TruVision Review 2019 – Are truFIX & truControl Scams or Not?

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truvision  TruVision Health is a supplement company that is incredibly private in terms of information regarding its origin, where it is based, or basically anything. This is never a good sign in the supplement industry as you really want as much information as possible, you need the company to be completely transparent before you spend your money on it.

TruVision does not sell their products directly, nor do they use shops or websites, they instead use members of the public to sell their product. Making them a multi-level marketing company like Herbalife. There is nothing about MLM that guarantees that the product itself is bad, but many people will tell you that MLM companies are quite shady.

The line of thought goes, if this company’s product was so good why wouldn’t they just sell it themselves? Why bring in a middle man who has no marketing background? Why indeed. The real issue with this is that instead of properly explaining and selling the supplement itself, TruVision (and others like it) tend to concentrate on the business side of it.

Instead of concentrating on the scientific evidence that backs up their claims, they concentrate on how much money a guy can make selling their supplement. But let’s move on from the company’s business practices, and take a look at the products they sell.

There are many products that they sell, products designed to improve cardiovascular health, remove free radicals, and maintain healthy joints. Then they have collections of supplements designed to help improve sleep (tru Slumber), improve your blood chemistry (tru Fix).

There is also a supplement pack that is designed to help you lose weight (tru Weight & Energy) which was the subject of an FDA warning letter in September 2015 due to it containing DMBA (a stimulant drug similar to ephedrine).

On the one hand, having a supplement being investigated by the FDA isn’t exactly confidence building, but on the other hand DMBA is structurally similar to Ephedrine which was banned for being dangerous – but was also used by millions of people without incident before banning.

There’s an argument here that the FDA is a little to ban-happy when it comes to some supplements, but cigarettes and alcohol are seen as perfectly safe. But that is an argument for another day, and it is undeniable that a company claiming their supplement to be made from “all natural ingredients” yet using a banned synthetic stimulant [1] is rather immoral.

Now, it is unlikely that the Tru Weight & Energy supplement still contains DMAA, meaning that this product is probably perfectly safe to consume. But today we will look at a different product from the TruVision line. We will look at the weight loss combination that consists of truCONTROL and truFIX

What does truFIX claim?

Tru Fix claims to “Tone up your blood chemistry” which really is a ridiculous promise. How can you tone up blood? Crazy phrasing aside, Tru Fix claims to improve cholesterol, help with blood sugar regulation, and help keep your liver healthy.

The active ingredients are listed as: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Cinnulin, Chromium, Raspberry Ketones, Magnesium, and Copper. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the ingredients, to see how effective Tru Fix is.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

– ALA is a pretty decent anti-oxidant, in 2008 a six month long study on patients with HIV found ALA to increase total body anti-oxidant stores [2]. ALA may also have a positive effect on inflammation [3], though there aren’t enough studies to prove this yet. You can get ALA through regular diet as it is found in meat, fruit and vegetables. So it might not be that crucial an ingredient.

Cinnulin

– This is an extract from Cinnamon, which has been shown to prevent blood sugar spikes, and improve glucose use in the body. A study by Ziegenfuss et al (2006) found that Cinnulin also improved Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) [4]. According to examine.com cinnamon might also have a positive effect on Cholesterol levels [5]. So far most of Tru Fix’s claims have been backed up by these two ingredients alone.

Chromium

– This is an essential mineral that our bodies need to function properly, luckily it is contained in many foods that we eat daily. Meat, potatoes, broccoli, eggs, fish, oatmeal, cheese, and herbs. If you have a Chromium deficiency then you might see some benefits to supplementation, but if you eat a normal diet then this product will like as not do nothing for you.

Raspberry Ketones

– A few years ago Raspberry Ketones were being touted as the next big thing in fat loss supplements. There does seem to be some evidence that in very high doses Raspberry Ketones can produce a fat loss effect, but this was found in rats not humans.

There appears to be no real benefits to taking Raspberry Ketones at all, and as they have no effects on cholesterol, blood sugar regulation or liver health it is unclear as to why they have been added. However to be fair, the company makes it clear that they are not effective on their own as a fat burner (something most companies would avoid admitting). Instead the company claims that they may prevent the build up of plaque in arterial walls.

Magnesium

– This is an excellent and underappreciated supplement which can really help people who have a deficiency. Magnesium can help lower blood pressure [6] and lower blood glucose levels back to normal (for people who have elevated levels obviously). If you are currently consuming a Magnesium-rich diet (eat lots of leafy greens) then you won’t see a benefit from supplementing with Magnesium.

Copper

– While copper is an essential mineral with an anti-oxidative effect, according to examine.com it is abundant in our diet and there are no benefits in taking Copper as a supplement [7].

Tru Fix does seem to do exactly what it claims, and there is evidence to support this. However there are a lot of ingredients that are pretty much useless. They don’t add anything, but luckily they don’t take anything away either. On the whole this is a fairly decent product.

What does truControl claim?

Tru Control is really the main product in this combo pack, there are a lot of people who would like to lower cholesterol, improve liver function, and lower blood pressure. But there are more people out there who want to increase their metabolism and lose fat. Tru Control is the product that offers this.

Tru Control offers to: Boost metabolism, suppress appetite, increase energy, and “optimize body fat” (whatever that means). The active ingredients in Tru Control are: Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, Cocoa Powder, Yohimbine, and Octodrine.

None of these ingredients is given an amount, which is always a negative as it makes it difficult to measure their effectiveness. Is there 200mg of caffeine or 2mg? Don’t know. Not good enough! But we’ll briefly assess the effectiveness of each ingredient none the less.

