About Vital Stem

Vital Stem is a nutritional supplement that promises to boost stem cell levels in your body and reverse many of the side effects of aging. And by working at the cellular level, the company tells us that Vital Stem could help you experience improved cognitive function, enhanced joint and muscle strength, and increased longevity.

According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is mix one scoop of Vital Stem with a 12-oz glass of water and drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. From there, we’re told the supplement’s blend of five potent, fully bioavailable ingredients will get to work, without any known side effects.

You probably noticed that there are a whole lot of science-y words floating around on the Vital Stem website, so let’s make things easy by breaking it all down into everyday language. This way, you can make as informed a decision as possible.

First? Let’s lay a solid foundation by talking about stem cells.

Stem Cell Basics

If there was ever a “holy grail” of aging, stem cells would probably fit the bill. But why?

In humans, these cells possess the amazing ability to “develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth,” and well as to “serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive.”

However, not all stem cells are created equal. Embryonic stem cells can become any other type of cell within the body (a state known as pluripotent), while adult stem cells are limited to their original tissue type. Also, embryonic stem cells can be grown in the lab fairly easily, while adult ones still can’t be grown in a culture.

Here are a couple simplistic examples: A pluripotent stem cell remains undifferentiated and can turn into anything; a heart cell, a liver cell, a red blood cell, and so forth. On the other hand, an adult stem cell—from the lungs, for instance—can only become a cell of the same tissue type.

The Problem With Stem Cells

Despite the potential held by stem cells, they’re not perfect. How?

First, although embryonic stem cells could have the potential to massively improve modern medicine (including anti-aging), there’s a big ethical debate going on. After all, these cells are obtained from 3-5-day old embryos (technically called blastocysts, which are a collection of about 150 individual cells), destroying the embryo in the process.

Second, even if this ethical dilemma was removed by focusing only on adult stem cells (more about this next), the next problem becomes the delivery method. In other words, stem cells are extraordinarily fragile and can’t survive for long outside of a very controlled environment. On top of this, even if these cells were engineered to be hardier, simply taking a stem cell contained supplement wouldn’t translate into any meaningful benefits.

With all of this said, is it possible to boost stem cell production in the body, but without using any stem cells in the first place?

The Big Question: Is It Possible to Boost Stem Cell Production—Without Stem Cells?

According to Live Cell Research, the ingredients contained in Vital Stem will help boost the “proliferation of adult stem cells, the “master cells” of your body that repair damage to your muscles, skin, organs and brain.” We’re also told they “have been shown to boost proliferation of human CD34+ and CD133+ cells, which are essential to your body’s cellular function.”

What does the available clinical evidence have to say about this?

Although the science is new, based on our own online research, it does appear that some types of drugs can stimulate the human body to increase stem cell production, versus the old method of “injecting patients with stem cells from donors, embryos or stem cell banks.” After all, even the CD34 and CD133 referenced on the Vital Stem website, while only used in bone marrow transplants and treating some types of brain tumors, still require injection.

Outside of these very specific drugs, however, there seems to be limited publically available clinical evidence (see also NIH’s PubMed) indicating that stem cell levels can be reliably boosted using natural ingredients commonly found in supplements.

What about Vital Stem, though? Does it contain a unique blend of ingredients shown to meaningfully boost stem cell levels and deliver other real-world results? And if so, does the manufacturer provide any evidence to support their claims? Let’s take a look.

Will Vital Stem’s Ingredients Boost Stem Cell Levels?

Reading through the product label on Vital Stem’s website, the supplement contains the following ingredients:

According to Wikipedia, l-leucine is an amino acid that has the “capacity to directly stimulate muscle protein synthesis” and to “slow the degradation of muscle tissue by increasing the synthesis of muscle proteins in aged rats.”

However, they go on to note that, “comparative studies are conflicted.” In other words, until more clinical evidence is available, we can’t say for sure that it can regularly provide these benefits. But one thing we can say is that we didn’t encounter any clinical evidence during our research indicating l-leucine can boost stem cell production in the human body.

As far as green tea, it contains a substance known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that’s been widely studied for dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of medical conditions.

According to WebMD, after analyzing much of the available clinical evidence, they list green tea as “likely effective” for genital warts and high cholesterol, and “possibly effective” for things like clogged arteries, high/low blood pressure, osteoporosis, and more. On the other hand, they don’t indicate anything related to stem cells.

