About TruVision Health Weight Loss
TruVision Health Weight Loss supplements promise to inspire you and help “improve your wellbeing” using ingredients that can optimize your blood chemistry. As a result, you could maintain a healthy body weight, mental clarity, general sense of wellbeing, blood sugar balance, liver health, immune function, and more.
Although TruVision claims to be a product-oriented company, delivering something that people need, they also believe that their supplements and business opportunity can encourage people to develop good character traits. On top of this, we’re told that you won’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money to try out their products.
Even if TruVision is about “serving and helping other people,” does this necessarily mean their products will deliver real world results? Should you begin selling the company’s products? You have a ton of important questions about TruVision Health and we’re here to help you find some answers.
What Is a TruVision Distributor? What Is Their Compensation Plan?
Before going any further, it’s important to discuss the fact that TruVision is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company who only sells their products through independent Distributors. Whether we’re talking about TruVision’s Distributors or any other MLM organization, they typically earn money through a combination of:
- Direct Sales – Whether in person or online, like any other “retailer,” Distributors earn profit based on the difference between their cost for a product and what they sell it for. Click here to learn about TruVision’s Retail, Preferred, and Associate pricing structure.
- Upline Sales – Let’s say you enroll three other Distributors under your code. This means that they’ll become part of your “downline,” allowing you to earn a small commission from each sale they make. Consequently, the more Distributors in your downline, the more money you stand to make. For details, here is TruVision Health’s Compensation Plan overview.
Now, we won’t go into excessive detail here, but one of the biggest complaints associated with MLM companies is that there is much more money to be earned from enrolling additional Distributors in your downline, versus selling more products. In fact, as you can see from TruVision’s pricing structure link above, there’s only $9 difference between Associate and Retail pricing for the TruFix supplement.
Now, we’re definitely not saying this is the case with TruVision; our only goal is to give you a complete overview of the topic. For more, be sure to read Do Multi-Level Marketing Companies Differ From Pyramid Schemes?
What are the company’s on-the-ground Distributors saying, though? We’ll talk more about this shortly. First, let’s take a look at TruVision’s product lineup.
TruVision Health Weight Loss Products
Overall, there are 14 products in TruVision’s lineup, across three different categories:
TruFIX – Contains natural plant extracts the company claims have been “proven to improve key components of blood chemistry,” resulting in improved blood sugar, cholesterol, liver function, general health, and more.
Tru Weight & Energy (Gen 2) – Uses ingredients that can help optimize the body’s metabolic processes, resulting in weight loss, decreased body fat, and increased energy, without jitters.
reNu Detox – Claims to eliminate toxins while maintaining the good flora in your digestive tract.
rePlace – A vegan protein/fiber shake designed with nutrients and probiotics to curb sugar cravings, support recovery time, ensure proper digestion, and more.
Complete – A line of women’s and men’s multivitamins, including MSM, Omega-3, Pycnogenol, Ubiquinol, and more.
Heart & Hydration – A drink the company claims will hydrate your body with electrolytes and promote heart health and cardiovascular function.
truElevate – Designed to increase energy without “over-stimulating the cardiovascular system.”
truSlumber – Formulated to help you get a good night’s sleep, without side effects or potentially addictive substances.
truSoothe – A blend of essential oils that can help soothe sore, stiff muscles.
truFuel – A “balanced meal” in a bag that contains a blend of whole food ingredients like almonds, cashews, peanuts, raisins, apricots, essential oils, and more.
truMend – A first aid balm that can help address cuts, scrapes, but bites, and other types of skin irritation.
simplyFresh – A 100% natural deodorant for those with a “healthy and active lifestyle.”
simplyClean – A 100% biodegradable, nontoxic cleaner that can be used to sanitize any surface.
A line of essential oils formulated to do everything from help you breathe better to deliver uplifting scents throughout your day.
What Is TruVision Health’s 7-Day Trial Pack?
Obviously, most of TruVision Health’s products are focused on helping individuals lose weight. But if you’re on the fence about placing a full-size order, the company offers a 7-Day Trial Pack that contains a week’s worth of TruFix and TruWeight & Energy supplements.
According to one popular Distributor, this combination will reduce your sugar cravings, detox your cells, and even “break away and dissolve visceral fat” (note: we couldn’t find this last claim supported on TruVision’s website). The Distributor even claims that the average Trial Pack user loses 4-7 pounds during this time, simply by taking 2 pills twice a day.
Is this what you can really expect? Let’s take a quick look.
What Ingredients Do TruVision Health’s Supplements Contain?
While you probably wouldn’t benefit from a breakdown of every ingredient contained in each one of TruVision’s products, let’s briefly explore arguably their most popular supplement (and one contained in their 7-Day Trial Pack): the TruWeight & Energy supplement.
Here’s how the label reads:
- Niacin 7.5mg
- Vitamin B12 25mcg
- Calcium 5mg
- Phosphorus 4mg
- Tru Weight Appetite Balance Blend: N-Acetyl Cysteine, Caffeine Citrate, Yohimbine HCl, Dendrobium, Benzylamine.
- Tru Weight Metabolism Balance Blend: Green Tea Extract, Citrus Aurantium Extract Powder, Caffeine, Trimethylglycine, Theacrine, Hordenine HCl, Evodiamine, Korean Ginseng.
Some of these (such as niacin, vitamin B12, and calcium) are essential for human health, while stimulants like caffeine and citrus aurantium (aka bitter orange) can certainly boost energy and temporarily suppress your appetite. However, there isn’t sufficient clinical evidence showing that any of these ingredients, whether on their own or in conjunction, can reliably help you lose a meaningful amount of weight and keep it off for the long term.
Will these ingredients cause any harm, though?
