TruFIX and TruCONTROL
TruVision is a multi-level marketing company (MLM) that offers a number of health and beauty products.
These can be bought individually or as part of one of the company’s pre-built packages.
Although there are presently three items in the company’s weight loss range, TruFIX and TruCONTROL appear to be the two most popular options.
To be honest, the company does not really provide much information about either product or what it does. It’s the same story for all its other products as well.
The fact that the TruVision website is so hard to navigate does not help matters. The pages lack a coherent navigation structure.
For site visitors, clicking on a link is often akin to going down a one-way street. With no way back, the only option is to hope the “back” button works or re-type the web address into the browser.
At the time of this review, the site was also returning a lot of 404 error pages. Although it’s well-presented, it’s a frustrating site to visit.
MLM companies, in general, don’t have the best reputation. In some ways, it’s easy to see them as a money making racket because the people who get involved with such companies tend to be motivated by greed and a desire to get rich.
As a business concept, MLM has many flaws but it’s an interesting concept. In place of a big marketing budget, MLM companies rely on their distributors to drum up interest in their products.
MLM distributors are self-employed and get a small commission on their personal sales. The average MLM distributor is unlikely to break even with the costs of running their business.
However, they have the opportunity to build their own team of distributors. In turn, all these recruits have the same team-building opportunity, as do their recruits, and so it continues.
MLM distributors also get paid small commissions for the sales made by their team and the people the team has brought into the business. Depending on the commission structure, this can go down several levels. The level of commission gradually decreases for each level, but it all mounts up.
All MLM distributors have a shot at getting rich. Few do because, of various flaws in the concept. The fact that most MLM products are overpriced and under-perform does not help. [Here]
Problems with the FDA
As already mentioned, the fact that TruVision distributes its products via the MLM structure does not boost its credibility. Unfortunately, things get worse.
The company was investigated by the FDA in 2017 and subsequently issued with a long and detailed warning letter.
The FDA found several violations. The first problem related to serious violations of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements.
Due to the violations, many supplements were considered “adulterated”. Furthermore, they had been “prepared, packed, or held under conditions that do not meet CGMP requirements for dietary supplements”.
In addition to these problems, the FDA’s warning letter states the certain products were “Unapproved New Drugs and Misbranded Drugs”.
The offending products no longer appear to be included in the TruVision range. However, when any company has such an unpleasant run-in with the FDA, it obviously has a detrimental effect on its credibility. [https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2017/ucm590807.htm]
What are the TruVision Weight Loss Products?
At the time of this review, the TruVision weight loss range contained three products:
TruCONTROL is a capsule-type supplement that has to be taken twice per day. TruVision claims the product contains the highest quality natural ingredients, but fails to say what they are.
The product allegedly sparks the metabolism and revives natural energy. This is supposed to give people the “accelerated edge” they need to conquer their health and weight management goals.
The promised benefits are:
- Boost metabolism without causing jitters
- Suppresses the appetite without feelings of starvation
- Optimizes body fat while maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Allows you to feel naturally energized
There are two versions of TruFIX. One is a capsule-type supplement, the other is a powder to mix with water and drink.
This from the TruVision website: “The better a person’s blood chemistry, the higher the likelihood they will have maximum longevity and live that extended lifespan in optimal health.”
The formulation apparently regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels to help maintain good health and make you live longer. Nice! But what’s in it? The sales page on the TruVision website fails to say. Neither does the ludicrous marketing video embedded into the page.
TruKETO is the most recent addition to the TruVision weight loss range. Keto-type supplements are all the rage these days so it’s not surprising the company is trying to cash in on the present interest in such products.
Like TruFIX, TruKETO is a drink mix. The company states using the product “along with a keto diet” will help your body burn fat as fuel.
TruKETO has a lot more marketing material than the other two products. There’s even a PDF fact sheet, but it’s all very misleading.
Nearly all of the information provided concerns the benefits of the Keto Diet. However, there is a sentence included in the PDF that states TruKETO is a high fat, moderate, protein, low carb shake that’s designed to help the body enter ketosis.
For once, TruVision actually provides an ingredient profile, but it doesn’t help much because all the inclusions are housed in proprietary blends.
The drink mix appears to be mostly protein powder. It has an undisclosed amount of green tea, which is a fat burner. However, most of the ingredients used in the Synergistic Proprietary Blend are stimulants.
This formulation is more likely to cause side effects than help with ketosis. Let’s take denodrium and hordenine and use them as examples.
There are concerns that denodrium may have the potential to cause seizures.
Hordenine could be even worse. Apart from causing convulsions and interfering with neurotransmitter activity, it’s been linked to a number of other side effects and long-term use may damage the kidneys. [1, 2]
TruVision Customer Feedback
Due to the way they are marketed, it’s difficult to find a trusted source of feedback for TruVision products.
Some sites have a little feedback, but it cannot be seen as reliable. As is the norm with MLM products, distributors have a habit of leaving false and misleading feedback wherever they can. It’s in their interests to do so.
Side Effects and Health Issues
TruVision fails to mention if side effects are likely or issue any health warning or special considerations via its site.
However, bearing in mind some of the company’s past problems with the FDA, it would be wise to avoid using any TruVision without first obtaining professional medical advice.
Then there’s the fact that one of the products contains dubious additions and the others are being marketed without any ingredient information. Again, getting some professional medical advice before using these products is the only way to go.
Where to Buy TruVision
Many people are unlikely to discover the TruVision brand unless a distributor approaches them. When this is the case, the distributor will likely become their supplier.
However, it’s also possible to buy TruVision products via the company website. The cheapest way to obtain TruFIX and TruCONTROL is to buy a one-month trial pack, but it’s going to cost you around $100.
As is often the case with ventures like TruVision, customers are encouraged to either sign up as a distributor or commit to an autoship agreement in exchange for a slightly better price structure. It’s the MLM way.
Some distributors are selling TruVision via Amazon and eBay. That’s not unusual with MLM products either. Purchasing via one of these respected market places could be the easiest way to go, but it may also be a more expensive option.
TruVision does not offer a money back guarantee. The company justifies this by stating their “sampling program” allows people to buy smaller quantities of product and try before making larger purchases.
That’s a pretty poor excuse. A seven-day trial pack doesn’t cost much less than a 30-day supply of any of the leading weight loss products, all of which do have a money back guarantee.
The Bottom Line
If you want to lose weight, there is no good reason to choose any of TruVision’s products in preference to another brand. Even if you forget the fact that the company has already succeeded in running afoul of the FDA, there are plenty of other reasons to stay away.
For one thing, the company provides next to no information about its products. TruKETO is the only one the company provides an ingredient profile for and it makes pretty alarming reading.
TruKETO may actually provide weight loss, but ketosis will have little to do with it. Stimulants boost the metabolism. Overloading on stimulants can be a cheap way to burn fat, but it’s murder on the body and totally pointless. There are safer ingredients that do the same job.
There are plenty of quality supplements on the market that are cheaper than the ones marketed by TruVision. All the top ones deliver safe and consistent results and have a money back guarantee. There are many better ways to go.