By combining four powerful, all-natural, patent-protected nutrients, enzymes, and compounds into one dietary supplement, Cell-RX from Vitalis Health promises to boost energy, eliminate deep fat, control insulin levels, and elevate mood. Together, the website claims customers will “finally be in control of their health and life.”
In order to deliver these benefits, we’re told taking two tablets of the supplement per day will boost metabolism for faster fat burning, reduce sugar absorption by up to 40 percent, double concentration, and “sweep away brain fog and improve brain speed and memory.” And with regular use, this means it could address a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Excess joint pain
- Poor skin
- High cholesterol
- Weight problems
- Trouble sleeping
The manufacturer certainly makes some compelling claims for the Cell-RX supplement. Is it really a life-changing compound that represents “your easy, fast-acting health transformation solution,” though, as claimed on the website?
That's what you're here to find out. Give us a few minutes, and we'll help you find some answers that can lead to a more empowered decision—starting with the most important component: ingredients.
Taking a Closer Look at Cell-RX’s Ingredients
According to the supplement facts label listed on the website, Cell-RX contains the following ingredients, which we’ll break down one-by-one:
- ActivAMP Gynostemma pentaphyllum Extract (leaf) 450 mg
- InnoSlim NLF-03 Saponin Fractions 250 mg
- TeaCrine (Theacrine) 125 mg
- NIAGEN Nicotinamide Riboside 100 mg
ActivAMP is a proprietary ingredient manufactured by Gencor Pacific that contains only one substance; an extract of Gynostemma pentaphyllum, commonly known as jiaogulan.
According to sites like WebMD, Examine.com, and the Natural Medicines Database, 30 mg of jiaogulan daily has sufficient clinical evidence to classify it as ‘possibly effective’ for reducing cholesterol levels.
However, based on one human study and one animal study referenced on the Gencor Pacific website, ActivAMP (by itself; not necessarily as part of another formulation, like Cell-RX) has also been shown to cause a statistically significant decrease in body fat mass, percent body fat, body weight and BMI, and total abdominal fat area. Neither of these studies was available for review.
Manufactured by NuLivScience, the InnoSlim ingredient in Cell-RX is advertised as an innovative “pharmaceutical grade extraction and processing technology” combining Panax notoginseng and Astragalus membranaceus for better glucose and fat cell regulation, muscle cell metabolism, fat cell combustion, and muscle cell glycogen synthesis.
The same sites referenced earlier didn’t have listings for Panax notoginseng, although they indicated that astragalus is ‘possibly effective’ for controlling insulin levels and blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes (no dosages listed).
The NuLivScience website references a pre-clinical study showing a reduction in glucose absorption up to 42% (using CaCO 2 cells).” They report that a “human clinical, fully funded and approved by IRB will be initiated Q3 of 2016,” although nothing was listed at the time of our research.
Brought to us by Compound Solutions, Inc, TeaCrine’s patent-pending compound contains pure theacrine, which the company claims “facilitates a wide range of healthy functions in energy, focus, mood and motivation” shown through preclinical and human clinical research—none of which was available on their website.
By itself (again, outside of blends like Cell-RX), however, WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence indicating theacrine is effective for addressing any condition.
As we discuss in Your Complete Guide to Nicotinamide Riboside, this version of vitamin B3 has been shown to change how some proteins in the body operate, which can thereby increase levels of a “chemical precursor known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+.”
And without going into unnecessary detail, this might help boost energy produced by the mitochondria inside cells, as well as improve communication inside and outside cells. There’s clinical evidence that this could then help address everything from brain function to the side effects caused by natural aging.
Whether contained in Cell-RX or another supplement, the only manufacturer currently offering commercially available nicotinamide riboside is ChromaDex, sold under the brand name Niagen.
We’ll talk more about Niagen soon, but let’s first find out what kinds of side effects—if any—you might expect from these proprietary ingredients.
Could the Cell-RX Supplement Cause Side Effects?
