Getting old is the pits.
Wrinkles, joint pain, apathy, saggy boobs, a failing sense of direction.
And there’s really no getting around it.
…Or is there?
When a company comes out and says they’ve found “a scientific breakthrough to anti-aging,” well, we can’t help but hear them out. Because what if?
What if they caught lightening in a bottle, so to speak, and somehow stumbled upon the perfect formula to stop aging?
(Fountain of youth jokes never get old.
See what I did there? 😉
Alright, so I’m just gonna burst the bubble right here and now.
There is no such thing as a fountain of youth, anti-aging product that truly works to stop the process of growing old.
But you knew that.
While some creams, lotions, pills and serums may help to tighten the skin, reduce the wrinkles, and even alleviate pain, you will never stop aging.
BUT… can we slow down the aging process?
Recently I came across an ad on Yahoo for a product called Membrane Integrity Factor.
They offer up some pretty crazy claims, like this one…
“Aging used to be thought of as an inevitable process.
Now doctors and scientists alike think of aging as something that can be slowed down and sometimes reversed."
Hmmm. Seems a little fishy.
So I had to dig in to Membrane Integrity Factor to learn what it’s all about.
Could it really have properties that slow and reverse aging?
If not, is it at least good for us in some way?
In this review I answer all of your burning questions about this supposed scientific breakthrough product.
What is Membrane Integrity Factor?
Well… it’s a pill.
And it has two main ingredients: 2AEP and HGHR.
We’ll cover these in the next section, but right now I want to briefly discuss the so-called brains behind the product, and what Membrane Integrity Factor claims it will do for you.
So it (allegedly) all started with a German doctor named Hans Alfred Nieper.
Who is Dr. Nieper?
The fine folks at Membrane Integrity Factor have a WHOLE page dedicated to the now-deceased doctor.
So you would think that this Dr. Nieper was the guy who created the product…
Or at least a leading scientist behind the formula…
Or is somehow — in some way — affiliated with Membrane Integrity Factor.
The makers of the product picked some random doctor from Germany (who died last century) to be their front-man and the product’s inventor.
They literally wrote on the box: “Formulated by Hans A. Nieper, MD.
You can’t do that.
But jokes on them because I’m gonna systematically dismantle their every bogus claim so we can get to the truth of the matter.
Here are some of the claims that the makers of the product essentially shovel at the reader.
According to the website, “Membrane Integrity Factor® delivers essential nutrients to our outer cell walls using a patented ‘Mineral Carrier’ to seal and protect them (Which Prevents Aging)."
So what is this magic ingredient that prevents aging? And how exactly does it work?
Let’s have a look at the ingredients.
What are the ingredients?
To understand the Membrane Integrity Factor, we have to first get acquainted with Calcium 2-aminoethylphosphate (2-AEP), and to a lesser extent, HGHR.
2-AEP – This “vital component in the structure of cell membranes… has been shown to help maintain cell membrane integrity and improve cellular functions." (Source)
2-AEP was actually discovered by Erwin Chargaff in the early 1940’s, and it was later patented by Hans Alfred Nieper and Franz Kohler.
It’s essentially a mineral transporter, which functions like so…
“[2-AEP] goes into the outer layer of the outer cell membrane where it releases its associated mineral and is itself metabolized with the structure of the cell membrane.
The effect here is an increase of the electrical condenser function of cell membranes to resist toxins and viruses which may otherwise enter the cell and cause cellular degeneration." (Source)
And according to Nutrition Review, 2-AEP has been shown to support everything from multiple sclerosis to diabetes, to asthma and immune disorders. (Source)
The makers of Membrane Integrity Factor don’t disclose how much of the ingredient is contained in the pills.
On to our next ingredient… HGHR.
The Human Growth Hormone Receptor, or HGH, is what regulates things like muscle and bone growth, metabolism, and possibly heart function (Source).
Unfortunately, this critical hormone naturally declines as we get older.
According to WebMD, some use HGH much like anabolic steroids — “in an attempt to build muscle and improve athletic performance.
Yet HGH’s effect on athletic performance is unknown." (Source)
Dang right it’s unknown.
In fact, Harvard did a study on the efficacy of HGH for building muscle composition and athletic performance, and they claim it isn’t shown to have any effect whatsoever (Source).
So if it can’t really help people in the here and now, how can it slow the effects of aging and make you live longer into the future?
Who are we to believe?
Membrane Integrity Factor, or WebMD and Harvard?
How I know it’s Bogus
Anytime a company boldly claims that they’ve discovered the fountain of youth, you just have to be skeptical.
As for Membrane Integrity Factor, there is no research to back up their promises.
While the ingredients 2-AEP and HGH might help to protect you from toxins and rejuvenate your cells, there is no way they can slow the effects of aging, let alone reverse the effects altogether.
And it’s sad, because there are countless shady companies like this one just taking people’s hard-earned money left and right.
But a little up-front research goes a long way.
WebMD came out with a brilliant article on how to spot anti-aging scams.
The article details the 15 warning signs to look out for.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that Membrane Integrity Factor checks off just about every box, including…
#3 – Usage of phrases such as “scientific breakthrough,” “exclusive product,” “secret ingredient,” or “active remedy."
#6 – Attempts to convey credibility, such as wearing white lab coats and stethoscopes, posing with microscopes, claiming to be a medical doctor or referring to “academies” and “institutes."
#7 – Not mentioning potential side effects and making claims that sound too good to be true.
#8 – Using simplistic rationales; anti-aging quacks claim that that the answer is as simple as manipulating a single hormone.
#12 – Telling misleading interpretations of studies or outright lies about effectiveness.
And the list goes on.
Look, you just can’t turn back the biological clock.
There is no such thing.
The product gets a pretty decent 3.9 stars on Amazon.com.
However, things aren’t always as they seem.
I ran the Amazon listing through my fake-review-spotter tool and found that “Unnatural reviews are possible."
And with only 6 reviews total, I don’t believe they can be trusted.
Especially this one…
That just screams F.A.K.E.
But I did come across this next review that could be real.
He (or she) goes into detail about his sister using the product (which is weird), but then talks about his own experience using it.
He noticed an increase in energy while taking it… but doesn’t mention if he got any younger. 😉
The reason it might be a real review is because he complains about the price and how it took 6+ months to start kicking in.
Finally, the product’s website has a full page of testimonials, but they are all 100% glowing, of course.
Membrane Integrity Factor FAQ’s
Who makes it?
That’s a great question.
On the website’s ‘Contact’ page, they list a physical address in Oxnard, CA. But unfortunately, the “makers” of the product would rather remain anonymous.
Hmmm, wonder why.
But after a little investigative work, I was able to find the company behind the product.
Deep in their FAQ page, they say that customers can expect to see a charge from “Healthy Techniques” on their credit card statement.
So I looked ’em up.
Nothing really to report here.
Just a low-budget website with a few products ranging from fat burners, to male sex enhancers, and even some gut health pills.
How do I use it?
They don’t say how to take the pills.
I imagine you take one pill in the morning with a meal. But I could be wrong.
I’m sure the instructions are on the label.
Are there any side effects?
There’s really no telling.
The company isn’t completely transparent about how much of which ingredients the pills contain.
But I do know that HGH is known to cause some side effects.
According to one study, “HGH recipients experienced a high rate of side effects, including fluid retention, joint pain, breast enlargement, and carpal tunnel syndrome." (Source)
Is it safe to take?
Again, the company doesn’t share the full ingredient profile.
This means we don’t know exactly what’s in the stuff.
Although it’s probably perfectly safe to take, I can’t say for certain one way or the other.
And that’s just the thing with these types of “scientific breakthrough” offers. They purposefully hide the ingredients. Why?
Because if people like me knew exactly what was in them, we could go point-by-point on just how ineffective the product is.
There’s a simple lesson to be learned… if they don’t list ingredients, you don’t buy.
Is it really anti-aging?
No, despite the claims that Membrane Integrity Factor can “slow the aging process,” and sometimes “reverse it”… that’s just not reality.
The formula doesn’t contain anything that can achieve this.
Best-case-scenario from taking these so-called “anti-aging” pills is that your energy improves and maybe you begin to feel younger.
But don’t count on it.
Is it a scam?
Yes, I believe it is a scam.
Remember that WebMD article about how to spot an anti-aging scam?
Well, Membrane Integrity Factor didn’t exactly pass the test.
In fact, they failed miserably.
Sure they might look legit from the outside looking in.
I won’t lie, their sales page/website is pretty damn impressive.
But the claims just don’t hold water.
If you have to resort to lying to your potential customers to make a sale, your offer is “a dishonest scheme”… the very definition of a scam.
Where to buy it?
At this point, you probably don’t want to purchase these “anti-aging” pills.
And who could blame you?!
However, if you insist, you can buy Membrane Integrity Factor straight from the company’s website.
You can also get the product on Amazon.com, and other online retailers.
How much is it?
A one-month supply costs $52.49 straight from the manufacturer.If you buy on Amazon, you’re looking at about $70. That’s not cheap.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes… you can “buy with confidence,” as the company offers a 60-day 100% money-back guarantee.
But notice how they change their tune here.
They market the product as an anti-aging pill, and explicitly claim that their product can essentially turn back the clock.But the guarantee says nothing about this — because they cannot guarantee it!
We’ve seen that Membrane Integrity Factor claims that it can slow the aging process and even reverse it, and help you to think more clearly.
But looking at the ingredients, we’ve highlighted all the ways that this cannot possibly be true.
The company lies in their marketing, saying that Dr. Nieper is the inventor of this anti-aging pill, and they’re far from transparent about their formula.
The price is pretty outrageous for what you get, the user reviews may or may not be authentic, and there is the possibility that the pill isn’t safe to take.
All in all, Membrane Integrity Factor is a text-book scam, so I cannot recommend the product.
It’s just another product that promises the world, but delivers very little.
You’re much better off trying a so-called anti-aging product that under-promises and over-delivers.
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