About Thrive Experience
Le-vel Brands describes Thrive Experience as an eight-week premium lifestyle system involving three premium products that, when used together, can help support benefits in the areas like weight and pain management, cognitive performance, anti-aging, digestion, immunity, and joint health, to name just a few.
This way, their website advertises the system can “help you experience peak physical and mental levels,” and “live, look, and feel Ultra Premium like never before,” regardless of your current health or physical fitness.
They claim that all you have to do is set a goal, commit to the experience for eight weeks, and start thriving in all areas of your life. This is whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, take your workouts to new heights, make better food choices, or increase your energy levels.
And for those who choose to promote the Thrive Experience, Le-vel advertises that they can also help you reach your financial goals.
According to the company’s website, Thrive Experience has changed millions of lives. But, whether you’re looking to become a customer or a promoter, will yours be next?
Before you hand over your hard-earned money, make a more empowered decision by quickly reading through everything we learned during our research.
Taking a Closer Look at Thrive Experience’s Products and Ingredients
In total, customers will take a combination of three Thrive products over their eight-week Experience regimen: Premium Lifestyle Capsules, Ultra Micronized Lifestyle Shake Mix, and Premium Lifestyle DFT (Derma Fusion Technology).
Together, Le-vel advertises their “premium naturopathic and synergistic formula of Vitamins, Minerals, Plant Extracts, Anti-Oxidants, Enzymes, Pro-Biotics, and Amino Acids is like nothing your body has ever experienced! What’s even better is that the experience is gender specific for Men & Women.” All you have to do is:
- Take two Thrive capsules in the AM on an empty stomach.
- Enjoy the Shake Mix 20-40 minutes later.
- Apply Derma Fusion Technology (DFT) to clean, dry skin.
Let’s zoom in and examine each one of these in detail.
Formulated for Men Supplement
According to the supplement facts label on their website, the men’s formula contains the following ingredients:
- Vitamin A 1,500 IU
- Vitamin B1 1.4 mg
- Vitamin B2 1.7 mg
- Vitamin B3 12 mg
- Vitamin B5 10 mg
- Vitamin B6 2 mg
- Folic Acid 800 mcg
- Vitamin B12 100 mcg
- Vitamin D3 200 IU
- Chromium 200 mcg
- Selenium 90 mcg
- Vanadium 25 mcg
- Proprietary Blend 526 mg: B. Lactis, L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. helveticus, L. salivarius, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, Guarana Caffeine, Green Tea Caffeine, Glucosamine, White Willow Extract, Green Coffee Bean, PEA, Irvingia Extract, Theobromine, Ginger Extract, Citrus Aurantium Extract, Glutamine, L-Arginine, Grape Seed Extract, BCAA Blend, CoQ10, Kelp, White Tea Extract
When taken regularly, Le-vel Brands explains these ingredients can help support weight management, cognitive performance, healthy joint function, lean muscle, and optimal digestion.
And according to sites like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com, most of these vitamins and minerals play critical roles in different aspects of bodily function. Therefore, if a person is deficient, they could reasonably experience many of the problems Formulated for Men promises to address.
However, these same sites, as well as organizations like the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Family Physicians (to name just a couple), indicate that unless you’re deficient, adding these vitamins and minerals to your diet likely won’t deliver meaningful benefits.
On the other hand, the bacteria species contained in Formulated for Men (B. Lactis, L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. helveticus, L. salivarius, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus), collectively known as probiotics, have been used for decades to help improve digestion and reduce gassiness and bloating.
With these details in mind, WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence to support the manufacturer’s claims for the remaining ingredients found in Formulated for Men.
Formulated for Women Supplement
Although the Le-vel website emphasizes that “the experience is gender specific,” Formulated for Women’s label reflects the exact same ingredients, in the exact same dosages, as the men’s version.
The only difference is that Women features a 1 mg higher concentration of ingredients in its proprietary blend (527 mg vs. 526 mg).
