Below we take an in-depth look into Protefood, to see whether this long-standing product actually delivers on its many promises.
Protefood is a general health supplement that aims to increase the rate of protein metabolism and support the body’s various systems (cardiovascular, muscle, skeletal, immune, etc.). The formula contains a mix of protein, amino acid and antioxidant sources, mixed with certain enzymes that activate the production of amino acids.
This relatively old product is produced and sold by Standard Process, an American supplement manufacturer that has been in the market since 1929. Standard Process and its founder/CEO, Dr Royal Lee, have been embroiled in various controversies since the company’s founding, with most of the criticism directed at Lee and his habit for making untrue or baseless statements about his products. The FDA has investigated and spoken out against the company repeatedly, with Lee actually facing criminal charges, a 1-year suspended prison term and a large fine for lying about his products back in 1962.
Protefood is unlikely to cause side effects, although a small minority of customers may experience adverse reactions to one of the key ingredients. On occasion, choline bitartrate can cause problems in high doses, causing a fishy bodily odour, nausea, diarrhoea, and vomiting. Lysine may also cause stomach ache and diarrhoea.
Protefood is only available to buy from one outlet on the Internet and remains quite expensive there; a single pack containing a month’s supply (90 capsules) costs $67.24 plus $4.77 in shipping. Standard Process has an odd system whereby they sell most of their stock to alternative medical practitioners (such as naturopaths, chiropractors, holistic therapists, etc.) in order to be distributed to their customers. Prices are reportedly lower when buying directly from one of these distributors (as little as $30 per pack).
The main problem with Protefood is that it appears to us to be a placebo. Whilst it really does give customers a dose of amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants, it remains hard to say whether any of these actually provide the listed benefits for everyone. Put simply, if you have a deficiency in any of the amino acids included within the product (perhaps due to poor diet), then you may experience some of the benefits described in the advertising copy, such as improvements to the immune system, bones or muscles. Unfortunately, that may only apply to a tiny minority of people.
Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, we felt that most customers had been directed to this product by unscrupulous distributors who claim that the product will work for their particular ailment. People with kidney problems, people with high blood pressure, people looking for a nootropic: all have apparently been told that this is the product for them. We would simply argue that if these customers don’t have an amino acid deficiency due to poor diet, they are ultimately wasting their time.
In addition to the fact that it won’t do anything for most people, Protefood is also produced and sold by a company that has very little regard for its customers. Important ingredient quantity information is missing from the packaging, there’s no money back guarantee, and the manufacturer has a long history of lying to its customers (resulting in prison time for its CEO). We ultimately recommend that if you do have any ailment that you need seeing to, invest your time and take advice from a real healthcare professional rather than quacks and snake oil salesmen like Standard Process and its army of unqualified distributors.
We would not recommend Protefood to our readers.
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Protefood is a health supplement that claims to support protein metabolism, immune health and skeletal/muscle health. Introduced to the market all the way back in 1953, this long-standing product works by providing the body with amino acids and enzymes that support amino acid utilisation.
This product is manufactured and sold by Standard Process, one of the older American supplement companies. Founded in 1927, this company was founded and run by a dentist called Dr Royal Lee. Over the years, Lee and his company have been dogged by controversy, as the dentist became known for making unsubstantiated or untrue comments about nutrition and health, all with the aim of selling products. Lee was eventually labelled ‘probably the largest publisher of unreliable and false nutritional information in the world’ by an FDA enforcer in 1963, and his company now seems to shy away from making any claims at all about their products. The company can be contacted via the contact details supplied on the official Stand Process website.
One capsule per meal, or as directed.
On the official Standard Process website, very little information is actually given on Protefood. The website simply states that the product helps the immune system to function, promotes skeletal, cellular and muscular health, and supports protein metabolism.
On other advertising materials given to healthcare professional promoters, a little more info is given. Protefood is also said activate amino acids and support cardiovascular and nervous system health. Other ingredients are also said to have antioxidant properties.
The ingredients contained within Protefood are all either amino acids themselves or enzymes that should stimulate the utilisation of amino acids. As most amino acids are absolutely vital to the functioning of the human body, this would make the product appear to be very useful at first glance.
However, this product could only ever be useful to the tiny minority of people that are unable to acquire these ingredients naturally through their diet. The claims made by Standard Process (including that Protefood supports immune system function, muscle health, bone health, nervous system health, etc.) are likely completely false, as these processes can only be improved if the customer had serious protein deficiencies and problems in the first place!
Although all customer reviews are positive, we can’t help noticing that each one takes Protefood to cure a different affliction; this is to us a clear sign that the product is a useless placebo.
The ingredients included in Protefood are listed below. Readers should note that most ingredient quantities are not listed, which can make it difficult or impossible to estimate how effective the mix is overall. The ingredient quantities that are listed are true for one capsule of Protefood.
Proprietary Blend 483 mg
Protefood shouldn’t come with major side effects, although a couple of ingredients could cause minor issues for a small minority. Choline can cause problems if overconsumed, causing stomach problems, diarrhoea, vomiting, sweating and a fishy bodily odour for some people. L-lysine has also caused stomach pain and diarrhoea on occasion in the past.
Not suitable for individuals under 18 years of age. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult a doctor before using this product. If you are taking any medication, or have any type of medical issue, consult with a doctor before using this product.
There are only a handful of customer reviews available to check online, with all claiming to have had positive experiences using Protefood. Worryingly, each customer appears to have been recommended Protefood for completely different reasons, meaning that each review appears to be describing a different ailment that was cured by this product (!) You may have a different view, but we interpret this to mean that the product is likely working as a placebo in many of these cases, as no-one seems to be in agreement as to what it does.
This is an excellent all-natural and organic supplement that is intended for people with potential or actual kidney problems and it works.
I’ve been using this product for almost a year after it was suggested by my chiropractor. It has definitely helped me and I would recommend it with the blessing of a great chiropractor.
Love this stuff. Good brain food!
I would give this product five stars because I have been using it for over a year to help stabilise my blood sugar. It has done wonders to help me and keep my energy levels from crashing. However the price is $70… There is no way I can endorse this product for this price.
Standard Process does not offer a money back guarantee on their products. Returns can be arranged, but refunds will only be granted on ‘unopened packages’. To arrange a refund, customers must first contact customer service within 30 days to receive a Return to Manufacturer Authorisation (RMA) number, which they then must write on the outside of the returned package. Even if all of these conditions are met, Standard Process will deduct 20% from the refund to cover processing fees.
Protefood is only available to buy on the Internet from Amazon, as all Standard Process products are generally intended to be purchased from alternative healthcare professionals who act as distributors. If you have a chiropractor or alternative therapist, etc., they may be able to arrange a shipment of Standard Process products on your behalf if you wish.
A single pack of Protefood (a month’s supply, with 90 capsules) costs $67.24 plus $4.77 shipping from Amazon. Prices are reportedly much lower when buying direct from alternative medical practitioners, where the same bottle could cost as little as $30.