Vitacell 3 from Live Cell Research is a supplement that boasts it’s a state-of-the-art next generation heart health support formula that protects you against 20th century threats that cause chronic heart failure. They state their formula contains NAC, PQQ, and CoQ10 in an optimum ratio that will slow the mutation of deadly plaque buildup, which they claim is the leading cause of heart disease.
The Vitacell 3 Pitch
Vitacell 3 touts the participation of 2 medical doctors and a set of studies that they say back up the benefits of taking their supplement. Dr. Holly Lucille is a licensed ND (naturopathic doctor) and RN (registered nurse) who offers free health advice online and treats patients one-on-one in person at her West Hollywood office or via telephone for a fee not covered by insurance.
Mark Hyman MD says he’s a practitioner of functional medicine (a form of alternative medicine) said to look at a person’s whole health instead of treating just the symptoms. He too has many free articles on his website as well as a “10 Day Detox Diet Challenge” where, for a fee, he’ll coach you through and root you on.
On the Live Cell Research website, they do a long-form pitch in the guise of a 20-plus minute video designed to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. While the video does contain some interesting information about the history of heart disease in the 20th century, we’ll cut to the chase and tell you what exactly they are claiming. According to Vitacell 3, oxidation of the cells inside the body due to age, poor diet, pollution, and low-level radiation from computers and cell phones causes your LDL cholesterol (aka “Bad” cholesterol) to get irritated and it then starts to suck in sugars and fats becoming “sticky” like a spider’s web, which can result in plaque buildup that explode in the heart like a nuclear reactor without warning.
Scared? Well, that’s when they bring the relief: by taking Vitacell 3, they promise it will stop the oxidation of cells in your blood, thereby preventing inflamed LDL.
What Causes Heart Attacks?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the #1 hospital in the nation, most heart attacks are due to a buildup of fatty depots that cause major arteries to be blocked. They state that while a high level of LDL, along with a low level of HDL (the “Good” cholesterol) raise the chances of a heart attack, there are several other factors including age (over 45 for men, 55 for women) diet, weight, smoking habits, diabetes, stress, illegal drug use, and lack of exercise.
Although the role cholesterol levels plays in heart attacks has come under fire it is still generally considered a factor to be considered when assessing a patient’s overall risk.
The U.S. Department of Health has a checklist, which we encourage all of our readers to take to see if you are in a high-risk category. This isn’t meant to scare anyone, but this way you will be more aware and can hopefully take the necessary lifestyle changes to lower it. (We’ll talk more about that later.)
How VitaCell 3 Works
Vitacell keeps their ingredient list simple:
NAC – which they claim is the “mother of all antioxidants” and a precursor to glutathione. They cite a study conducted at the U. of Minnesota Medical School that showed subjects with a high level of glutathione had less of a chance of heart attack. Web MD notes NAC as possibly effective for heart attack when injected but taking it by mouth seems to help with high levels of blood fat. However, a study conducted at Stanford did not “result in detectable decreases” of 4 inflammatory markers.
PQQ – aka the “energy creator” which they state has been shown to promote the growth of mitochondria, responsible for reducing the risk of artery clots. They cite a study that does seem to back up their claims; however it should be mentioned PQQ was given to just 10 people via a fruit-flavored drink and not in a pill.
CoQ10 – dubbed “the heart savior.” They have a quote they attribute to the Mayo Clinic, which reads:
Early evidence suggests that CoQ10 may be effective for chronic heart failure...CoQ10 has been studied for use as an antioxidant to protect cells from damage. Early study suggests that it may have antioxidant benefits in people with heart disease.
However, when we looked for that exact phrase on the Mayo Clinic website, we could not find it. Instead, we found this:
There is some evidence to support the use of CoQ10 for high blood pressure and heart failure… Evidence is conflicting for the use of CoQ10 in heart muscle problems and exercise performance. There is some negative evidence for the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of diabetes, hepatitis C, and Huntington's disease.”
The University of Maryland says the use of CoQ10 for heart failure is still “controversial” and should never be used alone to prevent heart failure (it is often prescribed with statins, a prescription medication that has has risks of its own).
Vitacell 3 Costs:
- 6 Bottles = $235
- 3 Bottles = $127
- 1 Bottle = $52.95 ($49 plus $3.95 S&H)
Vitacell 3 offers a 90-day no-questions-ask refund, minus any shipping fees.
Bottom Line: Is Vitacell 3 a Scam?
Heart health is important and there is a small bit of evidence as outlined above that some of these ingredients may help in certain cases of heart failure but not in others. Over at our sister pub Highya, customers of Live Cell Research are split almost evenly down the middle (3.5 stars) – some love it, some call it a scam.
We appreciate their 90-day policy and their BPA-free UV coated bottles. Although they say Vitacell 3 is “third-party tested for your safety” by “multiple laboratories” they don’t say by whom.
We recommend buying supplements only from companies that use the US Pharmacopeia (USP) Seal. Why? Because it’s the only non-profit laboratory in the US that is older than the FDA itself and guarantees what’s on the label is really in the bottle.
Sadly, less than 1% of supplements carry the seal and Vitacell 3/Live Cell Research is not one of them. (You can find a list here.)
Again, while LDL levels may be a factor in heart attacks, there are quite a number of things you can do to lower your risk that won’t cost you anything, and may even save you money. These are: quit smoking, lose weight, stay active, eat a healthy diet, and cut out excess sugars.
Let us point you back to our friends at the Mayo Clinic where they have a simple plan designed for almost anyone called: Eat 5 (servings fruit and veggies) Move 10 (minutes) and Sleep 8 (hours).
Let us know your experience with Vitacell 3 Below!