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Is Plexus Safe? The Truth About Plexus Slim

Jaclyn Harwell January 23, 2017

Every so often, a new product hits the market and everyone goes crazy. Often, these are MLM (multi-level marketing) products (like essential oils), so it seems like everyone you know is selling them. The big thing right now is Plexus, and you may be wondering: is Plexus safe?

Below, contributor Jaclyn will tell you the truth about Plexus Slim so you can decide if it’s right for you.

What is Plexus Slim?

Plexus Slim (aka the “pink drink”) is a dietary supplement designed to aid in weight loss.

You can buy it online or directly from multi-level marketing sellers. It costs $84.95 for a one month supply (30 packets).

The Truth: Is Plexus Safe?

Plexus Slim ingredients

In the order they’re shown on the Plexus Slim label:

  • Chromium- a naturally occurring mineral, chromium helps with normal bodily functions, like digestion. However, the form of chromium found in Plexus Slim is chromium polynicotinate. Chromium polynicotinate is created by combining chromium with niacin for better chromium absorption. Plexus Slim contains 167% of the RDA of chromium, which is more than most people will get from eating foods with naturally occurring chromium, like potatoes, meat, molasses, cheese, and produce. Bottom line: The type of chromium found in Plexus Slim is synthetic and in higher doses than one might get from a balanced diet.
  • Plexus Slim Blend- green coffee bean extract, Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract, and alpha-lipoic acid: let’s break these down by parts.

    Green coffee bean extract
    is found frequently in diet products because it contains chlorogenic acid, which has been found to promote weight loss. Green coffee extract is made with green coffee beans, while the coffee we typically drink is made from roasted coffee beans and contains very little chlorogenic acid. Green coffee extract (“GCE”) can have some scary side effects, which we’ll detail below, and may also disrupt hormones.

    Garcinia Cambogia
     is a tropical fruit said to block your body’s ability to make fat, suppress your appetite, and even regulate your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

    Alpha-lipoic acid
     is an antioxidant found in liver, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes. It is purported to create energy and protect cells within the body. Plexus Slim Blend bottom line: these ingredients may have side effects and work counter-intuitively with your body to create hormonal disturbances.
  • Polydextrose- an “other” ingredient additive, polydextrose is a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate sweetener and fiber additive created from glucose and a sugar alcohol, sorbitol. Most dextrose products are derived from corn, though some also come from rice or tapioca. It’s unclear where the polydextrose in Plexus Slim comes from. Polydextrose most likely makes up the bulk of the product, as it’s listed first in the “other ingredients” area. We’ll talk more about that below. Bottom line: Polydextrose is bad news.
  • Citric acid- a citrus-based preservative, citric acid is often found in natural food products. It’s generally a very small amount, so most of us are ok with it, but should be aware of its origins. Since it would not be cost-effective to use citrus-derived citric acid in food products, the majority of products actually contain a synthetic compound derived from mold. It’s typically made from GMO sugars (derived from corn or other simple carbohydrates) and involves combing the sugar with mold spores. Bottom line: Citric acid may not be as benign as we think.
  • Natural Flavors- they’re supposed to be naturally derived, but, unfortunately, natural flavors can mean just about anything. While Plexus claims that the natural flavors in Plexus Slim are from berries, we have to assume it’s not just berries or the berries would be listed as ingredients. Instead, we see natural flavors, and from that, we can only assume something sinister is lurking in the flavoring of Plexus Slim. Bottom line: We don’t know what’s in the “natural flavors,” so we don’t know how safe this ingredient is.
  • Beet Extract- responsible for giving Plexus Slim its signature pink color, beet extract does offer some vitamins and minerals, however, clearly this is not the aim of this ingredient, or it would be listed as an active ingredient along with the vitamin and mineral content. Bottom line: beets in and of themselves are super healthy, but don’t really offer any significant health benefits in Plexus Slim.
  • Stevia Leaf Extract- added for sweetness and touted as totally natural, stevia leaf is a plant-based, no calorie sweetener. However, recent research has shown that stevia may be addictive, as well as cause hormonal imbalances. Bottom line: Better than artificial sweeteners, but not as healthy as we previously thought.
  • Luo-han-guo Fruit Extract- another sweetener, luo-han-guo is a herbaceous perennial vine also known as monk fruit. It’s used as a sugar substitute and also in herbal medicine. Bottom line: Monk fruit is a natural sweetener with some purported medicinal benefits, but it is only a very small part of the Plexus Slim makeup.
  • Guar Gum- a thickener derived from the guar bean, guar gum is a natural additive found in lots of foods, including organic coconut milk. It has been shown to lower blood glucose levels and body weight in high doses, though it may cause digestive upset for some people. Bottom line: Guar gum is a benign additive with no real benefits but unlikely to cause harm.
  • Silicon Dioxide- a naturally occurring mineral, silicon dioxide is often added to powdered products to help them flow and keep them from clumping. It is unlikely to cause any health issues. Bottom line: Silicon dioxide is a natural additive found in lots of health supplements, and is typically not cause for concern.

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Plexus Slim Side Effects

So, with all of the above ingredients in mind, is Plexus safe? Let’s take a look at the possible side effects.

Green Coffee Extract, one of the main weight-loss ingredients in Plexus Slim, has been shown to cause headaches, anxiety, nervousness, depression, gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, mineral deficiency, and irregular heartbeat, to name a few.

Chromium, like GCE, can cause an irregular heartbeat and stomach discomfort, as well as damage to the liver and kidneys. It may also cause hypoglycemia by lowering blood sugar too much.

Garcinia Cambogia can also cause dangerously low blood sugar, particularly for diabetics who are already taking medication.

Health Problems Plexus Slim May Cause

The two main health problems with Plexus Slim, however, are its main ingredient of synthetic fiber filler, and its ability to disrupt hormones.

While there is not an amount listed for the polydextrose, let’s do some simple math to see if we can’t guess how much might really be in it:

One packet of Plexus Slim is 5 grams. According to the label, there are 200 micrograms of chromium and 530 milligrams of the Plexus Slim Blend containing GCE, garcinia Cambogia, and alpha-lipoic acid.

We have to assume that since the active ingredients only make up a tiny fraction of the ingredients, the remaining ingredients are made up of some fibrous filler, and seeing as how polydextrose is listed first in the “other” ingredients, we can only assume it must make up the bulk of the powder.

Only about half a gram (just over 500 mg) is shown in the active, weight-loss-promoting ingredients. What makes up the remaining more than 4 grams?

The problem with taking a synthetic fiber like polydextrose is that it may bulk up your bowel movements and initially relieve constipation, but in the long run, it can cause major problems with your colon and lead to diverticulitis, an infection.

Is Plexus Safe? The Hormone Concern

The whole reason women are attracted to Plexus Slim is that it claims to help them lose weight. It does this by speeding up the metabolism and reducing blood sugar, as well as stifling cravings.

Unfortunately, this is a recipe for disaster in the long run because it can cause the adrenal glands to become fatigued and imbalance hormones. When your blood sugar is artificially regulated by some mechanism other than food, your body may become confused and release glucose at the wrong time, or fail to release it when needed.

Your adrenal glands are responsible for helping to regulate your blood sugar, so if you are tampering with your blood sugar, your adrenal glands may become fatigued, which, ultimately, will send your hormones into a tailspin.

According to one study, green coffee extract is prized for its ability to temper your body’s reaction to sugar: “GCE has also been postulated to modify hormone secretion and glucose tolerance in humans.” (source) However, its this very ability that may cause long-term hormonal damage.

Is Plexus Safe?

With all of the above in mind, Plexus Slim is basically a synthetic fiber supplement with a little caffeine, which may increase energy, but can also leave you feeling jittery. Rather than depend on an overpriced fiber supplement to lose weight, consider these healthy options:

  • Eat a balanced diet- lowering your carbohydrate intake and eating quality fats and protein is a healthy way to lose weight. Focus on getting your nutrients from fresh produce, rather than synthetic supplements.
  • Try intermittent fasting- this easy fasting technique allows your digestive system to rest and spurs your body on to burn fat while you snooze.
  • Get plenty of sleep and moderate exercise- focus on healthy lifestyle changes that work with and support your normal bodily needs, rather than working against them in the long run.

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When Jaclyn became a mom more than eight years ago, health food was the last thing on her mind, but when her oldest son began to struggle with behavioral problems early in life, she dove in headfirst to begin learning about how to live and eat naturally. Since then, her children have been healed of eczema and digestive problems and her own thyroid disorder has been healed. Best of all, her son’s behavior continues to improve as he heals through diet. As she continues to fight for her family’s health and well-being, Jaclyn focuses on GAPS-diet and Paleo foods with an emphasis on nourishing and healing foods like broth and homemade sauerkraut. You can find her writing about raising a healthy, happy family at


  1. Hi, I was looking at this and comparing it to the ingredients in the current slim drink. I think they have a New one because these are not the same ingredients. Just thought I’d let you know I was trying to decide whether or not to try it and have been looking into all the different articles I can find!


  2. Thank you; this is the best article I’ve found on this product. A friend wants to try this and asked for my advice and I feel I can now answer intelligently.


  3. I appreciate your intentions here, but you have not researched properly as to why women take it. The only women I know that are on it is related to chronic health issues. I do take it, but don’t sell it. It has completely changed my life. I have tried GAPS diet for a long time with some effect. But adding in Olexus I have not lost weight on Plexus (it can only be marketed as that since it is a non-FDA approved supplement), nor was that the point of my going on it. I can assure you it has balanced my blood sugars and hormone levels. I tended to struggle with hypoglycemia prior to starting it as well as estrogen dominance. My hormones are far better on it. Of course the biggest factor in balancing them has been clean eating and no sugar. BUT, I am disappointed in this article as it is very incomplete. It does not go in the real reasons why so many people are taking it – chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders. There is far more to the Plexus products than first glance. Which is seems is all you have done here.


  4. Thanks for the information. I have probably 100 friends that sell it and they are always asking me to try it. I have been very hesitant to, as I have heard a lot of conflicting things. Thanks for breaking it down and helping me know how to answer them!


  5. NONE of this is accurate. I don’t even know where to start. True and correct info re: the ingredients is available from the company. I’m so sorry you found it necessary to spew false info on a product that has changed countless lives.


  6. As an FYI, Plexus recently update the product and ingredients. Might be worth an updated review. Also, there are product information sheets which explain how each ingredient is sourced. Let me know if you want that.


  7. All I can say is this information is false. Easy enough for someone to break this product down when they do not use the product.


  8. I began taking Plexus Slim, because I was desperate to get my blood sugar regulated, and quit eating foods I am allergic to, which affect my autoimmune risk factors. I simply could not fight off cravings and manage that which was poisoning me.
    I agree, marketing methods for Plexus aren’t the best for Consumers. However, I don’t intend to sell Plexus to anyone else. I do however recommend it to others. I did start, when a friend recommended it to me. I agree the cost is high. Many similar types of products in a combination, are also overpriced. I hope something will be done about this in the future.
    I defend its benefits, because I see how it has assisted me in making lifestyle changes, I physically, could not make without the assistance.
    I did not begin using Plexus Slim to loose weight! However, one year later, I have lost well over 50 pounds. I am healthier than I have been in decades.
    I just had a blood panel done, and for my age range, I am well within a healthy range. I had only one flag for cholesterol to be watched, and that is not Plexus related.

    Bottom line: Plexus DOES work for many people struggling with health factors. I desired to be proactive, managing my autoimmune risk factors without prescription medication.


  9. I have always wondered what the long term effects of this stuff would be. I am in Canada and two of the products are not allowed because of DMAA, a drug not approved for sale here. Look it up on the Health Canada Government website. (Maybe Canadian Health official haven’t been paid off sufficiently) My sis takes it. She is one of the sheeple right down to the multi level marketing scheme. I can only think of the Stepford Wives. Anyway, She is touting her weight loss over a year and the loss of 3 inches on her waist while spending the money on this stuff every month. I did the same, 35lbs/3 inches in a year by eating coconut oil off the spoon 3x a day, cutting out extra bread and sugars and playing Pokemon Go. Hell of a lot cheaper and less dangerous except maybe getting hit by a car.
    This Plexus stuff scares me. I can’t help thinking long term problems are in the wings waiting for her. I was glad to find you, as author, have no prevailing interest for this article such as competition.


  10. Show me the research! Show me the double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover studies that show that Plexus, including all its ingredients, is safe in all respects and does good things in humans.

    (The reason people take, or critique, a product is immaterial to the quality and efficacy of the product, by the way.)


  11. !!!Warning!!! I started taking this for 20 days. I took the triplex. I wanted to love it so much. I ordered 5 slim, like 8 biocleanse and at least 5 prob5. I started to notice what I thought was early menopause from my hysterectomy last year. After much testing I found out that diabetic symptoms are similar to menopause. I was having all night, night sweats, mood swings, extreme fatigue, insomnia and headaches. I kept telling myself it wasn’t the Plexus that it was from surgical menopause. After my second really bad episode of my blood sugar rapidly dropping. I called my doctor again for glucose testing. I am not diabetic but was getting hypoglycemia from this product. I know people who just love it. It was really horrible for me. The whole ordeal was so hard on me and my family.


  12. Does NOT work for everybody!!!! I used to sell it until I wasted over 600.00 on products that did absolutely nothing for me,since they didn’t work for me I could no longer sell these products! Why waste money on these high cost products which might not work for you and in the long run you will only gain your weight back! Stop all sugar and carbs exept above ground veggies,that’s the truly healthy way to eat!!!


  13. I don’t know what product the author researched, but these are not the ingredients listed on my packaging. Sounds like you’ve also attracted some naysayers to the comment section, but it’s clear that they could not have even tried the product as you can not order that much product at one time, as Mandie Kellie states above, and you only would have 1 of each for a 20 day period of time on the Triplex so I’m not sure why there are some on here commenting negatively with false info. Sad :((


  14. Among the plethora of misinformation you have presented, you do not even spell one of the ingredients properly…not very compelling when presenting supposedly FACTUAL information. The ingredient is GARCINIA CAMBOGIA, NOT cambonia as you listed everywhere in your article. This stuff has literally changed my life and my doctors are immensely impressed!


    • While “everywhere in your article” is a bit of an exaggeration, we appreciate you pointing out our typo so that it can be corrected! Best wishes.


  15. I have been post menopausal for 4 years. I started Plexus in December 2020 and started bleeding after 4 years of no periods. Bleeding every day. I stopped drinking it for a few days and the bleeding stopped. I started drinking the pink drink again and started bleeding every day again. Saw my doctor and had numerous tests done, biopsies done, they couldn’t find anything wrong. I have now stopped drinking it again for four days now and the bleeding has stopped. I have been thinking drinking the pink drink is causing hormonal imbalance. This article has confirmed this.


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