Consumers Angry: Shipped and Charged for Prostate Formula Automatically

Surprise Charges on your statement after your Free Bottle of Super Beta or Prosvent.

Everyday angry consumers call Best Prostate by mistake. The Super Beta Prostate and Prosvent “free trial offer” is a nightmare for most consumers.  The calls we receive are to cancel auto-shipping and billing of their credit card or debit card.  The bad news for consumers: wrong company wrong phone number. The good news for consumers, Best Prostate does not store customer credit cards nor do we bill and ship to customers without their consent.

There is a reason some companies have numerous complaints lodged and filed against them at www.BBB.org. To assist you we have published the phone numbers of Super Beta Prostate (NAC Marketing Company, LLC  dba New Vitality) and Prosvent (Prosvent LLC) at www.bestprostatereview.com.  Unfortunately the telephone numbers of these companies seem to keep changing we will do our best to keep them up to date.

Many times, consumers are left to further search for the phone number to stop auto-billing and shipping. We now receive ten to fifteen calls per day by mistake from Super Beta Prostate and Prosvent customers.  If you are looking to contact Super Beta Prostate we suggest that you search for New Vitality, the maker of Super Beta Prostate.  The same is true for Prosvent. This company does go by the name Prosvent. The other option is to visit www.bestprostatereview.com.

At Best Prostate we have found that consumers would rather place orders and receive a quantity discount after they know the product works.  We truly recommend that if you are trying Best Prostate for the first time – order one bottle.  The shipping for one bottle is $3.40 to any destination in the United States.  If you have questions about Best Prostate call 888-768-3836.  Best Prostate offers a traditional money back guarantee.  If you are unhappy with other products try Best Prostate.

You should be careful when ordering from prostate sites that rank and claim that one product is ranked number one. These sites are commercial websites and they contain FTC disclosures statements that they accept compensation for sales of the products they review and recommend.  There are no new prostate supplements that contain a newly discovered miracle ingredient.  If there is a new ingredient it would not be well studied in numerous multi-center placebo controlled clinical trails.  Something you want to have when you swallow a pill.

Consumer Safety and Supplement Access and the Best Prostate Formula

Do supplements work? Does it really do what it says? I heard it on TV. If you have ever searched for a supplement on the internet then it is likely you have been exposed to some form of false advertising. One area that is truly bad is prostate supplements or prostate formulas. Beware sights that offer comparison reviews and then selectively claim that this product is # 1. Almost all of these sites receive compensation from the makers of the products recommended. The staff and/or website owners have no credentials or qualifications to review or perform any form of quantitative analysis. If you like the freedom to purchase supplements, without a prescription, then it’s time to step up and actually help the organizations in this article to do a better job at protecting all consumers from false advertising, false treatment claims, and misleading representations and information. If we fail then legislators will have no choice but to restrict everyone’s access to all supplements as a group.

This article applies to all supplements that consumers’ freely access in the market place. This article is brought to you by IMS Supplements, Inc. the manufacturer of the Best Prostate ® Formula. Due to this, prostate supplements will be used in our examples. For anyone who has ever purchased a prostate supplement from an advertisement or has performed a search on the internet it is most likely you were exposed to misinformation.
Every day people all across the North American continent are exposed to celebrities claiming this or that supplement will change your life. We witness actors in lab coats whom appear to be doctors. We are enticed to call now and as a result promised a free bottle of this miracle prostate product. Often the free product promised is not free because consumers are signed up to be automatically billed and shipped product. In order to do this, businesses store the consumer’s credit card information. Before you buy any supplement over the internet or on the television it is best to check if other consumers have complained about the product or the company. Most of us are familiar with the non-profit organization the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It is important to look at the number of complaints that have been filed against a specific business. Often businesses can have an “A” rating yet have hundreds of consumer complaints. An extremely popular website ComplaintsBoard.com allows users to search on a product name and users can read the complaints that have been filed.

