Stinger Detox Review: Are Liquid Detoxes Unsafe?

Stinger Detox Review: Are Liquid Detoxes Unsafe?


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Stinger Detox is a detoxification supplement described by the brand as "the original detox." The company sells everything from liquid cleansers to mouthwash and hair.

But does Stinger Detox contain research-backed ingredients for detoxification support? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? How do real users rate and describe the effects of Stinger Detox? And which retailer sells this product for the best price?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Stinger Detox based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective.

We'll feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand, and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells Stinger Detox for the best price.

Ingredient Analysis

Stinger 5x Instant Cleanser active ingredients

The active ingredients in Stinger 5x Instant Cleanser are shown above.

Added sugar is included at a dose of 50 grams (g), which we consider to be unhealthy and a strange choice for a "detox" drink.

As we detailed in our Detoxify Mega Clean review article, added sugar in excess is clinically shown to be associated with increased risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease, and one serving of this drink provides 100% of the Daily Value (DV) of added sugar.

Niacin is included, and we can't find any clinical evidence that this vitamin detoxifies the body.

We actually found a series of case studies reporting that the use of niacin to clear urine to pass drug screenings may be harmful:

"Health care providers should be aware of these potential adverse effects of niacin and of the misguided use of this vitamin by patients seeking to interfere with urine drug screening."

The adverse effects reported were nausea, vomiting, liver damage, blood sugar issues and more.

Taurine may have liver-protective effects according to a 2009 clinical trial.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and l-lysine are the only remaining active ingredients, and we can't find any studies suggesting these ingredients support detoxification, nor does the brand cite any on their product page.

There are a number of inactive ingredients in Stinger Detox that may be questionable from a health perspective:

Stinger 5x Instant Cleanser inactive ingredients

Artificial flavors are clinically shown to be toxic at least in animal studies.

Citric acid can cause inflammatory reactions in some individuals, according to a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal.

Potassium sorbate is a preservative that's clinically shown to be genotoxic (meaning it can damage DNA), as we documented in our review of another "detox" drink containing this ingredient called Rescue Detox.

Yellow 5, blue 1 and red 40 are artificial colors, and synthetic food dyes can be harmful to human health according to a 2012 medical review.

Overall, Stinger Detox may provide detoxification support due to the inclusion of taurine, but we consider this drink to be unhealthy due to all of the additive ingredients described above.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of Stinger Detox? We'll feature unsponsored customer reviews in the next section of this article.

Real People Try Stinger Detox

A TikTok creator named "Munchies Queen" tried Stinger Detox and claims in the comments that it was effective:

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A TikTok creator named "lylaa.molinaa" claims in the comments that Stinger Detox was effective:

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Where to Buy Stinger Detox for the Best Price

Stinger Detox is sold at a variety of online retailers.

We want to be clear that we do not recommend this product, but for consumers intent on purchasing it, here's a price breakdown for a one-time purchase of the regular and 5x versions at the time of publishing this article:

Stinger Instant Cleanser

Brand website: $49.95 (free shipping, link)

Walmart: $19 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $16.99 (free shipping, link to Amazon listing)

Stinger 5x Instant Cleanser

Brand website: $55.95 (free shipping, link)

Walmart: $29.30 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $32.90 (free shipping, link to Amazon listing)

Amazon currently has the best prices when factoring in shipping fees, but the Amazon listings are from third-party sellers so it may be safer to purchase directly from the manufacturer.

Are Diets High in Added Sugar Harmful?

Given that Stinger Detox 5x contains 100% of the DV of added sugar in just one serving, we wanted to share with readers this interesting animated video from the University of California that covers whether added sugar can be harmful to the body:

Can Tea Support Natural Detox Processes?

We don't recommend the use of food products or supplements to "cleanse" or "remove toxins" from the body.

However, there are compounds which can naturally support the body's own detoxification processes for consumers intent on doing so.

Rooibos tea was shown to support optimal liver function in a clinical trial published in the Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity journal.

The study authors concluded the following:

"Results from this study suggest that the daily intake of unfermented rooibos herbal tea or a derived commercial rooibos supplement may benefit human health by providing the liver with an enhanced antioxidant capacity to reduce damage induced by toxicants."

Pique Rooibos Tea is our top rooibos tea pick, because it's conveniently in crystallized form and only hot water (no teapot) is needed to make it. The only ingredient in this product is organic rooibos.

Interested consumers can check out Pique Rooibos Tea at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

We are not suggesting that rooibos tea should be used to treat any specific health condition.

Real Customers Review Stinger Detox

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

Stinger Detox Whole Body Cleanser is the brand's most-reviewed product on Amazon currently, with over 4,500 total reviews and an average review rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "Jade222" who gives the product a 5/5 star rating, and claims the product helped to pass a urine test:

"After the test, I immediately went home and took an at home test just to see if the detox drink worked on that and it absolutely did!!!!! A very strong line came up which is exactly what I want to see. The next day, the job called me and said we are good to go!"

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "Sia K." who gives the product a 1/5 star rating, and claims it caused a urine sample to come out diluted:

"Again, followed the instructions to the tee, even did everything within the time frame that the instructions stated. I didn’t drink any water before my test aside from what I had to drink with this product, and I made sure to drink coffee before the test so that my sample wouldn’t come out diluted. Well, it didn’t work because my sample still came out diluted so I wasn’t able to get the job."

Pros and Cons of Stinger Detox

Here are the pros and cons of Stinger Detox in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Taurine may help protect the liver

Cons:

  • Contains over 50 g of added sugar
  • Contains artificial flavors
  • Contains artificial colors
  • Contains citric acid
  • Contains potassium sorbate
  • Doesn't appear to be clinically tested
  • Expensive per serving
  • We can't find any evidence that this product will detoxify the body
  • Brand fails to provide such evidence on their product page
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Conclusion

Stinger Detox is another drink to promote detoxification that appears to be used by consumers to pass urine tests.

We do not consider this product to have a healthy formulation, because it contains over 50 g of added sugar, artificial flavors, artificial colors and preservatives.

There is one active ingredient in Stinger Detox that we could identify as having liver-protective effects in clinical research.

It's challenging to find real user reviews of this product on YouTube or TikTok.

At the time of publishing this article, Amazon has the best prices on Stinger Detox by a wide margin when factoring in shipping fees, but the Amazon listings are from a third-party seller so it may be safer to purchase directly from the manufacturer.

The "5x" version of Stinger Detox costs around $50 per serving, which is one of the most expensive detox products we've reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.