What you should know
Thrive is sweeping the nation as a multivitamin source. However, is this product safe?

Fads seem to come and go in the United States with products often coming out as a pyramid scheme. A few years ago when Le-Vel hit the market many assumed tha was the case, fast forward two years and Thrive continues to change lives.

So what is thrive you’re asking? According to the Le-Vel website, “The THRIVE Experience is an eight-week premium lifestyle plan to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels. 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 eight-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 eight-Week THRIVE Experience will get you THRIVIN' in all areas of your life!”

Thrive can be broken into four categories.

The first being Thrive experience formulated for men. It’s designed for weight management, cognitive performance, healthy joint function, calms general discomfort, antioxidant support, lean muscle support and digestive and immune support.

Thrives website states “Formulated for every man who's thriving for the ultimate daily lifestyle, our premium grade naturopathic formula of Vitamins, Minerals, Plant Extracts, Anti-oxidants, Enzymes, Pro-Biotics, and Amino Acids is the first and only Ultra Premium Formula ever developed.”

A closer look shows one capsule gives you 100 percent of your daily value needs of vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, folic acid, B12, chromium and selenium.

The second category is Thrive for women, which seems to be similar to the men’s capsule as a normal daily multivitamin. It helps weight management, cognitive performance, healthy joint function, calms general discomfort, antioxidant support, lean muscle support and digestive and immune support just like the men’s one.

The third category is Thrive mix which is a shake coming in all different flavors. Excite your taste buds with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or apple pie. The mix is ultra micronized, a nutrient mineral dense formula, probiotic and enzyme blend, antioxidant and extract blend, lean muscle support, weight management and it’s gluten free.

Finally, the last category is the DFT patch which is designed to control weight management, mental acuity, appetite management and supports energy. According to Le-Vel, the DFT patch “is a technology driven breakthrough in Health, Wellness, and Weight Management. Le-Vel's DFT (Derma Fusion Technology) delivery system is a category creator—the first of its kind. Our DFT delivery system was designed to infuse the derma (skin) with our unique, premium grade THRIVE Lifestyle Formula, different than the Capsule and Shake formula, and to result in a delivery rate benefiting the individual over an extended period of time.”

So now that you’re familiar with the products, the question immediately becomes does it work?

“Thrive immediately changed my life,” said Le-Vel user Denise Johnson. “Within the first week I noticed I had way more energy and just a new overall passion for life. My body wasn’t getting the vitamins it needed to succeed and these products brought those to me.”

A quick search online will show you millions of Thrive success stories, but are they real? Is the product actually safe?

According to KU med nurse Caitlin Hogan, the answer is yes. “Thrive seems to be a safe choice for a multivitamin,” stated Hogan. “But like all diets and other products, finding what works for you and asking your doctor is always the best way to go.”

So how does the other side work? Membership, costs etc.

Once you sign up for your monthly products, you then become a salesperson for the Le-Vel brand. The more people who sign up under your name, the more perks you get. Have enough people come in under you, and you can even get a monthly bonus toward a white or black BMW, Mercedes, Lexus or Cadillac. In order to achieve that status, you need to reach four personal qualified and active promoters and at least 800 personal orders. Le-Vel will then give you $800 each month toward that car.

“The Le-Vel company likes to reward you for spreading the good word about their products and help changing the lives of others,” stated thrive user Michael Duncan. “It’s a pretty cool concept when you’re getting the best vitamins, helping others and getting rewarded for it.”

Adam Sullivan can be reached at asullivan@butlercountytimesgazette.com. Twitter: @SullyTG20