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Medix Select was founded by holistic physician David Brownstein and cardiologist Chauncey Crandall. Their line of nutritional supplements, manufactured in cGMP certified labs, target issues ranging from restless sleep to low male sexual function. They also have a supplement targeted for optimal thyroid functionality called Actalin. Actalin is relatively popular – almost entirely due to the amount of advertisements Medix Select has put out on the internet. It seems that whenever you search for something that contains the word thyroid in it, a link for Actalin pops up nearby. I’ve seen estimates that state Medix Select spends at least $10K every month on advertisements alone. Let’s see if Medix Select spent as much on research and development for their supplement Actalin, as they did on advertisements for this thyroid supplement.
WHAT IS Actalin?
Actalin is a all-natural, dietary supplement created by David Brownstein, a holistic physician, designed to support healthy thyroid functionality. It includes 17 ingredients within each capsule, which we will talk about more later, and there are 60 capsules in each bottle. It is recommended that you take two capsules a day – preferably with meals. Actalin costs $39.95 for one bottle without shipping and handling. Shipping and handling is an additional $6.95. There is a discount for bulk purchases – buying Actalin for three months at once will cost about $30.00 each, or $90.00 total. With or without the bulk discount, Actalin is the most expensive thyroid supplement we have viewed thus far by a significant margin.
Actalin EFFECTS AND BENEFITS
As seen in the supplement facts image to the left (or above if you are on mobile), Actalin is a very comprehensive thyroid supplement with a lot of vital vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. If you follow my other articles, you know that Iodine is the most important of these ingredients for an under active thyroid so it is great that this thyroid supplement includes it in in their supplement. I am also reassured in the effectiveness of Actalin since it includes selenium and l-tyrosine, two other minerals and amino acids I would consider to be essential to a thyroid supplement.
However, there are also some ingredients in Actalin that I wonder whether they really help the thyroid. For instance, I was not able to find any studies or scientific evidence that methylsulfonylmethane, commonly referred to as MSM, has any real benefit for the thyroid. The same thing can be said for Riboflavin and Niacin as well, which although can help a bit for short term energy, seems to do little for the thyroid in the long run.
It leaves me to wonder whether Medix Select, the company behind Actalin, decided to include the ingredients in this supplement with the thyroid in mind or whether they included a lot of filler ingredients to make Actalin look more comprehensive. Actalin looks more like a multivitamin at this point then a thyroid support supplement, or complex. There is certainly good minerals, vitamins, and amino acids within each capsule as we discussed earlier, but it is possible that these ingredients get overshadowed by the less essential, yet filler ones. I would have liked to see that Actalin included the essentials and then more. It seems that they decided to make another approach, though, and I am not really sure that it payed off. In the next section, we will determine the effectiveness of this thyroid supplement.
However, before we dive into that, I want to mention that Actalin also contains Adrenal Glandular Bovine Powder. What this means is that each Actalin has a bit of crushed adrenal glands from cows within each capsule. The idea behind this is the capsules would thus contain some T3 and T4 hormones as well. However, most thyroid experts and physicians would consider this dangerous as the unregulated nature of dietary supplements leads to unknown amounts of each hormone in each capsule. It is possible that one capsule could contain a ton of hormones, and yet the next would contain almost nothing. The different amounts of hormones in each capsule has the potential to really mess up your thyroid. You can read more about why taking dietary supplements that include raw glands is a risky and dangerous idea here.
- Contains Iodine
- Contains Helpful Amino Acids and Vitamins
- Contains Adrenal Extract
- May be ineffective
- Shaky refund policy
- “Trial” Offer
Actalin REVIEW AND EXPERIENCES
With a supplement this expensive and comprehensive, one would think that Actalin would be able to solve every and all issues with your thyroid, but this does not seem to be the case. Perhaps this is a result of trying to fit too much into a single capsule or maybe it is that each ingredient is extracted from low quality sources. Whatever the reason is, Actalin is not very effective, especially when compared to many of the best thyroid supplements we have reviewed. Actalin covers all of its bases, but seems to have spread itself far too thin to really help those with hypothyroidism or an under active thyroid.
Ordering Actalin from Medix Select’s website presents another problem – many former customers of Medix Select report that it is fairly difficult to stop their subscriptions. Medix Select offers a “smart ship” program where they give free shipping and a slight discount. They automatically include this subscription service in the low priced trial they offer to new customers. Basically if you pay around $10, you will receive a trial bottle of Actalin in return. However, you will also be automatically signed up for their a subscription service where every 3 months, they automatically charge you and send you 3 bottles of Actalin. Many former customers report difficulty in canceling this service, resulting in unwanted charges to credit cards and unwanted and unused Actalin bottles. Be sure not to get trapped in their automatic service if you chose to order Actalin. It could be a costly mistake.