According to Examine.com, the Natural Medicines Database, and WebMD, most of these ingredients won’t cause side effects worse than mild, temporary digestive upset (no circumstances or dosages noted).
However, WebMD points out that in some instances (again, no specifics provided) jiaogulan can cause severe nausea and increased bowel movements, while they emphasize there isn’t “enough reliable information available to know if theacrine is safe or what the side effects might be.”
As mentioned in Cell-RX’s FAQ, this is why it’s always important to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or vitamins, who can advise about potential side effects and prescription medication interactions.
How Much Does Cell-RX Cost?
Cell-RX is available in the following quantities:
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules): $59.95
- 3 Bottles: $173.85 ($57.95 per bottle)
- 6 Bottles: $329.70 ($54.95 per bottle)
We also found the supplement sold on Amazon for about the same prices.
All direct orders include free shipping, as well as a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H, although this only applies to unopened bottles. In other words, if you try the supplement, you’ll lose the ability to process a return.
Note: A subscription/membership program was mentioned in the site's terms, although we didn't encounter additional details when attempting to check out. We sent an email to customer support looking for more information, but hadn't received a response at the time of publishing.
In order to request a refund, customer support can be reached at 800-971-4318 or CustomerCare@hpnsupplements.com.
Next, let’s take a closer look at exactly who you’ll be contacting.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind Cell-RX?
Cell-RX is manufactured by Vitalis Health, LLC based out of Costa Mesa, CA, which is a division of High Performance Nutrition (dba HPN Nutraceuticals). The company has been in business since 2013 and manufactures a whole line of dietary supplements, including standalone Niagen and nicotinamide riboside tablets and powders, protein powders, and testosterone and metabolism boosters.
High Performance Nutrition held a B- Better Business Bureau rating, based on just one closed complaint, as of 12/20/17. This referenced difficulty obtaining a refund, to which the company has yet to respond.
Are There Other All-In-One Supplements Competing with Cell-RX?
A quick online search for variations of terms like “anti-aging supplement,” “weight loss supplement,” “skin supplement,” or “mood supplement” returned thousands of relevant results at the time of our research. And whether containing a standalone ingredient or a combination of dozens, most of these promise to deliver many of the same benefits as Cell-RX.
With this said, we didn’t encounter any supplements that combined the exact same four ingredients as Cell-RX. So, if this is what you’re looking for, your only current choice appears to be the product in question.
But, should you spend your money on a supplement like this in the first place? Let’s quickly cover the basics:
First, unless you’re deficient in one or more ingredients they contain, organizations like the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (to name just a handful) don’t recommend that otherwise healthy individuals take dietary supplements.
Second, even if you are nutritionally deficient, it’s always important to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplement, whether from Cell-RX or another brand. They can help you decide whether or not spending money on one of these products will deliver a high level of value based on your specific diagnosis, as well as any potential side effects.
Finally, if they give you the green light, based on our years of experience investigating dietary supplements, we’d recommend only doing business with companies who:
- Provide a full list of ingredients, including dosages, with few-to-no proprietary blends
- Support their claims with double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical evidence
- Don’t automatically enroll customers in recurring shipping programs
- Offer at least 30-day refund policies
Our Final Thoughts About Cell-RX
In the end, sites like Examine.com, the Natural Medicines Database, and WebMD indicate that—on their own—the ingredients found in Cell-RX only have enough clinical evidence supporting their ability to reduce cholesterol levels and control insulin levels and blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes.
And while each ingredients’ manufacturer indicated that their claims were clinically supported, none of this evidence was available on their respective websites at the time of our research. Together, we’re not necessarily sure this supports the company’s claim that Cell-RX is “the world’s most advanced dietary supplement.”
However, High Performance Nutrition seems stands behind the supplement with a 30-day refund policy, if you feel like rolling the dice. Just keep in mind that as soon as you open a bottle of Cell-RX, you lose the option to get your money back—so don’t twist open that cap until you’re ready to commit.