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Rechallenging patients with the same product led to hepatotoxicity, confirming the role of C. However, there have been cases of liver failure caused by green tea extract C. The liver biopsy obtained in our patient who took Hydroxycut showed multi-lobular necrosis consistent with acute toxic necrosis and fulminant hepatitis. These findings are similar to the findings in patients with liver injury associated with green tea extract C. The exact mechanism of hepatotoxicity induced by Hydroxycut is unknown.

However, as this product contains green tea extract C. Prior investigation into the mechanism of hepatotoxicity by green tea extract was inconclusive[ 21 ]. Others have hypothesized that a possible allergic reaction to the green tea extract, contamination during the production of the extract or a metabolic idiosyncrasy are possible mechanisms of liver injury in these patients[ 16 ]. Both of our patients took several Herbalife weight-loss herbal products concurrently, similar to most of the previously reported cases of hepatotoxicity due to Herbalife products[ 8 - 11 ].

Therefore, it is difficult to identify the exact ingredient or mechanism that causes the liver injury, as in the previously documented cases[ 8 - 11 ]. In a previously reported case, one investigator was able to isolate contamination with Bacillus subtilis , in which the bacterial supernatant caused dose-dependent increase of LDH leakage in HepG2 cells[ 8 ].

Although not commonly known as a human pathogen, B. Investigators have also suggested that another explanation for hepatotoxicity due to Herbalife products could be secondary to locally restricted contamination with chemicals such as softeners, preservatives, flavor enhancers, pesticides, or heavy metals either intentionally added during the production process or contained in the unrefined raw herb extracts[ 24 ].

This contamination hypothesis could also explain the different patterns of pathology seen on liver biopsy specimens previously observed in patients with hepatotoxicity from Herbalife products as both predominantly cholestatic injury pattern and acute hepatitis pattern have been reported[ 8 - 11 ].

Our patients had findings consistent with acute hepatitis due to drug-induced liver injury on their liver biopsy specimens. Due to the obesity epidemic, the usage of weight-loss herbal supplements has flourished. Green tea extract is one of the key components in many of the over-the-counter weight-loss herbal supplements.

Although significant liver injury induced by herbal supplements taken for weight loss purposes is a rare event, we cannot ignore the fact that there have been multiple reported cases in the medical literature of hepatotoxicity associated with weight-loss herbal supplements including Hydroxycut and Herbalife products.

Even though our patients successfully recovered from the adverse reactions, we must bear in mind that the hospitalization and medical care of these patients were associated with significant cost and healthcare resource utilization, while there is no evidence that herbal supplements can help with weight-loss[ 26 ]. We must also consider the impact on patients with underlying chronic liver disease, in whom herbal weight loss medications could cause worsening in their synthetic function and even fulminant failure.

In May of , the US Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products, citing linkage to liver damage in one patient who died due to liver failure[ 27 ]. However, Hydroxycut products are currently still available in many parts of the world. Likewise, Herbalife products are widely available globally.

Furthermore, our cases once again demonstrated the importance of questioning patients regarding the usage of herbal or nutritional supplements at the time of evaluation.

Sforza 28, Milano , Italy. Recent trends in use of herbal and other natural products. Two patients with acute liver injury associated with use of the herbal weight-loss supplement hydroxycut. Acute liver injury associated with the herbal supplement hydroxycut in a soldier deployed to Iraq. Shim M, Saab S. Severe hepatotoxicity due to Hydroxycut: Severe hepatotoxicity following ingestion of Herbalife nutritional supplements contaminated with Bacillus subtilis.

Association between consumption of Herbalife nutritional supplements and acute hepatotoxicity. Herbal does not mean innocuous: Hepatotoxicity associated with the consumption of herbal slimming products.

Med Clin Barc ; Hepatotoxicity associated with supplements containing Chinese green tea Camellia sinensis Ann Intern Med. Fulminant hepatitis during self-medication with hydroalcoholic extract of green tea. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. Green tea extracts and acute liver failure: Bjornsson E, Olsson R.

Serious adverse liver reactions associated with herbal weight-loss supplements. Acute liver failure induced by green tea extracts: Acute hepatitis due to Exolise, a Camellia sinensis dried ethanolic extract [letter] Med Clin Barc ; Acute hepatitis associated with Camellia thea and Orthosiphon stamineus ingestion [letter] Gastroenterol Hepatol.

