Formula 1 is an immunity-boosting, detox prompting, digestion supporting supplement produced by Microbe Formulas.
The formula is one of the most popular supplements produced by the brand alongside the Microbe Formula Protocol Detox plan.
These capsule supplements are specifically formulated with herbal ingredients and botanical extracts that push toxins from the body and help to reduce parasites found specifically in the gut.
Produced by a brand founded and ran by two doctors, the customer trust in this brand is huge, and the supplement is incredibly popular, especially in the US, where the product is made.
I took a look at some recommended probiotics for men last year, therefore, I’m incredibly curious and keen to take a closer look at the formula and the brand to see if it really is as good as everyone makes it out to be!
If you’re thinking of purchasing Formula 1 or you’re also interested in taking a closer look at this supplement, check out my full Microbe Formulas Formula 1 review below.
Formula 1 First Impressions
Taking a look at the Microbe Formulas website, it’s clear that the brand is founded and ran by doctors – everything looks very clinical and scientific.
I really like the informative blog and the “micromentaries” on the ‘Stories’ page documenting people’s progress on the Mircohe Formulas Protocol plan.
Looking at the Formula 1 product, again, the branding is very clinical and it definitely stands out against the more lifestyle-esque supplement brands out there.
There’s a wide range of informative content on the product page, and it’s good to see the pictures of the ingredients label on the photos (you’d be surprised at how many companies don’t do this!).
Overall, I’m neither blown away nor wary of the product or the brand, so I’m definitely intrigued to take a closer look and see what the product really is like.
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Background on Microbe Formulas
Microbe Formulas was founded in 2017 by Dr. Todd Watts and Dr. Jay Davidson.
Both individuals have experienced their own struggles with health – Dr. Watts suffered from Lyme Disease and Babesia, as well as chronic fatigue and parasites, and Dr. Davidson saw his wife dealing with Hashimoto’s disease and various other health issues.
Therefore, the pair came together to create supplements that push toxins and parasites from the body, and support overall health.
Formula 1 is amongst the brand’s best-sellers, alongside Mimosa Pudica Seed and Intestinal Mover.
Formula 1 Benefits
Microbe Formulas claims that the Formula 1 capsules will help to boost immunity and support the digestive system.
A large proportion of the ingredients within the formula are also specifically used to push toxins from the body and eliminate bad bacteria existing in the digestive system.
Microbe Formulas links specific ingredients with health benefits and provides a great amount of content about each ingredient, which is super informative for customers and wonderful to see!
For example, “Triphala is classified as a tridoshic rasayana in Ayurvedic medicine as it promotes longevity and rejuvenation in patients of all constitutions and ages”.
Formula 1 Ingredients
Formula 1 contains only 7 ingredients, excluding the vegetable capsule that the formula is packaged into.
Unfortunately, these ingredients all exist within a proprietary blend, which makes working out the efficacy of the supplement pretty much impossible to do.
Nonetheless, I’ll be taking a closer look at the efficacy of Formula 1 later in this review.
First, let’s take a look at the formula’s ingredient label.
- Proprietary Blend (1030mg)- Vidanga, Neem, Triphala, Holarrhena, Amla, Clove, Extracts of Fulvic Acid.
- Other Ingredients – HPMC (vegetable capsule).
Here is the supplement facts label:
How does Formula 1 Taste?
Formula 1 is a capsule supplement, therefore there’s no taste associated with this supplement.
Microbe Formulas suggest that those that are pregnant and breastfeeding, or those wanting to give the supplements to a young child should consult a doctor before consumption.
I would suggest not giving a formula that contains such potent ingredients to small children, and I’d also suggest that anyone on medication or with a medical condition should also consult a doctor before consuming this supplement.
Does Formula 1 Work?
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, it’s impossible to know the amounts of each ingredient within the formula because the brand has decided to put all of the ingredients in a proprietary blend.
