Vemma Review

What is Vemma? Is Vemma really the “Worlds Most Powerful liquid Antioxidant” or is Vemma a scam? These are some of the questions I’ve been asked lately, so I decided to do a Vemma review. When I went to the Vemma nutrition website, I discovered that Vemma is more than a supplement company. The company also has a multi level marketing aspect to it, where people can have their own Vemma vitamin drink business and sell products to others. Other supplements I’ve reviewed previously that have a multilevel marketing business part include Shakeology, TriVita and Juice Plus. Let’s leave the MLM part alone and just focus on Vemma itself. The CEO of Vemma says that it is “physician formulated” and “blends Eastern and Western Philosophies” and that Vemma  contains “plant based mysterious elements like OPCs and EGCGs. Currently Vemma offers 6 different supplements but their flagship product is just called “Vemma”. What I want to do here is review science behind Vemma and see what we can discover.

 

Who makes Vemma?

Vemma is a product of Vemma Nutrition Company. The address for the company is 8322 East Hartford Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255. A check of Google Images shows that this address leads to a rather large building that says “Vemma” on the outside. On the science page of Vemma.com, it’s mentioned that Vemma  “owns, operates and oversees” the facility that makes Vemma. The facility is located in Tempe Az.

Most supplement companies appear, to me, to exist only on paper, outsourcing the production and distribution of their products to 3rd party entities. So, to me, it’s rare to see a company that makes its own stuff.

There is also another Vemma location that appears to be dedicated to its energy drink, called Verve. The address for that building is 3732 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

According to the Better Business file on Vemma, they give the company a rating of B- as of 8/15/13. The BBB file has additional information on the company.  There is an interesting review of Vemma on the website Truth In Advertising also.

Vemma research

In a video on the products website -vemma.com – the CEO of Vemma says he has put “hundreds of thousands of dollars into clinical science to prove what Vemma can do for you and  your family.” When I went to the Vemma website I did find a page called Vemma Science. There were 2 studies posted on this page. These studies are:

Journal of Medicinal Food. Study name: Effect of a Mangosteen Dietary Supplement on Human Immune Function: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. This study involved 59 people

and

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Study name: Bioavailability and Antioxidant Effects of a Xanthone-Rich Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) Product in Humans. This study involved 20 people.

Looking over the studies I noticed that:

1. Both of these studies are published in health journals in 2009 and are peer reviewed. That’s good.

2. Both studies involved humans, which is also good.

3. One of the studies notes that Vemma:

  • increased T helper cells (an immune system cell) and other aspects of immunity
  • reduced CRP levels (a marker for cellular inflammation)
  • improved overall feelings of health

 

Of these two studies, one basically says that the ingredients in Vemma can be absorbed by the body and the other finds that Vemma can help the immune system, lower inflammation and help us feel better.

 

So, while that’s less proof than I’d like, it’s good when a company helps support research on its own products because this is rare. I look forward to other Vemma studies.

 

Vemma ingredients

If you go to the Vemma nutrition website and look at the list of ingredients you can see how much vitamins and minerals it is. Most of this stuff is nothing different than what you would find in other super vitamin drinks so I won’t review them all here because I have written about many of them in other posts (Tip: use the search box on this site to find out more about the vitamins).

Vemma has 1000 IUs of vitamin D. I usually recommend people to get their vitamin D levels checked because low levels appear to increase the risk of various health problems.  The RDA for vitamin D was recently increased to 650 IUs.

I noticed that Vemma only contained one type of vitamin E – alpha tocopherol. While this is the most abundant type of the vitamin in the human body, there are several different types of Vitamin E which may have unique properties. Those other types also are antioxidants. To be fair, most supplements also only contain alpha tocopherol.

The main ingredients in Vemma vitamin drinks are said to be:

  • Mangosteen
  • Aloe Vera
  • Green tea

All 3 of these ingredients ads up to 25.2 grams (that’s a little less than an 1 ounce)

Let’s look at the research on each separately

Mangosteen

I believe mangosteen (scientific name Garcinia mangostana) is the main active ingredient in Vemma because mangosteen is mentioned in the title of both of the Vemma studies conducted so far. Mangosteen is sometimes marketed in other products as Xango Juice.