In the background there are multiple organizations that do their best to protect consumers. One of these organizations is the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and another is the National Advertising Division® (NAD®) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Recently the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, the Council for Responsible Nutrition was notably active in the activities of a famous celebrity television physician and the United States Congress. Another organization, National Advertising Division® or NAD® reviews national advertising for truthfulness and accuracy. Their policies are established by the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC). This organization reviews national advertising on broadcast or cable television, in radio, magazines and newspapers, on the Internet (websites) or commercial on-line services, or advertising provided direct to the home or office. This organization focuses on product performance claims, superiority claims against competitive products and all kinds of scientific and technical claims. In March of 2009, the manufacturer of the product Best Prostate was contacted to participate in a voluntary review of its website www.bestprostate.com . Every sentence on the website was examined for product claims, superiority claims, scientific claims and or technical claims. This review process was a 6 to 9 month process. We are thankful to have participated in this process and feel that all manufacturers’ product websites should go through this process in the interest of consumer safety and truth in advertising. If this was the case then consumer freedom to access dietary supplements would not be in jeopardy.

The National Products Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is also actively involved in consumer safety and truth in advertising. The organization also promotes research and education related to natural products. In 2013, this organization reviewed 275 advertising cases, mailed 150 warning letters, and referred 40 cases to the FTC and the FDA.

In severe cases supplement manufacturers make actual treatment claims for a disease state. This is illegal. When the claim can actually cause harm the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will actually send a warning letter or enforcement action to the manufacturer. These are readily available to consumers by doing a simple search on the internet. If you are ingesting or swallowing a tablet, capsule, or any fluid, it is important to know who you are buying from, and if they have a history of, or have received enforcement actions from the FDA. There are two very easy ways to check this. The first way is to do a search and enter “product name” and then “FDA” on the same line. Then perform the search. You can also substitute the “product name” and use the “Company Name” and then “FDA” and perform the search. If the search shows an entry from “www.fda.gov” then you really have to consider the integrity and honesty of the manufacturer. When it comes to consumer safety manufacturers have a responsibility to be straightforward and honest.

In 2008 it was estimated that approximately 30 percent of men in North America diagnosed with a prostate disease used some complementary or alternative therapy primarily herbal agents, vitamins, supplements, and/or dietary intervention. It is now six years later and that number has increased significantly. This is partially due to the FDA warning issued in 2011 which found that in two large clinical trials with (5-alpha reductase inhibitors) prescription prostate medications that actually showed an increased incidence of high-grade prostate cancer. In addition every night our televisions tell us of yet another prescription medication with a dangerous side effect and that if you or a loved one experienced this or died you need to please contact the law firm. Who wouldn’t be a bit distrustful? Then the next commercial promotes the next latest and greatest prescription medication only to have a laundry list of side effects that is quickly read to us and then we are encouraged to ask our physician to prescribe it. It is no wonder why more and more consumers are embracing complementary or alternative therapies.
North American urologists and physicians in general have been slower than their European colleagues to use or even understand these complementary or alternative therapies. In Italy, 50% of the medications used by physicians for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are (plant-based) phyto therapies. While in Germany and other European countries, phyto therapies are first-line treatment for mild-to-moderate enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia/lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS).1

Despite the positive benefits of using the phytosterols (ex. Beta-sitosterol ) and/or other complementary or alternative therapies, the use of some nutraceuticals in prostate disease have had less desirable consequences, showing lack of efficacy, adulteration, and/or severe side effects or drug interactions. The AUA (American Urological Association) has encouraged studies of the supplements being used by consumers. Despite this some physicians simply dismiss complementary and alternative therapies. In addition studies of phytosterols, with respect to an enlarged prostate, have been published in the same medical journals as their prescription counterparts. Examples: Lancet, British Journal of Urology, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This can be confirmed by visiting NIH.GOV and simply entering the “ingredient” (beta-sitosterol) followed by “problem or disease state” (example: BPH). Respectfully with prescription medications the FDA requires adequate safety data for marketing, yet the number of estimated deaths for all adverse drug reactions and medication errors make these the 5th leading cause of death here in the United States. 2

Although many in the medical community here in North America level charges against complementary and alternative therapies and allege that they are unsafe. Statistics actually support that traditional prescription medications are guilty of being unsafe despite the submission of safety data to the FDA. With respect to prostate problems urologists do not necessarily treat BPH or prostatitis pharmaceutically based only on objective parameters. In fact, it is acknowledged that typically they treat these conditions by observation. For physicians to truly understand the benefits derived from nutraceuticals or alternative therapies in terms of enlarged prostate symptom improvements (or other medical condition) they must be aware and familiar with the published literature.

As we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of Congress passing the DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. With this, Congress definitively stated that dietary supplements are a category of food, and not subject to FDA pre-approval thereby allowing your freedom to access complementary and alternative therapies. What is important is that consumers not assume that all supplement manufacturers practice truth in advertising. It is important to verify and look at the product’s reputation and the manufacturer’s reputation through the use of objective sources. Always consult and inform your health care provider when you initiate any complementary or alternative therapy. The information contained this article is designed to provide accurate information in regard to the subject matter presented. It is provided with the understanding that IMS Supplements, Inc. is not engaged in rendering medical advice. If expert assistance is required, the services of a competent medical professional should be sought. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed or mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author wishes to acknowledge the following resources used in writing this article.

1 Dreikorn K. Complementary and alternative medicine in urology. BJU Int. 2005;96:1177–1184.

2 CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System 2007, authors. Deaths, percent of total deaths, and death rates for the 15 leading causes of death: United States and each state, 1999–2003. [Accessed January 25, 2007].

Nickel JC, Shoskes D, Roehrborn CG, Moyad M. Nutraceuticals in Prostate Disease: The Urologist’s Role. Rev Urol. 2008;10(3):192–206.

This article was adapted from an original article published at ezine articles by the author.

Prosvent – how does it stack up to Best Prostate?

We have received a few phone calls regarding Prosvent vs. Best Prostate.

1 soft gel capsule of Prosvent contains 363 mg of a proprietary blend of Saw Palmetto (fruit) Extract, Pumpkin (seed) Oil, Stinging Nettle (Root) Extract, Pygeum Africanum, Lycopene. In addition you will get 100 IU of Vitamin D, 100IU of Vitamin E (as-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), 5 mg Zinc (as Zinc Sulfate), and 75 mcg of Selenium (as Selenomethione).
These are the other ingredients in each capsule: Soybean Oil, Lecithin, Beeswax (yellow), Silica.

Prosvent states that you take 2 soft gel capsules per day. Each bottle of Prosvent contains 60 soft gel capsules.

Obviously this product must contain some Beta-sitosterol from the Saw Palmetto fruit extract, Pumpkin (seed) Oil and the Stinging Nettle (Root) Extract. How much is the question? There is no actual way to discern the quantity of actual Beta-sitosterol in Prosvent, which is the ingredient that has been well studied and published in double-blind placebo controlled clinical studies.

The manufacturer of Prosvent makes the claim that you can try Prosvent risk free for 30 days. You call them and provide a credit card number. If you do not cancel by calling them within the 30 day period your credit card will be charged $79.90 for the 2 bottles of Prosvent that you received. This is in addition to the $9.95 that your credit card was charged the day you called to receive your “risk free” trial of Prosvent. In addition, if you have not called within the initial 30 day period to cancel you will be placed on an auto ship program to receive 2 bottles of Prosvent every 60 days and your credit card will be automatically billed $89.85 every 60 days unless you cancel. If you call Prosvent at 800-778-4584 and do not place an order at the time you call them they will call you back and offer to give you a 25% discount for placing an order over the phone. All orders placed by phone or Internet are subject to the auto ship and automatic billing program.

For those of you who have not tried Best Prostate we do NOT subject our customers to either auto shipping product or recurring charges to your credit card. To try Best Prostate the cost for one bottle is $24.95 plus actual shipping costs with no additional handling charges. If you decide that Best Prostate does not work for you simply return it and we refund the $24.95. We do not refund the postage fees. What we do offer our customers is quantity pricing. This means that you can purchase 6 bottles of Best Prostate for $89.70 plus actual shipping costs. This breaks down to a cost of $14.95 for each 30-day supply of Best Prostate.

