PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Pros
- Glucomannan is supported in clinical studies
- May lower LDL cholesterol levels
PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Cons
- Recommends a huge dosage
- Many customers report side effects
- Expensive if follow recommended dosage
PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Review
PGX Daily Ultra Facts
- Manufactured by Natural Factors, based in Canada
- Available in 120 or 240 capsule sized bottles
- Glucomannan based product
The main focus of PGX’s advertising seems to be on a “super fibre complex made up of natural, highly viscous polysaccharides.”- but, looking at the ingredients list, this is just Amorphophallus konjac, suspended in liquid inside the tablet. Whilst the form may be slightly different to some alternatives, this is essentially just a glucomannan based product.
The amount of pills that the company recommends consumers take is a small concern for us. Whilst it is a good idea to start by taking a low dose, especially until the body has adapted to the additional fibre intake, we feel that following the directions exactly is not cost effective after the first few weeks of use.
Natural Factors recommends the following doses:
- Week 1: 1–2 softgels 3 times daily
- Week 2: 2–4 softgels 3 times daily
- Week 3 and beyond: 3–6 softgels 3 times daily
- Children: Half the adult dose is recommended for children following the same dosage recommendations as above. See Caution section.
After week three, this would involve taking between 9 and 18 tablets per day, and so a bottle of 120 softgels would only last between 6 and 13 days. As many customers have complained about the size of the softgels, this may be an annoyance for many customers. One customer measured the pills, and found that they were an inch long; this sized pill may be difficult for some people to swallow, but realistically cannot be smaller without including less of the active ingredient.
Many people may turn to PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels as a weight loss aid, but many of the reviews we have found suggest that many other people are using it to solely lower their blood sugar levels. Studies that have focused primarily upon blood sugar levels have still noted that weight loss was a side effect, even though it was not the main objective.
Natural Factors are the manufacturers of PGX daily ultra matrix softgels, and are based primarily in Canada. Their production facilities are located in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. They also have Eastern offices in Mississauga, Ontario and serve customers throughout the USA from their US Sales & Distribution Centre in Everett, Washington. Natural Factors grow many of their own ingredients on their own farms, charmingly dubbed “Factors Farms”. Natural Factors take pride in their research behind each of their products, and this is evident in the research information that they provide on the PGX softgel capsules official product page.
Natural Factors, the manufacturers, claim that the super fibre complex can bind several hundred times its weight in water and stomach fluids. We find this claim to misrepresent the product, especially when considering the sheer number of tablets that need to be taken before each meal. The statistic is also quite a vague number, and so is not likely a very accurate “fact”.
Studies in general agree that glucomannan actually can swell up to 17 times in size, which is a more important measurement of its appetite suppression qualities than the weight of the water it can absorb.
PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Concerns:
- High incidence of side effects reported
- High dosage and huge number of tablets consumed daily
- Some unsupported claims made about product
What Do PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Claim To Do?
PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels contain PGX (PolyGlycopleX), which is a patented super fibre complex made up of natural, highly viscous polysaccharides. When consumed, it expands in the stomach, absorbing water to fill the stomach. Not only does it reduce the appetite, but it also slows digestion down. This has two effects; delaying the time until the consumer is hungry again, and slowing the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestines into the blood stream. This helps to lower blood glucose levels, and also regulates blood sugar levels, helping to prevent sugar spikes and crashes that cause cravings and sudden hunger between meals.
The PGX is suspended in PGX (PolyGlycopleX) is a patented super fibre complex made up of natural, highly viscous polysaccharides. In theory, this helps the PGX to work better, as it is able to disperse around the stomach, and is able to expand fully.
So What Is PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels and What Are The Ingredients?
Each tablet contains 750 mg of the active ingredient, PGX.
- PGX (PolyGlycopleX®) (Amorphophallus konjac, sodium alginate, xanthan gum): The main active ingredient in the patented PGX compound is glucomannan, a fibre found in the plant Amorphophallus konjac. Studies have found that even without changing their diets or exercise patterns, participants lost weight whilst regularly taking glucomannan capsules before meals. Their blood glucose levels and their LDL cholesterol levels also fell.
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6096282 / http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16320857 / http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21743
- Medium chain triglycerides: These are partially man-made fats, which the main active ingredient is suspended in. Other than meaning the active ingredient can distribute around the stomach more evenly than it might in powder form, there is insufficient evidence to draw any connection between medium chain triglycerides and weight loss.
Source: Web MD Resource
So What Does All This Mean?
Studies have shown that glucomannan, the active ingredient in PGX, can play a role in weight loss by reducing the appetite. Some of the studies were inconclusive or suggested there was no connection between the use of glucomannan and weight loss.
The problem with this type of diet pill is that it does not directly cause weight loss; it may make the dieter feel less hungry, leading them to eat less and so to lose weight over time. If a person using glucomannan or other similar fibre-based appetite suppressants does not change their eating habits, they will not lose weight, making it seem like the product is ineffective.
Appetite suppressants like PGX work best in conjunction with a calorie restricted diet plan, making it easier to adapt to the smaller portions of food.
