Reliv international is a multi level marketing company that sells a variety of nutritional health supplements through direct marketing channels. The Reliv nutrition line of products has recently become a popular choice among cancer patients. But is the popularity really justified? Can these products live up to the testimonials? Are the products really worth the high price tag? Most importantly, can Reliv nutrition even help you? These are questions you should answer before even thinking about trying Reliv nutrition during any type of cancer treatment.
Reliv Nutrition Studies?
The most important question is, does Reliv nutrition show positive results in studies where cancer patients used said products? The answer is, not really. A Feasibility Study tested Classic Reliv and Innergize on its effect on radiation fatigue. Results showed product use did in fact help about 75% of cancer patients feel better. However, the results of this feasibility study really can’t be taken seriously. It being a feasibility study, the placebo effect can’t be ruled out. A control arm was not used to see if the better feeling was purely from the idea of taking something that might help. Also, the results are completely based on a questionnaire which have compliance difficulties and a high margin of error.
This is the only human study testing Reliv products on cancer. And in reality, the study really isn’t testing its effect on cancer at all but a side effect caused by radiation. And the positive results noticed in the study are questionable at best. This study did nothing but confuse cancer patients to think Reliv products are beneficial for cancer. This study which is nothing more then a questionnaire testimonial has given credibility to a product that has yet to earn it genuinely. This study should not in any way influence you to buy products. Eliminate this study from your decision making completely.
Reliv Cancer Patient Success?
I’m sure many of you have noticed a high number of positive testimonials from cancer patients that have used Reliv supplements. They all range from improving cancer treatments, all the way to even curing cancer. First of all, testimonials are not a good way to evaluate any type of treatment. They are impossible to verify, and can be completely inaccurate. But whats worse with Reliv products, is the way they are being sold. People that pretty much know nothing about the product or how it will effect your cancer can sell the product to you. Most don’t even know half of the stuff on the ingredient list.
These important aspects are just not required to sell the product. The number one goal is to sell as much as possible regardless of whether or not the product is a right fit for the consumer. Don’t forget, the sales of these products put food on the distributors table. They have a financial interest to make the product potentially look better then it really is, all to increase sales. This can be a large incentive to produce fake testimonials. Testimonials are one of the driving forces of multi level marketing. And usually the health of the patient and doing the right thing doesn’t always come first. So don’t forget the motivation to sell and create testimonials are extremely high in a MLM business structure like the one used by Reliv products.
What makes Reliv Products Special?
Not much. Taking a deeper look into the product line you can easily see they are not much different then any other MLM product line. These products remind me of another product called Cellect which is also a combination of common vitamins and herbs mixed together and sold under a different name. Looking at the ingredient list of Classic Reliv, you can quickly see it’s basically a glorified multi-vitamin. The only thing that separates it from a multi-vitamin is the added 7 grams of SOY protein and a few herbs. This added protein combined with vitamins and a couple herbs is costing you a pretty penny. But combining vitamins, herbs, and protein is not an exclusive idea. You can easily find a cheaper alternative with a comparable nutritional profile from a wide variety of companies. It’s just not as rare as Reliv products wants you to think.
Reliv Cancer Support?
A simple multi-vitamin has never been able to cure or treat cancer. This only further questions the overly positive testimonials we talked about above. Can these products help you reach a better nutritional balance? Yes. These products and similar ones can definitely help you reach your nutritional goals. But don’t expect to much more. The protein and vitamins can most likely help with all kinds of fatigue, but is not exclusive to Reliv nutrition. Take a look at the ingredient list yourself and compare them to other products on the market and you will quickly see the hype surrounding this product is not justified. Please do your research.
Something else to keep in mind: The Environment Research Center filed suit against Reliv in 2013 due to lead being found in many of its health products. The company was forced to revise its formula even after denying any wrong doing.