Mangosteen does have some antioxidant effects. We humans make antioxidants naturally and they are in fruits and vegetables as well as “super foods” like mangosteen. That said, I should mention that there is no good proof that mangosteen is a better antioxidant than what you would find in other fruits. Mangosteen is a different kind of fruit and as such can be a part of a healthy diet, but whether its better than other fruits, I don’t think so.

In this review of mangosteen juice ads, published in 2012, the researcher compares the supplement ads to the research. It’s an interesting read for those who are interested.

 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera appears to have antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. There is also some evidence that parts of aloe vera may have an effect on lowering insulin levels and weight loss. Other studies appear to show that aloe vera may help lower cholesterol and LDL levels as well as hemoglobin A1C levels (a marker for diabetes progression).

These studies are not on Vemma but on other aloe vera preparations, some of which may not be available to the public.

Studies showing positive effects do not use much, only about a half an ounce per day. This is important to keep in mind, given that aloe vera can be a laxative.  I have no proof that one brand is better than another. Here is a brand of aloe juice on Amazon that has several positive reviews.

 

 Green tea

Green tea gets a lot of attention from researchers. There is research showing that green tea may help various forms of cancerAlzheimers disease,   and even weight loss and heart disease.  Does that mean Vemma might do some of these things too? This is currently unknown.

While it’s the EGCG in green tea that often gets a lot of attention, it’s important to remember that there is a lot of other things in green tea that may have beneficial effects.  As such, it’s good to drink tea as opposed to individual green tea ingredients that appear “sexy” to researchers.

Here is one of my favorite green tea brands for those who are interested.

The green tea used in Vemma is decaffeinated so it should not (in theory) keep anyone awake at night.

 

Vemma side effects

I’m not aware of any side effects from Vemma specifically so I think in healthy people Vemma is safe. Below are some potential / theoretical side effects of the main ingredients in Vemma.

 

As far as I can see, very little human research has been conducted on mangosteen. Most mangosteen research I’ve seen is basically performed on isolated cells in a test tube or lab animals.  When eaten as a food I feel it is likely safe for most people. As for mangosteen supplements, side effects will probably vary by the health of the person, medications they take and how much mangosteen the supplement contains.

 

Mangosteen may have a blood thinner effect due to its effect the enzyme cyclooxygenase which does many things  – including playing a role in blood clotting.  This may be an issue for people who take blood thinner medications.

 

There is a case report of a man who became sick using a mangosteen supplement every day for a year. The mangosteen supplement appeared to alter the acidity of the body, causing the man to vomit, have abdominal pain and have rapid breathing. These are symptoms of a condition called lactic acidosis. This doesn’t mean Vemma will do the same thing. It probably won’t but it’s worth pointing out just in case anyone else experiences these symptoms with other mangosteen products.

 

Some cancer therapies – like radiation therapy – kill cancer cells because they create free radicals. This is a good use of free radicals. Since antioxidants neutralize free radicals, would antioxidant supplements be bad for someone getting treated for cancer? This is a very BIG– and important  – question that people must discuss with their doctor. This is true for all supplements.

 

The question about mangosteen and cancer treatment has also been addressed by others so do take this caution seriously if you have cancer.  Yes, there is some evidence that antioxidants can help cancer therapy work better, but given the complexity of cancer and cancer therapies, the decision to use antioxidant supplements is best decided by an oncologist who knows about these sorts of things.

 

Aloe vera may be a blood thinner. Speak to your doctor if you take blood thinner meds. Aloe vera might also lower blood sugar so be careful if you are a diabetic. There is not much proof on either of these side effects but be aware of them just in case.

 

As is listed on the Vemma FAQ sheet,  – and the picture below – Vemma contains a little lithium. I think the inclusion may be due to its natural occurrence in the ingredients.  Lithium is sometimes used by doctors to treat manic depression.  I’m sure Vemma only has a little lithium but I wonder if this might be a problem in people who were taking lithium or  or other anti-depressants?  What about supplements that might have similar effects Vemma Lithium? When in doubt, ask your doctor about this for more information.

There are isolated case reports of lithium supplement toxicity. Some research finds lithium may cause the heart to beat irregularly. Would Vemma do this? I don’t know.

Vemma also has a little Vanadium. Vanadium (as vanadly sulfate) used to be popular among weight lifters until they figured out it didn’t work for them. Vanadium may lower blood sugar levels which means it might interact with diabetes medications.

How much does Vemma cost?

On the Vemma website I saw one bottle selling for $63. Here is 1 bottle of Vemma on Amazon for those who want to compare prices.

 

Does Vemma work?

While I like that there are a couple of studies on Vemma, right now, the research isn’t where I’d like it to be. There is some interesting research on manganeen, but most of what I see involves test tube or lab animal research. As such, I’m not sure if Vemma is better than other mangosteen products such as:

I hear that new Vemma research is in the works and I will add those studies to this review as they become available. For now, I’m on the fence as to whether Vemma – or any other mangsteen juice -  promotes health any better than just eating more “regular” fruits and vegetables.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. Heidi says

    All of my husband’s family are selling Vemma. For the last 6 months every time we are around his family we are strongly encouraged to also start selling. Vemma is doing great things for them (some have lost weight, others are finding it gives them more energy etc…) the only reason why we tried it was so that we would not get asked to buy it at the next family dinner. With Thankgiving coming up, I was dreading another Vemma talk with all of them. So, the month of October was the month we tried it.

    We both took the 2 oz. serving daily. Unfortunately, neither of us experienced weight loss or energy increase. I would like to point out that we are both in our mid 30s, we watch what we eat and are generally healthy. We are not overweight and don’t struggle with energy level. Again, the only reason why we tried it was to get our family off our backs. If ANY health benefits would have come from it, it would have been a bonus.

    It is expensive, that would be my only negative. Other than that it didn’t do anything for us either way.

    Oh, and yes, I would have to agree hearing about how much Vemma income they are making is quite uninteresting and who knows if the figures they are telling us are true?!! But, if we are just talking about positive and negative sides of the PRODUCT I would say I could take it or leave it.

    Due to the price tag, we’re done.

    When I emailed my family to tell them we were not continuing to buy Vemma, nor did we experience any positive results they said the following:

    1. We needed to try it for several months before we would see an energy increase (is that true??)

    2. If we sold it, it would be cheap, or even free if you find enough people to sell under you

    3. If we didn’t have any major health issues so our results wouldn’t be very dramatic (weird, how we weren’t told that BEFORE buying! haaa!)

    Anyway, I would have returned it for my money back, but I would never hear the end of it from my brother-in-law who we bought it through, so I guess that is worth a hundred and sixty bucks not to get an ear full about returning it. :)

    I am praying that at Thanksgiving dinner the sales pitches don’t continue for us to be encouraged to keep taking it. Fingers crossed.

    • Joe says

      Heidi, for what its worth, I’m not aware of any evidence that you’d have to take Vemma for several months before you noticed an increase in energy levels. Sorry you’ve been put in that situation with your family. If it were me, I would have bought it from Amazon at first as a test, so as not to worry about offending anybody. Regardless, I hope all goes well for you at Thanksgiving. Let me know what happens.

  2. Chad says

    This is a really good article (article vs. propaganda). I like how the author does not claim to be an expert or a doctor, just a well researched writer putting forth the information he has found in an objective manner.

  3. says

    Well Joe, I must say you are a pretty resilient person. I think it just comes with being a Joe because thats my name to..:) As a 50 year old watching what the kids have done to the business side of this, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Here in Georgia they have great leadership so most of the immature responses are coming from disrespectful mindsets. . My true apologies to all who have been effected through that non-sense.

    I can personally testify that over the last 8 weeks of taking Vemma in the mornings and a Verve for afternoon energy boost I have both had amazing relief of previous knee, elbow, and shoulder pains that were getting so bad prior to taking Vemma I was truly effected in just day to day work and dreaded what was next when the ibuprofen was not resolving my pain and I was taking quit a bit.

    The best word I can use for how I feel is plainly, “a state of well being”. I have recommended it to others experiencing similar problems and am finding they are having good results also. I respect Heidi’s decision to stop taking Vemma because that’s what happened to us with another MLM product that simply did not do anything for us and you can not take something with conviction unless it is doing something for you. God bless all!!!

  4. Joanna Zahradnik says

    What about the Xylitol in some of the products. I believe its in some of the Verve or ParTea drinks. I have not heard good things about that ” natural” sweetner. What are your thoughts ?

    Joanna

    • Joe says

      Ann, I’m not sure. Did you get constipation from Vemma? As a rule, I feel its always best to start the first week of a new supplement with less than is recommended to see if anything out of the ordinary happens.

      • tradconmom says

        That’s a good idea. Thanks for the reminder.

        With the Aloe and many other water soluble ingredients, I’d be very surprised if a little cadmium caused constipation. (just my two cents)

  5. Lori T says

    Due to the cost, I too have considered discontinuing my use. I have several things physically going on. However, one of my physician suggested it to aid in treatment of my migraines. I was averaging 4 migraines a week. After one week on the Vemma, my migraines disappeared. I have had only two in the last 75 days.

  6. tradconmom says

    I can’t find anything on the “Natural Flavors” listed in the ingredients. Someone I know wanted to know what exactly they use. She was skeptical of that labeling.

    • Joe says

      tradconmom, I’m not sure what the natural flavors in Vemma area. Id call the Vemma company and ask them. If you find out, do let me know.

  7. Johan says

    The structure of fruits and vegetables are very complex things. Its contents are absorbed slowly as the body digests it. I dont think solving a lot of “supplementary” elements in a compound of water and fructose, could actually be equivalent to …well, eating a healthy diet! The water/fructose blend wont behave the way real food does!

  8. Sorenda says

    I first used Vemma back in 2005 on my Aunt’s suggestion, at the time it was known as New Vision. I had been diagnosed with tendonitis throughout my joints the year before, when I was 19. It was now to the point where my doctor has me taking four 800mg of ibuprofen daily, when the pain got really bad, I took six. All my texts had come back negative, nothing seemed to fit and I was fed up with taking painkillers. I started to blow-up, going from 118 lbs to 138 -140 lbs(I am only 5ft 3) my diet had not changed neither had my exercise.

    I took New Vision for three months. The first day I took it I feel as if some one had suddenly turned on the lights. My energy levels increased while my joint stiffness and pain decreased. I was eventually able to give up the painkillers. I also lost weight, going down to 120lbs.

    I eventually stopped taking New Vision due to the cost but maintained a strict diet. Although I had always ate well, I began to experiment with food and keep journal to see if my condition had any triggers. I found a correlation between the flares of joint pain and processed foods. So I eliminated lunch meat, canned meats, most popular seasonings and basically anything with high levels of preservatives. This helped and I was able to maintain a relatively pain free existence.

    That was until recently. My energy levels have started to drop, while my feelings of depression have increased. I have been back on Vemma now for three days, my energy levels have increased and so has my mood. This may just be due to the lithium but I think there may be more to it. Maybe, I am simply able to absorb whatever nutrients are available in Vemma because it is liquid and it’s particular combination. I cannot say why, all I can do is tell you my experience, as I have.

    I will admit I have had some loose stool on my second on third day of Vemma. I am not complaining though as prior to this my trips to the loo were limited. I feel lighter and my appetite has improved, so I consider that a trade off.

    • Joe says

      Sorenda, thanks for writing. As long as you are feeling better with Vemma, that is what is most important to me. I’m glad its helping you :)

  9. BIGlittlevoice says

    After 10 days of taking Vemma, my chronic migraines and joint pain went away. After one month, i could feel heat in my hands when touching hot water and hot food from the microwave. Previously I could not bend my toes, and now I can. So far (it’s been 6 months now), my stomach issues are gone. Vemma is working great for me.

    • Joe says

      Thanks BigLittleVoice, happy to hear you have had such a great response from Vemma. Continued success with all that you do ;)

  10. Chris Thomas says

    I have seen several reviews for this and I do like the unbiased review. I have a few friends trying and haven’t been harassed but seeing the MLM implications bothers me – Have you compared to shakeology or beach body or are they all the same

    I am 48 currently 40lbs overweight and on bp and chol meds- I am interested but naturally suspect thanks!
    Chris

  11. says

    Thank you for posting this review. I was recently approached by a friend about becoming a brand partner for Vemma and over the last couple of days have been doing research. This is the first bit of info I have found that doesn’t sound like company propaganda or hate mail.