Hepatotoxicity associated with green tea extracts [electronic letter]. Toxicity of green tea extracts and their constituents in rat hepatocytes in primary culture. Bacillus cereus and other Bacillus species. Bacillus subtilis as a cause of cholangitis in polycystic kidney and liver disease. N Engl J Med. Slimming at all costs: Supplemental products used for weight loss. J Am Pharm Assoc ; Published online February This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.

Aloe has been widely used in phytomedicine. Phytomedicine describes aloe as a herb which has anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-aging effects. In recent years several cases of aloe-induced hepatotoxicity were reported. But its pharmacokinetics and toxicity are poorly described in the literature.

Here we report three cases with aloe-induced toxic hepatitis. A yr-old woman, a yr-old woman and a yr-old woman were admitted to the hospital for acute hepatitis.

They had taken aloe preparation for months. Their clinical manifestation, laboratory findings and histologic findings met diagnostic criteria RUCAM scale of toxic hepatitis.

Upon discontinuation of the oral aloe preparations, liver enzymes returned to normal level. Aloe should be considered as a causative agent in hepatotoxicity. The demand for dietary supplements has continually increased in recent years as the concept of 'well being' widely spread in Korea. The market value for dietary supplements in Korea was approximately billion won million USD in year 1 , and personal spending was approximately , won USD per year in 2.

One of the leading products in Korea's dietary supplements market is aloe. Aloe has been purported to have positive effects on wound healing, recovery from burn injury, cell growth, and immune modulation.

However, cases of aloe-induced toxic hepatitis have been reported since We report 3 cases of aloe-induced toxic hepatitis in Korea. Case 1 A yr-old female patient with a 2 month history of dyspepsia was presented to our department. Past medical history and family history did not reveal any significant disease.

She also used drugs for arthralgia intermittently for several years. She did not take any alcohol. She had taken aloe tablets containing mg of an extract of Aloe arborescens and On admission, the patient's physical examination was normal.

Preparation of aloe which the patient had taken. A Container bottle and tablets. B Packs of aloe extract. Anti-HBs IgG was positive. Autoimmune markers were all negative. Abdominal ultrasonography showed reduced echogenicity of liver. Dilatation of intra- or extrahepatic bile ducts was absent. Liver biopsy revealed moderate portal infiltrates consisting of eosinophilis, neutrophils, and monocytes. There were inflammatory cell infiltration and acidophil body on the hepatic lobule.

There was no bile stasis Fig. Histopathological findings of the liver. Aloe tablets was immediately discontinued. ALT as well as total bilirubin gradually returned to normal level over several weeks Fig. Upon discontinuation of the oral aloe preparation, liver enzymes returned to normal level.

Case 2 A yr-old female patient was presented to our department with a week history of fatigue. The patient did not take any alcohol or durgs. She had taken aloe powder containing mg of an extract of Aloe vera Fig. Physical examination revealed jaundice on her sclera. She was the sales person of the aloe product she was taking. Abdominal ultrasonography was normal. Liver biopsy revealed severe portal and lobular infiltrates consisting of neutrophils and monocytes.

There were several acidophilic bodies and ballooning cell change in hepatic lobule. There were bile-stasis and bile stained Kupffer cells Fig. Aloe extract was immediately discontinued. We explained to her about the aloe-induced hepatotoxity and advised not to take it anymore. However, the patient started taking the same aloe extract again 1 month after her discharge from the hospital. Since a hepatitis recurred after re-challenge of aloe extract, we could confirm her diagnosis as aloe-induced toxic hepatitis.

The type of liver injury was determined as 'hepatocellular' since R ratio was After re-challenge arrow , liver enzymes go up again. Six months later, the patient was presented to our department with a 2 week history of jaundice. We recommended admission, but she refused to be admitted and she never visited our hospital again. Case 3 A yr-old female patient was presented to our department with a 3 month history of epigastric discomfort. The patient did not take any alcohol or drugs. She had taken aloe extracts Fig.

On admission, the patient's physical examination was normal except mild tenderness on epigastric area. Autoimmune markers were negative. Abdominal ultrasonography showed increased echogenicity of liver. After 4 days, she visited our department for follow-up.

