Zeal Wellness Drink/Supplement

First up on the docket, for my never ending scrutiny, is the original “wellness” drink that propelled them into church pyramid marketing stardom. People sure to make rash claims about this stuff, lets get started with poking at a fellow wordpresser. (He actually seems like a really nice guy, nothing personal). You should read the “about” page of my blog to figure out some of the concerns I am stating here.

http://wellnessfortoday.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/zeal-for-life-challenge-cranberry-zinger/

Oh, the cranberry zinger? Well, I have seen claims by people on zeal about how they have not touched caffeine (coffee, tea, energy drinks… ect) since they started zeal. I love how he was magically energized at the mere thought of drinking this. Ironically, the skepdic dictionary seems to define this anomaly quite well.  http://skepdic.com/placebo.html Some have even claimed that it didn’t contain caffeine, others didn’t know. On their main website, they will not disclose the amount of ingredients in Zeal Wellness. Furthermore, it contains not one, not two, but three naturally occuring sources of caffiene. Guarana, green tea, and yerba mate. Lack of research indeed. A quick look at the zeal label and a little bit of wikipedia could reveal this, scientific studies not required.  This ties into the claim that it lowers blood pressure. Caffeine does the exact opposite, actually. Since we don’t know how much of each ingredient is in there, since their blend is so “proprietary,” we would be unable to assess the amount of caffeine and the safety of consuming this if you are hypertensive. Furthermore, I have seen posts of people self diagnosing themselves into not needing their blood pressure medication after 3 days. I would consider that scary. Of course, they wouldn’t follow up with anything saying that their blood pressure went up, because after all, they want to sell the stuff. It takes an average of 3 weeks to 3 months for herbal supplements to build up to therapeutic levels in your body. I highly doubt it did anything. 

Bioavailabilty: I have been told that the vitamins and minerals in zeal are far more bioavailable than those regularly available in supplements. However, yet again, if you were to read the label, you would find a plethora of ingredients which are available in an OTC multivitamin. On a side note, you should always choose a USP supplement if possible. Plenty of multivitamins fit that bill. If you want to know more about that visit: http://www.usp.org

List of multivitamins in Zeal Wellness which are shared with the naturemade on my shelf:

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), D-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (Vitamin B6), Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12).

Obviously, if they can’t even be absorbed by me from the multivitamin, why would the same supplements be absorbed better from Zeal? Quick answer, they aren’t. Basically Zeal is a multivitamin with potentially dangerous herbals added. The level of risk varies with whatever life situation you are in. Certain herbs in this can cause abortifacient, hepatoxic, and tetragenic effects in humans. Which really burned me when I saw this suggested as a prenatal vitamin.

Now, I am going to list the ingredients, with a bunch of references added to it. I am going to give my summary of the studies I have read. I do not have the time to document all of the studies, but these should give you a quick, general idea of how these things work and whether they are safe, which most of them have not been proven safe for therapeutic medicinal doses. Scary, huh? Yall ready for this? It is going to be a ton of reading. There are going to be tons of links for the references, so bare with me, I don’t know how to make them look pretty.

”Proprietary ENRICH blend:

Rice Bran – Is possibly effective at helping with Atopic dermatitis (eczema)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1442022?dopt=Abstract, Hypercalciuriahttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3801813?dopt=Abstract, and Hypercholesterolemia http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9566995?dopt=Abstract. There are little to no safety concerns for rice bran.

Fructooligosaccharides – Orally, fructo-oligosaccharides are used for constipation, traveler’s diarrhea, increasing fecal mass, and reducing serum cholesterol. Fructo-oligosaccharides are also used as prebiotics. It seems ineffective at preventing travellers diarrhea. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11472316?dopt=Abstract It also appears to be relatively safe to take, however, this has not been tested in pregnant women and therefore should avoid using of tor supplemental purposes.

Moringa – Orally, Moringa is used for anemia and many GI complications, and topically as a treatment for atheletes foot. Moringa is also rich in vitamins and minerals. The roots should be avoided due to an alkaloid isolated in the root which can cause fatal paralysis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1924986/ There is insufficient data as to the effectiveness of moringa for the above conditions. This can be used safely by consumption of the seeds, fruit, and leaves by most. Moringa has also proven to be an herbal abortifacient. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3336641/

Guarana -
Orally, guarana is used for weight loss, to enhance athletic performance, to reduce mental and physical fatigue, hypotension, and as a diuretic. This is mostly safe if guarana is eaten as it is in food or drink. Guarana contains about double the amount of caffeine as coffee. Use of more than 300 mg/day of caffeine can lead to dependency, tachyarrhythmias, and sleep disturbances. Pregnant women should avoid ingesting more than 200 mg/day.