Ultra Micronized Lifestyle Shake Mix
Described by Le-vel as a nutrient and mineral-dense formula that can help support lean muscle, weight management, and fitness with the following ingredients:
- Vitamin A 2,500 IU
- Vitamin C 24 mg
- Vitamin D 200 IU
- Vitamin E 10.5 IU
- Thiamine 750 mcg
- Riboflavin 850 mcg
- Vitamin B6 1 mg
- Folate 200 mcg
- Biotin 135 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid 4 mg
- Calcium 400 mg
- Iodine 60 mcg
- Magnesium 100 mg
- Zinc 6.75 mg
- Selenium 14 mcg
- Copper 1 mg
- Manganese 600 mcg
- Chromium 60 mcg
- Molybdenum 38 mcg
- Proprietary Blend 1,595 mg: Garcinia Fruit Extract, Oat Fiber, Natural Caffeine from Black Tea, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Rice Bran, Amylase 5000, Bromelain 600GDU, Cardamom Seed Extract, Cellulase 1000, Ginger Root, Lipase 1000, Papain 6000, Protease 1000, Protease 5000, Cinnamon Bark Extract
As with the Men’s and Women’s supplements, most of these vitamins and minerals are essential for proper bodily function, and can lead to a lot of unwanted side effects if someone’s deficient.
However, sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence that they can deliver on Le-vel’s weight loss or fitness-related claims.
Premium Lifestyle DFT (Derma Fusion Technology)
This small skin patch in the Thrive Experience system promises to use special Derma Fusion Technology (DFT) to “infuse the derma (skin) with [a] unique, premium grade formula, and to result in a delivery rate benefiting the individual over an extended period of time.”
Specifically, they claim the greater bioavailability, absorption, and nutritional support delivered by DFT will help with appetite and weight management, mental acuity, and energy and circulation.
No dosages or actual delivery rates are listed on the Le-vel website, although we’re told the patch will provide the following ingredients: ForsLean®, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Garcinia Cambogia, CoQ10, White Willow Bark, Cosmoperine®, Limonene, Aloe Vera, and L-Arginine.
Referencing the same sites noted in previous sections, CoQ10 has been shown to provide potential benefits like reduced blood pressure and an improvement in some heart-related conditions, and white willow bark contains salicin, a chemical that relieves mild pain similar to aspirin. L-arginine is also listed as possibly effective for addressing issues like chest pain, erectile dysfunction, and high blood pressure, to name just a few.
The problem, according to Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS, a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and professionally trained chef, is that:
“In order to be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream, a compound needs to have at least two things going for it. It needs to be lipophilic, or fat-soluble. And it needs to be very, very small. A lot of the compounds found in commercially-marketed transdermal patches are neither.”
In other words, she explains, “I very highly doubt that much if any of the green tea extract or garcinia cambogia embedded in [a] weight loss patch is actually going to end up in your bloodstream. Then again, even if it did, it probably wouldn’t result in noticeable weight loss.”
She summarizes by saying, “Transdermal nutrition may indeed be the wave of the future! But I'm afraid the future is not yet here.”
Could Any Products in Thrive’s Experience Lineup Cause Side Effects?
Examine.com, WebMD, and the Natural Medicines Database report that most of these ingredients won’t cause side effects worse than mild nausea and digestive upset in most individuals.
However, with so many ingredients found in the Thrive Experience system, it’s always a wise idea to talk with your doctor about potential side effects and medication interactions before handing over your money.
With this said, it’s important to point out that Thrive’s Formulated supplements contain natural caffeine from black tea, while the Shake Mix also contains guarana caffeine and green tea caffeine. As such, if you’re especially sensitive to stimulants, make sure to bring this up when speaking with your physician.
Finally, Le-vel indicates that DFT is not suitable for those under 18 years of age, and you should consult with your doctor if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
How Much Do Thrive Experience Products Cost?
Thrive Experience system is available in a variety of packs, each of which includes enough product for four weeks:
- Lifestyle Pack – 2 Lifestyle Capsules each day, 1 Lifestyle Shake each day Monday through Thursday: $100/mo
- Tone Pack – 2 Lifestyle Capsules each day, 1–2 Lifestyle shakes each day in place of a breakfast or lunch: $140/mo
- Couples Pack – 2 Lifestyle Capsules each day, 1 Lifestyle Shake each day Monday through Thursday for you and your significant other: $200/mo
Customers can add daily DFT patches to each of these packages for an additional $50.
