4Life is a Utah based MLM company that sells a range of what they describe as “best quality products available to support your immune system and overall health.” Key to the products is a branded formula called 4Life Transfer Factor, an unusual, some might say wacky ingredient based on animal derived components. As with all MLMs, if you like the supplement range you can sign up and sell it yourself.
ShapeRite Energy Go Stix comes from MLM company 4Life, and is an energy powder packaged in sachets that you can use to create a convenient health drink by adding to water. It comes in a choice of flavours including Berry or Citrus Orange so it probably tastes pretty good, but we cannot see it living up to the claims in the advertising. Yes, you may notice a boost to energy but we cannot see this supplement particularly helping weight loss or boosting your immune system. 4Life is based in Utah and is an MLM operating around the world. The company’s key ingredient is Transfer Factor derived from cow colostrum and egg yolks.
Potential side effects may include; jitteriness, anxiety, insomnia, increased heart rate, and blood pressure, changes to heart beat, muscle spasms, mood changes, increased blood pressure, changes to insulin levels, and diarrhoea.
ShapeRite Energy Go Stix can be extremely expensive but it all depends upon where you buy it.
Each pack contains 30 sachets (1 month’s supply) and buy direct from the 4Life website it costs $41.95 for one pack. Surprisingly you do not have to be a distributor to buy direct from the company.
You can make savings on larger orders. If you buy 12 packs (360 sachets in total) it costs $461.45 so you will be getting one pack free.
You can also buy ShapeRite Go Stix via Amazon USA. We found the berry flavour on sale for the same price ($41.95) as offered via the official website.
It is a different story on Amazon UK where we found 1 pack of ShapeRite Go Stix in Pink Lemonade flavour for a whopping £159.00.
We own up to feeling squeamish about 4Life Transfer Factor, the company’s key ingredient that is present in all supplements including this one. There is just something that feels wrong to us about taking cow colostrum, the first milk intended for calves, and although the alternative supplements brigade tout this for all kinds of benefits, there seems to be little real evidence that it will boost your immune system as claimed.
The rest of the supplement looks ok. We like the blend of herbal ingredients and amino acids and the flavours sound appealing. However we can’t see much point to joining this MLM when the company sells direct to customers via the website and the lack of real customer feedback also lets it down. The redeeming quality is the 30 day money-back guarantee, that is hidden in the terms and conditions.
We cannot recommend ShapeRite Energy Go Stix. In our opinion the Transfer Factor is a novelty that obviously has not really caught on and without this; you just have a bog standard energy drink. It might be worth a try but there does not seem to be anything that special to make it worth the effort.
Overall, we do not recommend ShapeRite Energy Go Stix to our readers.
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ShapeRite Energy Go Stix is an energy health drink that may help you feel better generally, and as a secondary function may help you if you are looking to lose weight.
There are four flavours to choose from: Energy Go Stix Berry, Energy Go Stix Orange Citrus, Tropical, and Pink Lemonade. They are easy to use. Just open the sachet and mix with a glass of water.
Apart from the flavourings all drinks have the same ingredients profile, delivering a blend of amino acids, plus natural energy enhancing herbs including green tea and Rhodiola Rosea, and three different types of ginseng.
What sets 4Life products apart from many other supplements on the market is their use of their branded 4Life Transfer Factor formulas.
Transfer Factors were first discovered in 1942. These are chemicals taken from humans or animals which have already developed some sort of immunity to disease, and the idea is that transferring these from one body to another will also pass on the immunity. They have been tested medicinally for helping people with weakened immune systems for conditions such as septicaemia and shingles, with varying levels of success.
Transfer Factors for supplement use are usually derived from cow colostrum (the first milk that a cow produces after giving birth) or from egg yolks.
Shape Rite Energy Go Stix contains both types; Ultra Factor XF, derived from cow colostrum, and Ovo Factor, derived from egg yolks. The idea of these two Transfer Factor formulas is that they will improve your immune system.
ShapeRite is the 4Life weight loss brand, this company deal in other types of supplements aimed at general health and wellness, personal care, sports, and more. However all 4 Life supplements look quite similar because the Transfer Factor formulas are key to all of them.
4 Life is a multi level marketing company. MLM sometimes known as Direct Marketing is a sales model that recruits ordinary people as distributors to sell products direct to their own social network, whether in “real life” or online. This is instead of the company just putting products out there in the shops in the usual way. Source
MLM can be rewarding for some people as a home business but it does not suit everyone. In addition MLM distributors have a reputation for being fanatical about the products they sell. We have covered numerous MLM supplements and companies in previous reviews, these include Plexus Slim (the Pink Drink), and that “crazy wrap thing” by It Works.
MLM companies usually have a gimmick or unique selling point, and with 4Life this is Transfer Factor.