Gotu Kola – Orally, gotu kola is used for reducing fatigue, anxiety, depression, improving memory and intelligence, Alzheimer’s disease, venous insufficiency including varicose veins, wound healing, and increasing longevity. It can also be used topically for healing scars. Gotu Kola is likely safe used topically. Used as a supplement, it is still likely safe, however there concerns of hepatoxicity in some patients. Gotu Kola is most likely effective for veinous insufficiencies. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11081995?dopt=Abstract

Alfalfa – Medicinally, Alfalfa is traditionally used as a diuretic for the kidneys and bladder. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K4. High usage of the seeds over a long term has been associated with pancytopenia and drug-induced lupus effects.
In supplemental form, it is potentially unsafe to pregnant women because it may contain constituents for estrogenic activity. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.

Chlorella – Orally, chlorella is used as a food supplement and source of nutrients, including protein, nucleic acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. There have been studies for it’s effeciveness in fibromyalgia and glioma. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10815009?dopt=Abstract ; Merchant RE, Rice CD, Young HF. Dietary Chlorella pyrenoidosa for patients with malignant glioma: effects on immunocompetence, quality of life, and survival. Phytother Res 1990;4:220-31. Results are inconclusive. It appears to be relatively safe to take, but has not been evaluated in pregnant and lactating mothers.

Broccoli – Medicinally, broccoli is used for preventing cancer and boosting immune function. It is considered safe to consume in food form, however, little research has been done on the safety of therapeutic medicinal amounts. There is inconclusive evidence to evaluate it for these purposes. Broccoli is high in vitamin c and fiber.

Cranberry – Therapeutically , cranberry is used for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections, neurogenic bladder, as a urinary deodorizer for people with incontinence, prevention of urinary catheter blockage, and to heal skin around urostomy stomas. It is safe when consumed as food or in juice, and in non-pregnant adults, it has been proven safe in many trials. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19553405?dopt=Abstract; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18253990?dopt=Abstract It has also been proven to possibly be effective in preventing UTIs. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11431298?dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18253990?dopt=Abstract

”Proprietary Restore blend:”

Milk thistle – Milk thistle seems to be effective for some diabetes treatements http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17072885?dopt=Abstract; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9126802?dopt=Abstract, Allergic rhinitis  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21952357?dopt=Abstract, and Dyspepsia http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15606389?dopt=Abstract  Milk thistle seems to be tolerated well in adults up to 41 months in clinical studies.

Bacopa – Traditionally, brahmi (bacopa) is used for Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, cognitive impairment and memory loss, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It seems possibly effective in cognative functions. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20590480?dopt=Abstract  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11498727?dopt=Abstract  It seems possibly ineffective at treating Irritable bowel syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2697693?dopt=Abstract It seems relatively safe in clinical trials lasting up to 12 weeks, and has not been evaluated in pregnant and lactating mothers.

Ashwagandha – Orally, ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, tumors, tuberculosis, abortifacient, and chronic liver disease. There is insufficient evidence regarding the effectiveness of this. Pregnant mothers should avoid taking this due to it’s traditional use as an Abortifacient. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ASHWAGANDHA.aspx?activeIngredientId=953&activeIngredientName=ASHWAGANDHA http://www.anniesremedy.com/chart.php?prop_ID=96 McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.

Green tea extract – Green tea is used to improve cognitive performance and mental alertness. It is also used to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. It is also used as a weight loss supplement and for it’s anti-oxidant properties. It appears safe when used in concentrations normally used and foods, and short terms medicinally. It is possibly unsafe when the extract is used long term medicinally due to it’s large caffeine content. Use of more than 300 mg/day of caffeine can lead to dependency, tachyarrhythmias, and sleep disturbances. Pregnant women should avoid ingesting more than 200 mg/day. It seems likely effective when used for genital warts; Bradley Pharmaceuticals. Veregen Prescribing Information. October 2006 and for mental alertness, due to the caffeine. It may also be effective in treating hypotension, hyperlipidemia, ovarian cancer risks http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16344429?dopt=Abstract and parkinsons disease risk<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10819950?dopt=Abstract.

Wild blueberry – Historically, blueberry is used for preventing cataracts and glaucoma, ulcers, urinary tract infections (UTIs), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fever, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, improving circulation, and as a laxative. It is safe when used in the amounts which occur in foods. However, the safety of supplemental blueberry has not been evaluated. There is insufficient research to evaluate wild blueberry for it’s medicinal properties.

