I recently started hearing a lot of buzz surrounding Force Factor, a dietary supplement that supposedly builds lean muscle quickly. Its claims sounded too good to be true, so I decided to do an in-depth review of the product myself. I examined the ingredients, looked for clinical research, and tried to find out about side effects. I even read through every forum I could find to see what people are saying. Here’s the run-down of my findings, and I hope it helps you make an informed decision!
What You Need to Know
Let’s jump right in: Force Factor’s headlining ingredient is “Advanced 3x Nitric Oxide Booster,” which is composed of A-AKG, A-KIC, and L Arginine Monohydrate. The “Advanced Nutrient Delivery System” rounds out the supplement, and it includes ingredients like Calcium Phosphate and L-Citrulline. Each container comes with 30 servings, most of which are taken on workout days. One container lasts for a month. When used as instructed, Force Factor claims to build lean muscle, promote endurance (think more repetitions in the weight room), and maximize strength.
Force Factor is a Cambridge, MA-based product that came into existence in 2009. It was supposedly founded by two Harvard rowers, but no real information, such as facts surrounding the company’s founding or the people themselves, is available. The product is available from Forcefactor.com for $59.00 + shipping, and each bottle lasts for a month. We like the ease of use, and the formula for nutrient delivery seems original and interesting. But read on…
A Concern–“Is the ‘Free Trial’ Really Free?”
After looking through a series of online reviews, it looks like Force Factor uses its “Try It Now” option to get people signed up for recurring shipments–all without users knowing. “No matter how interesting a dietary supplement may be, victimizing people who are willing to try your product is not a good business practice,” said our research editor. “If it’s true that Force Factor is leading people into thinking they are only signing up for a free sample and then hitting them with recurring charges to their credit card, the company needs to be held accountable.” Several user reviews mentioned this very problem.
“I received the small sample, and then they sent me a month’s supply. I never acknowledged a full bottle or even accepted the credit card charge,” one user claims. He wasn’t the only one. “I just ordered a free sample. After that, why are you people deducting money from my account and sending me Force Factor every month? I didn’t order anything,” said another. Confusion over the auto-shipping from Force Factor seemed to be a recurring theme.
“Does This Include More Side Effects than It Claims?–Concern #2
Besides the annoyance over shady business practices, Force Factor doesn’t always dish out the great results it promises. In fact, many users claimed to have painful side effects. “I regret taking this product because of dependence and the side effects that show up as follows; inner ear problems, vertigo, joint problems like carpal tunnel, stomach problems and the fun one when you first start a high dose then stop.”
“My blood pressure went out of whack and I almost had a stroke,” said another. “So I’m not going to be taking it anymore. I didn’t feel it do any good.” While the latter review certainly should have consulted with his doctor before taking a dietary supplement, his health alone probably didn’t cause the reaction. “It doesn’t make any real difference in workouts at all,” said a third reviewer.
We’ve noticed that even a small side effect can hinder a supplement’s long-term success; users simply don’t want to put up with side effects or a lack of results. Furthermore, if Force Factor is making returns and auto-shipments a pain to deal with, customers would probably be better off looking elsewhere.
“What Does the Science Have to Say?”
The NIH features many articles discussing the benefits of Nitric Oxide (found in Force Factor), but we can’t find any published clinical studies supporting Force Factor itself. The Force Factor website claims that the supplement has been clinically studied, but why wouldn’t they mention the institution or individuals involved in the study? Without any verification, it’s hard to support a proprietary blend of ingredients that costs $60/month. Beyond that, the side effects associated with Force Factor could use some more clinical research.
What’s the Bottom Line?
I’ve reviewed a lot of supplements, and Force Factor initially had me interested with it’s approach to lean muscle building. It seems to avoid many cliche ingredients, and it’s easy to use. The shady use of auto-shipping doesn’t sit well, though, and some of the side effects mentioned online should be mentioned on the Force Factor website.
If you’re still in the market for a supplement that will promote lean muscle, there are options out there that have more scientific backing than Force Factor and fewer side effects.
One of our favorites this past year was Leptigen, a supplement made from a proprietary blend of four powerful ingredients. These ingredients burn fat and boost metabolism, and we can’t find talk of negative side effects online. Better yet, the online reviews look great.
For the time being, there’s even a special trial offer: this is a company that stands by its product.