According to the advertising ShapeRite Energy Go Stix are, On-the-go packets infused with 4Life Transfer Factor® and a blend of energy-boosting ingredients.
The product information explains how this supplement will help you:
Energy Go Stix is formulated to help you power through your busy day, giving you a boost of natural energy without the spike and crash provided by most conventional energy drinks.
Rich in natural energy boosters and fortifying nutrients, including 4Life Transfer Factor®, Energy Go Stix promotes energy and stamina, helps improve memory and alertness, and supports healthy immune system function.*
In convenient berry-flavored, single-serve packets, Energy Go Stix is perfect to share and take with you wherever you go.
The ingredients are explained,
Contains transfer factors (immune messenger molecules) that help educate immune cells and promote the immune system’s ability to more effectively recognize, respond to, and remember potential health threats
Blends natural energy boosters, including yerba mate, guarana, and green tea extract, and three forms of ginseng.
Supports weight management efforts with chromium, L-carnitine, and green tea.
Includes an energy-rich formula that supports mental alertness and physical stamina.
Drinking ShapeRite Energy Go Stix may give you a lift. Yerba Mate, guarana, and green tea all contain caffeine, and the three types of Ginseng are all known as Adaptogens meaning they cause you to feel better generally. Panax Ginseng especially can affect many of the body’s systems favourably, and help a wide range of issues including mental alertness and fatigue. Rhodiola might have benefits to general health and memory function, although clinical research is lacking for this ingredient.
Green tea is high in antioxidants too, and the amino acid blend should be generally beneficial for health. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are as important as vitamins.
Overall this part of the formula looks pretty good, and although there are no guarantees that it will help weight loss, you may notice some effects, although these may include side effects.
The evidence for Transfer Factors is not as clear cut. It is important to remember that conventional clinical research is lacking for Transfer Factors, and although the 4Life research team claim to have thoroughly investigated Transfer Factors and according to the company information the two Transfer Factor formulas are patented, certified, and highly researched, it is not really clear just what they are supposed to do.
There is no real evidence that taking egg yolks and cow colostrum in this way will really boost the immune system in a general way as described.
Serving size is equal to one 5.5g sachet. Individual serving sizes of ingredients are not disclosed. It also contains trace amounts of chromium (25mcg) and 10mg of sodium, plus additives and flavourings.
Amino Acid Blend (875mg):
Herbal Energy Blend (487mg):
Proprietary Blend (125mg):
4Life Transfer Factor Blend (50mg): This is 4Life’s trademarked brand and comprises of two formulas.
This supplement contains a lot of ingredients in unknown quantities, some of which can cause side effects so how it affects you largely will depend upon your own physical make up.
The Energy blend does probably contain caffeine (although this is undisclosed) so may cause caffeine related effects such as;
The Ginseng blend may cause;
L Ornithine a ketoglutarate can cause diarrhoea.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your doctor before taking if you have an underlying medical condition or are taking prescription medication in case of interactions.
We found a handful of customer reviews on Amazon USA. All were extremely positive. That said there have only been five reviews since 2013 so this supplement does not seem popular.
Here are a couple of examples;
AWESOME PRODUCT at a GREAT PRICE !I love the mental clarity and alertness you get from just one packet & a bottle of water. The energy is consistent, linear, boost last a good 6 to 8 hours with NO jitters or chest fluttering
“This is an excellent product and the best case is that is totally natural product. I use it daily at noon for extra energy.”
The manufacturers of ShapeRite Energy Go Stix make their returns policy incredibly difficult to find, hiding it in a lengthy PDF called Policies & Procedures. It is dated as effective from March 2016 and it is unclear whether or not it is the most up to date policy. They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee, provided all the conditions (listed below) are met.
4Life offers a one hundred percent (100%) 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee (less shipping charges) to all retail customers. If a customer purchased a product from a 4Life distributor, the customer must return the product to that distributor for a refund, replacement or exchange. If a customer purchased the product directly from the Company, the product should be returned directly to the Company.
If a distributor is unsatisfied with any 4Life product purchased for personal use, the distributor may return the product within thirty (30) days from the date of purchase for a one hundred percent (100%) refund, a replacement or exchange (less shipping charges). This guarantee is limited to $300 in any 12-month period. If a distributor wishes to return merchandise exceeding $300 in any 12-month period, the return will be deemed an inventory repurchase and the Company shall repurchase the inventory pursuant to the terms in the “Return of Inventory and Sales Aids by Distributors” section of these Policies, and the distributor’s Distributor Agreement shall be canceled.
You can buy ShapeRite Energy Go Stix direct from the official 4Life website. Alternatively you can find a distributor via social media and buy through one of these. However the easiest option is probably just to buy from Amazon USA.
ShapeRite Energy Go Stix is also on sale via Amazon UK, but it is very expensive.
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