Natural Factors claim that suspending their active ingredient in triglycerides extracted from coconut oil helps the ingredients to spread within the stomach, making the product more effective.
Do PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Have Any Side Effects?
Customers have reported numerous side effects from the use of PGX Daily Softgels. These include gas, stomach pains, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. It may take users a few days to get used to the increased amount of fibre being consumed, which is why Natural Factors recommends the dose is slowly increased over the first few weeks of use. Customers should alter their own dosage according to their own symptoms, and cease taking the product if the symptoms do not decrease.
Because it is a fibre based product, users should always ensure to consume plenty of liquid when taking the tablets. Not drinking enough water will mean the fibre cannot fully expand, and may therefore cause constipation and even intestinal blockages. One customer reported they were sent to hospital with an intestinal blockage following use of PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Any PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Reviews From Customers?
Reviews from customers are numerous but mixed, especially in relation to weight loss. Many users have bought PGX softgels to try to lower their blood sugar levels, with some people apparently being able to stop medicating for diabetes. Obviously, it is our recommendation that if a customer is diabetic, the pills should only be used under the supervision of a doctor, as they may interact with any medications that are also being used.
Some customers report various side effects from use of the pills. One customer had “Bloating, distension and discomfort”, whilst others have reported constipation (despite drinking ‘lots of water’).
Some customers are using these capsules solely with the aim of losing weight. However, a significant number of people seem to be disappointed with the product. Comments include;
Simply put: Big promises little result’ and ‘These pills are huge and uncomfortable to swallow.
On the other hand, there are customers who appear to have huge weight loss successes with the aid of PGX. One customer wrote that;
My problem has always been mad snacking desires. This has evened those desires out and I have been dieting and exercising and have lost 16 pounds in a month.
She then added another update three months later, stating that:
As of today I am over 40 down wearing the same size pants I wore before I had children. Now, I admit I also exercise at least 5 times a week. 20 minutes a day. But, I was doing that before I got PGX daily and trying so hard to diet and failing miserably. I’d lose a pound or two then have a crash and give up and eat junk food and back and forth and back and forth. This stuff has been a miracle for me. Just a touch over 40 pounds gone now and still moving. I LOVE IT!
Some customers also appear to have had problems with damaged goods being delivered. There are numerous people who have opened the bottles to find burst gel capsules, or to find them out of date. One customer wrote;
Some of the pills were clustered together. Others were caked with powder. I didn’t noticed at first, so I took a few and had diarrhoea.
So Do PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels Work?
In terms of lowering blood sugar levels, this product does indeed seem to have a noticeable effect. For this effect to be long term, the product would have to be consumed regularly in the long term, making it an expensive investment over time. Customers considering purchasing PGX for this reason should assess their own diet first, and make any required dietary changes before turning to any medication, even a supplement, to assist them. Diabetics should consult their doctor before using the capsules.
In terms of weight loss, the supplement seems to be a little more hit and miss. Some customers have experienced a huge amount of weight loss from regular use in combination with a diet plan and regular exercise. These people have commented that the reduction in hunger that they have experienced has helped them to stick to their diet plans, reduce snacking, and so successfully restricting their calorific intake. Other customers have found that they need to take an excessive number of tablets each day to notice a significant difference to their appetite, whilst others have lost no weight, despite feeling a slight drop in appetite. Others found that, for them, there was no difference in perception of appetite.
Based upon the mixed reviews of customers, is seems that PGX works well for some customers, but is not a solution for all dieters. Unfortunately, without being able to tell if a product will work for an individual, purchasing PGX is a bit of a risk (especially with no money-back guarantee) that may not lead to any weight loss.
Where Can I Buy PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels?
PGX softgels are available from a number of different retailers, with some health stores selling them. Online, PGX softgels are available from Amazon. Searching for retailers on naturalfactors.com will show a map of Canadian and US retailers, allowing customers to find a local shop that stocks PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels.
The bottles come in two different sizes, 240 softgel capsules or 120 softgel capsules.
Consumer Notice: Be aware that taking the recommended dosages may mean that the bottle may not last one month and you may need to purchase again.
What About A Guarantee
There is no money back guarantee offered.
Overall, the active ingredient used is a promising weight loss aid, with the support of customer reviews and clinical trials to suggest that, in many cases, users will lose some weight. However, PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels may not be the best way of taking glucomannan supplements.
The huge doses that are recommended makes us query the effectiveness of the product, and clearly increases the chances of developing unpleasant side effects, including gas, constipation and stomach pain. Some people have even reported feeling side effects only, and no appetite suppression, which clearly indicates that this product is not for everyone. The large number of capsules to consume (as many as 18 per day) also means that the product is not cost effective in the long term.
Natural Factors does not offer a money back guarantee, but other than that seems to be a reputable company that emphasises researching the ingredients used in their products. Their research focuses primarily upon the lowering of glucose levels in the blood associated with use of the product, and there is no solid evidence that the suspension in coconut oil extract makes the product any more effective for weight loss.
We therefore reject PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels.