About Life Extension

Life Extension is a dietary supplements manufacturer that claims to offer the highest quality “award-winning, science-based” vitamins and supplements. As their name suggests, they and their Life Extension Foundation (more about this in the following section) are focused on “anti-aging research and integrative health,” and many of their supplements reflect this.

Life Extension is based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and claims to have been in business for more than 34 years. During this time, they claim to have reinvested $125 million into helping find cures for age-related diseases. The company is listed with the Better Business Bureau under Life Extension Foundation Buyer’s Club, Inc., and has an A+ rating, with just one closed complaint over the past three years. Unusually, despite the length of time the company has been in business, we were unable to locate any online customer reviews during our research.

Life Extension Products

By sourcing “only the highest quality raw materials from all over the world,” Life Extension claims to manufacture over 350 of the highest quality supplements available on the market, all of which are “clinically validated and tested.” In addition, the company claims that their supplements are created by scientists who analyze “thousands of scientific studies every week,” and who are “on the forefront of medical research.” In fact, the company claims to maintain a Certificate of Analysis on file for each one of their products, which guarantees “potency and purity.”

When talking about the company, it’s important to remember that the Life Extension Buyer’s Club is the consumer-focused portion, while the nonprofit Life Extension Foundation is an organization dedicated to extending human life, controlling aging, and “eradicating disease.”

At the time of this writing, the most popular Life Extension supplements included:

  • CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10)
  • Fish Oil (Omega-3)
  • Multivitamins
  • PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone)
  • Curcumin
  • Irvingia

According to the company’s website, all Life Extension products are GMP certified, and include “dosages that accurately replicate the most successful results obtained in scientific studies for maximum efficacy.”

In addition to products, Life Extension also offers blood testing services, as well as “cutting-edge clinical trials” that you can apply for, most of which are compensated.

Life Extension Pricing & Refund Policy

With more than 350 products in their catalog, Life Extension supplements can vary greatly in price. However, based on a moderate sample size, most supplements appear to range between $10 and $82. Keep in mind that the more you buy, the lower per-bottle price you’ll pay.

During the checkout process, you’ll be required to become a Life Extension member in order to complete the purchase. As such, you’ll have six different options:

  • Monthly Membership: $6.95 per month, and only available for US customers.
  • Annual Membership: $75 for US customers ($82 for Canadian members, and $110 for international members).
  • 2-Year Membership: $135
  • 3-Year Membership: $175
  • 5-Year Membership: $250
  • Lifetime Membership: $1,500

Whichever option you choose, membership allows you to save 25%-50% when compared to health food store prices. All options other than a monthly membership will also give you access to two free bonuses:

Disease Prevention & Treatment, a 1,400-page book “that bridges the gap between cutting-edge science and mainstream medicine.”
Life Extension Directory, which details all of the company’s supplements.

US-based basic shipping costs $5.50, while 2nd Day Air is priced at $12.50 and Overnight at $21.50.

All Life Extension products come with a one-year, 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can also sign up for VIP AutoShip, which allows you to receive your favorite supplements on a recurring basis.

To set yourself up on the AutoShip program or to begin the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-226-2370, or use their online contact form.

Bottom Line: Is Life Extension a Scam?

With all of this in mind, what’s the bottom line: Is Life Extension a scam? While nothing we encountered during our research would lead us to believe this is the case, keep the following in mind:

First, Life Extension is a very big company, and has been in business for more than 34 years, so its products clearly resonate with a large percentage of the population. To drive home this fact, according to this article, as of 2009 “it had assets of over $25 million and netted more than $3 million on revenue of more than $18 million that year.”

Regardless of the company’s size though, the nutritional supplements industry is rife with unsubstantiated claims. For those with clinical studies that appear to support their claims, many are based on “thin” science, or on studies not conducted on humans. We’re not saying this is the case with Life Extension, but it’s a rampant problem within the industry. Also, when factoring in the specific makeup of individuals, keep in mind that not all supplements will work for every consumer.

Furthermore, the Life Extension Foundation has a long history of legal woes in its relationship with the FDA, many of which date back more than 25 years. On top of this, the Foundation’s tax exempt status was revoked in May 2013, although this appears to have more to do with funding than it does with anything related to their products.

Finally, we were unable to locate any legitimate online customer reviews about Life Extension, which is surprising considering the company’s age. However, the good news is that you can be a star by writing about your experience with Life Extension. So go ahead and share your experience with the world now!

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19 Customer Reviews for Life Extension

Average Customer Rating: 4.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 16 4 star: 1 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  2
Bottom Line: 89% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Excellent product, stellar service

    I am a 70-year-old male. I have been an enthusiastic customer of Life Extension products for more than 20 years. I started with Life Extension mix, their multi-nutrient flagship and added Co-enzyme Q10. I don't know whether or not I can attribute my excellent health to Life Extension products alone. I can say that since I have been using their products, I have boundless energy and remarkable resistance to diseases like colds or flu. I have not had to miss one day of work because of illness for over 20 years.