Caffeine

– In the correct dosage of 3-4mg/kg body weight caffeine can be a fantastic performance enhancer, which can increase metabolism and fat oxidation [7]. It can also improve your results in the gym [8] which would also help to improve fat loss. Sadly we have absolutely no idea how much caffeine is stored in each capsule, meaning that for all we know there could be a insignificant amount that leads to no benefits whatsoever!

In fact this would be more likely, as a high dose for a 100kg man would be very dangerous for a 50kg man. So if the dosage was not specified you’d have to assume that the company would err on the side of caution.

Green Tea Extract

– While Green Tea extract has been found to increase metabolism and fat oxidation [9], it only seems to have an effect on non-habitual caffeine drinkers [10]. Which means that it might not work for a lot of people who enjoy caffeine on a regular basis. If you typically avoid caffeine then you might get some good results from it.
Cocoa Powder – This seems to improve blood flow [11] and may lower blood pressure in people with Hypertension [12]. Cocoa Powder does not have any fat burning properties though, and won’t boost metabolism (otherwise Dark Chocolate would be a health-food).

Yohimbine

– This is a decent fat-burning ingredient that works on both obese and lean individuals (something that does not happen with most supplements) [13]. As with caffeine, the effectiveness of Yohimbine is dose dependent and many supplement manufacturers don’t use anywhere near as much as is needed for it to be effective. This is partly because Yohimbine increases adrenaline, which is what makes it effective but can also lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Octodrine

– This is the synthetic stimulant that the FDA has banned, it does seem to be very effective but it is most likely going to be removed from Tru Control (or has already been removed).

Bottom Line?

Combining Yohimbine, Caffeine, and Octodrine at their correct levels would be pretty dangerous (your blood pressure would be through the roof!). So Tru Vision would most likely only use small amounts of each – so what is the point? Why not just use one of these stimulants at a decent dose?

The complete lack of information regarding dosages makes it impossible to properly review this product. There are a lot of decent ingredients within the combo pack but for all we know there is only a negligible amount so that the company can add it to the ingredients list.

Conclusion

Tru Vision might have some decent products here, but until they let us know the amount of caffeine, green tea extract etc in their product we will never know. The price for the two supplements together seems to work out at $50 for 2 weeks (or $1,300 per year) which is astonishingly expensive. The fact that Tru Vision is also a Multi Level Marketing Business is also a huge downside.

Probably best to avoid this company, though the products themselves might be okay the lack of clarity is a major stumbling block.

References

[1] U.S. Food & Drug Administration. 2015. TruVision Health LLC 9/21/15. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2015/ucm464091.htm [Accessed 23 November 2016].

[2] Jariwalla, R., Lalezari, J., Cenko, D., Mansour, S., Kumar, A., Gangapurkar, B., Nakamura, D. 2008. Restoration of blood total glutathione status and lymphocyte function following alpha-lipoic acid supplementation in patients with HIV infection. Journal of Alternative & Complimentary Medicine 14(2): 139-46

[3] Sola, S., Mir, M., Cheema, F., Khan-Merchant, N., Menon, R., Parthasarathy, S., Khan, B. 2005. Irbesartan and lipoic acid improve endothelial function and reduce markers of inflammation in the metabolic syndrome: results of the Irbesartan and Lipoic Acid in Endothelial Dysfunction (ISLAND) study. Circulation 111(3): 343-8

[4] Ziegenfuss, T., Hofheins, J., Mendel, R., Landis, J., Anderson, R. 2006. Effects of a water-soluble Cinnamon extract on body composition and features of the metabolic syndrome in pre-diabetic men and women. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 3(2): 45-53

[5] Examine.com. 2014. Cinnamon. [ONLINE] Available at: https://examine.com/supplements/Cinnamon/. [Accessed 24 November 2016].

[6] Hatzistavri, L., Sarafidis, P., Georgianos, P., Tziolas, I., Aroditis, C., Zebekakis, P., Pikilidou, M., Lasaridis., A. 2009. Oral magnesium supplementation reduces ambulatory blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension 22(10): 1070-5

[7] Rumpler, W., Seale, J., Clevidence, B., Judd, J., Wiley, E., Yamamoto, S., Komatsu, T., Sawaki, T., Ishikura, Y., Hosoda, K. (2001) Oolong Tea increases Metabolic Rate and Fat Oxidation in Men. The Journal of Nutrition 131(11): 2848-2852

[8] Wiles, J., Coleman, D., Tegerdine, M. Swaine, I. 2006. The effects of caffeine ingestion on performance time, speed and power during a laboratory-based 1 km cycling time trial. Journal of Sports Sciences 24(11): 1165-1171

[9] Dulloo, A., Duret, C., Rohrer, D., Girardier, L., Mensi, N., Fathi, M., Chantre, P., Vandermander, J. (1999) Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. American Society for Clinical Nutrition 70(6): 1040-1045

[10] Hursel, R., Viechtbauer, W., Westerterp-Plantenga, M. 2009. The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: a meta-analysis. International Journal of Obesity 33(9): 956-61

[11] Monahan, K., Feehan, R., Kunselman, A., Preston, A., Miller, D., Lott, M. 1985. Dose-dependent increases in flow-mediated dilation following acute cocoa ingestion in healthy older adults. Journal of Applied Physiology 111(6): 1568-74

[12] Grassi, D., Lippi, C., Necozione, S., Desideri, G., Ferri, C. 2005. Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 81(3): 611-4

[13] Ostojic, S. 2006. Yohimbine: the effects on body composition and exercise performance in soccer players. Research in Sports Medicine 14(4): 289-99


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About the Author Matthew Smith

Matt Smith is a fitness and nutrition writer with more than 10 years experience as a personal trainer, and a degree in Sports Science from London Metropolitan University. He has written for many fitness websites, and runs his own blog and podcast at beernbiceps.com

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