Supplements For Prostate Health

by Barbara

I just discovered your site, I am frantically trying to determine for the sake of my husband whether we should continue with a course of nutritional supplements that have been recommended for him

Rob had a prostatectomy and it was determined that his Gleason score is 9 and that the cancer had spread outside the prostate

On the advice of another prostate cancer patient and a local nutritionist (both connected with a company called 'Ariix) Rob has just begun taking almost $500 dollars’ worth of their supplements

He is also starting an intensive 21-day detox program using their product Restoriix. While the money is a significant concern, our biggest concern is are we being duped - worse, are we doing something that might be counter to Rob's recovery/health?

I have been trying to research Ariix products - but have found little to help. I DO SO Hope you can shed some light - though, I have to be honest - I am wondering how objective your site is

This is NOT to criticize you, this is the quandary I keep finding myself in every time I try to get honest input!

Do you know anything of Ariix products? Thanks and Blessings


Nutritional-Supplement-Truths Response:

Barbara, I do apologize for taking so long to reply but due to the nature of Rob’s case I wanted to consult with a clinical nutritionist friend of mine first.

This was necessary as I am not qualified to be responding in cases concerning serious illnesses and possibly heavy-duty pharmaceutical drugs that could have potentially serious side effects with certain supplement ingredients. In cases like this, the chief surgeon and/or doctor need to be consulted about any intended use of supplements targeting prostate health and approval given.

Since you have not mentioned any drugs, I'm assuming that there are none and that the main course of treatment is to strictly follow the organic food diet and associated dietary restrictions given to you, along with regular, moderate exercise.

I would like to assure you that the supplement information on my site is factual and true to the very best of my knowledge. I do receive a commission from the Xtend-Life Company for any sales my site generates for them. Xtend-life are the only supplements I endorse (and use).

Barbara, you have asked that I be completely honest and I will do so. Therefore, I must tell you that it is very hard to answer your query specifically, as without having Ariix’s full processing and results information, my colleagues and I have no idea of the success of their products in this specific area.

So, we can’t really comment on them specifically. Looking at their site, however, they are first and foremost a business opportunity (Multi Level Marketing structure for their members) and this always raises alarm bells with me. Any company that promotes itself first as a business, and second with regards to health, rarely has a person’s individual health at the heart of their concern, over their profit.

Business orientated products tend to be very highly overpriced also due to the nature of them wanting to concentrate on making money from the business side of things too. So, I generally advise people to always be very wary of companies that promote their MLM style business opportunity over and above their health results or products.

I have just visited the Ariix site and had a brief look and, yes, their prices are extremely high, for what they are offering in their formulas.

Furthermore, they do not have one comprehensive formula that targets all areas of a person's health and even if you were to buy 3 or 4 of the products you would still be missing many important ingredients. This would also result in a handful of overlap ingredients (like Vitamin C and Calcium, citrus bioflavonoids, grape seed) and this would make your total cost very high.

Looking at the Ariix products, very briefly, I can tell you they seem quite general in nature. Certainly not comparable to the level of potential benefit from the supplement I use (Total Balance Men's Premium). There are many key ingredients not included because companies using an expense heavy MLM system can’t afford to include as many highly efficacious ingredients.

This isn’t to say that Ariix’s products are bad, or have no use. I can’t claim that. I don’t know enough about them nor about what they are claiming they can help with.

However, just going by the ingredient’s breakdown for the products ('Vitamins' and 'Minerals' formulas for example) these are very basic products only - collectively totaling 45 ingredients.

This is roughly equivalent to 'Multi Xtra' from ‘Xtend-Life’. Multi Xtra has
48 ingredients and was manufactured as a multi-vitamin/mineral formulation for people interested in an inexpensive, entry level supplement (albeit a ‘superior’ multivitamin). Of no more specific prostate cancer benefit, for example, than that. I don’t know what has been said about what the Ariix products may achieve, but hopefully, this may put things into a clearer perspective.

The Ariix products working together may provide some benefit however I'd like to stress again that they are very overpriced for what they are and this is more for the business opportunity than helping people with their health. (My personal opinion only).

I recommend you read through my Total Balance review as this will help highlight areas and ingredients in which the Ariix products are deficient.

Total Balance Review

Naturally, Barbara, your main concern upon reading this is whether I am pushing ‘Total Balance' on you because of financial concerns and bias.

Of course, this is what regularly happens as website owners are primarily concerned with financial interests. All I can say to this is that all the information in support of my opinion of Total Balance as ‘the best’, is on my website. Nothing has ever been refuted as it is all factual and transparent. Here is a link to my About Me page

I recommend you continue these products and when nearing completion, look more closely prior to reordering. Perhaps asking the Ariix company for more proof of their ability to help Rob, if this is what they are claiming. But short of doing full in-depth research into the Ariix company, and their processes, ingredients sources, and formulations, I can’t say what they are claiming.

I believe that Xtend-Life supplements could do better for Rob. They also manufacture a targeted supplement for prostate health called ‘Prostate Support’ – another supplement I use as both my father and his brother had prostate cancer.

Notably, nowhere on the Ariix website do they mention who their scientists/product formulators are (along with qualifications/experience) and this is very strange for a company promoting itself as the "Gold Standard".

Makes me wonder whether their products are simply being put together by third party contract manufacturers. I appreciate that they are a new company which was founded in July last year (2011) but this raises another red flag for me.

In fact, there is a lot of ingredient information not presented. I dislike 'Proprietary Blends' - such as in their 'Minerals' formula as you can't see how much of certain key ingredients is being used. I really can't see what is proprietary about the ingredients in that blend!

There is little to no info about the herbal extracts they include so we can't see whether they are standardized nor how much of the active ingredient is there. These are measures that really help to show just how good or average a supplement is and how much value for money it offers.

One last point which I'd like to make mention of is that the number of 'excipients' used in some of the Ariix supplements is high. Excipients are non-active ingredients used to assist in manufacturing and are referred to as 'Other Ingredients' on the label.

In the Ariix 'Vitamins' and 'Minerals' products there are 15 and 17 excipients respectively. The smaller the number of excipients the better. I know that the best health supplements, as documented on my site, have around 5 - 10 excipients (all excipients MUST be natural - definitely no synthetics).

‘Total Balance’ has 5 all-natural excipients plus the 'enteric coating' which is all natural and protects many of the highly expensive/specialized ingredients from exposure to stomach acid. Ingredients release in the upper intestine. This is a pharmaceutical grade delivery system allowing for much higher bioavailability. Total Balance is the only multi-nutrient health supplement I’m aware of which employs it.

In summing up Barbara, I must stress that these are initial opinions only, and not based on research. I certainly do not want to dishearten you with regard to the money you have already spent on supplements to help Rob’s prostate health and I certainly don’t think it is worth throwing them away and starting again.

I hope my comments are of some help to Rob and have given you some more knowledge to help you make informed decisions as you move forward.

If researching supplements supporting prostate health you will see that extracts of Saw Palmetto and Stinging Nettle are the popular key ingredients as clinical trials have highlighted evidence for their therapeutic efficacy. When researching please include independent sources in addition to the mainstream resources! This is important.

Here is one such clinical trial to get you started.

All the very best to you Barbara and to Rob

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