Best Prostate provides the 310 mg of actual Beta-sitosterol per serving for the best price.
You simply do not pay for all those unknowns or extras prevalent in other prostate formulas.

If you do not mind not knowing the amount of Beta-sitosterol you are purchasing or if price is no object then call Prosvent at 800-778-4584. If you want to try Best Prostate visit http://www.bestprostate.com/ or call 888-768-3836.

Beta-Prostall or Pros-TEROL

We have received numerous requests for information regarding the above product as compared to Best Prostate. First Beta-Prostall was re-named Pros-TEROL. The serving size of this product is 3 caplets. Best Prostate is 2 capsules. 1 caplet of Pros-TEROL contains 200 mg of Beta-sitosterol. 1 capsule of Best Prostate contains 310 mg of Beta-sitosterol. Pros-TEROL contains 16 additional vitamins that have not shown statistical significant benefit in multiple clinical studies that establish a benefit with respect to the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. This product appears to be more of a multi-vitamin so if you are one of 53 million Americans who take a multi-vitamin it would be wise to make sure that you are not ingesting supra physiologic levels that may or may not lead to other undesirable situations. Cost of Pros-TEROL is $29.99 each when you order 6 bottles – there phone number is 800-462-9654. Cost of Best Prostate is $14.95 each when you order 6 bottles. Best Prostate can be reached at 888-768-3836 or www.bestprostate.com.

Unfortunately the manufacturer does not publish a Supplements Facts table online. Here is a listing of the ingredients:

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Zinc (Zinc Arginate), Copper (Cupric Oxide), Beta-Sitosterol (Campesterol, Stignmasterol, Brassicasterol), Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Glutamic Acid Hydrochloride, Soy Isoflavones, Quercetin, Lycopene, Pumpkin Seed Extract, Stinging Nettle Root Extract 10:1, Ginger Root Extract 4:1, Licorice Root Extract 4:1, Black Pepper Extract

UltraProstatePlus- Compare Prostate Formulas

RE: UlraProstatePlus – James Adison “How I Naturally Cured My Prostate Disease”

James – 1 tablet of UltraProstate has 157mg of Beta-sitosterol – 1 vegetable capsule of Best Prostate contains 310 mg of Beta-sitosterol. All these extra ingredients in UltraProstate have not shown published benefit in the literature to improve prostate function. Honestly 4 pills of UltraProstatePlus compared to 2 or 3 capsules of Best Prostate is simply not even comparable.

UltraProstatePlus wants to charge $59.oo a month and make you sign up for a recurrent billing account. Best Prostate does not offer recurrent billing nor do they store your credit information which creates both safety and customer satisfaction. A month’s supply of Best Prostate can be purchased for as low as $14.95 plus shipping. The company does not charge handling.

It amazes me that companies say “try our product for free” which means we take your credit card information and set up an account with recurrent billing (month to month) and autoshipments. One trip to the Better Business Bureau and you can find countless complaints against businesses that partake in this business practice of autoship and autobilling.

You can order one bottle of Best Prostate for $24.95 plus shipping $4.95 (priority mail anywhere in the continental US). If the product does not work for you simply call them and return the used open bottle and any additional open bottles and you will be issued a refund for $24.95. Use all sixty pills – honestly – the policy of Best Prostate is that “no man will continue to take something if it does not provide a benefit” I originally tried to post to the blog of James Addison however it appears the blog does not encourage a post from objective third parties.

According to purchase records at Best Prostate – they do not have a record of you ever purchasing Best Prostate. Please tell us how you made up your comparison?

No red face here – we encourage any comparative questions regarding prostate formulas.

Provelex Plus

This product suggests that you take 3 tablets 2 times daily. The Supplement Facts can be reviewed by clicking on the image at the right. Being a tablet this product has the following other ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, silica and film coat ingredients (hypromellose, hydroxypropyl cellulose and polyethylene glycol). Unlike Best Prostate which has none of these un-necessary ingredients due to the use of an all vegetable capsule. 6 tablets of Provelex Plus provides 500 mg of beta-sitosterol, while 2 capsules of Best Prostate provides 620 mg of beta-sitosterol.