The major driving force for the growth of the dietary supplements market is the perception that 'they are safe because they are natural'. However, the recently reported cases of hepatotoxicity induced by natural substances 8 indicate that natural substances may not be entirely safe. There are about species of aloe. Among them, particularly aloe vera has been used in phytomedicine. There have been positive reports on aloe vera as anti-inflammatory, anticancer, analgesic, anti-aging as well as liver protective.

But, clinical effectiveness of aloe vera was not sufficiently defined because there were no large and randomized studies 9. In , Korea's National Institute of Safety Research conducted an experiment on the efficacy and toxicity of aloe There was no difference of natural killer cell activity between the aloe vera gel treated and control animals.

To observe the toxicity of aloe gel, rats were given the high dose aloe orally. Any adverse effects were not detected in hematological test, serum biochemistry, and histopathological examination.

There are no specific tests or diagnostic criteria for herbinduced hepatic injury. Careful history taking, laboratory finding, and histopathology are used to diagnose it. The best way to determine causing agent is re-challenging.

But it is not ethical and not applicable. Since patients usually do not regard dietary supplements as 'real' medicine, they may fail to mention it when physicians query medication history. Physicians should keep in mind that dietary supplements can be the cause of hepatotoxicity when querying medication history, and should educate the lay public.

There are three types of acute liver injury by drug or herb Our cases are characterized as hepatocellular; there is a predominant initial elevation of the ALT level. There are two proposed pathogeneses of drug induced liver disease It is more likely that an idiosyncratic immunological mechanism hypersensitivity is responsible for the cases. A role for hypersensitivity is further supported by the presence of eosinophilic granulocytes in the periportal fields seen in the biopsy.

Hypersensitivity to aloe has been described in humans 14 , and the patch test or allergic skin test showed positive results Herb induced liver injury is an important problem in clinical setting, because it can be an etiology of undiagnosed acute hepatitis.

However, there are few available data about the incidence and clinical manifestation of dietary supplements such as aloe. Our cases emphasize that physicians should consider various dietary supplements as causative agents for hepatotoxicity. Food and Drug Statistical Yearbook. Korea Food and Drug Administration. Aug, [accessed 0ct 27]. The survey for the actual condition of drug medication and development of health care cost associated with toxic liver injury in Korean: Acute hepatitis induced by an aloe vera preparation: Aloe vera-induced acute toxic hepatitis in a healthy young man.

Eur J Intern Med. Oral aloe vera-induced hepatitis. Criteria of drug-induced liver disorders. Report of an international consensus meeting. Vogler BK, Ernst E.

Br J Gen Pract. Studies of the effectiveness and toxicity of aloe vera gel. The report of National Institute of Safety Research. Clinical features and diagnosis of drug induced liver injury. Pathologic features of toxic and drug induced liver injury. A case of hypersensitivity associated with oral aloe agent.

J Asthma Allergy Clin Immunol. Herbalife, Liver, Hepatotoxicity, Weight loss products, Dietary supplements. Case 1 involved a patient who did not consume Herbalife products, while Cases 2 and 3 each reportedly consumed various Herbalife products. Herbalife fundamentally disagrees with the conclusions made by the authors with regard to any cause and effect relationship related to the intake of Herbalife products.

First, Herbalife is not a single product and no unique suspect product or ingredient has been implicated in this paper amongst the reported cases.

In addition, the authors arbitrarily compared cases involving the use of a single product Hydroxycut with patients who consumed a group of totally unrelated products produced by the company Herbalife. To bundle a brand of products such as Herbalife with another company that sells different products simply because they are all dietary supplements is not valid.

Finally, there are specific considerations, in regard to the two patients who consumed Herbalife products, that would render many of the observations and conclusions discussed by the authors as speculative and unsubstantiated. The specific and factual points supporting these views are further detailed below.

Case 2 describes a year-old female who developed symptoms of abdominal pain, mild nausea, and painless jaundice 1 mo prior to presenting at the hospital[ 1 ]. Several pertinent negatives were disclosed by the authors, including autoimmune markers and viral serology. According to the authors, the patient did not report any pre-existing medical conditions for which the onset had preceded the use of Herbalife products. This opinion contradicts repeated statements by the authors that acute liver injury in each case report was due to the use of herbal weight loss products.

In addition, the etiology of the pre-existing condition was not identified by the authors, and there was no discussion regarding the role of the condition in the acute onset of her symptoms.

Furthermore, the dosage and frequency at which this patient consumed Herbalife products is unknown. In the absence of the aforementioned data, the exclusion of possible differential diagnoses is not well-supported. Case 3 describes a year-old female who developed symptoms of painless jaundice and pruritus 3 wk prior to presenting at the hospital[ 1 ].

The authors further stated that the patient had not been prescribed any new medications, which implies that she may have been taking other agents concomitantly. However, information regarding the use of concomitant medications, or the conditions for which she may have been receiving treatment, was not disclosed. In addition to the absence of the aforementioned pertinent patient data, there are various refutable facts that remain in regard to the comments and conclusions made by the authors.

In their WJH article, the authors concluded that it was difficult to isolate a single ingredient or mechanism associated with acute liver injury for either patient consuming Herbalife products[ 1 ]. In an effort to discuss potential causative agents for the reported conditions in these patients, the authors extraneously reference previously published case reports involving Herbalife products, including those of two consumers who reportedly developed hepatotoxicity following exposure to Bacillus subtilis B.

In review of this reference, it has been noted that there were various critical deficiencies in the scientific methodology used to isolate B.

Neither patient reported symptoms consistent with classical B. Furthermore, the investigators did not enumerate the levels of B. This was a crucial step missing in the reported investigation as all previous documented reports find that high levels of the organism must be consumed to cause illness. Herbalife products, consumed by the patients described in the WJH article, to date show no evidence of B.

This bacterium is actually ubiquitous in nature and generally recognized as safe with a history of safe use in food, and is considered to be safe for the production of enzymes or ingredients for use in food[ 3 ]. There have been reported cases of B. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that B.

The WJH authors also suggest intentional or incidental contamination of Herbalife ingredients and identify various potential sources, including unrefined raw herbal extracts, heavy metals, pesticides, and additives[ 1 ]. However, some of the additives mentioned as potential contaminants by the authors e. In addition, authors also reference an article from that reviews possible contamination sources inherent to herbal remedies marketed without proper quality control measures in place[ 5 ].

Herbalife is not specifically implicated in the referenced article, yet the authors imply that Herbalife product contamination and lack of quality control contributed to the liver injury. Herbalife has rigorous processes in place concerning quality control, including extensive safety reviews based on existing literature for product ingredients, testing to confirm that labeled ingredients are present in finished goods, and to assure all tested ingredients meet product specifications on an ongoing basis.

In addition to complying with cGMP regulations, Herbalife acts in accordance with other generally recognized industry standards or requirements by sourcing and testing raw materials to further ensure that the final product complies with specifications for identity, purity, potency and contaminants. The authors also try to implicate the Camellia sinensis C. The most important safety consideration for green tea is the extraction method. The historical data supporting the safety of green tea is based on the consumption of an aqueous extract over thousands of years, specifically, the typical three cups per day that are commonly consumed in Asian countries.

Aqueous extracts of green tea are quite different from solvent extractions, which are commonly used to concentrate select fractions of green tea, such as EGCG or caffeine. Again, the WJH authors have not considered the clinical significance of potential differences in raw material processing amongst manufacturers, controls for contamination and identification of raw materials, and the implication of these differences when reviewing published case reports of liver injury.

In addition, the authors state that Herbalife has refused to provide detailed analyses of ingredients and formulations, although no attempt was made by these authors to contact Herbalife to obtain further information regarding Herbalife products or ingredients. Herbalife has, to date, remained compliant with all formal regulatory requests and requirements for product information.

The authors state that significant liver injury induced by herbal supplements is a rare event[ 1 ]. This statement is true as approximately 20 to 50 percent of all cases presenting as hepatotoxicity are cryptogenic leading to the incidental association of liver disease with a group of products in the absence of specific evidence[ 5 ]. While this disease is the most common cause of drug withdrawal during post-marketing surveillance, it is an uncommon cause of liver disease.

