If you’ve ever turned on the TV, you’ve probably seen dozens of commercials where the whole last minute is just a jumble of quickly read side effects for whatever product is being sold. While there’s always a give and take into introducing a new supplement into your system, a good supplement will always have more positive effects than any small negatives.

But what about Le-Vel Thrive? Luckily, you won’t have to worry about a long list of side effects being read for this supplement.

Le-Vel Thrive: A Closer Look

In the little more than a decade that Le-Vel has been around, it’s seen some amazing growth — earning more than 2 billion in sales. This success is built primarily on the enthusiasm of the Le-Vel customer base for the Le-Vel Thrive Experience.

The Thrive Experience is a three-step daily health and nutrition supplementation program. Without getting too heavily into the details (which you can read more about here), suffice it to say that the Thrive Experience consists of capsules, shakes, and the proprietary Thrive DFT. The idea is that by making these products part of their health and fitness regimen, users can improve their daily nutrition and experience benefits across many other aspects of their lives.

Sounds good? Sure. But what about the risk of side effects? Today, I’d like to put the Thrive Experience under a microscope to see if there are any Thrive side effects that users should be aware of before committing to the program.

Thrive Ingredients

Going into this, I assumed that if there are any Le-Vel Thrive side effects, this is where I would be most likely to find them. But upon doing my research and going through the ingredients for the three products, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. You can take a look at the nutrition information for yourself by clicking the following links:

As evidenced by the nutrition labels and ingredient lists, most of what you get from the Thrive experience are essential nutrients. In addition to an entire alphabet’s worth of vitamins (A, C, D, E, and a whole slew of B vitamins) and several important minerals (sodium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, to name only a few), there are also natural plant extracts included to help users fill nutrition gaps, enjoy increased energy and focus, better manage their appetite, reduce inflammation, improve digestive processes and more.

I have to admit; I was not expecting the Le-Vel Thrive ingredients to be so benign. Even those ingredients that I was not already familiar with and had to look up were revealed to be natural, beneficial, and essentially side effect free. Here are three of the most surprising:


An herbal extract from the Coleus forskohlii plant, ForsLean has been shown to promote lean body mass and assist in effective weight management. Unlike many weight loss supplements, ForsLean is considered generally safe and free of adverse side effects.


Derived from natural black pepper, Cosmoperine (the commercial name for tetrahydropiperine) is used to increase the absorption of various nutrients and has also been linked to pain relief. Again, there are no widely-recognized side effects associated with this ingredient.


This one made me nervous to see in the ingredient list — not because I recognized it outright, but because that designation made it look like some kind of synthetic, lab-bred chemical. But it turns out that CoQ10 is just the abbreviated name for a type of coenzyme antioxidant naturally found in a number of healthy dietary sources. Research into this ingredient suggests it can improve heart health, combat diabetes, decrease the frequency of migraines, and improve physical performance, and is considered generally safe to take when used correctly and in the doses found in Thrive products.

Taken all together, it looks as though the Thrive ingredients pose almost no risk of dangerous side effects. It is worth noting that some of the Thrive products include naturally-sourced caffeine, which could be an issue for those with extreme caffeine sensitivity. And obviously, anyone with a preexisting allergy to any of the listed ingredients would need to abstain. But overall, those who follow the directions and stick with the recommended doses shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

What about Thrive DFT?

Although the Thrive active ingredients are all safe and above-board, there was one other issue I was interested in exploring. The Thrive DFT (which stands for derma fusion technology) is a foam adhesive that is worn directly on the skin and functions in conjunction with the other two Thrive Experience products. According to the Thrive website, the DFT “Infuses the derma (skin) with Le-Vel’s unique, premium grade THRIVE Lifestyle formula… [resulting] in a delivery rate benefiting the individual over an extended period of time.”

That’s all well and good. As I said, the DFT ingredients looked safe. What I was concerned about was where the DFT touched the skin. Was it safe? Were there any DFT-specific Thrive side effects to be worried about from contact with the adhesive?

Once again, my concerns proved unfounded. I read that users who are allergic to white willow bark (a DFT ingredient) are recommended not to use DFT – I’m not allergic, so no problems there. Also users with sensitive skin might experience some localized irritation after wearing the DFT on a single area for a long time, the directions explicitly state that it should be replaced every 24 hours and never used on the same patch of skin on consecutive days. Once again, those who follow the instructions should be OK.

Final Thoughts

Contrary to what I had expected to find, the Le-Vel Thrive Experience is — as far as I can tell — completely safe when used as directed. That said, it is always advisable that those who are considering making a change to their dietary lifestyle first consult with their healthcare provider to ensure that there aren’t any special circumstances they may need to consider. But barring any allergies, sensitivities, or issues stemming from product misuse, my verdict is that there aren’t any noteworthy Thrive side effects that could pose a threat to your health or comfort.

A health and wellness product that helps without hurting? Huh. I guess some nutritional supplements really do know how to “do no harm.”