The Thrive shake mix, also called Premium Lifestyle Mix is part of the Le-Vel line of supplements and said to be the “first and only ultra premium mix ever developed” and is designed to support lean muscle, weight management and fitness. In this review, I want to look at the Thrive Shake Mix and hopefully give you an idea if its right for you. If you have a question I didn't address, leave a comment below. Also see my review of Thrive W and the Thrive Patch for more insights.
Thrive Shake Mix Research
An information sheet I have for the product states that the Thrive shake mix is the “first and only ultra premium mix ever developed.” While I'm not sure what “ultra premium” actually mean, the sentence sounded “sciency” to me and got me wondering if there were any clinical studies on the product. So I searched the web as well as ClinicalTrials.gov and the National Library of Medicine for:
- Thrive Research
- Le-Vel Research
Clinical Research on Thrive Premium Lifestyle shake mix could not be located.
Thrive Shake Nutrition Facts
Each serving of the Thrive shake is 35 grams (about 1 oz) and has the following nutrition information. The percent daily values in the 3rd column of the table are based on eating 2000 calories per day.
|Amount per serving||Percent Daily Value|
|Total Fat||2 grams||3% DV|
|Total Carbs||9 grams||3% DV|
|Dietary Fiber||5 grams||20% DV|
|Protein||15 grams||30% DV|
|Vitamin A (beta carotene)||2500 IU||50% DV|
|Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)||24 milligrams||40% DV|
|Vitamin D (cholecalceferol)||200 IU||50% DV|
|Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate)||10.5 IU||35% DV|
|Thiamine (thiamin hydrochloride)||75 milligrams||50% DV|
|Riboflavin||85 micrograms||50% DV|
|Vitamin B6||1 milligram||50% DV|
|Folate (folic acid)||200 micrograms||50% DV|
|Biotin||135 micrograms||45% DV|
|Pantothenic Acid||4 milligrams||40% DV|
|Calcium (tricalcium phosphate)||400 milligrams||40% DV|
|Iodine||60 micrograms||40% DV|
|Magnesium||100 micrograms||25% DV|
|Zinc (zinc methionine)||6.75 milligrams||45% DV|
|Selenium (selenium chelate)||14 micrograms||20% DV|
|Copper (copper chelate)||1 milligram||50% DV|
|Manganese (manganse chelate)||600 micrograms||30% DV|
|Chromium (chromium polynicotinate)||60 micrograms||50% DV|
|Molybdenum (sodium chelate)||38 micrograms||50% DV|
Looking over these ingredients, the things that stand out to me are the 5g of fiber and the 15 grams of protein. My guess is the fiber in the shake is a combination of oat fiber and bran (see the tables below) although it's possible that the maltoxextrin and xanthan gum provide some fiber too.
Thrive Shake Protein
Each pack of the Thrive shake has 15 grams of protein. The protein comes from a combination of:
- Soy protein
- Pea protein (click to read review)
- Whey protein concentrate
The ingredients are listed in order as they occur in the “other ingredients” table below. This tells us that there is more soy than whey since soy is listed before whey in the table. I mention this only in case it matters to anyone.
There are a lot of vitamins and minerals in Thrive shake mix but I don't think most people are lacking in these.
One interesting thing observed in the Nutrition Fact label concerned the last ingredient, Molybdenum. In the Nutrition Facts label above, in parenthesis, they say molybdenum comes from “sodium cheleate.” I wonder if this might be a typo? I say this because I don't understand how sodium chelate is a source of molybdenum?
The word “chelate” means to attach one thing to another to increase its absorption. For example, in the table above, we see the mineral manganese is present as “manganese chelate.” We see the same thing with copper (copper chelate) and selenium (selenium chelate). With Molybdenum we don't see molybdenum chelate, but rather sodium chelate.
Thrive Shake Proprietary Blend Ingredients
The table below lists the the ingredients in Proprietary Blend of Thrive shake mix. We are not told how much of each ingredient is present, but they do tell us that this proprietary blend adds up to a total of 1595 milligrams. That's about 1.6 grams. Putting things in perspective, 1 oz equals 28 grams.
Read the table from left to right and this will tell you which ingredients are present the most and least. For example, since garcinia fruit extract is listed first, it makes up the most of the proprietary blend.
|Garcinia fruit extract||Oat fiber||Natural caffeine from black tea|
|Lactobacilius acidophlius||Rice bran||Amalase 5000|
|Bromelian 600GDU||Cardomon seed extract||Cellulase 1000|
|Ginger root||Lipase 1000||Papain 6000|
|Protease 1000||Protease 5000||Cinnamon bark extract|
Let's now go over some of the ingredients in this list.
Garcinia Fruit Extract
While they don't tell us what extract of garcina fruit is present in the Thrive shake, I think this is a reference to garcinia cambogia. I say this because there have been studies of garcinia cambogia and weight loss. Some of these studies show it works while others show it doesn't work. When I reviewed the research on garcinia cambogia, I noticed that many studies used between 500 mg and 2 grams per day.