The background incidence of hepatotoxicity in populations is clearly comparable to the reported incidence of immunoallergic and individualistic reactions to allergens in foods, supplements, or the environment.

While the spectrum of liver diseases may well have changed since when this survey was done, idiopathic liver disease remains a significant percentage of all cases.

Therefore, it is particularly important in making such associations to have incontrovertible evidence such as is often available for prescription drugs where, under controlled conditions, a cause-effect relationship can be established. Finally, the authors also state that existing case reports of dietary supplement-induced hepatotoxicity include patients with pre-existing liver disease and that weight loss supplements could worsen such conditions in these patients.

In conclusion, the reference to Herbalife products as contaminated and generally comparable to all dietary supplements or weight loss products is not scientifically supported. Further information regarding patient histories, concomitant medications and other compounds, dechallenge results, and product specifications and usage is indicated to assess fully the association of Herbalife products in the WJH case reports.

Acute liver injury induced by weight-loss herbal supplements. The occurrence of new hepatic disorders in a defined population. Christopher Pascale Posted on Dec 21, Herbalife is a publicly traded company based out of Los Angeles, California. Since it has allowed people the opportunity to become independent sales reps with the opportunity to lead others to do the same in the form of multi-level marketing, or network marketing.

Like any large organization with several decades of experience, there are some controversies behind this one. Along with these legal matters are much more pressing health concerns. Several medical resources have found that Herbalife products may actually cause hepatitis. What is Hepatitis and How is it Caused? Hepatitis can be characterized as an inflammation of the liver. One visible symptom is jaundice, and less visible ones are lack of appetite and a feeling of overall discomfort.

Hepatitis is typically caused by a virus, but it can also be caused by toxins when taken regularly, such as alcohol or an infection that is already present.

The question on many people's minds regarding Herbalife products would be, how could these products be linked to infecting those who take them? The answer is in the ingredients. There has to be something toxic in some or all of the products released by the company, but it is hard to know which ones because the FDA does not regulate herbal supplements the same way it does medicine.

This is why athletes find out via heart attack that ephedrine is not so great, and how health conscious people discover that they may be poisoning themselves the hard way, as reported in a article published in The Journal of Hepatology titled " Herbal Does not Mean Innocuous. This is because some people go on the attack against networking companies because they think they are dangerous or terrible, and some governments are anti-capitalistic , so they would be against a company like Herbalife because they do not want their people to have too much freedom and control.

In , 12 patients in Israeli hospitals with severe liver problems had one thing in common. They were taking an Herbalife supplement that aided digestion. When their liver enzymes normalized, they resumed their normal regimen of the product and were sick again.

The article noted from the European Journal of Hepatology had several sources, one of which was medical professionals from Switzerland. In it, the ten most severe cases covered showed two patients with "certain causality" while the other eight had "probable causality. The objective here is not to demonize a company or industry, but to alert consumers that when Herbalife distributors pitch the quality of their products, they may be pitching high-end hepatitis.

And while the ingredients linked to causing disease in the past may have been rid of, it does not mean that today's products are safe. Without FDA interaction, humans are the test subjects for herbal supplements. The best way to go when it comes to supplements is to use one with a long track record of not hurting its users.

On December 23, George Fischer and one of his doctors had a conference call with me. During the course of that conversation, they promised that they would send me information contradicting the reporting in the Journal of Hepatology. No such contact has been made since. J Hepatol 0: Ten cases of severe hepatotoxicity associated with dietary. Contrary to the claims of many sellers of supplements including bad advice from health food stores , we should strive to get most of our nutrients from produce not pills, though there are rare diseases that require supplementation.

There are tens of thousands of phytonutrients in plants that can display synergistic effects and have not been successfully isolated efficaciously in supplement form.

For example iron , which is important during pregnancy , may be harmful in pill form. Similarly, folate in beans and greens is preferable to folic acid in pills. Flax seed , but not flax seed oil , lowers cholesterol.

Citrulline supplements may aid erectile dysfunction, but a better source is watermelon. Similarly, eating soy foods , rather than taking soy supplements, may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. And it is whole produce , not pills, which has been shown to increase physical attractiveness. However, for those on plant-based diets , there are two vitamins not produced by plants that may require supplementation.

