Pure Life Garcinia Review

Pure Life Garcinia is a purported appetite suppressor and diet supplement made by NutraLife Brands LLC. Pay attention to that name.

They give little insight to the actual product, but they make sure you know that there’s a free trial offer where you will only pay for shipping!


If you’ve read my other reviews, you know NutraLife comes up a lot, mostly for Garcinia cambogia supplements. That’s because they package the same product under (at last count, about a dozen) different brand names, then run the same ad—seriously, it’s one of three layouts, the same overblown claims, a random mixture of about six stock photos—with only the brand name changing. By the time you get to an order, it’s all the same down at the bottom of the page: NutraLife.

And it’s the same scam: a negative-option marketing scheme that offers you a trial bottle and then automatically enrolls you in an autoship program at the most extortionate prices imaginable for this supplement. [1]

NutraLife opened up a Better Business Bureau profile back in 2013; unsurprisingly, they have  an F rating, with many irate customers leaving bad reviews on their brands and the “free” trial that they offer. There’s also extensive information on the BBB’s own negative findings about NutraLife. [2]

Company Contact Information: 15515 Hutchison Rd, Tampa, FL 33625-5518, 888-943-5878.

Pure Life Garcinia Claims

“Get your dream body now!” [3]

“…the weight loss miracle for the new age!” [3]

Do you know how many calories it takes to compose 1 pound of fat? It is equal to 3,500 calories. That is almost 2 days of calories! Knowing this it is easy to understand why losing a significant amount of weight might be difficult. In order to lose 1-2 pounds a week dieting you would have to eat 500-1000 calories less than your body needs to maintain its weight each day. To burn 3,500-7,000 (1-2 pounds of fat) calories a week through running you would need to run 35 to 70 miles! No wonder nobody likes fitness! [3]

Okay, I’m going to stop there for just a moment. While yes, their math is correct, they fail to take into account that if you can eat 250 calories less and burn 250 calories more in the same day, it’s not nearly as hard-sounding. And there are other things to do besides run. Weight training actually burns more calories in the long run because more muscles need more calories to function. But by marketing their supplement to you by essentially tricking you into giving up before you’ve even started, they make you think you need a miracle, and they’re offering one—or so they claim.

Pure Life Garcinia Cambogia Extract is a dual action fat burner. It is called this because of its ability to reduce appetite and modulate metabolism. As a result, you are able to eat what you want, never set foot on a treadmill and lose weight! It is incredible how easy and efficient weight loss can be achieved with this powerful dietary supplement. [3]

Incredible…yeah, I’d call that claim more than a bit past credibility.

So now that they’ve got you all excited, they offer a free trial for just the price of shipping. But what they don’t state clearly—in fact, they hide it in their “Terms and Conditions” section, which itself is hidden down at the bottom of the order page—is what happens at the same time:

To help you get started, we offer a eighteen (18) day trial of Pure Garcinia Cambogia with enrollment in our home delivery programIf you do not cancel before the end of your eighteen (18) day trial period, we bill you $89.97 for the initial product and we will ship you a thirty (30) day supply of Pure Garcinia Cambogia on the forty-fifth (45th) day after you placed your order and every thirty (30) days thereafter until you choose to cancel these continuing shipments. [4] (emphasis added)

(This link isn’t live because when I went back to the sales page in proofreading this review, every link on the page got me a “Warning: Dangerous Site” message from Chrome. So it’s recorded un-live for citation purposes only.)

Pure Life Garcinia Ingredients

There’s no ingredient list and no close-up picture of the bottle or box label. The only ingredient they crow about is HCA (the box picture says a 60% concentrate, but the amount in each pill isn’t disclosed), the extract derived from Garcinia cambogia. But I can tell just from looking at the setup of the table that makes up the “Supplement Facts” label they never let you see up close, it’s not only HCA in it. There are three other ingredients you never know about.

The Science (or Lack Thereof ) Behind Pure Life Garcinia

From a scientific standpoint, G. cambogia isn’t a miracle pill. It’s not a fat melter. It’s not speed for your metabolism. But it’s not entirely useless, either. Pure Life Garcinia gives no science to back up their frankly overblown claims, but there is science out there for one specific issue.

What G. cambogia does seem to be is a mild-to-moderate appetite suppressant as a result of HCA’s ability to stimulate production and release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in our brains usually associated with “feeling good.” Serotonin can also send messages to our brains that we’re “full.”

A meta-study (review of all current literature for the purpose of a summary) published in the 2011 Journal of Obesity states

HCA is usually marketed as a weight loss supplement either alone or in combination with other supplements.  Some authors have suggested that HCA causes weight loss by competitively inhibiting the enzyme adenosine triphosphates-citrate-lyase. HCA has also been reported to increase the release or availability of serotonin in the brain, thereby leading to appetite suppression. [5]

What many of the studies compiling this meta-review also found is a short-term effect for appetite suppression and some help with weight loss—though more as  result of appetite suppression and not so much as a fat burner in its own right.