The Thrive Patch also has garcinia cambogia.
While Le-vel doesn't tell us how much garcina is in the shake, we do know that all the ingredients only add up to 1595 mg (about 1.6 grams). Garcinia makes up most of the proprietary blend, it's probably in the 1/2 to 2 grams range that many studies use, albeit on the low end.
See my review of garcinina cambogia research for more insights.
To be honest, I'm not a fan of garcinia cambogia. There is evidence it may be linked to liver failure in some people.
Probiotics In The Shake
The Thrive shake has Lactobacilius acidophlius. This is a common probiotic bacteria. If you eat yogurt, you may have seen it listed.
One thing they don't tell us is how many colony forming units (CFU) the product contains. If you have any [easyazon_link keywords=”probiotic supplements” locale=”US” tag=”mscscs-20″]probiotic supplements[/easyazon_link], you might notice that companies often list how many CFU the product has. For example, you might see “1 billion CFU.” In probiotics, CFU is kind of like potency of the product.
I don't know the CFU number for the Thrive shake. If anyone does, let me know and I'll be glad to update this part of my review.
Another thing we don't know is what strain of Lactobacilius acidophlius the shake contains? Just saying”Lactobacilius acidophlius” does not tell us which particular strain of Lactobacilius acidophlius the product has. For example, does it have:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
- Lactobacillus acidophilus L-92
Different strains of bacteria can have different effects. For example, one strain might help diarrhea while another might help urinary tract infections. Currently makers of foods and supplements don't have to tell us the strain of the probiotic bacteria they use.
I don't know how much caffeine is Thrive shake mix. They do tell us it contains “natural caffeine from black tea.” I don't know if natural caffeine is better/different than synthetic caffeine in regards to it's effects in the body.
Natural caffeine is the 3rd ingredient listed (out of 15 ingredients) so it's present more than most of the other ingredients. It makes up a good amount of the 1595 mg of total ingredients in the proprietary blend. How much caffeine is in the Thrive Shake? I'm not sure.
The Thrive shake contains the following enzymes:
- Amalase 5000
- Bromelian 600GDU (GDU=gelatin dissolving units)
- Cellulase 1000
- Lipase 1000
- Papain 6000
- Protease 1000
- Protease 5000
Basically these are enzymes that break down protein, fat and carbohydrates. If you are healthy, then I don't think they add anything to the shake. Notice the numbers behind the enzymes. I think adding numbers behind the enzyme names makes the ingredients overly complicated for the average person. I would disregard the numbers.
Thrive shake mix also has these other ingredients also
|Maltodextrin||Soy protein||Pea protein|
|Whey protein concentrate||Cellulose||Sun flower oil|
|Natural flavors||Xanthan gum||Sucralose|
Read the table from left to right. Ingredients are often listed from most to least.
Thrive Shake Sweeteners
The “other ingredients” table above, tells us that the sweeteners in the shake are provided by both sucralose (Splenda) and stevia, in that order. The table also tells us there are “natural flavors” present too, but companies don't have to tell us the names of natural flavors so I can't comment in those.
Is It Gluten Free?
Yes, the Thrive shake mix is gluten free. That's good for people with gluten intolerance and/or celiac disorder. According to the FDA, gluten free now means products must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten to be called “gluten free.” See the FDA gluten free rules for more information on this.
Does It Contain Soy?
Yes, the Thrive shake mix has both soy and milk.
Who Makes Thrive Shakes?
The company is called Le-Vel LLC. They are located at 9201 Warren Pkwy #200, Frisco, TX 75035. As I pointed out in my review of Thrive W, this address corresponds to a postal service called “Going Postal.”To contact the Thrive company, call 888-557-0005.
The Better Business Bureau gave Le-Vel LLC a rating of “A+” When this review was updated. this is up from the C- it previously had. See the BBB file for updates and more information.
SiteJabber, another consumer website gives Le-Vel a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. There were 135 reviews and of those, 58 gave the company 5 stars while 60 gave the company a 1 star rating. See the Sitejabber file for updates and more information.
Thrive Shake Mix Side Effects
Think in healthy people the Thrive shake is safe. Here are some things to consider. This list is not complete:
- Because the shake has caffeine, using the product too close to bed might keep you up at night.
- Stop the shake -and all over supplements not prescribed by your doctor – at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Speak to your doctor/pharmacist if you take any medications.
- If you have any liver issues, talk to your pharmacist regarding garcinia cambogia. See the garcinia cambogia review for why.
Does The Thrive Shake Work?
The claims made for the Thrive shake mix are pretty vague, which makes answering the “does it work” question difficult to do, but I'll try. Since the shake has protein and fiber, it makes some sense that it would be able to “help support” lean muscle and perhaps maybe weight loss, just as other things containing protein and fiber would. So, I would not be surprised if some people told me it helped them lose weight.
The bigger question though is does the Thrive shake do it better than other foods/supplements that also have protein and fiber? Without research, I don't think we can say either way.