    I was diagnosed with Parkinson's 17 years ago, and a local chiropractor strongly suggested that I begin to follow the protocol from the excellent disease prevention book mentioned above, which includes both traditional and nutritional medicine. It was one of the best decisions I have made concerning my health to put those suggestions into practice. I would highly recommend Life Extension to anyone looking for high-quality supplements to augment their diet.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Some of the greatest products ever!

    Great company, stellar products, and amazing customer service. I have been taking their products for years and am a huge fan. I would recommend them to everyone.

    For instance, one amazing product to help support blood sugar and balance insulin is the Optimized Irvingia. It literally helps with food cravings and supports weight loss. A magical supplement! And their probiotic, Florassist GI, is amazing.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    All the products work

    I have been a customer of Life Extension since 2010.

    Shortly after my semi-retired life, I experienced numerous problems relating to being a type 2 diabetic. I wanted to see the latest research in glucose reduction, arthritis coping, etc. I used the Life Labs testing and gained valuable results. The quality of my health improved the most from taking the coffee, alpha lipo acid, B supplements and definitely Vit D level 2000.

    I never thought they promised anything more than a doctor, simply because doctors look at hormones in a broader sense. But from a preventative point of view, they offer many things that I would recommend. In fact, recently a neighbor mentioned that they will be undergoing a grueling knee operation and I referred the company just to access the anti-inflammatory products to look into before and after surgery.

    For what you spend, you get some pretty good deals, and the only reason I stopped reading their magazines is because they tend to repeat a lot of the research info, so it needs to be slightly more broader than lots of info on curcumin, aka turmeric!

    My diabetes numbers were greatly improved by using the companies services and products, and there are results anyone with diligence and willpower can most definitely achieve.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Have ordered from Life Extension many times

    During the past 10 - 15 years I have ordered from Life Extension many times. Surprisingly, I have never rated their service nor their products. I have never seen any rating system on their website. I have always found their products of the highest quality and affordability. I have not always ordered from them, but only when I find a product that appeals to me. But I have had no problems with any product nor the quality of any product which I have ordered.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    One year of researching kept leading back to LEF

    Three years ago my best friend in the world, in all my lifetimes, told me that in addition to autoimmune disorders, she had just been diagnosed with stage-3 lymphoma. She said that she would not go through the torture of traditional radiation and chemotherapy. My distress and fear for her life were immense.

    I set out to find out all that I could about the illness and non-traditional treatments. For a year I researched all that I could find, studying worldwide occurrence maps, eating patterns, lifestyle, and such, as well as many case studies, bodily and cellular processes, disease vectors, so many statistics, and so many research studies. So many times the research would lead me back to Life Extension.

    I distilled information from many reputable sources down to the most widely endorsed substances. I then specifically researched each supplement. So many times, the specific searches led back to LEF reports and research. With Life Extension I checked out their cited references abundant times because I find it hard to trust the internet, and my friend's life was in peril, so it had to be right.

    Less than halfway through the year of research, I was already making recommendations to her because time was precious. Her doctor was open to any ideas since she had rejected the traditional approach. He implemented some of the suggestions in her treatment. She has been free of lymphoma for two years now. LEF did not steer me wrong.

    Along the way, I identified many things for myself that ended two years of age-related fatigue and melancholy. I have been a customer for about two years. I trust them (but still check out all their claims). They may be expensive, but I owe them more than they can ever know.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 29 out 29 people found this review helpful

    My first choice among thousand

    I discovered Life Extension products for the first time in a small health food shops in Santa Fe twenty five years ago. At that time there were no glamorous LEF Review nor rich online blogs but only a four pages leaflet without pictures.

    Since then I have been a regular LEF member and every year I buy a huge variety and quantity of supplements.

    Does it mean that I am a fanatic of “alternative” medicine?

    Quite the opposite.

    I am rather skeptical about the miracles advertised by the multi-billionaire industry of Health Food mainly for two reasons: because this is a field changing almost every day due to ceaseless new findings of microbiological and medical research and because also this business is subject to the ruthless law of market competition.

    On the subject I have a simple and commonsense philosophy: the only certainty is that our body deteriorates every day. Therefore is wise to try every remedy which is offered to us in the hope to find even a modest way of slowing and reducing the decay process.

    In this optics, it is therefore, imperative to choose well, to pick up products which are reliable and of high quality.

    This I why I keep selecting Life Extension out of thousand other similar Companies. It is in the front line of research, the first to announce discoveries that afterward become popular. Its products cover a large spectrum and are of the best quality. A group of first class experts control the production and a staff of physicians gives prompt professional advice.

