Why Isagenix and Herbalife are NOT healthy

Perhaps the most popular attractions of Isagenix and Herbalife are their weight loss programs, through which many people have lost weight. However, these programs contain large amounts of sugar, which means people are just replacing fat with sugar, an even more deadly substance for their body!

Of course, anyone who replaces meals with liquids for a long period of time will lose weight, even if those liquids are full of unhealthy substances, because of decreased calorie intake. But unfortunately, people using these sugary products will remain addicted to sugar, which causes Type II Diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, tooth decay, liver disease, fatty liver syndrome, heart disease, cardiovascular problems and many more serious problems. Click the link below for more information on how sugar can destroy the insides of even the skinniest and fittest-looking people.

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There is more to being healthy than just looking thin!!

Sugar also contributes to cellulite which is why even skinny people can have cellulite if they have an unhealthy sugary diet.

The World Health Organisation recommends a daily intake of no more than 24 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day for adults. (SOURCE: World Health Organisation).  The only really worthwhile way to get those 6 teaspoons of sugar from a healthy source is to eat two pieces of whole fruit (an average pear contains about 3 teaspoons of sugar). There is absolutely no reason to add lots of extra sugar in the other things we eat, ESPECIALLY not diet and weight-loss supplements!

Many people, like me, are now cutting out sugar almost entirely (except for 2 pieces of whole fruit a day and microscopic amounts in some other foods) as they realise how bad it is for their waistline, liver and general wellbeing!


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According to the Isagenix 30-Day Cleanse Program instructions, how many serves of these products are you supposed to consume per day?

Cleanse Day (once a week)

  • 4 x Cleanse for Life = 28g of sugar
  • 1 x Ionix Supreme = 7g of sugar
  • Up to 6 Isagenix Snacks = 18g of sugar
  • 2 other suggested snacks = 9-11g of sugar

TOTAL FOR THE DAY: 64g of sugar (16 teaspoons)!!!

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Shake Days (6 days a week for 30 days)

  • 2 x IsaLean shakes = 22g
  • 1 x Ionix = 14g
  • 2 x suggested snacks = 9-11g

TOTAL: 45-47 grams per day (12 teaspoons)!!!

SOURCE: Isagenix Website.

And that is just the sugar content in the so-called “health supplements”. Once you add in meals (1 allowed each day on shake days), your sugar content may increase even MORE  if you consume things such as fruit, canned fruit, dried fruit, yoghurt, honey, salad dressing, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce, or other sauces.

If sugar is already found in so many things we eat, and we want to keep our consumption down, why add so much sugar into the health supplements? It’s not necessary!

Other Health Concerns about Isagenix

  • Harriet A. Hall of Science-Based Medicine published a lengthy critique of Isagenix products, noting that claims made about the products are false and misleading, and that the amount of vitamin A in some of the products is dangerous and goes against the recommendations of The Medical Letter.
  • According to a report by Australian consumer organization CHOICE the company’s “nutritional cleansing” product makes claims which are not supported by science. Additionally, other Isagenix’s weight-loss products are similar in content to much cheaper store-bought alternatives. SOURCE: Isagenix Under the Microscope


Herbalife products are made in China and have had lead contamination problems in the past, which is cause to question its quality control. And although it does not have as many sugary products as Isagenix, it does have some sugar in it. Its weight-loss program consists mainly of vitamin supplement pills, and one very famous shake called the Formula 1. You are supposed to take 2 serves of Formula 1 every day in place of meals… not just for a cleansing period, but it would seem… permanently.

Unfortunately, if anyone took the time to look at the ingredients list, they would notice that the MAIN ingredient in the Formula 1 “protein” shake is not protein, but FRUCTOSE (sugar). That certainly detracts from it’s “health drink” credibility a little.

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How do I know this? Because by law, ingredients in a product must be listed in DESCENDING ORDER of weight. So the main ingredient is listed first, followed by the second, third and so on. It’s pretty simple.

But obviously, many people do not know this. Because Herbalife’s Formula 1 shake is one of the most popular “weight loss” shakes in the world, despite the fact that the MAIN INGREDIENT is FRUCTOSE (sugar).

I know what you’re thinking: “Well, fructose must be fine, because it comes from fruit.” WRONG.

Fructose = a fancy scientific name for sugar.

Unless it is surrounded by crunchy fresh fibrous plant matter (i.e. it’s an apple) then it is NOT fruit. It has been extracted from something that was once a plant (e.g. the sugar cane plant, or sugar beet) and refined beyond recognition into a concentrated, very unhealthy substance called fructose i.e. SUGAR.

Fructose is the worst type of sugar, responsible for Type II Diabetes, tooth decay, liver disease, fatty liver syndrome, cellulite, and more.

Formula 1 contains 14g (3.5 teaspoons) of sugar per serving. You are recommended to take 2 shakes per day which results in 28g (7 teaspoons) of sugar per day. That’s nowhere near as much as the Isagenix program’s sugar content, but it’s still a little over the WHO’s Daily Recommended Intake of 6 teaspoons. And when you eat your two fruit for the day, your daily sugar intake will go up to about 13 teaspoons. It would be better to just eat the fruit and skip the shake if you want to keep your daily sugar intake within recommended limits!

Other health concerns about Herbalife

  • In 1985, the California Attorney General sued the company for making inflated claims about the efficacy of its products. The company settled the suit for $850,000 without admitting wrongdoing. [1]
  • Ephedrine: Some of the original Herbalife weight loss products included herbs containing ephedrine, Ephedra sinica (ma huang) and Sida cordifolia. Ephedrine suppresses appetite; it is closely related to pseudoephedrine, and, like the latter compound, it acts as a nasal decongestant and can increase the heart rate. Plant sources of ephedrine were removed from Herbalife products in 2002 after several U.S. states banned supplements containing such herbs [2], [3] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned supplements containing ephedrine in 2004.[4]
  • Lead contamination: In May 2008, an organization known as the Fraud Discovery Institute, [5] reported that laboratory test results of Herbalife products showed lead levels in excess of limits established by law in California under Proposition 65. Multiple independent labs reported finding lead in Herbalife products. [6] [7] [8] [9] Herbalife responded by stating its products met federal FDA requirements.
  • Lead poisoning: On May 10, 2008, a suit was filed on behalf of a woman who developed lead-related liver complaints that she claimed were a reaction to a combination of Herbalife products.[10][11] The suit was filed by lawyer Christopher Grell, cofounder of the Dietary Supplement Safety Committee and an ally of Barry Minkow.[10] On June 17, 2008, the suit was expanded to add distributors who had supplied the woman with the Herbalife products, with Grell launching a website to offer persons who believe they were harmed by Herbalife products the chance of redress.
  • Liver complaints: In 2004, Israel’s Health Minister began an investigation into Herbalife’s products after four persons using Herbalife’s products were found to have liver problems. [12]
  • Hepatitis Scare: Scientific studies in 2007 by doctors at the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland and the Liver Unit of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Israel found an association between consumption of Herbalife products and hepatitis.[12][13] In response, the Spanish Ministry of Health issued an alert asking for caution in consuming Herbalife products.

So, is there a health supplement program which actually WORKS?

Yes. Better, healthier alternatives than Isagenix and Herbalife are available. Forever Living’s Clean 9 program is much healthier way to nourish your body because it is very low in fructose (sugar), that is, less than 1 teaspoon of sugar in the program per day. The Forever Lite Ultra Meal Replacement Shake contains 1 gram (a quarter teaspoon) of sugar. That’s enough to help it taste great without adding to your waistline! Most of the flavour comes from natural cocoa. And the main ingredient is – yep – PROTEIN! What you would expect from a protein shake!

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During the Clean 9 program you don’t just replace meals with a protein shake. Added nourishment is obtained from pure Aloe Vera Gel which is a totally fructose-free raw nourishing plant food. You also take bee pollen, a powerful raw nutritional food which may have traces of fructose (nectar from flowers) however the amount is so small, it is only a fraction of a gram in each tablet so the total of 6 bee pollen tablets taken each day would give you no more than 1 gram of sugar.

During Phase 1 (Cleanse days – days 1 and 2) you take 1 shake and 6 bee pollen each day which equals 2g (half a teaspoon) of sugar. You don’t eat anything during this phase.

During Phase 2 (days 3 – 9) you take 2 shakes and 6 bee pollen each day, which equals 3g (three quarters of a teaspoon) of sugar each day. On top of that, you’re allowed one meal a day which means you still have room for 2 pieces of fruit (choose fruits that are high in antioxidants and low in fructose, such as berries and kiwis) and you can easily remain within your daily recommended dosage of 6 teaspoons while doing this program!

With Forever Living, you can gain all the cleansing effects of the other programs, but you ALSO keep your sugar intake at a minimum. This means you can overcome your sugar addictions and cravings and learn healthier eating habits FOR LIFE.

Many people such as myself have lost noticeable weight in just 9 days using the Clean 9. I I was able to kick my sugar addiction for GOOD using this program, so that afterwards I have continued to eat less than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day ever since! As a result, the weight I lost has stayed off, and continuing to use the Forever supplements has helped me stay fit and feel amazing!

If you want even more results, it is fine to do two Clean 9 programs back to back, but no more than that in every 3 month period. After finishing the cleanse program/s you can continue using Forever’s health supplements on top of a healthy diet and lifestyle to keep in optimum health and build muscle if you wish, but it’s totally up to you! Nine days is enough to see huge results!*

Click the link for more information about the Forever Living Clean 9 Program:

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Click the link below to learn more about Forever Living’s nutritional supplements:

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NOTE: Some products in Forever Living’s range DO contain noticeable amounts of sugar, for example the Forever Fast Break bar, which is recommended for sports people to gain maximum energy before intense workouts, or the Forever Aloe Bits N Peaches drink. However these products are NOT included in the weight loss program! There is a distinct separation between the products which contain sugar and those which are designed to be used for weight loss!

Here are some more reasons to choose Forever Living Products for your Weight Management and health supplementation needs:

  • No tie-in: No automatic shipments, no automatic deductions from your bank account / credit card. Order and pay only when you want to. 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Impeccable safety history: Forever Living has been around since 1978, making it older than Herbalife, yet unlike Herbalife, throughout its history, not one single person has reported a medical problem as a side-effect of taking Forever Living’s products.*
  • Natural: All products are based on natural, hand-picked, pesticide-free, herbicide-free, GMO-free aloe vera and bee products which Forever Living grows itself. Forever Living owns and controls the entire production process including the farms, processing and manufacturing, with the strictest quality control measures. Herbalife by comparison uses imported ingredients (e.g. ingredients grown in China), has its Manufacturing Plant in China, and has had problems in the past with its products being contaminated with lead!
  • Gluten-free and vegan friendly: Our meal-replacement shake is gluten-free and Vegan (assuming you drink it with soy milk). The only non-vegetarian aspect of the Clean 9 Program are the softgel tablets which contain gelatin and the Arctic Sea (fish oil tablets). If you are vegan/vegetarian you can replace these with vegan Omega-3 tablets.

As you can see from the table below Forever Living has been around longer and has more than twice the number of dedicated members than the other two companies combined. It also operates in over 150 countries, making it a truly global success! All of this is testament to its high quality, reliable products which WORK.

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 * If you have a medical condition or are on medications, always consult your doctor before doing any Cleanse or weight loss program, or taking any supplements, as supplements can interact with some medications and conditions. Do not use the Clean 9 Program if you have epilepsy or are pregnant or breastfeeding, for example. (The same advice applies for ANY weight-loss or supplement program).

What about the Personal Care Products?

Herbalife products are made in China and tested on animals.

Forever Living’s products are grown and manufactured in the USA and Dominican Republic, PETA approved (not tested on animals) with the Leaping Bunny certification. In the Dominican Republic, staff at the farms and processing facilities are paid so well that there is a long waiting list of Dominicans trying to get a job at Forever Living.

Herbalife is not PETA approved. Herbalife manufacture their products in China, where animal testing is compulsory by law.

How “natural” and “herbal” are your products really?

In the the large majority of Forever Living’s products (E.g. skincare products, hair care products, personal care products, cleaning products), pure natural ALOE VERA is the MAIN ingredient, which is evidenced by the fact that it is listed FIRST on all the product labels. This means the products really are made mainly from natural ingredients (with just small amounts of other ingredients added to preserve the aloe and stop it from going bad).

By comparison, many of our competitors’ products are made mainly from chemical-based substances, detergents, and water with only small amounts of natural substances added. This includes brands advertised as “herbal” and “natural”. There is no regulation of these words being used to label products, so many products use these words even though they actually contain very small amounts of natural ingredients, if any.

Herbalife is very secretive about the ingredients in their personal care products and I could not find any ingredients list anywhere on their website or anywhere else online. Safe to say that my findings are inconclusive as to whether their skincare, hair care, and personal care products are made from natural ingredients!

However, to give an example from the supermarket: In all shampoos by the brand “Herbal Essences”, the main ingredient is Water (Eau/Aqua), followed by Sodium Lauryl Sulphate / Sodium Laureth Sulfate. The “herbal” ingredients such as citrus and coconut are usually found in miniscule amounts far down in the ingredients list – they often constitute less than 1% of the product. By contrast, Forever Living’s shampoo’s MAIN ingredient is Aloe Vera! Therefore, unlike most of our competitors, it is ACTUALLY made mainly from natural ingredients, which are gentle and safe for your body!

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Ingredients of a “Herbal Essences” shampoo. The only “herbal” ingredients are far down on the ingredients list!
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Despite this product being labeled as Palmolive “Naturals” and boasting the “softening” qualities of aloe vera and chamomile, those ingredients are at the BOTTOM of the ingredients list and probably constitute less than 1% of the formula. This product is mainly Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (detergent) and other chemicals.

The two pictures above are basically representative of most other brands of hair care, skin care and personal care in supermarkets – even those labelled as “natural” and “organic”. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to go to your local supermarket, and find a single shampoo, conditioner, or body wash / hand wash / liquid soap which does not list Water and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate / Sodium Laureth Sulfate as the first two ingredients! Other things to take note of are:

  • In most deodorants, aluminium (a poison) is the main ingredient. Next time you are at the supermarket, check the label of all the deodorants. Forever Living’s deodorant contains no aluminium and the main ingredient is Aloe Vera.
  • Most toothpastes contain fluoride (a poison). Forever Living’s tooth gel contains no fluoride and the main ingredient is Aloe Vera.
  • Most fish oil supplements are sourced from farmed fish, which are opposed by environmentalists and health experts alike because the way the fish are treated and farmed is detrimental to the environment as well as the nutrient levels in the fish. Forever Living’s Arctic Sea fish oil is sourced only from sustainably caught, wild healthy fish.


[1] Elinav, E; Pinsker, G; Safadi, R; Pappo, O; Bromberg, M; Anis, E; Keinan-Boker, L; Broide, E; et al. (2007). “Association between consumption of Herbalife nutritional supplements and acute hepatotoxicity”. Journal of hepatology 47 (4): 514–20.

[2] “HERBALIFE LTD. Form 10-K – Annual Report, 2005”. March 14, 2005.

[3] Evans, D. (11 April 2002). “Herbalife, Other Ephedra Marketers Face Soaring Insurance Rates”. Bloomberg L.P.

[4] “Sales of Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids (Ephedra) Prohibited”. Food and Drug Administration.

[5] “Find Company Information – ZoomInfo.com”. ZoomInfo Directory. Retrieved 16 November 2012.

[6]  Herbalife. “Statement of Average Gross Compensation Paid by Herbalife to U.S. Members in 2013” (PDF). Herbalife. Retrieved 22 May 2015.

[7] “Facts About Herbalife”. Factsaboutherbalife.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01.

[8] Neate, Rupert. 21 December 2012. Herbalife CEO accused of running ‘Ponzi scheme’. The Guardian. Retrieved: 22 December 2012.

[9] “Buy Herbalife! Ackman’s Foresight Under Fire Following JCPenney (JCP) Shakeup”.

[10] Deborah Crowe (June 10, 2008). “Herbalife Sued Over Product Safety”. Los Angeles Business Journal. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008.

[11] “Herbalife Sued for Negligence and Fraud by Victim”. Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30.

[12] Elinav, E; Pinsker, G; Safadi, R; Pappo, O; Bromberg, M; Anis, E; Keinan-Boker, L; Broide, E; et al. (2007). “Association between consumption of Herbalife nutritional supplements and acute hepatotoxicity”. Journal of hepatology 47 (4): 514–20

[13] Schoepfer, AM; Engel, A; Fattinger, K; Marbet, UA; Criblez, D; Reichen, J; Zimmermann, A; Oneta, CM (2007). “Herbal does not mean innocuous: Ten cases of severe hepatotoxicity associated with dietary supplements from Herbalife products”. Journal of hepatology 47 (4): 521–6.