    • Joe says

      Wonderingwulf, you are very welcome and I am glad you were able to find me. I know its hard sometimes given all the other reviews out there.

  12. TerryMH says

    Thank you for your efforts here. When people say these products help their “energy level” and such, I wonder if this could be due to the “natural caffeine” (guarana?) found in some of the products (Verve, Bold)? Is this something you have reviewed elsewhere on your website? You did not list it in your Vemma review.

    Also, the newest Vemma product is touted as containing silica, which is being pitched as something we are missing in our diets. Thoughts? Thanks again!

    • Joe says

      Terry, “natural caffeine” could be a reference to guarana. Ive seen guarana in energy drinks before. as for silica, that’s a new one. Ive never heard anything about it helping our health and if it does I doubt mos people lack it. Ive seen silica as an ingredient in tarter control toothpaste so its probably a source of it also?

  13. Lauren says

    I am a recent VeMMA user. I have been using VeMMA products (VeMMA daily supplement, VERVE, and ParTea) for about a month now. I am like some above I am healthy and not overweight, however, I do have very low iron levels which result in low energy and sluggishness. Since using the product I have gained energy. I do have some differences in stool but nothing major. I hope this product works for others as it has for me. Also, I appreciate your unbiased article!

  14. Rose Sendejaz says

    Thanks so much. I too am thankful for an unbiased article. Started using Verve about 3 weeks ago and my energy levels are GREAT! I have compared it to watching a DVD. Since the 7th grade I have had this foggy (dream like) feeling and have only received glimpses of clarity throughout my life. I will be 50 in April.

    Back to the DVD comparison. Watching a dvd in a typical DVD player seemed normal until I watched that same dvd in a blu-ray player. WOW, what a difference but thats just the beginning. Watch a blu-ray disc in a blu-ray player and I feel like I’m right there while their filming. Now I don’t sell blu-ray players for a living but I did just promote a business.

    So, I have killed two birds with 1 stone. Since using the Verve twice a day, I feel like the DVD playing in the blu-ray player now. I am starting to get a glimpse of being the blu-ray disc playing in the blu-ray player and that excites me to my core. So why would I not want to share that:) That’s Vemma in a nutshell. DON’T sell share & someone may want to watch the movie with you.

  15. sunnywings says

    I have taken liquid multivitamins and joint supplements in the past without seeing or feeling results. After just 4 days of taking Vemma the huge inflammation ball in my knee disappeared. I eat healthy and oddly to many people, I love my fruits and veggies. I am 33, naturally thin, and exercise regularly so weight is not an issue and I am in shape.

    I have noticed a slight difference in my energy level (2 weeks of Vemma), but the biggest change for me is that my once achy joints and back (that even woke me up at night with pain) now feel great. I do heavy weight lifting so this product has made a huge difference for me! PS I only take the straight Vemma so the increase in energy is not because of their energy line.

    My kids’ god-parents take it as well. She no longer has any hip pain, but did not experience a change in energy. He took it for his tennis elbow and no longer has pain. He quit taking it for 3 days, but got back on it because he had more energy for his long work days while on Vemma. They have been taking the product for 7 months now, but experienced their results within the first month of taking the product.

    After seeing my quick results my father decided to give it a shot. He just got his order in and started Vemma 3 days ago, and when I was over visiting I heard him telling his brother about how great his arthritic joints are feeling, how great his back feels and how he has been using the restroom regularly. He bought the Verve energy shot too, but I don’t know how he feels on those. I will have to find out.

    So all I can say is Vemma somehow has the right combination and is working for the people I know that has taken it.

  16. Jason says

    I currently use Verve, largely because my parents sell Vemma and they “strongly encourage” me to take it, lol. It’s more out of respect than desire. I do have a concern though with their “Mineral Blend.” Seems to me there is a lot of stuff in their blend I really don’t want to be putting in my body. Also, my friend works for a Health and Nutrition store and she expresses the same concerns. I’m just looking for your thoughts on the matter. Here is a list of their blend lifted from their website.

