Zeal for life: Is it safe for nursing, pregnant and children? Guarana debate and some random drivel.



Time for a semi-comical update. I am very happy this blog has taken off like this. It is even at the top of some search results. Anyways, I was hoping to discuss in this post some of the more common search results I have seen, a firsthand case I had with someone who had done the complete 90 day challenge, address some of the accusations that have been tossed my way, further misinformed bad behavior of sales reps, and address guarana further.


First, the accusations that some have thrown my way. People have given me some pretty outrageous ones for sure. The big two that have been handed to me is that I am promoting my own product, and I am worried that this product will lose me business because it is so great!


Promoting my own product/supplement – I am not in any way trying to promote something else. Do I think that some supplements are better than others? Yes. May I suggest them in place of something due to research that will more than likely help you? Yes again. I have absolutely ZERO dollars invested in any supplement company, nor do I receive any money for promotion or dragging some other company through the mud. Just to make it clear, I have absolutely NO affiliation with ANY supplement companies whatsoever.


My job is in danger – No, not at all. Actually, I have seen my “business” grow. I get paid the same no matter whether I see 4 patients a week, or 50 patients a week. It is usually closer to the 50 patients though. If anything, as you will see in the case you will be reading soon, I would expect it to generate clients. The claim that zeal is so great that it would make my job obsolete is absolutely false.


Next up, the search results. Between the wordpress stats and the Google webmaster tool, I have noticed some recurring search results that are quite popular. I will hopefully answer those questions further, and maybe shed some light on them.


Zeal liver damage and zeal hepatoxin – Obviously, it appears that people are having liver issues or concerns about liver issues with zeal. Well yes, it does have a couple of hepatoxic ingredients. Buchu Leaf is one of them, and that is contained in the cleanse pill. Gotu Kola used long term is can also cause liver damage, and this is found in the zeal wellness drink. Noni has also been shown to possibly be hepatoxic. So the zeal wellness drink could cause liver damage and so could the cleanse.


Will zeal make me poop, Zeal for life loose stool, zeal for life laxative – Obviously, I have covered how the cleanse pill is complete trouser trouble and packed full of laxatives. The wellness drink also has a couple things that can cause a bit of loose stool. The zeal burn pill also contains a laxative.


Can I give zeal to my children – No! Don’t do it. I assume you people are searching for info on the wellness drink. The protein shake should be fine and the burn and cleanse are out of the question unsuitable for children. Did you know that even if you give them the guarana free version it still has caffeine, which I guess in its own right isn’t terrible, but it is coming from the yerba mate. The mate is what I have problems with. Yerba has been linked to oral cancer in younger children and fetuses. Red ginseng can have hormonal effects. Furthermore, most of these herbals have not been tested and studied in children at all. I know I wouldn’t risk my child.


Can I take Zeal for Life while nursing / lactating – Nope, not a chance. Remember the yerba thing above? That passes through your breast milk too. Fennel can lead to neurotxicity in the young ones. The cleanse would make your milk laxitivey (yes, I made that word up). Plus add in the potential hepatoxins and add in the fact that most of it, yet again, hasn’t been studied on lactating mothers would make me shy away. This is a crucial time in your child’s development. Would you risk it?


Can I take Zeal for life while pregnant – Absolutely, positively not. I can’t foot stomp this one enough. Actually, I will make a list of the ingredients in Zeal that could cause a miscarriage.


Wellness Drink:


  • ·         Ashwagandha
  • ·         Moringa
  • ·         Tumeric
  • ·         Red ginseng (teratogenic effects, not necessarily an abortifacient)
  • ·         Fennel (neurotoxic, not an abortifacient)
  • ·         Noni




  • ·         Juniper
  • ·         Buchu Leaf
  • ·         Urva-Ursi (also carcinogenic long term)
  • ·         Cornsilk Stylus


Long story short. If you plan on having a child, terminate use of these two zeal products atleast 90 days prior to planned conception. The burn pill is unsafe for anyone, and I think that the protein shake would be fairly safe. (you should still talk to your doctor).




The Case:


So we all know I work for the government. Now you get to find out something else. I am in fact in the military. Obviously, there are weight and abdominal circumference standards which need to be met. Said patient decided to do the zeal 90 day challenge. Of course she wouldn’t come to people with degrees in said subject to lose weight, it cures everything right? You may even remember me commenting that this could cause an iron deficiency. Well, low and behold, it happened. She reported to the doctor feeling extremely tired with severe shin pain. But wait, there is more! In spite of being severely anemic (HGB 8.2), and having a transferritin saturation of 3, and serum ferritin too low to read, she also had a calcidiol of 9. Her alkaline phosphatese was also very low, which is indicative of an eating disorder such as anorexia or laxative abuse. Oh, one more thing, she was also hypokalemic (low potassium). Another symptom of laxative abuse. She got all of that plus a stress fracture. She wasn’t mixing the protein shake with milk, and using water instead to cut calories. It completely wows me that an “advanced” supplement manufacturer would not include calcium and iron, which are the two largest deficiencies in the world, then have your reps tell people to eliminate them (maybe the reps came up with this themselves, beats me) to lower calories. Anyway, we put her on some decent supplements, and she has recovered, and is still losing weight. Needless to say, this is my only hands on experience, and I ended up being dead right about a lot of my suspicions. If I were to base my entire opinion off this one experience I would say “The zeal for life challenge causes iron deficient anemia, the zeal for life challenge causes calcium deficiency, the zeal for life challenge causes malnutrition.” I could be wrong, but I doubt it at this point.


**Disclaimer, no PII was released and no Hippa violations happened**


Bad Behavior:


Not much I haven’t complained about before, but I got banned from a facebook group for suggesting that a woman should not give this to her 16 month old and 4 year old, obviously for the reasons stated above. She also, of course said she wasn’t a nutritionist, but was well studied, so she can give the advice. A.K.A. can copy and paste off the zeal site. These are the types of people selling this stuff. WHY WOULD YOU TRUST THEM!!! Another one claimed that everyone needs supplements, and you couldn’t possibly be smart if you don’t acknowledge that. There was no way you could possibly get antioxidants from foods! They always end with “zeal has helped thousands of people!” They all use that. It must be a canned corporate statement. Asinine drivel as usual from that lot. I only got one to post a study, which leads me to my next one.




There are two ways that the guarana debate usually goes:


  1. A.      “Guarana contains a caffeine like substance which isn’t actually caffeine.” This is an absolute falsehood. It contains theobromine and caffeine just like cocoa, coffee, tea, and yerba. It is widely recognized in the scientific community that guarana has the HIGHEST caffeine content of any plants.






  1. B.      Guarana is caffeine, but it is absorbed more slowly. I have seen studies both ways on this. Both are dated about the same. The verdict is out, however, I feel this one is fairly reliable due to the testing method. I can’t find the counter argument as of now, but it was published about the same time as this one. The studies on this one are scant, and it is difficult to say which is more true. I have not been able to find more recent studies, just reposts of the old ones. Please don’t think that I am posting the only one that would support my argument (I generally have no problems with caffeine as I have said before). The zeal folks are apparently the ones that do, and they are the ones hawking it. I guess if you don’t know something has caffeine, and it gives you a perceived energy boost, you think it is the “magical formulation” working. Plus, we have absolutely no idea how much caffeine is in a serving. On this one, I say take it or leave it, and it is the least of the concerns in the grand scheme of zeal. But one thing is for sure, it most definitely has caffeine.