It might be called a fat inhibitor, though. In several studies HCA has been shown to inhibit an enzyme—ATP citrate lyase—whose primary purpose is to convert carbohydrates into fat. If I understand the science correctly, this is the result: by inhibiting this enzyme, the carbs apparently stay carbs and get burned before any stored fat gets burned (the body always burns carbs first). So while that does nothing for weight loss—you still have to reach the point where the body has no carbs left to burn before it starts burning fat—it might help in preventing further weight gain[6]

But even this conclusion has a few issues left to resolve.

None of [the studies reviewed] have shown whether these effects persist beyond 12 weeks of intervention. Therefore, there is still little evidence to support the potential effectiveness and long-term benefits of G. Cambogia extracts. [6] (emphasis added)

  1. cambogiadid come under fire in 2009 when theUS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the consumption of the HCA-containing supplement Hydroxycut as a possible cause of liver damage. But several studies have indicated that HCA itself, and thus G. cambogia, may not be the culprit. Dr. Sidney J. Stohs,  Pharmacy PhD from the University of Nebraska, and colleagues reported that while some cases of toxicity and specifically liver damage had been associated to the consumption of Hydroxycut products, it was premature to blame HCA for that damage; mainly because some of the Hydroxycut products tested did not contain HCA, but did contain up to 20 other ingredients. So while HCA might be involved, there was no conclusive evidence of such. [7] [8] [9]

Other studies, by Dr. Stohs and others, suggest that a moderate dosage of G. cambogia (HCA) by itself—with no other added ingredients—is safe, barring other pre-existing health problems: the maximum daily safe dosage was determined as 2800 mg/day (I assume 60% concentration, the most common concentration used in supplements, but the abstract didn’t specify). Of course, research is ongoing. [9] [10] [11]

Word On The Street About Pure Life Garcinia

There were a plethora of bad reviews about NutraLife and the “free” trial they offer. Many came straight from the BBB site, where people were hoping to deflect others from making the same mistakes that they did.

“Ken” said, “Very shady business. I should have researched them more. Will try and take your money each month without consent and then tell you they will do you a favor and credit you less than they are taking because the original supply they sent is a 30 day supply but they only advertised the price for a 14 day supply and once you open it you can't return it. No help from customer service.” [2]

“Sarah” said, “This company is HORRIBLE. Their customer service will hang up on you 15 times in one afternoon, if the phones are ever working. They put you on hold every 3 seconds. They scam you by saying you can get a free trial, but then send you two months worth so when you already have the bottles you have to either pay for the rest or pay to ship it back—total scam. NOTHING is free about their free trial.” [2]

The good news is no terrible side effects were noted with this supplement, just basic side effects such as headaches, dry mouth, dizziness, and upset stomach. Studies have shown these side effects occur most frequently with multi-ingredient G. cambogia supplements—which are generally either potassium or a potassium-calcium-chromium combination.

The Bottom Line: Is Pure Life Garcinia Worth A Try?

Definitely Not. Just no. While G. cambogia has some promise, this specific brand is a big red neon no-no; a negative-option marketing scheme designed to do little more than suck money out of your bank account.

You can walk into any drugstore, pharmacy department, or go online and find G. cambogia supplements for less than $20. Just look for one that contains only G. cambogia, and stick to that maximum safe dosage recommended by the science, even if the supplement you buy recommends more.

Review Sources
  1. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2005/negative_option.html.
  2. https://www.bbb.org/west-florida/business-reviews/health-diet-retailers/nutra-life-brands-in-tampa-fl-90144887/reviews-and-complaints?section=reviews.
  3. http://purelifegarcinias.net.
  4. http://orderitnow.org/buypurelifegarcinia.php.
  5. I. Onokpoya et al., “The Use of Garcinia Extract (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Weight Loss Supplement: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials,” Journal of Obesity, 2011; 2011: 509038,  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010674/.
  6. F. Marquez, N. Babio, M. Bulló, and J. Salas-Salvadó, “Evaluation of the Safety and Efficacy of Hydroxycitric Acid or Garcinia Cambogia Extracts in Humans,” Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2012; 52(7): 585-94,  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22530711.
  7. http://www.empowher.com/weight-loss/content/hydroxycut-what-it-how-it-has-changed-and-can-it-help-weight-loss?page=0,0.
  8. http://www.gnc.com/thermogenics/801800.html?product_id=801800&flagtype=nonbrand&vendor=none&channel=ppc&adpos=1o1&creative=179116521005&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CNvn6Pawn9QCFYeUfgod4jsPug.
  9. S. J. Stohs et al. “No Evidence Demonstrating Hepatotoxicity Associated with Hydroxycitric Acid.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2009 Aug 28; 15(32): p. 4087-4089, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19705510.
  10. D. L. Clouatre and H.G. Preuss. “Hydroxycitric Acid Does Not Promote Inflammation or Liver Toxicity.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2013 Nov; 19(44): p. 8160,  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259203213_Hydroxycitric_acid_does_not_promote_inflammation_or_liver_toxicity.
  11. S. J. Stohs et al. “Safety Assessment of a Calcium-Potassium Salt of (−)-Hydroxycitric Acid.” Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, 2010 Sep; 20(9): p. 515-525, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15234082.


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