About Plexus Edge
Plexus Edge is a nutritional supplement that promises to deliver healthy, sustained energy, sharper thinking, and improved mood and concentration—without worrying about a sugar crash after the fact. According to Plexus, you also won’t have to worry about gluten, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, or other unhealthy additives.
To provide these benefits, Plexus claims that Edge contains an “exclusive, clinically tested,” patent pending formula that can boost energy and help you think sharper. We’re told all you have to do is take one capsule per day (or up to two capsules when used as a pre-workout supplement), with or without food, and it’ll “get to work fast.” Even more, the company states that Edge is safe for long-term use.
But will Plexus Edge really help you “change the way you live”? Will it realistically help you lead a more “focused, stronger, motivated, fulfilled, productive, better life,” or any of the other claims made in its promotional video? We took a closer look at all of the company’s promises here, and talk about what we learned during our research.
What Causes Low Energy, Decreased Concentration, & Poor Mood?
Each and every one of us has experienced sluggishness, difficulty concentrating, and an overall poor mood at some point. In fact, these are feelings that most of us experience regularly throughout just a single day.
But here’s the thing: These side effects are just that. In other words, they’re not conditions in and of themselves, but are often side effects caused by other conditions. For example:
- Low energy can be caused by low testosterone in men and decreased estrogen in women, insomnia, depression, and anemia, and even more severe concerns like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
- Poor concentration can be the result of hormonal changes, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotional issues, age-related memory decline, and more.
- A less-than-stellar mood can be caused by everything from a bad day at the office to medical conditions like depression.
This is to say nothing about the impact that a consistently poor diet and lack of exercise can have on energy, concentration, and mood.
In general though, can you expect Edge’s ingredients to help you rise above the funk? Let’s find out what science has to say.
Which Ingredients Are Shown on Plexus Edge’s Label?
According to the label on Edge’s website, the supplement contains:
- Theacrine (TeaCrine) 125mg
- L-Theanine 100mg
- Natural caffeine (Coffea robusta) 90mg
Theacrine is chemically similar to caffeine, and works much the same way to stimulate the nervous system and increase heart rate. However, while caffeine has been clinically shown to improve mental alertness, it appears this same level of evidence isn’t available for theacrine.
Plexus Edge contains a proprietary form of theacrine known as TeaCrine. While the manufacturer claims “an established research program, with further clinical trials, [is] underway in 2016,” none of these results are available on their website.
L-theanine is an amino acid that helps transmit brain nerve impulses, although there’s insufficient clinical evidence showing that supplementation of the ingredient can provide any reliable benefits in humans.
Alright, although there seems to be little clinical evidence supporting Plexus’ claims, will Edge’s ingredients cause any side effects?
Are There Any Potential Side Effects?
Although Plexus Edge only contains about 90mg of caffeine, which is roughly equivalent to a strong cup of coffee, you might want to be wary if you’re especially sensitive to stimulants.
Theacrine hasn’t been studied long enough to fully understand proper dosing, potential side effects, or safety with long-term use. But since it also stimulates the central nervous system, it might have a compounding effect with the caffeine in Edge.
Finally, theanine has only studied for up to 3 weeks at a time, so it’s unknown if taking it for longer periods of time is safe.
How Much Does Plexus Edge Cost?
There are two ways to purchase the Edge supplement:
- As a one-time “Retail” customer: $34.95 per bottle
- As a “Preferred” customer, where you’ll continue receiving once-monthly shipments of Edge: $30 per bottle
Regardless of which option you choose, Plexus provides a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H, on all Edge orders. If purchased through an Ambassador, the product must include all original packaging and must be in resalable condition.
Still have questions? Plexus’ customer care department can be reached at 480-998-3490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassadors? Who in the world are they?
Who Is Plexus? Are They a Pyramid Scheme?