According to their terms, “Le-Vel offers a thirty (30) day return policy on all products sold to Retail Customers through Le-Vel Authorized Brand Promoters. Refunds for unopened and undamaged products will be issued at the original purchase price less a 10% restocking fee. Refunds for open, partially used or otherwise damaged products will be issued at 50% of the original purchase price. Any costs associated with shipping & handling will not be refunded or reimbursed.”
Assistance can be reached at 888-557-0005 or Support@Le-Vel.com.
What Can We Learn From Thrive Experience Reviews?
Although Frisco, TX-based Le-vel has been in business since 2012, and Thrive Experience is their cornerstone lineup, we found little-to-no direct online customer feedback at the time of our research.
However, after researching the system, dietitian Abby Langer emphasized “One thing I think you should know is that there has never been any research done to verify that THRIVE works. Search high and low, but you won’t find any.”
She was also confused by the exact purpose of Thrive’s Shake Mix, noting it’s “super low in calories and I can’t find anything in it of any value.”
In the end, she notes that customers should “leave it,” since she believes it’s “expensive multivitamins and useless other stuff packaged in a pretty way. And those patches…cute, but I’m not convinced they increase the efficacy of the product.”
Similarly, on the Diet vs. Disease blog, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Erin Peisach points out that the science behind the Thrive Experience system “doesn’t appear to hold up to marketing claims,” since “the individual ingredients included in the patch have only been shown to promote mild to no weight loss when used orally.”
Furthermore, she reports the “effect of these ingredients – used in combination and when absorbed through the skin – is not known. And it’s highly unlikely they do anything for you.”
And from an ‘opportunity' perspective, she points out that "getting your hands on this product requires locking in with an MLM called Le-Vel, which many report offer subpar customer service and expensive products."
“Honestly,” she concludes, “Thrive Patch is borderline a weight-loss scam.”
How Does the Thrive Experience Opportunity Work?
In addition to taking the Thrive Experience system, you can also earn money by becoming a Brand Promoter. The Le-vel website explains this opens up the opportunity to earn a percentage of all sales made by you and others on your team, and even earn $660.00 to $1,600.00 within your first week or two.
You can also earn an $800 monthly bonus to use toward a white or black BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or Cadillac, and can even qualify to receive an iPad Mini for free to help build your business.
This type of sales structure is known as multi-level marketing, or MLM for short. There are a lot of things you need to be aware of before entering into an agreement like this, so we’d strongly recommend reading Crucial Things You Must Know About Multi-Level Marketing Before Joining.
For full details about what you might earn by promoting the Thrive Experience, make sure that you carefully read through the Rewards Plan listed on Le-vel’s website.
Our Bottom Line
Le-vel Brands has been in business since 2012 (which can be a decent length of time for a company in the MLM industry), and they held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on more than 200 closed complaints, as of 8/13/18. Most related to no results and side from the Thrive Experience system, although a company representative responded in each instance.
On the other hand, we learned from sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD that there’s insufficient clinical evidence supporting Le-vel’s claims for Thrive’s different products, which was also indicated by two of the nutritionists cited above.
On top of this, if you’re looking to improve your health while also earning money, there are perhaps dozens of MLM-based health and weight loss companies and systems available for you to choose from.
But considering the fact that many of these systems come with similarly slim clinical support for their products, it’s important to consult with your doctor before making a financial commitment.
8 out 9 people found this review helpful
So when I started the THRIVE Plus capsules, I lost 3kgs in the first week! Yay, right?! No...I had diarrhea so bad, I was scared to leave the house! My rep asked me all kinds of questions and continually asking if I was drinking lots of water...yes I do, always have! I've always been pretty good with food, I try not to have a lot of bad foods, but I'm not strict with it. So, I have roughly two small meals a day and two snacks, sometimes no snacks...I've since gained back what I lost and feel crappy every day! I also noticed people in a group I was added to, that we should eat healthy and exercise...isn't that a diet? So my final question is, if a (strict) diet and exercise are needed to lose the weight, do we really need Thrive? Answer is...NO! If you go to the trouble of changing your diet completely and exercise more, you can do it without the added expense!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend