Purium is diet and health MLM at its best

Purium is a multi-level marketing company that sells products related to health and diet founded by Dave Sandoval, which once went by the name Organic by Nature, in 1993.

Purium Health believes in a holistic approach to life, with many of its products adhering to the principles of Naturopathy. The company’s flagship product is its 10-Day Transformation Program, which Purium Health’s website touts as “The FASTEST, healthiest, simplest weight loss program on the planet.” Does this mean I’m involved?

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Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Purium.

Sign-Up Cost: $290

Global Revenue: $45.4 million

The Good: Company employs a staff Naturopath; certified organic product line; unique compensation plan and incentives.

The Bad: 10-Day Transformation is expensive and unproven; flagship program requires consultation and may cause side effects; unresolved customer complaints.

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Products

As mentioned earlier, Purium Health’s main product is its 10-Day Transformation Program. The program promises you the chance to lose 5 to 20 pounds while also re-setting your metabolism in a 10-day span. The kit for the program includes a handful of the company’s products, as well as a gym bag, tape measure, and instructional guide.

In total, Purium Health has over 100 products that fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Weight Loss – A series of shakes, supplements, and meal replacements, some of which are included in the 10-Day Transformation Program.
  • Athletes – Shakes and supplements designed to enhance athletic performance, including a 10-Day Transformation Program specifically designed for athletes.
  • Anti-Aging – Supplements and skin creams designed to fight the effects of aging, including products specifically geared toward joint health, heart health, and other specific parts of the body.
  • Family Nutrition – A line primarily composed of meals and products designed for children’s health.
  • Greens – Organic juices and supplements produced from a variety of green plants.

Opportunity

Purium Health has a rather unique payment system compared to other multi-level marketing companies.

The company uses a Gift Card Marketing System in which they give members a set of $50 gift cards to distribute at their discretion. The distributors pay nothing for the gift cards, but they don’t receive any money until the gift cards are redeemed for a 10-Day Transformation kit, at which point they make $50, with an even bigger payday coming if the person redeeming the gift card also becomes a member.

The thinking behind this plan is that handing out gift cards can make it quick and easy to sign up new members, allowing you to grow the network under you, increasing the income you make on purchases made by others. Purium Health also has a slew of bonus and incentives for its distributors as they make their way up the company’s ranking system. The full list of bonuses is available on the company’s website.

The Good

The unique and rather simple compensation plan helps Purium Health stand out among other MLM companies. By using a gift card system, there is less pressure on making sales, as distributors are merely handing out opportunities to others to utilize the gift cards. Obviously, you have to be judicious about how you hand out the gift cards, lest they go to waste, but a clever person will be able to figure out how to hand out the gift cards in a way that will produce an economic return. The company also sets up its distributors with training and support materials that can help teach them the right way to go about building their business.

Another way Purium Health distinguishes itself is the fact that the company employs a Naturopath, who offers free nutritional consultations to members. The Naturopath can recommend products based on your lifestyle and medical history to help you reach optimal levels of health. For anyone who takes a holistic approach to his or her health, this can be a big draw. On top of this, Purium Health’s products have been certified organic, which is another plus for health-conscious people, as it confirms how serious the company is about creating and selling healthy products.

The Bad

Unfortunately, there are some concerns with regard to Purium Health’s products, specifically its 10-Day Transformation Program. In addition to being expensive, costing more than $200 even with a $50 gift card, the validity of the 10-Day Transformation is not backed up by any clinical research. No independent studies have confirmed any of the claims made by Purium Health about its program. That doesn’t mean the program is a hoax, but obviously there are no guarantees.

Moreover, the company recommends that anyone planning on attempting the 10-Day Transformation Program consult with their doctor before doing so. This is particularly true for anyone taking any medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, which is enough to make you question the program.

There have also been a slew of side effects reported by those participating in the 10-Day Transformation Program. The program is designed to flush toxins from your body, and so certain side effects are almost expected. Some side effects can be a sign that the program is working, but that doesn’t make them any less unpleasant, including nausea, headaches, and irritability.

One final issue to be aware of with Purium Health is the presence of several unresolved complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. In general, there have been few complaints filed against Purium Health, but its inability or unwillingness to resolve these complaints is somewhat troubling with regard to the company’s business practices and customer service.

Recap

Purium Health is nothing if not a unique multi-level marketing company. It’s certainly an interesting option for anyone looking for a quick and efficient weight loss method or anyone with an interest in holistic living or Naturopathy. The compensation plan is also distinct from many MLM firms and could be a fruitful venture for someone with a sales and marketing background.

Its flagship product has not been independently verified or endorsed by the scientific community and should not be used without approval from a licensed physician. Just think about that.

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15 comments… add one
  • Blank Jan 15, 2017, 2:17 am

    Purium is not certified organic either…It’s just a claim..So flushing toxins at this price with a non certified product concerns me.

    • Jeremy Page Jan 30, 2017, 12:42 am

      Interesting…

      • Alana Feb 9, 2017, 5:00 am

        The reason they are not 100% organic is they source the highest quality product. Just because something has a USDA stamped organic label does not mean its monocropped, sprayed with “organicly labeled” pesticides, and are part of large industrial farming that does not focus on the microryzone, soils and biodiversity of the environment. I hear your cons and pros but I would spend more time srutizing the organic line of food at Whole Foods and Safeway then a company that holds true to quality and holistic education of nutrient, healthy and our own intuitive wisdom towards our own bodies. Thanks, that was a mouthful.

    • Chris Apr 26, 2017, 2:24 pm

      Purium is absolutely Certified Organic. Not every product is %100 organic but those that are, certainly are Certified as such.

      • Jeremy Page Jun 14, 2017, 7:45 pm

        Cool, good to know

  • Lee Gortman Feb 15, 2017, 7:47 pm

    I’ve actually completed the 10 day program last year (2016) and lost 11lbs in 10 days and ended up losing 22lbs during a 3 month span. I definitely felt 100% better overall and that is why I just started another 10 day cleanse, not to mention I did gain some weight back. as with everything in life, it’s not for everyone, but if you can follow the process it does work.

    • Jeremy Page Feb 23, 2017, 11:48 am

      Awesome feedback, Lee. Glad you saw success.

  • Mary Kay Armstrong Mar 17, 2017, 6:12 pm

    I am on day 5 of my first 10 day Transformation program. I have experienced no negative side effects. I am not hungry. I am not crabby. I am not tired. I agree it is an expensive product, but for my personal situation it is no more expensive than going to the orthopedist, knee surgery, and pill pushing weight loss doctors. In these 5 days, both of my knees, plus a shoulder, have stopped hurting. One knee had surgery last summer and I was fearful that I was looking at surgery for the other knee. I spent over $300 in a 3 month period taking a prescribed weight loss medication. When I couldn’t afford the visits anymore the weight came back on and then some. I wanted a product that would cleanse my cells, give me energy and perhaps some weight loss. If I didn’t lose a pound or an inch, I’d still say this was successful. My knees and shoulder alone have made it all worth it.

    • Jeremy Page Apr 8, 2017, 4:57 am

      Thanks – good to know!

  • Amy Mar 22, 2017, 1:50 pm

    I actually completed the 10 day transformation in October 2016. I eat pretty clean but indulge too. I absolutely loved the way I felt, had tons of energy, lost 10 lbs, and 2 inches in my waist. I followed the program to a tee. I was hungry going to bed day 2 but after that I was not hungry. I had my mom, husband, and friends try. They mostly all had similar results. I have realized that the more unhealthy you were prior to cleanse, the longer it takes to feel good on the cleanse. Which makes sense because you are getting rid of toxins. I did have one friend who hated the taste, was hungry and stopped after day 2. She had a lot of stress in her life at the time she tried. Stressful times, women’s menstruation times are not suggested for any cleanse. And cleansing is not for everyone. It is hard and challenging. If something doesn’t challenge, then it will not change you!

    Hope this helps! I am not a consultant, but will share my experience to help others get healthy. I have tried many other products and never felt this passionate for a product.

    Amy, Registered Nurse, Spin Instructor, Mom of 4

    • Jeremy Page Apr 8, 2017, 4:55 am

      Great comment – probably the first of its kind.

      Lady (consumer) uses multi-level marketing product, finds success, doesn’t plug it in her comment.

      Refreshing to see…salute!

  • Gayla Jun 15, 2017, 7:38 pm

    Monkfruit is used as a calorie free and sugar free natural sweetener. It only grows in Asia and specifically in China. The organic certification process there is not what it is in America. However, so little has to be used that if someone knows what to look for and how to avoid the biggest risks, it’s well worth it to use monkfruit to give a bit of sweetness to the shakes since most people are T.O.X.I.C. with sugar and don’t even realize it.
    Plus health food stores and co-ops are in the business of palate pleasing these days to the extent that they minimize health for purchasability by uneducated consumers. It takes a lot of work to develop the insight, infrastructure, and manufacturing that it takes to do what Purium does. I know because I have a production food based business, too. It’s very expensive to do and do well. VERY.
    The 10 day and the 30 day are no more expensive that what I spend in a normal month of food if I eat out (and not at 4 & 5 star places) – the cost is around $13/day to be on the cleanse and $5/day to maintain it. No more cravings for coffee and better skin and digestion? I’ll take it.
    It takes commitment on your part and when you are tired of feeling like crap and you know what you’re facing in terms of health in the future, it’s not hard to commit yourself and the products are doable.
    Lastly, anyone on the planet knows that America is lawsuit happy AF so the required thing to say is to check with your doctor. That’s unfortunate. They should be saying: check with a certified holistic health practitioner trained in nutritional methods of healing b/c doctors know less about nutrition than I do about rock science. Unless they are specifically trained and certified – and most of those doctors aren’t on the insurance system to avoid lawsuits. So rather than chase your tail around like a dog, get with someone who personally knows and understands exactly how to help you with Purium and talk with the Naturopath.
    I’ve gotten so much energy back and strength and am loosing weight on my 10 Day. It hasn’t been hard. It has taken clarity to know why I’m doing it. And why other things weren’t working.

  • Lila Jun 27, 2017, 3:02 pm

    The worst program I’ve ever tried! Please, don’t buy the lies they are trying to sell you. I’m on the 5th day of the 10 day transformation program. So far, apart from being deprived of food and taking supplements in place of a meal like if I were an astronaut, I don’t see any benefits at all. What Purium’s advertising claims -“my pants are falling down, I feel great and energetic!” seems a total lie to me. For me, this program has been only pain, bloating and deprivation; I look and feel worse than before; moreover, I didn’t lose any weight at all.

    I feel horribly bloated and experienced such strong stomach pain that I could barely breathe. Moreover, the pain wakes me up at night. I have to breath shortly so that I don’t feel the pins and needles.

    The program s a rip off; I know there are people out there suffering form orthorexia, that are obsessed with healthy eating and will do anything to satisfy such addiction. But please, use those $350 bucks wisely; don’t be gullible and don’t allow yourself to be ripped off!

    • Jeremy Page Jun 28, 2017, 12:28 am

      Wow, crazy

    • Marcia Jul 3, 2017, 11:42 am

      Sorry to hear this Lila, I have heard of similar problems during the first part of the 10 day cleanse (and it can happen on any cleanse for that matter). I recommend calling or mailing their Naturopath, who is on staff. You might have to leave out Ionic Elements or the Super Lytes. When I first did the 10 day cleanse I had to leave out the Super Lytes and Ionic Elements because the cleanse was going too fast (and I was gaining weight) and my intestines had a hard time eliminating it. I also had to walk way more to get my elimination going, take hot baths, drink ginger tea and more water, way more than I was drinking during the first half of the transformation, etc. In a strange way it was working too well. But each of us is slightly different, so that is why it helps to talk to their Staff Naturopath. As a health professional I was lucky enough to be able to tweak the 10 day cleanse, but otherwise I’d have taken the advice of the person I received the gift card from to call the Naturopath. And sometimes it solves itself after the first half of the transformation.

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