Shaklee Review - Does This Supplement Line Work? Are price and MLM opportunity deal breakers?
I paused before I hit the “publish” button on this one, because my conclusion was a bit of a shocker. Our attention turned toward Shaklee side effects, ingredients, clinical research and customer service quality. Additionally, we picked apart hundreds of user comments and reviews. Then, we summarized and condensed to give you the info you need.
What is Shaklee?
First off, Shaklee is a health and wellness company offering a variety of products. The ingredients vary based upon the supplement. One of the more popular items is Shaklee 180. Use also depends on the item purchased.
Shaklee was founded in 2000. All of the products are sold on the official website or through distributors. We like the longevity of the company and that we found some positive customer comments, but read on…
Price – “Breaking the Bank?”
The first concern was the high price of Shaklee supplements. “For many dieters, price is a deciding factor,” said our Research Editor. “There are several kits exceeding $200.”
“I paid a lot of money for not a lot of help reaching my weight-loss goals,” complained a user.
“This is an expensive shake kit,” said another.
However, we found some reviews of Shaklee that didn’t mention price.
“I’m willing to pay the extra money if I can lose those extra pounds,” commented a customer.
Multi-Level Marketing Company – “Pitching Shaklee Products?”
According to Shaklee reviews, the structure of the company, or MLM opportunity, was concerning. “My consultant was so fixated on getting on me to join she didn’t really help me get the most out of their products,” said a consumer.
“One lady was so consumed with the business opportunity, she couldn’t answer basic questions about the products,” reported a dieter.
We did locate some dieters that benefited from Shaklee supplements.
“After I had such a good experience with the products, I joined as consultant. Shaklee has changed my life,” declared a customer.
“I was able to buy products and decline the consultant opportunity no problem,” said another.
Over the years, we’ve found that all it takes is a single issue, like price, to turn customers away. They want something that works, but that they can afford to use until they reach their weight-loss goals.
The Science – “Any Research?”
According to the official website, Shaklee is backed by research conducted in The Landmark Study. After further review, we did notice a wealth of information pertaining to individual ingredients, not specific supplements. Also, there wasn’t a clear conclusion pointing toward any formula and weight-loss. At DietSpotlight, we like seeing solid science used to support claims. When the evidence is mixed, we become concerned.
The Bottom Line – Does Shaklee Work?
What are our final thoughts on Shaklee? Well, we like that the longevity of the company and that they use some natural ingredients, but we’re concerned about this one because the available research doesn’t point toward specific supplements, but rather ingredients. We’re also a bit skeptical due to the high price tag the the MLM opportunity, possibly making individual purchases difficult.
If you want to shed those extra pounds, why not try combining your diet and exercise routine with an affordable supplement backed by science.
One of the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. Its formula includes a unique blend of four clinically-tested ingredients, which have been shown to help accelerate metabolism and ignite fat loss. Dieters are talking about seeing great results and there’s no chatter about harmful side effects.
Also, the makers of Leptigen are so confident in their supplement, they’re offering customers a Special Trial Offer.
Previous Shaklee Review (Updated November 27, 2012):
What You Should Know about Shakelee
Shaklee is a healthy living company selling a long list of natural and anti-aging products. Under the Healthy Weight category is the Cinch program. Cinch includes energy tea, snack mix, supplements, shake powder, daily journal, inspirational CD, pedometer, tape measure and shaker cup in a start kit. Shakelee comes with some products like MindWorks, Vivix, Shaklee Life Energizing Shake and SmartHeart Blood Pressure, to name a few. This is the only product sold by Shaklee that is aimed toward weight loss.
List of Shakelee Ingredients
Cinch 3-in-1 Boost: DiCalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Gluconate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acid Succinate, Boron Protein Hydrosylate, Cellulose Gum, Niacinamide, Manganese Gluconate, Dextrin, Copper Gluconate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Trace Mineral Protein Hydrosylate, Phytonadione, Silicon Dioxide, Vanadium Amino Acid Chelate, Cholecalciferol, Chromium Nicotinate, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Pyroxidine Hydrochloride, Inositol, Choline Bitartrate, Alfalfa Powder, Grapefruit Bioflavonoid, Rice Bran Powder, Rose Hips Powder, Hesperidin Complex, Lemon Bioflavonoid, Mixed Tocopherols, Orange Bioflavonoid, Acerola Extract, Roboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Citrate, Cyanocobalamin, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Potassium Iodide.
Cinch Boost Proprietary Blend: Green Tea Extract, Evodia Extract, Purple Corn Extract.
The majority of the ingredients in Shaklee Cinch are vitamins commonly found in daily vitamin. If dieters start this program, they should not take their normal daily vitamin as this supplement will replace that one. The three ingredients included in the Thermogenic Proprietary Blend are Green Tea, Evodia Extract and Purple Corn Extract.
Green Tea is proven to increase weight loss and there is tons of clinical evidence to back up these claims. Evodia Extract has been tested with weight loss benefits in animals with some positive results, but no human trials have been completed. Purple Corn Extract is an antioxidant with no weight loss benefits. As a weight loss supplement, Cinch falls far short. Shaklee does not publish information on weight loss support or testimonials from users who have lost weight on the Cinch program.
The Shaklee Cinch Start Kit sells for $228.00. Other Shaklee products range in price from less than $10 each to more than $200 depending on the supplement or product.
Advantages of Shaklee
- Shaklee Cinch offers a good vitamin supplement.
- Shaklee is not dedicated to weight loss.
Disadvantages of Shaklee
- No weight loss support is provided on the website.
- The price is far higher than most dieters will be willing to spend.
Shaklee may be a healthy living company, but the weight loss area of the site leaves much to be desired. There is only one supplement line, Cinch, dedicated toward weight loss. That plan is expensive and requires replacing meals with shakes and bars. The supplement included with Cinch contains green tea, a great choice, but that is the only ingredient proven to increase weight loss. We suggest taking a proven weight loss supplement and changing up to a healthy eating plan at home.