They are vitamin D from sun but not from tanning beds see also here , here , here , here , here , here , here and vitamin B12 see also here , here , here , here , here. Among vegans , B12 deficiency is an epidemic if no supplements are used, which can have devastating consequences for their infants see also here.

Another nutrient vegans should keep an eye on is iodine , which is especially important during pregnancy though harmful in too too great quantities. One of the most commonly used supplements is fish oil. It has been found to contain DDT as well as other industrial pollutants , including high levels of dioxin, PCBs and mercury which are neural and cardiac toxins. Instead, there are safe plant sources of omega-3 ; alternatives include algae and yeast derived EPA and DHA , which also lower inflammation.

A variety of other potentially harmful supplements exist including: Ayurvedic medicine see also here has been found to contain lead. See also the related blog posts: Shedding some light on the new recommendations , Multivitamins and Mortality , Vegan B12 deficiency: The discovery of infectious hepatitis E virus in retail pork products may help explain the purported association between liver failure and pork consumption.

The transfer of blood on cutting machines may explain hepatitis C transmission between deli workers. Potentially toxic to the liver: The good news is that a vegetable protein diet appears to treat liver failure.

Indian gooseberries may also protect the liver. And Ceylon cinnamon is the safest because it does not contain coumarin , which may damage the liver at toxic doses. Lastly, chamomile tea may not be safe to consume if you have a liver disease.

Greger covers liver disease in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death , where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers. The liver is a detoxifying machine see also here. Herbalife is a good product. The formula one, which is your meal supplement, taste more like smoothie than a diet shake. In overall the products are of good quality.

If you take as recommended you should have results. I lost 40lbs my first round, it is a lifestyle change but the results are great. The people who sell it can be a bit pushy but if you overlook that and get to know the products offered you can understand why it has been in business over 30 years. I tried to support my friend by buying some product. She was close to throwing all her products away since she could not sell it. She spent thousands of dollars and was stuck with the inventory.

As for me, I had rectal bleeding for 2 days. I went to my doctor and he couldn't figure out why and we decided to go back to the same diet before Herbalife and my rectal bleeding went away. I told my friend and she did not believe me and gave me some meal replacement. I was reluctant to take it but tried it again. After two days I was urinating blood and my hemorrhoids returned. I broke out with blisters on my lips.

My friend who sold me the product told me her aunt was urinating blood as well so I don't think it was a coincidence. Please avoid this product as much as possible. I need urgently to be help by Herbalife USA as my membership is from there, when I came to South Africa try changing address and send all documents necessary but they insisted that I need it IRS number which I don't have here.

So just like that no more option were given to do transfer. And now I'm about to lose even the faculty to buy because they ask me to listen to a training in the Training Center with we don't have access in this location. So no more Herbalife for me??? It's incredible after almost 12 years of giving to a company. I was Get Team and this situation only discourages us to try building a business here as was no point. I have always defend Herbalife as I had so good time in Latino America but sad to see a lot of what is sale to promote business as wild wide opportunity is not true!!!

I bought some products online from Herbal Canada distributor and I didn't receive it for long period of time hours base on the site. In the web, there isn't any option for contact like fishing sites except an email address never heard back. When I called main office in Montreal, they couldn't do anything and they confess they don't have any authority or power to do anything.

I strongly recommend to prevent putting your time, money and mind on pressure for nothing. I was kg after 2 months, lost 14kg. My father use this shake for control blood sugar. His body weight is idle, only controls blood sugar.

It means there is no side effect in this product. Herbalife products are very good for my family. Herbalife has decent shakes and their teas are good, but the group of people in this business are immature and uneducated!

They are selfish and it is all about making money for themselves and not to actually help people with their health issues. I've been doing Herbalife for only a week now and it's amazing how much energy I have. I NEVER exercise but since I've been doing the shakes twice a day and the tea, which I think helps the most, I've been running about three miles a day and hiking in the mornings. I don't have a scale so I'm not sure if I've lost any weight but I do know that I feel really good and confident and my skin hasn't been breaking out as much I have really bad acne.

Also, it all tastes delicious! Update on my review concerning the Herbalife supplements. After a visit to my primary care doctor, I learned that some of the supplements I was using were interacting with the prescription drugs I was taking.

