You’re going to live, look, and feel Ultra Premium like never before! Results from the THRIVE Experience are high impact, and can differ slightly from person to person, depending on your 8-week goal, and which areas of your lifestyle need the most help. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, or simply be the best you can be, we know the 8-Week THRIVE Experience will get you THRIVIN’ in all areas of your life!
So says the marketing for The Thrive Patch, manufactured and distributed by multi-level marketing company Le-Vel, based out of Dallas, Texas. Their business model doesn’t pay its distributors with money, rather with more product, until they reach a certain level of the pyramid. Standard operating procedure for most MLM businesses—very few people ever end up making an actual income from it. Like most, Le-Vel seems more interested in getting people “on board’ than actually providing an exceptional product.
So, Thrive: a little adhesive patch you wear like a band-aid (or a badge of honor, given the funky bright colors), it contains an herbal blend that absorbs into your skin via Dermal Fusion Technology (DFT)to help you gain physical and mental performance with their premium blend.
But Thrive isn’t only about patches. It’s shakes (of course), and capsules. It’s an experience.
The Lifestyle Pack
THE LIFESTYLE PACK is a great place to start! It has enough THRIVE for 4 weeks on the Experience, and has the option to add a 4-week supply of DFT: 2 Lifestyle Capsules each day, 1 Lifestyle Shake each day Monday – Thursday, and 1 DFT each day (if added to Lifestyle Pack).
The Tone Pack
THE TONE PACK is one of the most popular packs, and is ideal for someone whose goal is to lose weight, lean out, and tone up. It has enough THRIVE for 4 weeks on the Experience, and has the option to add a 4-week supply of DFT: 2 Lifestyle Capsules each day, 1–2 Lifestyle shakes each day in place of a breakfast or lunch, and 1 DFT each day (if added to Tone Pack).
The Couples Pack
THE COUPLES PACK is designed for a couple’s experience. It has enough THRIVE for 4 weeks for both of you to be on the Experience, and has the option to add a 4-week supply of DFT: 2 Lifestyle Capsules each day, 1 Lifestyle Shake each day Monday – Thursday, and 1 DFT each day (if added to Couples Pack). (emphasis added)
Sounds to me like that “start at” doesn’t offer much. But let’s look at the nuts and bolts of the patch.
How Does The Thrive Patch Work?
From the Thrive website:
The THRIVE Experience is a combination of our THRIVE Premium Lifestyle Capsule, THRIVE Ultra Micronized Lifestyle Shake Mix, and our Premium Lifestyle DFT (Derma Fusion Technology). Our premium naturopathic and synergistic formula of Vitamins, Minerals, Plant Extracts, Anti-Oxidants, Enzymes, Pro-Biotics, and Amino Acids is like nothing your body has ever experienced! It’s Ultra Premium at its finest. What’s even better is that the experience is gender specific for Men & Women.
- Weight Management+
- Cognitive Performance+
- Digestive & Immune Support+
- Healthy Joint Function+
- Lean Muscle Support+
- Calming of General Discomfort+
- Age-Defying & Antioxidant Support+
It being that hard to describe makes me a little wary to have it soaking into my skin, but maybe that’s just me. So what’s in this little wonder patch?
But there’s no explanation of how all this works, so who knows?
Is The Thrive Patch Dangerous?
Not knowing what several of the ingredients are precludes a firm statement about safety, but given the ton of negative reviews about this product, I’m thinking there are some problems. There are two more familiar ingredients, however, that deserve some spotlight: Garcinia cambogia, and Green Coffee Bean Extract.
Background on Garcinia Cambogia
Some background information on G. cambogia: it is a small fruit native to Southwest Asia. Used as a supplement, it can interfere with diabetes medications. It also tends to get a bad rap because of the great Hydroxycut scandal several years back. A situation which caused a lot of liver failures (hepatotoxicity)—but Hydroxycut was a mixture-supplement. There has not been any evidence that specifically blames G. cambogia.
That’s not to say you can chug it:
There have been multiple studies on Garcinia cambogia, and its ability to curb appetites and promote fat loss. The results have so far been consistent: while no miracle pill, G. cambogia serves as a mild-to-moderate appetite suppressant, and may inhibit an enzyme which converts carbohydrates to fat (leaving them carbs longer so the body can burn through them rather than store them), but so far its effectiveness seems to be limited to a 12-week period.
Note: the most effective Garcinia supplements with the fewest side effects are those which are single-ingredient—containing only G. cambogia. And the maximum safe dosage tested to date is 2800 mg per day.
There was one case study regarding liver failure tied to a specific brand of G. cambogia supplement. This company admitted that the concentration of active ingredient varied from batch to batch due to the environmental conditions and harvesting variations. But it was a single-active-ingredient supplement, so it’s certainly possible the G. cambogia was the culprit in this case.
A Study on Garcinia Cambogia
According to Live Science:
A case study published in 2016 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology by Keri E. Lunsford, et al., examined an instance where Garcinia cambogia caused hepatic failure resulting in the need of a liver transplant. The subject had taken the supplement for several months before his liver had failed. The researchers report that this is the first known case of acute liver failure tied to Garcinia cambogia. Liver damage due to other drugs and alcohol had been ruled out, and Garcinia cambogia was the only supplement or drug that the patient had ingested.
A note about that study: in the original paper, the following is stated bluntly:
Although G. cambogia has been suggested as the putative cause of the banned supplement’s hepatotoxic effects, there is no definitive evidence. The majority of G. cambogia formulation associated with hepatotoxicity have been mixed supplements a definitive causal relation could not be drawn. However, in the past several months, several cases of G. cambogia associated acute liver failure have been reported, reinforcing the toxic potential of this particular supplement. Agreement upon the actual liver toxicity of G. cambogia has been mixed, and the majority of evidence is drawn from rodent models. …
Conditions predisposing patients to liver toxicity associated with Garcinia cambogia and like products remain unidentified. Acute liver failure from supplement ingestion appears relatively rare compared to their widespread use.
So if you have a family history of liver failure, I think I’d avoid it, but for the general population single-ingredient supplements taken in strict moderation seem to have a mild effect.
What Is Green Coffee Bean Extract?
Green coffee bean extract is simply caffeine, so if you’re sensitive you should be wary. Not typically dangerous, but it can have side effects like jitters, headaches, nausea, and vertigo if you overdo it.
You should always check with your doctor before using any supplement.
Pros and Cons of The Thrive Patch
So back to the Thrive Patch as a whole entity. It’s trendy and cute, but that really does seem to be its only positive quality.
There are no huge success stories from use of this patch, at least not on credibly objective review sites. Thrive doesn’t encourage cleaner eating, doesn’t encourage exercise—just the little patch and all the lovely add-ons they can sell you. Without any better information on the ingredients, the only thing I can really say is that at best it may give the user a psychological crutch as a foundation for a healthier lifestyle. At $100-200 for a month’s worth of supplements—the patches cost extra—it seems awfully pricey.
In addition, the inevitable pushy sales pitch. A desperate distributor does everything they can to reach a point where they get actually get paid. This is just asking for trouble.
The Bottom Line
The Thrive Patch is, in my one-word opinion, a gimmick. An ineffective and expensive one at that, though it doesn’t seem actually hazardous. Honestly, go buy several bags of fish, chicken, and fresh produce, or a pair of walking shoes—either would likely be a better investment.