WebMD also notes there isn’t enough evidence showing carnosine can provide any benefits in humans and the blueberry powder is only for taste.

Despite what we just learned, the Vital Stem website references 3 different studies to support their claims:

  • A 2010 study conducted by Moscow State University that found carnosine might reduce oxidative stress without side effects, and was even “successfully used to treat patients after brain stroke or patients with Parkinson disease.”
  • A 1999 Finnish study that found leucine supplementation might stimulate muscle protein synthesis and prevent degradation (similar to what we discussed above). However, the study only referenced leucine’s benefits in relation to “exhaustive aerobic exercise” and “those participating in intensive training”—not for aging.

Even then, the study concludes by noting: “Caution must be paid when interpreting the limited number of studies in this area since, in many studies, leucine has been supplemented as part of a mixture of BCAA. Consequently, further research into the effects of leucine supplementation alone is needed.”

  • A 1999 Australian study that showed the longevity of cultured human fibroblasts was extended when exposed to l-carnosine.

As the second study noted, one (or even a handful) of clinical trials doesn’t necessarily mean that a supplement is “proven” to work. In other words, it takes an entire body of repeatable, peer-reviewed clinical evidence before something can be classified as proven.

For more about this topic, be sure to read Think That Clinical Study is Legit?

But here’s the thing: Even if Vital Stem’s ingredients were proven to be effective, all but one are part of a proprietary formulation, so we don’t know exactly how much of each it contains or if it’s enough to provide any results.

While WebMD indicates that none of these ingredients will boost stem cells, do they mention anything about side effects?

Are There Any Potential Side Effects From Taking Vital Stem?

The positive news is that, if you experience any side effects at all from using Vital Stem, they probably won’t be any worse than mild digestive upset.

However, green tea contains a relatively small amount of natural caffeine, which could cause rapid heartbeat, nervousness, and other side effects if you’re especially sensitive to stimulants.

Finally, WebMD notes that there isn’t enough known about some ingredients—such as l-carnosine—to fully understand any potential side effects you might experience.

Now, how much will a bottle of Vital Stem cost you?

How Much You’ll Pay For Vital Stem

Vital Stem is available in the following quantities:

  • 1 Bottle: $46.99 plus $3.95 S&H
  • 3 Bottles: $117 plus free S&H
  • 6 Bottles: $214.27 plus free S&H

All Live Cell Research products, including Vital Stem, come with a 90-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll need to call (844)-650-5933.

Given the seemingly low amount of clinical evidence supporting its ingredients, are Vital Stem’s customers finding that it provides a solid value?

What’s Everyone Saying In Their Vital Stem Reviews?

Since originally researching the supplement, four HighYa readers have left their feedback for Vital Stem, giving it an average rating of 4.8 stars. Here, most common compliments seem to revolve around reduced pain; improved energy, stamina, and sleep, and boosted recovery.

In fact, the only complaint listed was that one customer didn’t really care for the taste.

From a company perspective, Live Cell Research had an average rating of 2.8 stars here on HighYa, based on 33 reader reviews (as of 9/23/16). These were split almost evenly between 1 and 5-star ratings. What can we learn from them?

While some customers claimed to have experienced results from their products and appreciated the helpfulness of their service department, common complaints for the company seemed to revolve around failure to work, difficult customer service (primarily problems obtaining refunds and long response times), as well as long shipping times.

What about some of the company’s other supplements? Niagen, arguably the company’s most popular product, had a similar 3-star rating here on HighYa, with 77 reader reviews. Midogen had a higher 4.3-star average rating and LA-3 a 2.5-star rating, while Cerastim and Advanced Adult Probiotic didn’t have any reviews at the time of our research.

Considering all of this, is Live Cell Research’s Vital Stem supplement right for you?

The Bottom Line About Vital Stem

We had to cover a lot of ground to get to this point, but the reality is that when it comes to Vital Stem, the bottom line is fairly simple: With the exception of leucine, WebMD tells us that there isn’t sufficient clinical evidence supporting the company’s claims.

So, in our opinion (after all, we’re consumers too!), if you’re looking to get most of the same benefits as Vital Stem but without the relatively high price, your money might be better spent purchasing a standalone leucine supplement, many of which can be found for as little as $10. As always, just be sure to speak with your doctor first!

But if you feel like rolling the dice on Vital Stem, it’s positive that Live Cell Research provides a 90-day refund policy. Just keep in mind that you might be out a few bucks in S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied and decide to process a return.