    My wife shops in the skin care department line and claims that Life Extension creams are better than any aesthetic treatment.

    Last but not least: among the various advancements of Life Extension Foundation in the last two decades, there is also the progress of the European Branch. A few years ago it had only a small, absent minded representative in Denmark. Now it has offices in several European Countries. I am happy to say that in Rome a perfect service is assured by a wonderful lady, kind and efficient.

    Thank You, Life Extension.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 51 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Excellent for the last 10 years

    I've been a customer of LEF for the last ten years, and have never had anything but good experiences. You do have to get into the whole membership thing to get rewards (which bring down their high prices). But as someone who is pushing 70 years, I find that right mix of their supplements is a strong positive in my life.

    To me, LEF's products are a reasonable way to keep myself healthy and active longer than might otherwise be possible.

    To those who claim they are "extremely aggressive marketers", I disagree. Yes, they do send me a magazine each month (which usually has an interesting article or two) and some other mail, but I wouldn't call it aggressive. I'd say informative.

    Nobody is pushing me to buy anything, but there is always a tie in between their research articles and their products, with related ads following the articles in the magazine. That doesn't bother me. Some articles make sense to me, and I buy the products. Others don't, and I don't buy that item.

    What I like is that they continue to confront the FDA in areas where there are questions about the FDA's recommendations, and they articulate their reasons very clearly. Their foundation takes the medical profession to task in some areas, and for the most part, I agree with LEF.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 35 out 57 people found this review helpful

    Horrible experience

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Feb 10, 2016

    I ordered from Life extension because they supposedly had the product I needed in stock at a good price. I was never notified that the product was backordered but my account was immediately charged. I called customer service when the product hasn't arrived and was told that it was back ordered and that I would be credited the amount of the purchase. That never happened and they failed to respond to any further email, Voice mail or PayPal inquiries. Fortunately, for me I had not given them my credit card number and had made the purchase through PayPal. It was only because of PayPal that I got my money back. It was a horrible and time consuming endeavor. I recommend that you not buy from this company.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 45 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Life Extension Supplements lef.org

    What about the thousands of reviews on various Life Extension products on Amazon? Or ConsumerLab.com?

    I have been noting the growing effectiveness of Life Extension's works since my 30 something children were young. And my father, my sister, the children and I have taken many supplements regularly over the years as part of a healthful regimen, to overall good health.

    I signed up to receive shipments quarterly at very good price discounts. Especially like that you can talk to someone knowledgeable, so I can figure out what set of items will keep my heart stronger, for example, or help with brain fog.

    Subscription includes a monthly magazine explaining how their supplements work in addition to the ads. Excellent company, supporting research.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 60 out 61 people found this review helpful

    Changed my Life

    • Scottsdale, AZ,
    • Sep 15, 2015

    I have been suffering from chronic IBS for years. I have found no relief from medications from my GI or from other supplements. I got the Tranquil Tract bottle that was said to be specially made for IBS and it works. It works like magic. If I stick to it and take one in the morning and one in evening the effects are incredible. I have had maybe 2 or 3 flare ups opposed to the 20 I should've had in the last month.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 57 out 63 people found this review helpful

    25-Years of Positive Experiences

    • Aug 9, 2015

    My family and many of my friends have been using Life Extension supplements and reading their materials for 25 years.

    We've had nothing but positive experiences. Having people who are chemists among us, they have checked LE's supplements over the years  and have found them to be very pure and the ingredients as claimed.

    As far as how much money LE takes in, I would hope the company would take in a lot and that it would pay its leaders (and employees) very good salaries, because they deserve it. From standing up against an Eastern European-style Stasi to designing supplements that fit the latest research, LE's leaders do an excellent job. They are the bravest of all soldiers in the fight for access to high-quality supplements.

    As far as troubles with the organization that would love to take control of supplements, the FDA, Life Extension has beat them in the courts several times by using evidence to prove their cases.

    E.g., LE introduced to Americans in the early eighties, after which they were raided by the FDA who claimed it was a toxic substance. LE fought them with the evidence showing that it was not and that it was a worthwhile supplement, and we now have access to one of the best substances ever discovered.

    There must be 2000 positive studies on CoQ10. LE will supply a ton of them to anyone who wishes.

    As far as what one of the reviewers above said about their sources not even being relevant to their articles, that is pure poppycock. I'm a speed-reader and read oodles of studies on vitamins, minerals, and herbs, and LE provides the best articles of any I read.

    Granted, the health food industry puts out a lot of fanciful propaganda trying to promote new cure-alls, but you absolutely cannot put LE in that same category.

    If you don't believe me, then check LE out for yourself.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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