This makes it pretty much impossible to work out the efficacy of the formula, and of course, it doesn’t let the consumer know how much of each specific ingredient they’re actually consuming.
However, most of the time we can take a look at the recommended amounts of each ingredient and compare this to the amount of the proprietary blend.
With this formula, it’s a little more difficult because all of the ingredients apart from one don’t actually have a standard recommended dose.
Nonetheless, let’s take a look at the one ingredient that does have a recommended dose!
Nonetheless, we can take a look at the standard recommended doses of some of the ingredients and compare it to the proprietary blend amount to see if the blends will even possibly contain sufficiently dosed ingredients.
The recommended dose of Triphala sits around 500mg – 1000mg. However, it’s safe and effective to consume up to 5g of Triphala.
Since the Formula 1 ingredient label isn’t fully disclosed, it’s impossible to know if there’s a minimum of 500mg of Triphala in the formula, but it’s unlikely considering there are six other ingredients within the proprietary blend that amounts to 1030mg.
Overall, it’s completely unknown if the formula has sufficiently dosed ingredients due to the fact that all of the ingredients exist in a proprietary blend.
This is a real shame and reduces the level of trust that the consumer has in the brand.
Formula 1 Reviews
Formula 1 is available on Amazon, and therefore we can take a look on there to see a selection of unbiased customer reviews. The formula scores 4.2 stars out of 5 stars, with 62 customer ratings.
So, let’s take a look at a selection of these reviews.
Arrived so quickly and is working well for balancing the gut from giardia. 5-star reviewer
Formula 1 has very good ingredients. It’s just so darn expensive, compared to a bottle of plain organic neem. which I found works just as well. 3-star reviewer
The description and label say there are three herbs in this formula. The bottle I received shows 6 herbs/ingredients – Vidanga, Neem, Triphala, Clove, Holarrhena, and Extracts of Fulvic Acid. I don’t do well with Fulvic Acid and never would have bought this if the description were accurate. Luckily, they are allowing me to return it for a full refund and without having to pay for return shipping, so that is good. I am bummed though because I was looking forward to something that didn’t have a bunch of other ingredients diluting the three ingredients you actually need to kill the parasites. So it is disappointing they changed the formula when it sounds like it worked with the original formula. 1-star reviewer
Money-Back Guarantee / Returns Policy
Microbe Formulas offers a 60-day risk-free guarantee.
Looking more closely at the brand’s return policy, this means that if you send back any unopened product within 60 days you will receive a full refund.
If you have opened and used the product, the brand states that you will receive store credit.
However, the amount of store credit has not been confirmed.
Where to buy Formula 1?
Is It Worth The Price?
Formula 1 is sold in tubs that contain 60 capsules, which with a serving size of 2 capsules means one tub contains 30 servings of the formula.
The brand offers either a one-off purchase or a subscription option when purchasing the formula, with the subscription option providing 10% savings.
One tub of Formula 1 on a one-time purchase costs $45.95, meaning the cost per serving works out at $1.53.
One tub of Formula on a subscription option costs $41.36, meaning the cost per serving works out at $1.38.
I’m unsure if the formula really is worth the price that it’s sold at considering the fact that the formula doesn’t have a fully disclosed ingredients label and may not contain sufficiently dosed ingredients.
My Final Verdict
I completely understand why this supplement, and in fact, all of the supplements that the Microbe Formulas brand produces are so popular.
Clearly, people trust a brand founded and run by two well-known doctors, and the brand itself does seem to be informative and trustworthy.
However, saying that, I personally would not purchase this supplement. I have two main concerns about Formula 1.
The first concern is that it’s a capsule supplement and capsule supplements rarely contain sufficiently dosed ingredients or make an impact the way that a powdered formula would, and the second concern is that the ingredients in this formula all exist within a small proprietary blend (not helping with the first concern!).
Overall, I think that you’re better off looking elsewhere, perhaps focusing on superfood formulas or at least powdered gut-supporting and immune-boosting formulas, especially for the price of this supplement!