MNS stands for ‘Metabolic Nutrition System’, which is fine, but we can’t escape the immediate association with Motor Neuron Syndrome – not the best.
MNS 3 is one of the many supplements produced by the industry giant AdvoCare International. AdvoCare manufactures and markets a wide range of supplement products designed to benefit all sorts of areas of your physical and mental health, but recently MNS 3 has been one of their most stand-alone products.
MNS 3 is designed to make the physical aspects of losing weight easier while improving your mental state too. An interesting selling point, but one that quickly has us puzzling over the ingredients and wondering what could be in here that classes it as a legal nervous-system targeting drug.
AdvoCare takes care to only allow distribution of its products directly from the company itself, so it follows that they’re proud of what they’re producing here. Is this pride justified?
What is it?
AdvoCare MNS 3 is sold as a comprehensive health supplement. This product is more ambitious than a simple weight-loss aid, it also aims to work as a source of multiple essential micronutrients. This is a big selling point for sure. With so many supplements on the market, looking for one that offers a greater impact on your general health and wellbeing is an excellent approach to take.
Each MNS 3 system provides users with pre-packaged strips that last for 14days exactly. There are 4 separate sections within each strip, each containing a selection of capsule to be taken at different points throughout the day.
- 1 capsule of probiotic restore
- 2 capsules of Calcium plus
- 1 capsule of Actotherm SR
- 2 capsules of Biotherm
- 2 capsules of Calcium plus
Packet to be consumed with a meal:
- 3 caplets of Coreplex
- 1 CardioQ Capsule
Second packet to be consumed with a meal:
- 2 soft gels of Omegaplex
What Does It Do?
By giving consumers a regime to follow and having them take multiple different AdvoCare-developed formulas at different times of the day, MNS 3 aims to have several benefits on your body. All these benefits are designed to promote general health and well-being, increased energy levels, and healthy weight loss.
MNS 3 receives large numbers of positive customer reviews implying that consumers can achieve great results regardless of age or gender. The ease of use that this supplement provides with its clearly structured packaging is a major plus point.
With consumers raving about the benefits of requiring no further health supplements alongside this AdvoCare product, the concept is a winning one. The key lies in discovering if the science is there to back up the results that MNS 3 consumers see.
Supplements that contain as many stimulants as MNS 3 (Guarana seed extract being the main source of caffeine in this supplement ) typically accredit their weight loss to raising consumers baseline metabolic rates. The logic behind this sentiment is fair enough: by boosting your metabolism, you can prevent calories consumed going un-used and being stored as fat and encourage your body to burn preexisting fat for energy as well.
Obviously, there are several different capsules that need to be discussed here. AdvoCare MNS 3 has a very extensive list of components – even for a weight loss supplement.
The CardioQ capsules contain CoQ10, vitamin D, and Lycopene. The aim of this capsule is to support cardiovascular health and healthy aging.
CoQ10, an essential nutrient that acts as an antioxidant within the body . CoQ10 is required for multiple metabolic processes including the conversation of nutrients to energy in mitochondria and as a coenzyme in the digestion of food. The benefits of supplementing CoQ10 are well researched, and we would highly recommend considering it if your heart health is your concern. Where weight loss is concerned, although CoQ10 does play a role in ATP synthesis and it could leave you feeling more energized, no direct link to weight loss has been found.
Vitamin D and lycopene are also two substances that process strong nutritional links with cardiovascular health , so the pairing of these with CoQ10 is a logical one.
An AdvoCare blend that utilizes the ‘powerful’ botanicals: cinnamon, got kola, gingko biloba, peppermint.
This blend is accredited with creating more sustained and consistent energy levels throughout the day, but it’s likely ineffective. Many botanical supplements are very holistic in their use, and little scientific data is available to back up the claims made by outdated theorizing .
– Biotherm [5,6]
Another set of botanical ingredients derived from tea leaves, with the more useful addition of B vitamins.
The claim is that together these ingredients will assist your body in ‘stabilizing itself’ – whatever that is meant to mean.
Realistically, you should never complain about getting in some extra B vitamins, especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan. Vitamin B plays key roles in the maintenance of an efficient metabolism – but we highly doubt that taking it alongside various botanical extracts is increasing its potency.
Coreplex contains what AdvoCare considers optimal levels of essential vitamins and nutrients as well as some trace minerals.
A supposed 36 nutrients are present within these capsules to promote the ideal of healthy bone structure, muscle, connective tissue, and skin. This is obviously very interesting since there are only 26 essential vitamins and minerals.
Things are at least beginning to look little more positive when we see a supplement drop some essential omega 3 fatty acids on the table.
Omegaplex capsules contain at least 300mg EPA and 200mg DHA. DHA is the most important of the omega 3s, but since EPA is converted more directly into DHA than the less favorable omega 3 ALA, this is a great omega 3 ratio to see in a supplement [7,8].
– Probiotic Restore 
With an aim to replenish the normal microflora of the gut, each probiotic capsule contains 2 billion colony-forming units.
Probiotics and prebiotics support a healthy digestive microflora, which plays an important role in digestive problems and recovery from them.
– Calcium Plus
Calcium is typically supplemented to aide our bones and teeth, but for calcium supplementation to be effective, you need several other nutrients alongside it.
Calcium plus capsules also contain vitamins C, D and K, therefore providing an excellent formula for the maintenance of healthy teeth and bones .
Overview: Does it Work?
For some users, yes.
Claims of customer weight loss results thanks to MNS 3 exist, but troublingly some attribute their weight loss to the side-effects brought about by the product as opposed to its desired impact. These side effects seem to be brought on by the levels of caffeine within the product. Those who describe the ill effects do so using words such as ‘jittery’.
Restlessness, insomnia, and headaches are all described, but most commonly mild nausea and diarrhea can occur, and it is these that are likely to be influencing consumer waistlines.
While some of the individual ingredients in AdvoCare MNS 3 are proven to provide a moderate metabolic boost and other health benefits, MNS 3’s specific combinations have not been clinically evaluated.
With no reliable data on the topic, it’s difficult for us to determine whether this formula is at all better than any other out there on the market.
For Your Consideration: The Price Point
Taking into consideration MNS 3’s collection of ingredients, it is plausible you may see some health benefits because of consistent supplementation, but you’re going to want to consider if you could obtain similar benefits at a lesser cost.
AdvoCare MNS 3 is marked at $45.95 for 14 days’ worth of supplement; this could be considered extortionate. It’s simple enough to put your own comparable vitamin routine together at a fraction of this cost.
MNS 3 certainly has a strong background behind it. The supplement comes from a long-standing industry name and manages to squeeze in several promising ingredients.
However, the bottom line here is that the claims made about this product are simply not backed by accurate science and published research. Marry this to a price tag too high for most to consider reasonable and things aren’t looking as hopeful.
We simply can’t recommend a product that’s going to make such a big impact on your wallet when it possesses no studies or clinical research to prove its worth.
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Emily has spent the last 8 years comparing, reviewing and analyzing ingredients in the supplements industry. She has worked extensively with dieticians, nutritionists and personal trainers to separate fact from fiction and help people achieve their fitness goals. In her free time she works and enjoys the outdoors with her husband and 2 children.