Tumeric – Turmeric has been used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, hemorrhage, diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, hepatitis, and liver and gallbladder conditions. Tumeric has been safely used in clinical trials lasting up to 8 months in clinical trials. Therapeutic amounts of tumeric should not be used by pregnant women due to the fact that it can stimulate menstrual flow in the uterus. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997. It seems effective at treating dyspepsia http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2699615?dopt=Abstract and osteoarthritis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19678780?dopt=Abstract

red ginseng(Korean Ginseng)- Red ginseng seems to be effective at treating COPDhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21146973?dopt=Abstract, erectile dysfunction http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12394711?dopt=Abstract, premature ejaculation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10688090?dopt=Abstract, and cognitive function. It is possibly ineffective for quality of life improvements and athletic performance http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8876346?dopt=Abstract. Red ginseng seems possibly safe when used orally up to 6 months, however long term use may be unsafe due to it’s potential hormone like effects. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15240639?dopt=Abstract It is unsafe for pregnant mothers due to the fact it may present a Teratogen effect to the fetus during pregnancy. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14507839?dopt=Abstract It is also unsafe for use in children due to it’s hormonal effects. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.

Grape seed extract – Grape is medicinally used for preventing cardiovascular disease, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, atherosclerosis, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, edema associated with injury or surgery, and myocardial or cerebral infarction. Grapes are safe as food and have GRAS status in the US. Use of the supplement form is possibly safe, and have been used in clinical trials up to 12 weeks. It appears to be effective in chronic venous deficiency http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10719612?dopt=Abstract and ocular stress from glare Bombardelli E, Morazzoni P. Vitis vinifera L. Fitoterapia 1995;LXVI:291-317. There is not enough evidence to support grapeseed extract for other uses.

L-arginine – L-arganine is a vasodialator and has been safely used in lab trials up to 3 months. It seems most effective at treating erectile dysfunction http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10233492?dopt=Abstract, angina, congestive heart failure http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10694193?dopt=Abstract, AIDS related wasting, and other vascular diseases. It is unlikely to be effective for athletic performance and myocardial infraction.

Glycine – Orally, glycine is used for schizophrenia, strokes, memory enhancement, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), protection of the liver and kidneys, and cancer prevention. It is also used in the treatment of G6PD deficiencies. It may be effective in the treatment of schizophrenia http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10784481?dopt=Abstract and stroke http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10629347?dopt=Abstract. It seems to be relatively safe when used orally/topically, however it has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating women.

Lysine – Clinically lysine is used for preventing and treating clinical symptoms of recurrent herpes simplex labialis. It is also used as an aid to improving athletic performance. It is potentially effective for the treatment of herpese simplex labailis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3115841?dopt=Abstract It has not been proven to be effective for athletic performance. Lysine seems generally well tolerated up to 12 months and has not been evaluated for use on pregnant and lactating mothers.

Tyrosine – Tyrosine is effective for the medicinal treatment of Phenylketonuria (PKU). <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10796799?dopt=Abstract It may also work well for treating sleep disorders http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7794222?dopt=Abstract. It is considered safe and granted GRAS status for the amounts occurring in foods, and seems well tolerated in clinical trials lasting up to 3 months.

orthanine – This is used for the enhancement of athletic performance, reduction of glutamine toxicity, and wound healing. No clinical safety studies have been performed, and it appears to be ineffective for athletic performance. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1299499?dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8220394?dopt=Abstract

Yerba mate – Yerba mate is used as a beverage in South America and is used as a stimulant to relieve mental fatigue. The caffeine content is roughly equal or slightly less than that of coffee. It is safe when consumed as a drink, and possibly unsafe when consumed in large quantities or supplemented. Use of more than 300 mg/day of caffeine can lead to dependency, tachyarrhythmias, and sleep disturbances. Pregnant women should avoid ingesting more than 200 mg/day. Furthermore, mate has been linked to oral cancer in the fetus and children. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12814995?dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8827355?dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12808663?dopt=Abstract

Kudzu – Typically, this has been used for the natural treatment of alcoholism, hangovers, angina, upset stomach, dizziness, and vomiting. Its use has been relatively safe in clinical trials lasting up to 4 months. It has been clinically evaluated for angina http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16856037?dopt=Abstract, stroke, menopause, and alcoholism http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15897719?dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10706235?dopt=Abstract with inconclusive results.

Fennel – Historically fennel’s therapeutic use is increasing lactation, promoting menstruation, facilitating birth, an abortifacient, and increasing libido. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12807304 Fennel is likely safe and has obtained GRAS status in amounts generally used in food. In medicinal doses, it’s safety has not been evaluated. It should be avoided while pregnant and breast feeding in therapeutic doses due to the fact that it can lead to neurotoxicity in the child. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7919774?dopt=Abstract. This seems relatively effective for colic when combined with other ingredients. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12807304

“Proprietary PROTECT Blend”

Aloe – Orally, aloe is used for osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis, fever, itching and inflammation, and as a general tonic. Topically, aloe is used for burns, wound healing, hemorrhoids, posthemorrhoidectomy pain, psoriasis, sunburn, frostbite, inflammation, osteoarthritis, and cold sores. It is also applied topically as an antiseptic and as a moisturizer. Aloe gel is safe when used orally, topically, and appropriately. Aloe Latex may be unsafe if consumed orally can lead to renal failure and death. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/607.html It is unclear which one is contained in Zeal.