While I still am not convinced my friends are actually going to make any money in this business, the supplements are actually good. Some supplements can cause bad interactions with certain drugs. I have been using Herbalife products on and off for a few years. But, I watched my friends and family members go broke while the "big guys" in this company made money hand over fist! Since starting these products, my energy and mood greatly diminished.

At first, I didn't link this to Herbalife. But, before starting Herbalife, I ate sensibly, took a few Ayurvedic herbal tinctures, and exercised vigorously times a week. My hair was thick and lustrous, and I felt the best I have felt in my life!

After about a year or so on the products, however, I noticed my energy levels were declining, my hair was falling out, and I started having problems with my digestion again. Upon further review of the ingredients in these products, I saw they had a lot of artificial ingredients in them. I have spent a fortune on these products, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to throw them away and go back to my simple lifestyle; eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, along with vigorous exercise, and meditation practices.

Sadly, I feel as though I have lost a lot of ground not to mention money. It will take a lot of time to get my hair back in shape, and my fitness level back to where it used to be. Herbalife's customer service is extremely lacking, too. They would take forever to deliver my products and didn't even send me an email letting me know they had been shipped. I am so sad and disappointed with this whole experience. I joined Herbalife in January this year, got on trial package on 10th.

I lost inches, I felt amazing, they were very positive. I didn't lost anything but water weight, which happened because I started eating right.

Everything was great, I became a member in March, or end of February, I'm not sure. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it as a business or just stay a VIP client, my mentor, as they call themselves, tricked me into getting into business. I most definitely spend dollars, more or less, in 4 months. I did see progress, but that was because of healthier diet, not the shake. I started getting hungry, they told me to get proteins to add to the shake, so I did.

It tasted sweet, now it started tasting like it got bad. Then they told me to get aloe, I did and added it to my tea, I couldn't drink tea without aloe anymore. I doubt it's a healthy product, and I tell you this as a distributor, as it contains artificial sugars which have a bad impact of your brain from what I know.

But all that aside, the club and the team It was great at first, but I decided to also find tips and workouts online since we only had boot camp twice a week and no one there knew anything about right dieting, so I looked at websites of certified dietitians and nutritionists, and found other kinds of workouts, which makes me think my mentor didn't greet with enthusiasm, her ego is prevailing.

I didn't ask her to help me with anything too much, I knew what I was doing and if something wasn't clear I asked, and I didn't go to the STS because I was sick, after which I felt she is keeping me there for volumes. I started distancing myself from them. My boyfriend visited and we went to see them, all they asked him about was Herbalife. And all their stories come down to or are about Herbalife.

I am all for loving something and enjoying it, but it's consuming people, my sister-in-law is celebrating my niece's birthday a week early so she can attend the STS this month. And the products are making me sick now, I switched to regular food and eating frequently, doing everything I did except not using Herbalife anymore and I feel great.

All they wanted from me were volumes and money, I got nothing from them. I also "won" a spa day which I still didn't get and I won a t-shirt which I didn't get. I am attending my last event on Sunday and only because I won the pizza party which is occurring after the event, so pizza is the only reason haha.

After that, I'm done with them, done with Herbalife. It's a waste of money. There are so many fit and healthy people out there who are using real, clean food.

If they can do it, I can do it. All these promises of trips and obsessing over things they "won" makes me sick. Also, trips they win, they paid for in a way because they have to buy products to collect volumes to qualify.

So I don't understand how someone can be so brainwashed. I have had a good experience with using the Herbalife products but I do not do the business. At first I didn't know if I could give up solid food at breakfast, and I don't always give it up, but I surely do enjoy my routine of having a cup of coffee in the morning and then a nice shake to start the day.

I have to admit, I add things to the shake like peanut butter, a banana, or a squirt of flavoring that you use in water bottles to mix it up every now and then. I am 55 and truly feel like my body responds very well to the Formula One Shakes products. My skin is very healthy, my weight is staying balanced, I have minimal menopause issues, and regarding my hair, I feel like it is thicker than it's ever been.

I see that's peculiar because I've read some reviews where people's hair was actually falling out following using the products. I do not like the tea and don't even like the aloe so I pretty much stick with my shakes and the multivitamin.

