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Truvy Review: Can Drink Powders Cause Weight Loss?

Truvy Review: Can Drink Powders Cause Weight Loss?


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Truvy is a wellness brand that sells a variety of supplements, and their specialty is weight loss products. The brand claims that their products are “based off of real science, not diet fads” which makes no sense for a supplement company to say. Dietary supplements provide negligible amounts of calories and have nothing to do with diet fads, or diet generally.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in some of Truvy’s most popular products based on published medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective or if they’re a waste of money. We’ll also highlight some issues we have with their failure to publish critical information and with their website.

Failure to Publish Ingredient Labels

Truvy doesn’t publish clear ingredient labels on their website for many of their products, including their weight loss supplements Tru and Vy.

Their “30-day Combo Kit” containing their Tru and Vy supplements has a picture of Supplements Facts labels that’s far too small to read, with no zoom function. This is the same as failing to publish an ingredients label because it’s totally illegible. They also fail to publish a Supplement Facts label for these products on their Amazon listing.

Failing to publish Supplement Facts labels is explicitly against Amazon’s requirements for supplement companies. Failing to do so on a brand website also likely violates Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements in the U.S.

Outside of legal requirements, it’s simply unacceptable for a weight loss supplement company to fail to make their ingredients clear and accessible to consumers. This is a serious safety risk to consumers, given that weight loss supplements are so frequently contaminated as reported by the FDA.

It’s a clear sign of a low-quality brand that doesn’t care at all about their consumers to not clearly show all of the ingredients in the products being sold. Consumers may have allergies or medication interactions to some of the ingredients, and this information is critical.

Horrible Website

The Truvy website is the worst website of any of the 200+ supplement and pharmaceutical brands we’ve reviewed. It crashed several times during our review, and many of their pages take 10+ seconds to load. Using their site is a frustrating experience that we would recommend avoiding.

They have a strange URL structure that’s bad for user experience (UX) where there’s a “www” after the brand name (truvy.com/www/) which we’ve never encountered before. We’re unsure if the brand is trying to signal “world wide web”, which goes before the root domain rather than after.

The customer reviews section of their Better Business Bureau (BBB) page signals that we’re not the only one experiencing issues with their website and service. Many customers are complaining that the brand failed to offer a cancellation option, failed to properly ship products that were purchased, and caused concerning side effects.

Truvy Weight Loss Review

Truvy’s weight loss supplements are called Tru and Vy, as referenced previously. Thankfully we are able to access the full Supplement Facts label (which is shown below) because it was published by one of their affiliates.

Truvy Tru Supplement Facts

Most of the ingredients in Tru are minerals which are likely to have zero impact on weight loss. 

Magnesium is one mineral included, and while magnesium supplementation may be beneficial for weight loss in patients with a magnesium deficiency, as documented by a medical review, we haven’t come across any evidence that magnesium supplementation can cause weight loss in patients with healthy magnesium levels.

Truvy also uses the cheapest and one of the most poorly-absorbed forms of magnesium called magnesium oxide. In our best magnesium supplements review, we broke down the medical research on why chelated forms like magnesium glycinate are better-absorbed and more effective.

Another active ingredient in the Tru formulation is chromium. There is medical research suggesting this may be an effective ingredient for weight loss, but the amount in Truvy appears underdosed. The linked study reviewed 20 individual trials on chromium supplementation for weight loss, and found it was modestly effective, but every trial other than 2 had a dose at or above 400 micrograms (mcg). The dose in Tru is only 120 mcg.

The problem generally with using minerals or vitamins for weight loss is there isn’t much medical evidence that they’re effective in people who don’t have a documented deficiency. If you have a deficiency, then supplementing may aid with weight loss efforts because it can normalize metabolic processes, but healthy adults taking random blends of minerals for weight loss seems unproven, illogical and potentially harmful.

Tru contains a proprietary (prop) blend of other ingredients totaling 660 milligrams (mg). Prop blends are deceptive and misleading to consumers in our opinion, because they list the total dose rather than the dose of each individual ingredient, which prevents researchers like us from assessing whether each ingredient is effectively dosed.

Green coffee bean extract is the first-listed ingredient in the prop blend, and this is proven to be effective for weight loss. The linked meta-study, published in the Phytomedicine journal, found that green coffee bean extract supplementation had a dose-dependent effect on weight loss, meaning the more consumed (to a limit) the better weight loss outcomes were documented.

Because Truvy doesn’t list the dose of green coffee bean extract in their formulation we can’t assess if it’s accurately dosed.