Goji (Lycuim)- Herbal remedies for goji are used for diabetes, hypertension, fever, malaria, and cancer. It’s also used for improving circulation, erectile dysfunction, abortifacient, dizziness, tinnitus; and as an eye tonic for blurred vision, macular degeneration, and other ophthalmic disorders. It is likely safe in quantities naturally occuring and food and medicinally for healthy individuals up to 3 months in clinical trials. It should be avoided by pregnant mothers due to it’s traditional use as an abortifacient. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997. Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Duke’s phytochemical and ethnobotanical databases. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/duke/farmacy2.pl?575. http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail438.php http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/lycii-berry.php Studies indicate that it could potentially be used to increase quality of life, but are inconclusive with a small n of participants. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18447631?dopt=Abstract

Acai berry- Historically, acai has been taken for osteoarthritis, hypercholesterolemia, erectile dysfunction, weight loss and obesity, detoxification, aging skin, metabolic syndrome, and for improving general health. Acai is relatively safe consumed as a berry or juice. Supplemental use has not been evaluated. Preliminary research shows acai supplements can be safely taken up to a month, and have lowered fasting glucose and total cholesterol levels on obese patients. No effect was seen on LDLs. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21569436?dopt=Abstract Acai berries contain an abundance of Monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. (omega fats)

Noni – Noni is used for colic, convulsions, cough, diabetes, dysuria, stimulating menstrual flow, fever, hepatosis, constipation, leukorrhea, malarial fever, and nausea. It is also used for smallpox, splenomegaly, swelling, asthma, arthritis and other bone and joint problems, cancer, cataracts, colds, depression, digestive problems, and gastric ulcers. Also it has been used in a preparation to aid childbirth and as an abortifacient. It is possibly safe to eat the fruit, however, noni juice, tea, and supplements have show to be hepatoxic. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/758.html It is unknown if noni was the cause. Noni has been used as a natural abortifacient, and should be avoided by pregnant mothers. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/758.html http://www.cam-cancer.org/CAM-Summaries/Herbal-products/Noni/Is-it-safe Noni may be mildy effective at eliminating post operative vomiting. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21294416?dopt=Abstract Insufficient reliable evidence exists to assess for other purposes. Noni fruit is high in potassium, vitamin a, and vitamin c.

Ionic minerals – Trace amounts of minerals including copper, gold, silver, boron, silicone, and zinc in extremely small amounts are required for bodily operation, and are regularly found in foods. Boron, magnesium, and silicone are required for bone health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3330619/

Fulvic minerals (humic acid) – Increase absorption and bioavailability of metallic ions in our system.

Stevia – Orally, stevia is used as a weight loss aid, for treating diabetes, contraception, hypertension, heartburn, lowering uric acid levels, and as a cardiotonic and diuretic.
In foods, stevia is used as a non-caloric sweetener and flavor enhancer. Stevia has GRAS status in the US as a sweetener in foods.

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)- This form of vitamin C is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Vitamin C is an extremely important nutrient. It increases the bioavailability of iron and can reverse the effects of scurvy between 2 days and 3 weeks. Vitamin C is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol – This form of vitamin E is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin E is used for replacement therapy in vitamin E deficiency, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease, including slowing atherogenesis and preventing heart attacks. It is used orally for angina, thrombophlebitis, intermittent claudication, hypertension, and preventing ischemia-reperfusion injury after coronary artery bypass surgery. Vitamin E is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

Retinol palmitate (Vitamin A) – This form of vitamin A is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a fat soluble vitamin. Orally, vitamin A is used for vitamin A deficiency, improving vision, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, infection, and improving immune function. Vitamin A is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis. It is likely ineffective for anemia, cancer, and pneumonia.

Pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (Vitamin B6)- This form of vitamin B is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Orally, pyridoxine is used most commonly for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS), vitamin B6 deficiency, “morning sickness” in pregnancy, depression associated with pregnancy or oral contraceptive use, primary homocystinuria, hyperhomocysteinemia, Alzheimer’s disease, and preventing neuritis associated with isoniazid or penicillamine. Vitamin B6 is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

niacinamide (Vitamin B3)- This form of vitamin B is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Orally, niacin is used for hyperlipidemia. It is also used in conjunction with other therapies for peripheral vascular disease, vascular spasm, migraine headache, Meniere’s syndrome, vertigo, and to reduce the diarrhea associated with cholera. Orally, niacin or niacinamide is also used for preventing vitamin B3 deficiency, treating pellagra, schizophrenia, drug-induced hallucinations, Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline, chronic brain syndrome, hyperkinesis, depression, motion sickness, alcohol dependence, vasculitis associated with skin lesions, and edema. Vitamin B3 is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

thiamin (Vitamin B1) – This form of vitamin B is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Orally, thiamine is used for thiamine deficiency syndromes, including beriberi, peripheral neuritis associated with pellagra, and neuritis of pregnancy. Vitamin B1 is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

riboflavin|riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – This form of vitamin B is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. B2 is used for preventing riboflavin deficiency, treating ariboflavinosis, preventing migraine headaches, treating acne, congenital methemoglobinemia, muscle cramps, preventing cervical cancer, burning feet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, red blood cell aplasia, multiple acylcoenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency, eye fatigue, cataracts, and glaucoma. Vitamin B2 is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

cholecalcipherol (Vitamin D) – This form of vitamin D is found in foods such as fortified dairy and mushrooms, sun exposure, and over the counter supplements. It is a fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin D is a key vitamin for bone health, and in the prevention of rickets. Doses in excess of the tolerable UL should be under physician care.

folic acid |folic acid (Vitamin B complex) – This form of vitamin B is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Orally, folic acid is used for preventing and treating folate deficiency, megaloblastic anemia resulting from folate or vitamin B12 deficiency, megaloblastic anemia in sickle cell disease, and for folate deficiency in intestinal malabsorption or sprue. It is also used for preventing neural tube defects, reducing the risk of colorectal and cervical cancer, and preventing pregnancy loss. Folic Acid is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H)  – This form of vitamin B/H is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Biotin is used for preventing and treating biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, long-term parenteral nutrition, malnutrition, rapid weight loss, and multiple carboxylase deficiency. It is also used orally for hair loss, brittle nails, seborrheic dermatitis of infancy, diabetes, and mild depression. It seems to be ineffective for brittle nails and diabetes. Biotin is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

Methylcobalamin – This form of vitamin B is found in foods, and over the counter supplements. It is a water soluble vitamin. Vitamin B12 is used for treating pernicious anemia and preventing and treating vitamin B12 deficiency. It is also used orally for treating primary hyperhomocysteinemia, heart disease, male infertility, diabetes, memory loss, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, psychiatric disorders, osteoporosis, tendonitis, immunosuppression, AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), asthma, allergies, vitiligo, preventing cervical cancer, and seborrheic dermatitis. Vitamin B12 is safe as long as the UL (Upper level) intake is not exceeded on a regular basis.

If you are still with me after accepting that HUGE information download… there is a ton of stuff in there that your body DOESN’T need. At the end of the day, I know why it somewhat works. The placebo effect. It causes you to get off your butt and start working out. Plus, if you follow their “Zeal Challenge” and the low calorie diet which goes with it, you are going to loose weight. That is nothing you couldn’t get from going to http://www.choosemyplate.gov If you want to pay for it, that is on you.

At the end of the day, we all know why people recommend this and try to sell it, regardless of the safety concerns.

Yep, the dollar signs. Instead of pink like mary kay (which isn’t that terrible for you) they have black. Just remember, if you are considering this stuff, the person selling it to you isn’t thinking about you, they are thinking about that nice black car.

Also, if you would like for me to post my references (which if you ask a zeal rep, you will never get, just some heresay and marketing jargon) after my post, instead of spread out through the whole thing, just let me know. I see how that could have made things confusing. Also, I can answer in depth about individual supplements if you let me know. Obviously, I couldn’t post in depth about every single thing in there, and just kind of highlighted the issues I felt were of concern. There are tons of drug/nutrient interactions I didn’t even scratch the surface of!  If I didn’t say it was good/bad for something, it probably wasn’t, but there were still some cool studies which I didn’t post which may answer an individuals question. Furthermore, if you think you have a good study to refute what I have said, please, let me know. I am not talking about some biology or art major that decided to start their own website, I am talking about actual studies.

38 thoughts on “Zeal Wellness Drink/Supplement

  1. ” ABOUT YOUR QUOTE I love how he was magically energized at the mere thought of drinking this. Ironically, the skepdic dictionary seems to define this anomaly quite well. http://skepdic.com/placebo.html ” I gave a sample bottle to a coworker who was sleepy and hungover. He knew nothing about Zeal or what he was drinking. Within 20 seconds of him finishing the whole sample bottle fast, his eyes went wide open and said “WOW, what is in that!” Placebo – I find it funny since he is not a distributor or a customer. 1st sample, 1st reaction! People who really have nothing to gain are honest in their reaction. Its a shame agenda driven people can’t do the same.

