to do is take 1-2 capsules of the supplement once or twice daily, without food, and you could begin experiencing these benefits.
Taken together, this is why Blood Flow Optimizer claims to be a “complete, all-in-one healthy circulation solution” that’s doctor formulated, clinically tested, and won’t cause any side effects. To boot, we’re told that the supplement is manufactured in the USA without GMO ingredients, gluten, additives, or fillers.
Whew! Those are a ton of benefits packed into a tiny capsule. What happens if we focus on the evidence for Blood Flow Optimizer’s ingredients, though, instead of the company’s marketing claims? Will it hold up to scrutiny, or crumble under the pressure? Let’s learn all we can and come to a conclusion about whether or not Blood Flow Optimizer is right for you.
What Causes Poor Blood Flow?
Your body’s circulatory system (also known as the cardiovascular system) is responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen to all the cells in your body, thereby helping it to function optimally. What happens when things don’t go as planned, though?
The main thing to remember is that poor blood flow isn’t a condition in and of itself. Instead, poor circulation is a complex issue that’s almost always a side effect of some other medical condition, such as peripheral artery disease, blood clots, varicose veins, diabetes, obesity, and more. One of the most common causes of this is the buildup of plaque, which can be caused when a number of substances—including calcium, cholesterol, fat, and fibrin (a blood-clotting material)—combine and “stick” to the walls of your arteries, thereby reducing blood flow.
If you’re suffering from poor circulation, you might experience symptoms like swelling and ulcers, hair loss, poor digestion, cold/tingly/numb hands or feet, or memory problems. In fact, too much arterial plaque can increase the likelihood of serious medical conditions like heart attack and stroke. As such, if any of these side effects sound familiar, we’d recommend making an appointment with your doctor immediately.
To this extent, will anything contained in Blood Flow Optimizer help improve your blood flow?
Are Blood Flow Optimizer’s Ingredients Effective?
According to the label listed on Blood Flow Optimizer’s website, the supplement contains the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C (as magnesium Ascorbate) 91mg
- Coral Calcium 9mg
- Vitamin D3 100IU
- Vitamin E (dl-alpha-Tocopheryl accetate) 18IU
- Vitamin K2-7 (Menaquinon MK7) 26mcg
- Magnesium 83mg
- Magna Max Blend 250mg: TRAACS® Magnesium Glycinate Chelate, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Aspartate, Magnesium Oxide
- Synergy Optimizer 466mg: N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Glycine Propionyl L-Carnitine (GPLC), L-Carnitine L Fumarate, Nattokinase NSK-SD® (from non-GMO soy), Ginger (Standardized Extract 15%), Green Tea Extract (98% Polyphenols, 50% EGCG) (decaffeinated), White Willow Extract (25% Salicin)
Of these, vitamin C is listed as “possibly effective” for decreasing the risk of atherosclerosis (artery hardening) and for decreasing the progression of this hardening. To accomplish this, 500mg of vitamin C is recommended daily—so, at 91mg, you’d have to take at least 6 Blood Flow Optimizer capsules to match this dosage. Remember this point, because we’ll come back around to it in a second.
Vitamin E may address some circulation-related conditions, like COPD and angina (chest pain) caused by clogged arteries, as well as slightly decrease bad cholesterol levels. Similarly, n-acetyl cysteine may also be effective for addressing angina and COPD.
Outside of these, however, there doesn’t seem to be enough clinical evidence to indicate that any of Blood Flow Optimizer’s other ingredients will work as advertised by the manufacturer. And even for those with some evidence, the benefits will likely be very mild.
What about all the citations listed on the Blood Flow Optimizer website? As we’ve mentioned many times in the past with other nutritional supplements, a handful of clinical studies—while positive—doesn’t mean that an ingredient is “proven” to work.
Possible Side Effects For Blood Flow Optimizer
While the Blood Flow Optimizer website claims there aren’t any reported side effects, they do note:
“If you are pregnant, lactating, trying to conceive, under the age of 18, or taking medications (Coumadin®, heparin or any other blood-thinning medication), consult your health care practitioner before using this or any new nutritional product.”
