Article edited for scientific accuracy by Illuminate Labs Blog Editor Taylor Graber MD
High Voltage Detox is a brand which makes “detox” products claiming to benefit your health by removing toxins from your body. As we detailed in our recent vaccine detox review, there is zero medical evidence that regular people benefit from “detox” products outside of extreme medical circumstances.
In this review, we’ll explain why detoxification isn’t necessary for most people, why this company’s formulations are terrible, and offer some better alternatives. We’re using their “Premium Detox Drinks” as the basis for the formulation reviews.
Do I Need to Detox?
The first thing you should ask yourself before considering “detox” products is why you would need to detox in the first place.
Our organs already detoxify our blood perfectly fine in nearly all circumstances. In fact, companies claiming “detox” benefits is usually a red flag that their products aren’t backed by any scientific research. Unsurprisingly, High Voltage Detox publishes no research proving their products are effective in “detoxing” the body.
There are some circumstances which require medically-assisted detoxification therapy, like high exposure to mercury from dental amalgams, for example.
Dental fillings used to be made with mercury, which is toxic. Today they aren’t. However, many older people still have mercury in their fillings, and removing these safely may require detoxification therapy. Some medical research suggests beneficial outcomes to a proprietary vitamin protocol in this unique case.
If you were exposed to high levels of heavy metals or pesticides, you should speak with your doctor about potential medical therapies. If you’re not, you shouldn’t worry about detoxing. In either case, your doctor won’t be recommending a sugary energy drink called “High Voltage” as the solution to your problems.
High Voltage genuinely has the worst formulations we’ve seen to date in our supplement reviews, and the bar is quite low with products like G Fuel selling what’s basically flavored caffeine for $40.
Their “premium detox drinks” contain 42 g of sugar per bottle. That’s 3 g more than a 12 oz Coca Cola.
It’s well established in medical research that processed sugar is harmful to the body in excess, so for a company making health claims to contain this much sugar just proves how little they care about their consumers’ health.
The formulation also contains a few vitamins including Vitamin C and a few B vitamins. There is no evidence that the vitamins included in the dosages of this formulation provide any detoxification benefits, nor has High Voltage Detox provided any on the product page, so we can assume this is just unnecessary and wasteful.
Most of the active ingredients in High Voltage Detox are included in a proprietary blend. If you’ve read our other supplement reviews like our Libido Max Red review, you’ll know that we believe this to be a deceptive way to reference product ingredients, especially in this case because there’s caffeine included.
A prop blend shows the dosage of all of the ingredients combined, so consumers have no insight into what the dose of individual ingredients are.
A company could sell a product with a prop blend of 1000 mg and four ingredients: rice flour, saffron, echinacea and goji berry. The rice flour could be 999 mg and the other three ingredients could be 0.33 mg each. It’s generally a way for companies to include exotic ingredients in minute amounts and hide the exact dosages.
In this case, caffeine is included in the prop blend which is a consumer health risk. Caffeine is a stimulant which can have harmful health effects for some consumers based on their tolerance. It’s unsafe to not publish the exact caffeine dose so consumers can make an informed decision.
This product could have 100 mg or 500 mg of caffeine. We have no idea since all we know is it’s included in a blend that totals 985 mg. Some people would have serious side effects at caffeine doses over 300 mg, so it’s absolutely unacceptable to not disclose this information.
Additionally, it’s absurd to include caffeine in a “detox” product because caffeine itself is a stimulant which can be addictive and cause withdrawals. We have no issues with caffeine in the context of regular coffee or tea consumption, but for this product category it makes no sense. We haven’t seen any proof that caffeine is a detoxifying agent, nor is there any biological reason it would be.
High Voltage Detox contains several inactive ingredients (listed under “Other Ingredients”) which are not ideal for health.
High fructose corn syrup has been proven to be harmful to many metabolic functions and may induce obesity.
Artificial food colorings are also harmful to human health, and there’s no reason they should be included in a product meant to detoxify the body.
This product also includes natural and artificial flavors, which are unregulated terms. We recommend that health-conscious consumers avoid products with these flavoring agents, especially from companies with questionable ethics like this one, because the chemical compounds behind these natural flavors could be harmful.
High Voltage Detox sells a wide variety of "detox" products, some of which are even more ridiculous than the one analyzed above. They sell a “Saliva Cleanse Mouthwash” which claims to “remove all toxins from your saliva”.
This is of course an absurd and unscientific claim and they provide no proof of the stated benefits. Swishing some liquid with high fructose corn syrup in your mouth is not going to remove all of the toxins in your saliva, nor should there be significant toxins in your saliva anyway if you’re a regular healthy person.
The company sells “Fast Flush” capsules if you’re detoxing “in a hurry”. Again, more pseudoscientific nonsense. Who knows what they’re proposing you’re “flushing”, but again they provide zero evidence of how this would work or why it’s needed.
We can’t recommend avoiding this company enough. Please don’t waste your money on products that not only have zero proof of efficacy, but also contain harmful ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and excessive processed sugar.
There is no medically established reason that regular healthy people should be concerned about “detoxing”, nor any published evidence suggesting these products actually “detox” the body.