  2. I thought this was extremely educational… it was definitely a long read however… you showed all kinds of resources and I really appreciate it… I have been on the edge of trying this product. .. I started researching it due to the fact that I have only heard great reviews from people who would “have and agenda” they arr selling it trying to get that car you are talking about or the “40, 000 dollar paycheck a month!!! I have taken 2 samples of it… I felt nothing other than I drank it late in the evening and I couldnt sleep all night… after I asked if there was any caffeine because I have been off caffeine for over a year and was assured there was absolutely none… after I drank it they said well… There is a very small amount you could only tell if you are sensative to it… yeah I was quite sensative!! I saw on a couple things it was unhealthy for pregnant women but at thesr meetings people were giving thise product to young children! ? If this product is unsafe for children why and how is it legal for this company to lead people to believe that it is great for all ages to include young children!? My husband has type 1 diabetes they talk abput how it was “curing” people… unless my husbands indocrinoligist uneducated there is no “cure” for type 1 diabetes right? I mean if your pancreas doesn’t work it can’t be “jump started”… I am sorry to ask so many questions but extremely curious! ! Thank you for taking the time to read this and to write about this!!

    • No supplement can cure type 1 diabetes. The closest I’ve ever seen anyone get to being cure was eating a whole food, plant based diet. That would be much healthier and cheaper than this magic potion.

  3. I’ve been take the Zeal for 2 weeks and my life changes. The tiredness in the morning was gone. I feel so fresh and focus. My active level is up and I become more positive so yhat I can make decisions better for my health. I know Zeal is just supplement not a medicine or cure for diseases. Hoeever, I saw many of people drink Spark in my area or monster drink, 5 hour energy drink , sodas, all kinds of fake boost energy stuffs and eating junk foid. If Zeal is that much dangerous, don’t you think Coca Cola or cigarette is worse than that? I will take Zeal rather than all the fake & junk food. Not all home remedies or natural herbals were not proofed but we still believe those and use because they work!

  4. I appreciate your research into zeal and all the information you have shared. I received a sample of zeal from a friend and while I definitely noticed a pick up…my stomach has felt awful. After reading this and some other information out there, I realize why. I usually make much smarter decisions and should have looked into this before trying but like many I was excited about this miracle supplement! It amazes me how some people think…like drinking this is better then monster etc., yes, but why would you want to take anything that you are unsure of and risk future health issues. Getting hit by a car would probably be better then getting hit by a semi truck too… I think I’ll stick to the good old fashion real foods, lesson learned for me! Thanks again for the information and trying to help people think more about what they are taking in.

  5. In your information, I appreciate the education on each ingredient. But if I’m not mistaken, none of it is BAD for you, just not proven , and prob not a good idea for pregnancy which neither is sugar, soda or processed foods. Lol. So in trying to understand, you are just saying that some or many of the distributors are stretching truths just to sell the product. Almost all of the ingredients are Dr. Oz suggested natural and helpful items to use daily. I don’t use the product or sell it, but from what I see, it is not a bad or unhealthy product. My moms medications actually have worse chemicals and side affects.
    So I guess my question is this, are you suggesting the product is unhealthy? Or that it simply is unsubstantiated in its claims?
    Thank you for your reply.

  6. Unfortunately, you are trusting OTC vitamins when you know they are also NOT supervised by anyone, and potentially do not contain effective ingredients. Please check out USANA vitamins. Expensive, but actually DO contain quality ingredients listed on the label. I do not advocate any of these, but fail to see why Zeal products are dangerous, yet OTC vitamins are not??? Please advise.

    • Mark,

      I have referenced how OTC vitamins and supplements can be supervised by someone, and can garner a quality seal from NSF, GMP, or USP by adhering to strict standards and ensuring that the correct ratio of ingredients are in there, and the purity of them. I have noticed that USANA does have some verified supplements. I have also found a couple of things that aren’t terribly healthy with their supplements. It isn’t like zeal where every single supplement contains something that can potentially harm someone and it is in unknown amounts and is unverified. I have always advocated for the verified OTC vitamins. For more information check this out.

      http://www.usp.org/usp-verification-services/usp-verified-dietary-supplements/verified-supplements

  7. So, my question is, you would take over the counter vitamins over Zeal? I’ve never taken any over the counter products beside tylenol and want to start taking a supplemental vitamin. Please help me decide what to take, I’m very confused about rhe product because most of what I just read on your post says Zeal was mostly safe?

    Thanks!!!

