2000px-000080_Navy_Blue_Square.svgNothing. Absolutely Nothing. I have to be honest upfront. There is no new Advocare study. There has never been an Advocare study old or new to show that Advocare products are good. Advocare was founded in 1993 by Charles Ragus – a man with zero education in health but great experience in marketing and direct sales. In over 20 years there has not been a single study to show Advocare products are more effective than a placebo or any other product.

There is only one study I could find with Advocare products. The study actually received first place awards at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter’s Research Symposium. The involved nutritional supplement was Advocare O2 Gold, which claimed to increase aerobic endurance. According to the study results, the supplement did not have a significant short-term effect on participants. To put it bluntly, Advocare O2 Gold is useless.

So why hasn’t there been studies (other than the one that shows Advocare 02 gold is useless) to show Advocare works? The answer is very simple. The leaders of Advocare are very smart businessmen; they are very good at making money. They know their products are no better than the cheap stuff on department store shelves. They know the study results would not be good. How would one know this? Because they use the same cheap, poor quality, synthetic ingredients!

Now we don’t have any studies that show Advocare products are good. However, there are many studies which show some of the synthetic vitamin ingredients used by Advocare are harmful. Here are just a few:

The Alpha-Tocopherol Beta Carotene (ATBC) Trial observed a higher mortality rate in the ISOLATED SYNTHETIC beta-carotene group and no treatment effect in the ISOLATED alpha-tocopherol group (Blumberg, J, Block, G. The Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study in Finland. Nutr Rev. 1994;52(7):242-245).

The Heart Outcomes Prevention and Evaluation (HOPE) study reported greater all-cause mortality with ISOLATED vitamin E (tocopherol) supplementation (Yusuf, S. et al. Vitamin E supplementation and cardiovascular events in high-risk patients. The Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation Study Investigators. N Engl J Med. 2000 342(3) : 154-160).

Dietary consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids lowers risk of lung cancer, CHD, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. Intervention trials of SYNTHETIC, ISOLATED supplemental beta-carotene increased the risk of lung cancer in smokers (van Helden et al, Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Jan 15;46(2):299-304).

What numerous studies do show is a diet rich in whole food fruits and vegetables improves countless health measures. If you do spend money on supplements, make sure they are whole food supplements, the vitamins in the supplement are exactly the same form as found in nature, and most importantly, avoid the synthetics!

Now I know there are a lot of Advocare distributors out there who are looking to “build champions” and give you an “opportunity” (truth – make money off you) that are going to start spewing out their personal stories or claiming that because Advocare pays some athletes to use the product they must be good. Why personal stories you may ask? That is because they have zero research to cite! You can read some of the hilarious comments left on my Advocare posts (Part 1 and Part 2) by angry distributors. Those posts will show you how bad the ingredients really are.

Adcovare distributors will tell you how much more energy they have. Yes, the caffeine that Advocare loves to add to their products will give you more energy. So will a healthier, less expensive cup of coffee. Some will talk about their short term weight loss. That happens for two reasons. One is from the dietary changes that many do when starting the product, which is a good thing. The second is the laxative effect of the “cleanse” products, which is a bad thing. I highly doubt that poop and water weight is the weight-loss people are looking for. If a distributor tries to tell you that the Advocare products work “synergistically” with a healthy diet to make it more effective, please just slap them for using such a BS marketing line to try and make a sale. Okay, no slapping people. Just ask them for the research that proves this. Deer in headlight look to follow.

Some multilevel companies take the laxative effect the extra mile. In the bio cleanse by Plexus or alkalete by Yoli you find magnesium hydroxide aka Milk of Magnesia. You can buy a gallon of milk of magnesia for $25 and really get the bowels moving.

In summary. Do not buy products that have absolutely zero research to show they are healthy or effective. Especially don’t spend money on the ones in which the only study available shows it is junk (Advocare). Do not trust the personal stories from the people who are trying to make a buck off of you. If you have taken a product and felt short term energy gains or lost some weight, ask yourself what actually caused that. Was it the caffeine and laxative effects of the product? Most likely.

DO NOT take health advice from your friend or co-worker who has zero education in nutrition or health care. It boggles my mind that people who spend $79 to become a distributor, attend a “mixer” or two, and maybe a RaRa event in Texas, will actually have the nerve to tell people they know how to make them healthier. I’ve got over 500 college credits under my belt and have read countless books on how to maximize health. If you have truly done thorough studying on the subject, there is no way you would pay for this stuff. Would you take finance and investment advise from someone with zero education in the subject? PicMonkey Collage1

Can you think of anything more important than your health? Sadly, many people don’t appreciate health as the most important thing in their life until they have lost some of it. Do not trust something as important as your health with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, whomever it is that most likely has no clue what they are talking about with your health! They are more concerned with their pocket book than your health.

Think about this if you buy Advocare. You are paying a lot of money for a product that uses the same ingredients as the cheapest products you can find at Walmart, that has no short or long term studies to show it is safe, no short or long term studies to show it is effective, and based solely on the personal stories of those trying to make money off of you. It makes no sense!

Whatever money you were thinking about spending on Advocare, Plexus, Isagenix, any of them…take that money to the grocery store and buy some broccoli, spinach, ginger, asparagus, fresh fruit, olive oil, eggs, sweet potatoes, any fresh fruits and vegetables. It is without question healthier, less expensive, tastes better and is something you can easily do the rest of your life if you just create the habit.