Let’s quickly talk about Plexus’ business model, which is part of an industry known as multi-level marketing. Here, distributors (called Ambassadors by Plexus) sell a company’s products and earn a commission for each sale, while also signing up other Ambassadors underneath them and earning a commission off each of their sales.
In many instances, ex-distributors claim that MLM companies focus more on recruiting others that they do selling products, which is the classic definition of a pyramid scheme. Certainly, we’re not saying this is necessarily the case with Plexus, but that it’s something to strongly consider before becoming a distributor (or a customer) for an MLM company,
From a company perspective, you’ll find hundreds of online reviews about Plexus’ inner workings, including nearly 700 individual reviews on the BBB website (as of 7/26/16). There, Plexus had a C rating, with most complaints referencing difficulty obtaining refunds or cancelling subscription programs—even for Ambassadors.
We also found an July 2014 letter sent from the FDA stating that Plexus made claims that some of their supplements acted like drugs to treat specific medical conditions. We couldn’t find a follow up letter from Plexus and it appears the case is still open.
Pro tip: For insight into how many companies can initially get away with making claims like these, be sure to read our Nutritional Supplements Buyer’s Guide.
What about from a product perspective? What can we learn about Edge’s customer feedback?
Are There Any Online Customer Reviews for Plexus Edge?
A common theme among MLM companies is for their Ambassadors to post positive online reviews, obviously to drum up more business. Whether or not these consistently reflect reality is certainly up for discussion, though.
Pro tip: If you’re reading an online review for Plexus Edge (or any other MLM product or supplement, for that matter) and you find a link/button to order the product, this could indicate you’re not getting the full story.
With this in mind—although there are many reviews for some of Plexus’ more tenured products, like Slim (aka “Pink Drink”), Accelerator+, and Bio Cleanse—we only encountered one clearly legitimate review for Edge at the time of our research, which was on PricePlow. There, the author called Edge’s price “absurd,” saying that, based on its ingredients formulation, a $12 price tag might be more reasonable.
They also noted that there’s no science provided to indicate that Edge can lead to burning additional fat (although we didn’t encounter this specific claim by Plexus).
Ultimately, PricePlow concluded that Plexus Edge might provide a light boost in energy, but that you might not get a lot for your money, at least compared to a lot of the competition. Let’s continue this thought into the next section.
Are There Other Products Like Plexus Edge?
While you probably won’t encounter any other supplements with the exact same formulation as Edge, you can certainly find dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of other supplements that could deliver the same “kick.”
In fact, based on our research, you could purchase a whole bottle of caffeine tablets online for as little as $4 (not including shipping), as well as a standalone theacrine supplement for as little as $15. Then, for less than $20, you might be able to achieve a similar formulation as Edge, but at a much lower price.
Important note: Before taking any supplement, whether it’s pre-packaged or formulated in your kitchen, be sure to consult with your doctor. This is especially important if you’re regularly experiencing low energy, poor concentration, or a bad mood.
Given everything we’ve discussed so far, let’s come to a final conclusion about Plexus Edge.
Is Plexus Edge the “Solution to Your Personal Energy Crisis”?
We literally just talked about this, but it’s important enough to reiterate already: If you’re experiencing a chronic “energy crisis,” you should immediately speak with your doctor, as this could be an indication of a much more severe medical concern.
This aside, can you really expect a supplement like Edge, with just three ingredients, to help you live a more “focused, stronger, motivated, fulfilled, productive, and better life”? Based on the lack of clinical evidence supporting Plexus’ claims and ingredients, we’d have to chalk much of this up to a healthy dose of marketing hype.
Sure, Plexus promises to provide a 60-day refund policy on Edge, although many past customers claim to have experienced difficulty processing a return with other products. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide whether or not Edge will deliver real-world results in line with it’s higher price, and whether it’s worth rolling the dice to find out.
Did you try Plexus Edge? What kinds of results did it deliver? Do you feel it provided a solid value? Tell us all about your experience by writing a review below!