Also, according to WebMD, daily does of 350mg or more of magnesium (more than 4 capsules of Blood Flow Optimizer) may “cause too much magnesium to build up in the body, causing serious side effects including an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, confusion, slowed breathing, coma, and death.”
Important note: Also, remember that Blood Flow Optmizer’s Magna Max Blend contains 4 additional types of magnesium, although we’re not told exactly how much.
This means that, based on how many capsules you’ll need to take in order to get enough of some of Blood Flow Optimizer’s beneficial ingredients (like vitamin C), this may increase the likelihood of experiencing side effects from other ingredients, like magnesium.
Clinical evidence and side effects aside, how much will you pay for Blood Flow Optimizer?
How Much Does Blood Flow Optimizer Cost?
Blood Flow Optimizer is available in the following quantities:
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules): $49.97
- 1 Bottle with Optimized Club Membership: $39.97
- 3 Bottles: $99.97
The Optimized Club Membership is just a fancy name for an autoship program, which means you’ll continue receiving a new bottle of Blood Flow Optimizer once per month, and your credit card will be charged $39.97 each time.
The company claims your enrollment can be canceled or altered any time. To do so, you’ll need to use the online help desk form, “submit a ticket along with your name, order number and the product you want to cancel and we'll take care of it within 24 hours.” Customer service can also be reached at 775-473-0702 or [email protected]
All Blood Flow Optimizer purchases come with a 1-year satisfaction guarantee.
Based on its price, are Blood Flow Optimizer’s customers thrilled with their results?
What’s Everyone Saying In Their Blood Flow Optimizer Reviews?
Although the company claims Blood Flow Optimizer has been around for more than 3 years and sold more than 67,000 bottles, we didn’t come across a single third-party online customer review for the supplement at the time of our research.
Pro tip: Also, although it might seem otherwise, keep in mind that only Blood Flow Optimizer’s ingredients have been featured in NBC, CBS, CNN, WebMD, and more—not the supplement itself.
From a manufacturer perspective, Blood Flow Optimizer is brought to you by HFL Solutions based out of Las Vegas, NV. The company had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with only 1 closed complaint (as of 7/13/16), which referenced problems placing an order and reaching customer service. The company seemed to respond quickly with a resolution.
Who Is Dr. Sam Robbins?
HFL Solutions was founded by Dr. Sam Robbins, who claims to have experience in a multitude of areas, including “nutrition, exercise physiology, natural hormone re-balancing of the body and what he refers to as "real world" medical knowledge.” To this extent, he created the company, along with the charitable foundation Institute of Health, Fitness & Longevity Solutions, to provide natural alternatives to drugs.
Based on the available evidence, however (even Sam’s LinkedIn profile), it doesn’t appear that he has any formal medical, exercise, physiology, or other forms of relevant training or expertise that warrants the doctor designation.
Now, let’s take everything we’ve learned so far and come to a conclusion about Blood Flow Optimizer.
Is Blood Flow Optimizer Your “All-In-One Healthy Circulation Solution”?
Might a couple of Blood Flow Optimizer’s ingredients address arteriosclerosis and some side effects associated with poor circulation? Sure, but as we mentioned above, based on the available clinical evidence, the benefits will likely be much less dramatic that the company claims.
On top of this, the HFL solutions provides zero clinical evidence (“award winning” or otherwise) that Blood Flow Optimizer will work as advertised. We also have some concerns about Sam Robbins including the “doctor” title before his name, when it appears he has no medical degree or formal training in the medical field.
Considering this, we think the best bang-for-your-buck would be to speak with your doctor about your poor circulation, who can then formulate a personalized treatment based around your specific diagnosis.
Did you order a bottle of Blood Flow Optimizer? Did it work or just get your blood pumping because you were so mad? Whatever happened, we want to hear about it in your very own review below!