The Thrive Patch is a weight loss plaster that you apply to your skin.
It’s sold as part of an eight-week lifestyle program created by the company Le-Vel.
The program claims to aid weight loss, support healthy digestion, promote healthy aging and improve brain and immune function.
It’s sold through the company website and via advocates of the program in a multi-level marketing scheme — meaning that people who use the program sell it to their friends.
This article reviews the Thrive Patch and whether scientific evidence supports its promises.
The Thrive patch is a weight loss aid that you apply to your skin like a plaster.
It’s sold as part of a lifestyle plan which claims to help people “experience and reach peak physical and mental levels” (1).
The plan consists of three steps that people are advised to carry out daily. It costs around $300 for an eight-week supply.
The product line is advertised as containing vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics and amino acids.
These are taken in various forms. Participants take supplement capsules in the morning, a shake at lunch and change their Thrive Patch in the afternoon.
The patch stays on for 24 hours and is said to work by delivering its unique formula directly through your skin.
Summary The Thrive Patch is a weight loss aid that you apply to your skin like a plaster. It’s sold as part of a three-step lifestyle program.
The Thrive Patch contains a number of active ingredients, including:
- ForsLean — the commercial name for the herb Coleus forskohlii
- Green coffee bean extract
- Garcinia cambogia
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
- Cosmoperine — the commercial name for tetrahydropiperine, a compound extracted from black pepper
There are also other patches available — namely the Thrive Ultra Patch and Black Label Patch.
These patches include additional ingredients, such as:
- Satiereal saffron extract
- Green tea extract
- Yerba mate
- Vitamin B12
Customers can choose to upgrade their regular Thrive Patch to either of these options for an extra cost.
Summary The Thrive Patch has six main active ingredients. These include ForsLean, green coffee bean extract, Garcinia cambogia, CoQ10 and cosmoperine.
No studies have assessed the effectiveness of the Thrive Patch for weight loss.
However, three of the ingredients in the Thrive Patch have been studied in this regard.
The effects of the herb Coleus forskohlii on weight has been studied in two small randomized, double-blind, controlled studies — one in men and one in women.
However, the results in the men's study were variable and the effect on body weight insignificant.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
Green coffee beans are unroasted. They’re a source of chlorogenic acid, a carbohydrate blocker that aids weight loss by blocking the absorption of carbs.
One 12-week study found that participants drinking coffee enriched with chlorogenic acid lost an average of 11.9 pounds (5.4 kg), compared to 3.8 pounds (1.7 kg) for the control group that received regular coffee (4).
However, another study on coffee bean extract found that it had no significant effect on weight (5).
Garcinia cambogia is a popular weight loss supplement. It’s said to aid weight loss by increasing fat burning and reducing appetite.
Results of weight loss studies have been mixed, with the positive studies only showing marginal effects (6).
For example, in one 12-week study, participants taking the supplement only lost 1.94 pounds (0.88 kg) more than the control group (7).
Effectiveness of the Patch’s Technology
Overall, research to support that any of the active ingredients in the Thrive Patch are effective for weight loss is currently insufficient.
Additionally, it’s unclear how much of the active ingredients are in the patch and whether they’re present in sufficient amounts to have any effect.
Dermal fusion technology (DFT) — the technology used to deliver the ingredients — has also not been studied, and it’s impossible to know how effective it is at delivering the active ingredients from the patch through your skin.
This means that in addition to a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of the ingredients within the patch, it’s currently unclear whether the patches are even able to increase your blood levels of these active ingredients.
Summary Research to back up claims that the Thrive Patch or its individual ingredients aid weight loss is currently lacking. The technology used to deliver active ingredients through the skin has also not been studied.
In addition to promising weight loss, the Thrive Patch also claims to increase energy levels and improve brain function, appetite management and digestive health.
As with the weight loss claims, the lack of studies examining these supposed benefits means it’s impossible to assess whether they’re true or not.
Some of the ingredients in the Thrive products, including the Thrive Patch, have been linked to some of these effects.
For example, the lifestyle capsules contain caffeine and the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus, which may offer some of these health effects, such as reduced fatigue and improved gut health (8, 9, 10).
The Thrive Patch also contains CoQ10, which has been linked to reduced muscle fatigue and a subsequent improvement in exercise performance (11).
However, it’s unclear how much of these ingredients the Le-Vel products contain and whether they’re available in quantities high enough to have any effect.
Additionally, given the lack of research and vague nature of some of the claims, it’s probably wise to be skeptical towards the effectiveness of the products.
Summary No studies have examined the effects of Thrive products on any of the claims made by the company.
Thrive patches are not recommended for anyone under the age of 18, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women (12).
However, as they haven’t been studied, no side effects have been listed on the Le-Vel website.
That said, anecdotal reports on websites and forums suggest possible side effects, such skin rashes at the site of the patch. Anxiety, nausea, stomach cramps, palpitations and headaches, have also been cited by people taking the products.
These reports are hard to verify but may be attributable to the products taken by consumers using the plan.
Summary The Thrive Patch has no side effects listed on the Le-Vel website, and as it hasn't been studied, no side effects have been recorded by scientists either. Anecdotally, some people report skin rashes, gut issues, palpitations and headaches.
The Thrive Patch is claimed to aid weight loss and improve energy, brain function, appetite management and digestive health.
Though some ingredients may provide such benefits, research is insufficient, and it's unclear whether the patch's dermal fusion technology can deliver these ingredients through your skin.
It’s also worth remembering that while the product has received numerous positive reviews, many people that use it also sell it. This makes differentiating between genuine recommendations and sales pitches very difficult.
It may help some people kickstart their healthy lifestyle — or it may be an expensive gimmick.
Without evidence from independent studies, it’s impossible to tell.
As with most health and lifestyle products promising seemingly unrealistic results, it’s always a good idea to keep a skeptical mindset.