  8. well informed article. I tried a Zeal drink and I was very energized… I would like to feel that way without any stimulants. I don’t think its a horrible product but if I was pregnant or considering getting pregnant I would not take it. I try to stay as natural as humanly possible so I appreciated the info on supplements found here.

  9. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one
    and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.

  10. I was having period cramps, and it cured my cramps after drinking just a sample bottle.

    This is sarcasm….
    The energy everyone claims from the guarana, and the naturally occurring caffeine. He’s right if your body can’t break down and absorb multi vitamins and there are similar or the same vitamins then why would this be any different? It’s a fancy energy drink. I am not about western meds but, 9 times out of 10 if it’s a pyramid scheme it’s a wash.. Why not just drink lots of water, eat health and exercise?

  11. I just ordered the wellness drink. It was like 97$ total. I started today. I usually take a woman’s one a day multi vitamin but it was so big I felt like I wasn’t digesting it. My consultant told me that they don’t digest and zeal is way better.

    • I don’t see how that would be possible. The zeal contains the EXACT SAME vitamin compounds in it as a regular OTC multivitamin, plus it adds in dangerous herbals. I am sure the consultant did tell you that they don’t digest and zeal is better. They want you to pay them instead of you paying naturemade $0.09 per day for the same thing and someone up the chain told them the exact same thing and the misinformation unfortunately got passed to you.

      • I used to take a hand full of OTC vitamins everyday and I will tell you why I switched to Zeal. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and my body simply does not have the ability to break down and absorb the OTC vitamins. I took Zeal to my personal doctor and she said it would be good for me based on the fact that when it is consumed it is in liquid form and not in pill form. So in my opinion if I am able to get more benefits from Zeal so would anyone else who are currently taking OTC vitamins. I have taken OTC vitamins for years and never noticed any difference in the way I felt. I thought that is just the way things were, however I do feel better with Zeal. I will continue to use it.

      • What makes the vitamins in zeal better than the ones in an OTC supplement. It has several in common, and I know I have written about them. (When talking about it in the wellness section). Most synthetic vitamins disolve just as well and quickly as organic ones. The only glaring exception is the tocopherol (Vitamin E). The D-alpha is absorbed better than the DL- alpha. Zeal has the D-alpha, so good on them.

        Plus, I am sure the caffeine gives you an energy boost. :)

    • I saw that on one of the facebook pages myself. I just chuckled then shook my head. I suppose I could start a separate thread about how dumb it is to give a supplement designed for humans to your mutt (grapes can kill dogs for example) but I am neither a vet or an expert in dog nutrition.

  12. I only know how it makes me feel. I am a skeptic. Always have been. I have more energy after my Zeal. My multi-vitamins have never given me the energy boost. My lab results have improved. I did become a consultant. However, I sell a little bit and give away much, much more to people who don’t feel well. I don’t make claims. I only give my testimony. By the way, I could care less about a car. I only want to feel better and want others to feel better.

      • True. Caffeine gives me a spike and then a crash in energy. With Zeal, my energy level remains throughout the day. I can only speak for how I feel.

      • I would tend to agree that caffeine/glucose (IE: redbull, soft drinks, coffee/tea with sugar) probably would. Of straight sugar like that, I would expect you to feel a crash. However, a large amount of caffeine in it’s own right? Probably not so much. I drink about 24 oz of coffee in the morning (about 300-400mg) and that lasts me throughout the day. It should taper down slowly, and does for me. Interested in knowing why? Caffeine has a higher half life than most people think. While in the medical world, a 6 hour half life isn’t terribly long, it is pretty dang long. If you don’t know what the half life is, it is just like the half life of radioactive material you probably learned about in chemistry, but with your body instead. It is the amount of time it takes your body to eliminate one half of a given substance. So after 6 hours, I am still rolling on 150mg of caffeine. Not as good as 300, but still noticeable, and no quick drop off. It is worth noting if you have any liver conditions, the caffeine hangs out a lot longer, as it is mainly processed through the liver.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12087345?dopt=Abstract

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7361718?dopt=Abstract

  13. Healthy?
    I took 4 days sample of the Zeal for Life Wellness samples. For the last 2 days I have been like a zombie, feel horrid, like I’ve been drugged, haven’t been able to function. Has anyone else had this problem?

  14. Theresa that is your body getting adjusted to the vitamins it is getting. A lot of people are so depleted from vitamins because our food is not nutritious as it once was. We process and destroy the nutrients in the food. With zeal I have my energy back after having two kids and I can go run 4 miles without any pain in my knee. Also I have endometriosis and an auto immune disease that I suffered with and since I have been taking zeal, 6 months, I have not had any suffering! And I did stop craving soda. You can get on here and listen to some guy you don’t know talk his head off about the product but the doctors who designed zeal are amazing and it has helped a lot of people. Don’t knock it until you try it. And every vitamin, antioxidant, and nutrient in zeal is great for your body.