    Carbon (Organic), Calcium, Sodium, Sulfur, Magnesium, Chloride, Bromide, Fluoride, Iodine, Potassium, Niobium, Aluminum, Iron, Phosphorus, Silica, Manganese, Boron, Strontium, Titanium, Tungsten, Copper, Zinc, Tin, Zirconium, Molybdenum, Vanadium, Chromium, Selenium, Nickel, Cobalt, Lithium, Gallium, Barium, Yttrium, Neodymium, Hafnium, Cadmium, Thorium, Antimony, Cerium, Tellurium, Beryllium, Samarium, Dysprosium, Erbium, Bismuth, Gadolinium, Cesium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium, Europium, Lutetium, Terbium, Ytterbium, Holmium, Thallium, Thulium, Tantalum, Germanium, Gold, Platinum, Rhodium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Scandium, Silver, Indium.

    • Joe says

      Jason, I think Vemma needs to show me proof that Verve lives up what they say, that its better. That proof needs to be published peer reviewed studies using humans. I personally dont think Verve has a lot of any of those ingredients (like Gold and Platinum). From the ingredients it looks like it has the most Carbon and the least Indium. For me, I think you can save your money on it.

  17. Jamie says

    Hi Joe,

    So I have just purchased my first pack of vemma products, which include the energy drink and the protein shake.

    There appears to be a medicinal taste to the energy drink which I am not keen on but I have experienced increased energy.

    Not too sure about the health benefits but I definitely feel more awake ever since I have been consuming the products.

    Is there any real health benefits to this substance?

    • Joe says

      Hi Jamie, thanks for the feedback on the taste. Other than what I found when I reviewed it, I’m not aware of any good proof for health benefits. I’d like to see more studies on it.

  18. says

    Hey Joe, I currently drink shakeology (vegan chocolate bc the regular killed my stomach) and have been for awhile now. I don’t believe that is has helped me lose weight or gain energy and the price is $129 a bag, I’m a coach so i get the discount but STILL. So i was wondering if you think its probably and ok choice to switch to Vemma bode protein. I am lactose intolerant if that helps… Thanks!

    • Joe says

      FitMamamelissa, I have not yet had a chance to look at Vemma Bode Protein. whats in it? whey protein?

      As an aside, here is my shakeology review. Do take note of the side effects and the finding that shakeology was found to have lead in it.

      • Melissa says

        Oh wow. Lead! That’s scary…I’ll have to look into that. Vemma bode is a protein meal replacement. I believe it does have whey protein.

        • Joe says

          Anybody else have an alert pop up when they go to the Vemma website? When I go to Vemma.com my antivirus (Nod 32) pops up an alert saying “This web page is on the list of websites with dubious reputation or websites with potentially unwanted content.” Does anybody else get this?

          • tradconmom says

            2 scoops in water 16g. 1 scoop with milk 16g. So I guess 8g per scoop. Says “proprietary protein blend”. Whatever that means.

          • Joe says

            8 grams per scoop is not very much. There are many protein powders out there that have 15-20 grams per scoop and dont have many calories either.

          • tradconmom says

            More meal replacement for weight loss than a true proteun shake I’d think. (my husband drinks it as part of the regemine). The Bode burn liquid in a can has 20g. (collagen, pea, and rice protein).

          • Joe says

            Collagen, pea protein and rice protein are all incomplete proteins. this means that they are missing one or more essential amino acids that we do not make. Now, its possible -and I think probable – that collage, rice and pea protein compliment each other by making up for the others deficits by providing what the others do not provide. That said, why not just eat a complete protein (like whey protein) which is already a complete protein?

          • Shannon says

            Hi Joe,
            As stated on the website the proprietary pritein blend is whey concentrate, pea and organic whole grain brown rice. As an ex GNC employee I see this being a great protein shake for people with sensitive stomachs and one that would not curdle in your belly if you choose to work out after taking.
            Shannon

          • Joe says

            Shannon, ok if it has whey protein then that’s good – and if it does help those with sensitive stomaches, then thats another advantage. Does it contain collagen?

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