Will TruVision’s Ingredients Cause Any Side Effects?
For the most part, you probably won’t experience anything worse than mild digestive upset (if anything at all) from ingredients like these.
In some instances, niacinamide is known to cause temporary flushing, and in rare cases, n-acetyl cysteine can cause rashes, fever, headache, and low blood pressure.
However, it’s important to point out that TruVision’s TruWeight & Energy supplement contains a lot of stimulants, including caffeine (in both proprietary blends), bitter orange, additional caffeine in the green tea, hordenine, and evodiamine. This is something to be aware of, especially if you’re sensitive to stimulants.
From this perspective, as anyone who’s had too much coffee will attest, too much caffeine can cause jitteriness, digestive upset, headache, and more. Other stimulants, like evodiamine, aren’t understood well enough by the medical community to know what kinds of side effects you might experience.
Finally, WebMD has this to say about citrus aurantium (bitter orange):
“… bitter orange is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken as a supplement for a medical purpose such as weight loss. Bitter orange, particularly when taken with stimulants such as caffeine or caffeine-containing herbs, increases the risk for high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, stroke, and other severe side effects.”
How Much Do TruVision Health’s Weight Loss Products Cost?
According to TruVision Health’s current pricing structure, you’ll pay the following (all prices are in Retail, while you’ll pay $3-$12 less each for Preferred and Associate pricing):
- truFix: $42.95
- truElevate Capsules: $30.55
- truElevate Smoothies: $76.06
- truWeight & Energy: $58.95
- truFuel: $49.95
- Heart & Hydration: $49.95
- truSlumber: $35.95
- simplyClean: $17.95
- truMend (0.15oz): $10
- truMend Large (0.5oz): $28.34
- simplyFresh: $15
- truDefense: $16.25
- 7-Day Trial Pack: $25
All orders come with free shipping. But remember that TruVision Health only sells their products through independent Distributors, so you’ll have to contact one to place and order.
What about refunds? According to TruVision Health’s Policies & Procedures page, they provide a 90% refund, less S&H charges, on all products returned in resalable condition within 30 days. The same scenario seems to apply to Distributors who return products from one of their Retail customers.
However, they go on to note:
“… if the order is canceled and the product is returned after commissions have been paid, then TruVISION shall deduct the commission payout from the refund, then refund the remaining portion, which is approximately 40% of the wholesale price.”
Now, let’s see what customers are saying about TruVision’s supplements and other products.
Online Reviews For TruVision Health’s Weight Loss Products
A couple of TruVision Health’s products were listed on Amazon at the time of writing, with their 7-day supply of TruFix and TruElevate (the trial we discussed earlier) getting the most feedback. With 23 customer reviews and an average rating of 3.3 stars, most seemed pleased with the increase in energy and the appetite suppression it provided.
On the other hand, more than one customer claimed it didn’t provide any results. One also seemed to have experienced a side effect from the stimulants, claiming the supplement gave her a “racing heartbeat” and a “manic” feeling.
We also found a review on DietSpotlight, who wrote that some customers have also reported mood swings (generally anger and agitation), which we feel would be consistent with excessive stimulant intake. They also noted that, while the company makes many claims about supporting weight loss, they provide no science to back them up.
From a company perspective, TruVision Health was co-founded by Travis Martin, Derek Bailey, Shawn Gibson, and David Brown (who also acted as Formulator for the company’s supplements).
Based on their bios on the TruVision website, it appears they all have extensive backgrounds in the network marketing (MLM) and direct sales industries, but not necessarily in the scientific/clinical aspect of nutritional supplements. David is said to have a “special knack for nutritional formulation,” although exactly what this means isn’t made clear.
It appears TruVision Health was sent an FDA warning letter in 2015, mostly related to advertising practices. It seems the company promoted one ingredient (DMBA) a supplement, when it’s not classified as such. Also, that the bitter orange extract included constituted “a new dietary ingredient for which there is inadequate information to provide reasonable assurance that such ingredient does not present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.”
Let’s answer one more question before we go: How do TruVision Health’s weight loss products compare one of the biggest MLM players in the weight loss industry?
TruVision Health vs. Plexus: Who Wins?
Alongside AdvoCare, Plexus is a giant in the MLM weight loss industry, with popular products like Slim (also known as the “Pink Drink”), Edge, and many others. Like TruVision, their products are sold through Distributors, although their compensation plans seem to be meaningfully different.
Some other meaningful differences are that TruVision has only been in existence since 2015, while Plexus has been around since 1979, which could be an important consideration if you’re looking to become a Distributor. And because they’ve been in business for so long, you’ll be able to find a ton more feedback for Plexus than for TruVision—which again, could be important if you’re interested in becoming part of their team.
What’s the Bottom Line About TruVision Health Weight Loss Products?
The HighYa team has watched as several supplement-focused MLM companies have entered the market over the last few years, such as Brain Abundance, Limu, LifeVantage, Omnitrition, and many more. And while you’ll always find plenty of people who vehemently sing the praises of these MLM companies, it’s been our experience that their supplements often feature underwhelming formulations, with ingredients that lack the clinical evidence necessary to support the manufacturer’s claims.
Does this necessarily mean that TruVision Weight Loss products won’t help you shed pounds and inches? No. Does this mean you won’t become a sensational hit as a Distributor? Certainly not, although the odds aren’t stacked in your favor for any networking marketing “opportunity” (not just TruVision).
Taken together, only you can decide if TruVision Health’s meaningfully higher prices than the competition will provide a better value for your money, or if their short time in business means you should stay away.
Before you go: Are you a TruVision Health customer or a Distributor? What do you think of their weight loss products, and for the company itself? Tell us all about it in your review below!