It's a simple plan but it works for me. When I started on the Herbalife products. The first thing I noticed was headaches and itching. I was breaking out in hives so bad I couldn't sleep at night. Then my hair started to fall out. I call my coach. She told me that it's nothing she can do about it. Then the phone call ended from her, but when I was spending money with her she call me twice a week.

I had to end up getting my hair cut like a boy. And that is depressing. I'm not use of short hair like this. Very unhealthy and expensive. My husband, daughter, and I all was using Herbalife.

It was ok for the first 2 weeks. Then I started having stomach pains. I let my coach know, which in return she said to take something else that was Herbalife. My Hair started falling out and I let my doctor know.

I was told to stop using Herbalife, since then I am not have the stomach pains and my hair is starting to fall out less.

Avoid at all cost! I tried the product for 3 weeks. I did lose 12 pounds. Very very happy however I noticed I felt more tired and I was starting to hold in water.

I started to turn a little bit yellow, my hair was falling out, my fingertips wrinkly and I started to feel nauseous. Never once did I think it could be the milkshake from Herbalife product one because it's a milkshake right.

At first I was taking the whole starter kit pack but after a while it was just the milkshake. I stopped the milkshake for a month. I felt more energy, no wrinkled fingertips, my hair was starting to grow back. I bought it again. This time after one week the same thing started to happen again. I had a liver function test. Pretty high for being above the normal range.

This is the only thing I was drinking I have no medical conditions. I stopped and retested blood work after 2 months. Everything went back down to normal again. I do not think this product is safe. Not sure what it is but it did elevate my liver enzymes. When I first started Herbalife I felt great for the first month.

Then the following month, my health started to deteriorate. My liver was inflamed and I started to lose an exceptional amount of hair. Although I lost 4 pounds in the first week, which was great, I do not suggest taking these supplements and shakes.

Unless you're up for the challenge. I have been on Herbalife for about a month. I feel great, I had my thyroid removed a couple years back and haven't am had any energy at all and always in a bad but since I started Herbalife I have so much energy and I'm losing weight healthy and have so much energy and I am no longer moody.

In my opinion the individuals who are having issues I would contact your coach so they can go over it different meal plans and help you. I have been on the product for 4 days now. To be honest I feel like crap. I feel more tired. I don't feel energized. I just don't see any changes. I been doing my best to follow the instructions to the T and I don't know I'm not seeing any changes. But I will be back end of this month and follow and let you guys know how it's going so far for me. Before Herbalife I was working out and didn't lose a pound at all.

So I paid a lot of money for this and it doesn't fill me up but I guess it's a matter of getting use to it. See you guys in the end of February. I did a 3 day trial and loved it enough to take the plunge. I've been doing the plan for 5 days now and have already seen results. My energy level has greatly improved and I feel great! I think two of the tricks to this is to drink LOTS of water and eat snacks and the one main meal that is high in protein.

By doing this, I realized that the way I was eating before was not a lot of food, but were things that were high in fat, sugar, and calories. Now, I feel like I eat a lot of food even though it is high protein and fiber. I don't see how anyone is going hungry doing this plan. The shakes taste awesome also!

Herbalife was founded in as a weight-management program and multi-level marketing MLM company. Herbalife specializes in meal-replacement shakes and bars, as well as dietary supplements, beverage mixes and skin and hair care products.

How can you buy Herbalife products?: To purchase Herbalife products, customers must contact an independent sales representative, called a distributor; you can find a distributor near you through the Herbalife website. Some Herbalife distributors may not be fully knowledgeable about the products they are selling or the best process for your optimal weight loss. If you need more personalized feedback, you can use their website to send a question or concern and receive personalized feedback.

A choice of 3 programs allows the customer to decide what level and price point they want to pursue fat loss. Herbalife acknowledges that nutrients play a key role in fat loss. The program emphasizes optimal protein and keeping blood sugar in check with their bars and shakes.

Protein curbs hunger and helps balance blood sugar levels, reducing cravings. Soy is the main protein source for their shakes, bars, and other snacks. This can be great for some customers, such as those who have dairy or nut allergies.

Other customers may not tolerate soy as well. As Herbalife has grown, they have implemented Nutrition Clubs in select communities to help encourage customers to meet their dietary and fitness goals.

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