The prop blend also contains cinnamon bark extract, which is a sign of a low-quality supplement. There are many types of cinnamon, and when the type isn’t specified it almost always means the cheaper Cassia Cinnamon is used. This type of cinnamon is high in a toxin called coumarin, which is absent from higher-quality forms of cinnamon like Ceylon Cinnamon, as we discussed in our linked review of the different types of cinnamon.

Tru also contains artificial food coloring agents Blue #1 and Red #3, both of which are likely harmful to human health. A medical review of the toxicology of food dyes stated that “Red 3 causes cancer in animals” and Blue 1 causes “hypersensitivity reactions.” We recommend avoiding all supplements containing food dyes, as taking health supplements with ingredients known to be harmful to human health is illogical.

Truvy’s weight loss supplement Vy doesn’t have a much better formulation in our opinion. The Supplement Facts label is found below.

Truvy Vy Supplement Facts

It contains artificial food dyes, and this formulation doesn’t even list which specific ones. It lists “Red and Yellow,” which is an inaccurate and unscientific manner of listing food dyes. The FDA assigns numbers to approved food dyes (such as the Blue #1 listed above), so the fact that Truvy is listing artificial dyes without assigned numbers suggests they may be using compounds not approved by the FDA.

Like Tru, the Vy supplement consists primarily of a prop blend, so consumers will have no idea what the actual dose is of each constituent ingredient.

The first-listed active ingredient in Vy is theobromine gallate, and we can’t find one single medical study suggesting this compound is effective for weight loss.

Overall we find Truvy weight loss supplements Tru and Vy to be poorly formulated, and we wouldn’t recommend either product. While they contain some ingredients which may be effective, they also contain artificial food dyes which may be harmful to human health.

Because Truvy uses prop blends, we can’t determine if the few effective ingredients are effectively dosed.

Truvy Boost Review

Truvy’s most popular product is called Boost. It’s a powder packet that can be added to drinks, and is used for weight loss.

It has a similar formulation to the previously-reviewed weight loss supplements. Most of the active ingredients are a random blend of vitamins and minerals. Since there is no medical proof that this seemingly randomly selected blend of vitamins and minerals are effective for weight loss, and since Truvy links to zero medical research explaining why these ingredients were chosen, we’ll consider them ineffective.

The rest of the formulation is another prop blend, containing some of the ingredients we previously analyzed like green coffee bean extract and cinnamon bark extract.

Several of these ingredients may be effective for weight loss in isolation, but there is no proof that this specific blend is effective for weight loss.

Further, because Truvy uses a prop blend, there is no proof that any of the individual components of this blend are effectively dosed for weight loss, making it illogical to take this supplement.

Truvy Boost also contains several filler ingredients we find to be questionable. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener which has been found to cause insulin dysregulation in healthy adults in a clinical trial. We recommend avoiding all artificial sweeteners, and it makes no sense to include them in a health supplement.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer which has been documented in a medical review to cause whole-body inflammation in rare cases, because it’s manufactured from an allergenic fungus called Aspergillus niger.

We wouldn’t recommend Truvy Boost for weight loss.

Better Alternatives

Since green coffee bean extract has been proven effective as a weight loss supplement in isolation, we believe it’s a superior alternative to a poorly-formulated supplement like Truvy which doesn’t list the dose of it. It would also be significantly cheaper to take it in isolation.

The previously-linked medical review suggests that 200-400 mg daily is an effective dose range.

We strongly recommend that patients speak with their doctor before supplementing with green coffee bean extract as there isn’t much long-term safety data. It appears safe based on early research but should be cleared by a medical professional.

Fiber supplementation is one of the most effective weight loss strategies. Medical research shows that fiber intake is associated with weight loss, and most Americans don’t get enough fiber from their diet.

This is a food supplement, and has none of the safety questions of green coffee bean extract. Fiber can safely be taken daily. We recommend choosing a fiber brand without any fillers, flavorings or added sugars.

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Conclusion

Truvy is a low quality supplement brand. They don’t manage to publish clear ingredients labels on their website or Amazon pages. Their website is unusable at times. Their formulations are below-average and contain artificial food dyes shown to be toxic.

We don’t recommend any Truvy supplements, and there is no medical evidence that they’re effective for weight loss. Truvy has not funded any clinical research proving their products work, and there is no medical evidence that the seemingly random blends of vitamins, minerals and botanical ingredients in their supplements are effective.

We recommend instead increasing dietary fiber intake through whole foods or supplementation, and considering green coffee bean extract supplementation for short periods with approval from a doctor.





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