    • Ashley, I have no idea where you get your info from (like so many other zeal reps, you fail to cite your sources). How is our food not nutritionally adequate? I have found some stuff. It is usually due to soil depletion. They say numbers are down about 25%. So instead of my kale topping off the charts with 500% of my vitamin C, I may only get 400%. Plus, I see no difference between the plants in zeal and the plants everywhere else.

  15. Ashley, you clearly don’t know ANYTHING about nutrition. No, vitamins don’t make you feel worse before you feel better. This response really highlites your ignorance, and this is why I can’t stand MLM supplement companies- their structure relies on normal people dispensing products they know NOTHING about. It’s one thing to get people to try your product, but its a whole other thing to give people FALSE information to trick them into taking something that CLEARLY does not work for them. There is no magic bullet, and your product won’t work for everybody. Get over it.

    Theresa, if its making you feel lousey just stop taking it. You’re probably having a reaction to one of the many herbs in the Zeal. Because of the myriad of herbs and their effects, however, it’s damn near impossible to say which one(s) you’re reacting to.

    Food for thought- why I don’t care for MLM supplement companies (*note- not all MLMs)….
    http://www.choosingahome-basedcareer.com/the-blog

    • I was just stating how it’s helped me. Don’t go on some power trip. Nobody was rude to you. If it is not for you then it’s not. But it has helped many people I know. That is what I was CLEARLY stating. And I have researched my nutrition and I have family that are doctors.

  16. No, you were not rude to me and I never said that you were.

    However, you WERE giving false information when you clearly have no real expertise in this area. And I don’t care if your family are doctors! Saying that just highlites part of the issue here. You are not an expert in this area (or at least, have yet to demonstrate that you are), but apparently you are under the impression that you can ride on the coat-tails of your family’s credentials.

    I’m actually genuinely happy for you- I’m glad Zeal has helped you. Just realize that this stuff ISN’T a magic bullet and its NOT for everybody. This sort of one-size-fits-all approach will only get you so far.

  17. I would like to ask what expertise you have that gives you credentials to make such statements? Your opinions of Zeal are just that, opinions. They are not based upon factual information.

    You obviously are a disgruntled person who had prior unsuccessful experiences with our company. Shame on you.

    We have a medical team of qualified advisors, Medical Doctors, and others whom are well versed in health and nutrition. They stand behind our products. And, for your information, my personal neurologist consumes this product, and refers her patients to me. Merely for the fact it has Tumerac as one of the ingredients.

    There are other things you could be doing with your time. Find them.

    • You obviously just wanted to jump into insulting me. I state my credentials, where I get my information, and why I make the assertations that I do. Believe it or not, whenever I do make a claim, I support it with usually more than one scientific study. That is pretty factual if you ask me, and something else that your crew woefully lacks on. Standing behind a crew of non-practicing docs who’s primary goal is profit is hardly a tip in your favor. Mind me asking who this neurologist is?

      Seems you could find better things to do as well, instead of trying to falsely and poorly discredit me.

  18. You’ve done your homework on the product and it seems that over 90+% of what you show is actually good for your body. I guess my question to you would be, what are you taking that is so much better? I take Zeal and have never felt better. No placebo effect as prior to taking Zeal i was taking a handful of vitamins and I find it a much easier way of taking the same nutrients and much more. I had a nurse tell me that she has performed colonoscopies on patients and have found multivitamins intact that have never dissolved in the body. Drinking in liquid form eliminates the undissolved tablet. Regardless of your claims, I feel that it would mean so much more if you were a past Zeal user that possibly never felt the benefits that you get from Zeal or if your Doctor told you that your lab work came back so much better that you can eliminate some medications from your regimen.
    The body is a wonderful machine that needs the proper nutrition to not only make it work but also to help heal itself. Some people that don’t experience the same results as others may have done irreparable damage that even the proper nutrients can’t help.
    I appreciate your concise description of the ingredients as I find not much that I can’t tell someone how wonderful the product is for them. I just started giving my mother Zeal for Alzheimers and quite frankly if it only helps her a little bit….then I’m a big fan.

    Thanks for you efforts, people need to be educated on what they put in their body and I will continue taking Zeal as it really is loaded with the best ingredients to help me live a full and happy life.

    • How do you know the ingredients are the best? Sure, some, if not most of the ingredients are fine, but several of them pose dangers to certain demographics. My problems with the wellness drink were that it was being marketed incorrectly (read my post on pregnancy). I have aired out my laundry list of problems with the burn and cleanse pills, which are not good products at all, and the system as a whole is actually pretty poor. I believe I have said before that there is little problem with a healthy male taking the wellness drink.

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