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59 Customer Reviews for Vital Stem

Average Customer Rating: 4.4
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5 stars: 28 4 stars: 27 3 stars: 3 2 stars: 1 1 stars: 0
Bottom Line: 97% would recommend it to a friend
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    I feel more energetic and have less of an appetite.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Vital Stem seems to be helping my heart

    I am a 59-year-old man who has been living with HIV since 1988. Recently I was told I also have congestive heart failure, but the meds they prescribed me for that made me feel worse than the condition.

    I had high hopes for taking Vital Stem, and for the most part, I believe it is helping my heart! I will see my Cardiologist soon and plan to tell him what I have been doing in lieu of the harsh medication he prescribed, so we will see how that goes.

    I continue taking Vital Stem nearly daily and am happy to have an alternative to the drugs which made me feel sicker.

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

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  • Still thinking about it, need some more time

    I have been very vigilant in taking my Vital Stem. I wanted to see if I could see a difference in how I feel. I think I'm starting to have more energy, but I don't know if it's because of the vital stem or other things I'm doing. I have been on it for about three weeks and I think I need more time on the product before I can make an accurate assessment of how good it is or if it really works.

    I don't know yet if it's something that I would recommend to a friend, I'll have to wait and see.

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

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  • Really makes a difference

    I have tried many things to help me physically and mentally, mostly in the form of pills. I was not skeptical about Vital Stem, but I wondered if the help it would give would make a noticeable difference in my health and vitality.

    Was there a result? YES, it has made a huge difference. I have more energy, I sleep better, I get up at 4:00 AM feeling better, and can easily last longer in the ministry work I do. I have also noticed that I am better able to maintain my weight, and my exercises seem to have better results, as though my muscles are younger and more capable of benefiting from proper usage.

    Something like this happens when your body is better able to absorb proper nutrients, and when your cells are stronger and more capable of using the nutrients that you take in. I'm more alert, am stronger, sleep better, last longer and think more clearly.

    Add to these fact that I am 70 years of age, and you can see how much the product means to me. I actually had to increase the resistance and weights in my exercises because what I was using before seems to not give me enough resistance now.

    I definitely HIGHLY RECOMMEND Vital Stem.

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

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    • Gulf Breeze, FL,
    • Feb 23, 2017

    I have a type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and have taken a lot of chemo over the last 15 years, so my bones and muscles ache all the time. The aching was less during the 30 days I took Vital Stem. I am wondering if there is anything they have that would help my aching even more.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great product

    • mvriendeau@gmail.com,
    • Feb 22, 2017

    This is a good product.

    I have been taking Vital Stem cell for close to 30 days (my husband and I we both are taking it). I do feel more energetic, and I asked my husband how he felt, and he stated that with more energy (he works at a feed store where he has to unload bags of pallets of 50 lbs each and every day to his customers, and he has a week back) due to using Vital Stem, he feels that the bags feel a little lighter.

    Thank for a great product.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Helping joint pain

    I hurt my elbow at work, and it wouldn't heal. I went through one year of therapy, and it still was nagging me. I got an advertisement on Facebook concerning Vital Stem and decided to give it a try, and I'm glad that I did because it is working to help and heal my joint pain, and my elbow is finally starting to heal.

    I also received a coupon for 35% off of my next order that I'm hoping Live Cell Research will honor when I send in my next order.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    My experience

    Since I started taking Vital Stem, I have more energy. Also, people started to ask me if I have had any work done because I look 35 years old or younger, even though I am a 48-year-old woman going on 49. When I go to the club to go "drop it like it's hot," 19-year-old and 21-year-old young men come up to me and ask me to dance and to compliment me by saying, "wow, you look good Mama!"

    I am 250 percent pleased and I will continue to be on it. Thanks, and may God bless you always.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Worth the money

    Vital Stem is no joke; this stuff starts working right away. You feel the energy the first time you take it, and days later your joints feel great again. I give it the highest rating there is, it is worth it, and you will never regret it.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    After two weeks

    • Rockport, TX,
    • Feb 13, 2017

    I'm feeling more energetic, I can concentrate longer, and I'm definitely sleeping better. I'm monitoring my response to Vital Stem closely and am encouraged thus far.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Good

    The taste is not fabulous but tolerable, and I did feel better after starting it two weeks ago.

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

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