Advocare Products and Breastfeeding February 13 2015

 

In my previous post titled Workout Supplements, Weight-Loss Supplements and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding, I listed out many ingredients found in supplements and if they are or are not safe to take while breastfeeding. In this post, I will use that list to review Advocare products. You can refer back to the first post for reasons why these ingredients are questionable or contraindicated.

I want to remind you that I am not a medical professional and I am not an herbalist. Please use your discretion when considering taking any supplements while breastfeeding, and speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. It is my personal opinion that if a supplement has a lot of questionable ingredients, then it should likely be avoided, and if it has any contraindicated ingredients, then it should definitely be avoided.

I will add that I am not an Advocare representative and I am not being reimbursed in any way for this review.

Carb-Ease Plus

What it is for: to inhibit the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • White Kidney Bean Extract
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • ID-aIG Extract-Brown Seaweed, could be Bladderwrack

 

Catalyst

What it is for: amino acid dietary supplement for maintaining muscle mass during exercise.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • L-Glutamine-no recommended daily value to compare to
  • L-Arganine-no recommended daily value to compare to
  • Taurine-no recommended daily value to compare to

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

 

Coffeccino

What it is for: Vitamin and nutrient supplement to enhance mental focus and alertness and manage appetite.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Vitamin B6- 2 mg over RDA
  • Pantothenic Acid- 3 mcg over RDA
  • Caffeine content not listed

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

 

Fibo-Trim

What it is for: multinutrient and fiber supplement to aid in the elimination of fatty waste materials.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Beta-Sitosterol
  • Odorless Garlic- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
  • Taurine-no RDA to compare to

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • Chitosan-made from shellfish, so high likelihood of allergic reaction

 

Lept-Lean

What it is for: herbal, mineral dietary supplement, helps with appetite control.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Blue-Green Algae
  • Biotin-RDA is 35 mcg and this contains 1000 mcg
  • Pomegranate Extract
  • EGCG- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, caffeine content unknown
  • Cat’s Claw Extract- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • Pomegranate Extract- some parts rated E by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

 

Nighttime Recovery

What it is for: amino acid and herbal supplement for enhancing muscle growth repair and recovery

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • L-Arganine-no known RDA for comparison
  • L-Ornithine- no known RDA for comparison
  • Maca Root
  • Vanadium-well under the 1800 mcg per day recommendation
  • Ashwagandha Extract- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
  • Wild Yam Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
  • Eleuthero Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None Found

 

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink

What it is for: helps the body stay hydrated during physical activity.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Beet-Root Extract
  • Sustamine
  • L-Arginine
  • Sucralose
  • Vitamin C-over RDA

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

 

Advocare Slam

What it is for: liquid vitamin and amino acid supplement

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Vitamin B6- 500% RDA
  • Vitamin B12-8333% RDA
  • Pantothenic Acid- 200% RDA
  • Taurine- No RDA for comparison
  • Glycine- No RDA for comparison

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

 

Advocare Slim

What it is for: vitamin and herbal supplement for weight-loss

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Biotin- well over the 35 mcg RDA
  • Chromium- well over the 45 mcg RDA
  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Taurine- no RDA for comparison
  • Green Coffee Extract
  • Sucralose

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

 

Advocare Spark Energy

What it is for: vitamin and amino acid supplement for enhanced energy and focus.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Vitamin C-300% RDA
  • Thiamin- 200% RDA
  • Riboflavin- 200% RDA
  • Niacin-300% RDA
  • Vitamin B6- 750% RDA
  • Vitamin B12- 750% RDA
  • Pantothenic Acid- 500% RDA
  • Taurine- no RDA for comparison
  • Glycine- no RDA for comparison
  • GABA- no RDA for comparison

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

 

ThermoPlus

What it is for: helps stimulate metabolism.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Thiamin-200% RDA
  • Oolong Tea Extract-caffeine content unknown

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • Sage Extract-will lower milk supply

 

V16

What it is for: caffeine-free source of energy, vitamin and herbal supplement.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Golden Root Extract (Rhodiola Rosea)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
  • Luzea Extract

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • None found

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