Dr. Junger’s Clean Program Supplement Alternatives (and a Review!)

by Drivler

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If you’re looking for a healthy natural cleanse / detoxification program, it’s tough to beat the Clean Program by Dr. Alejandro Junger. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Do cleanses really work?” It’s true that there are a TON of fad detoxes out there, many with high profile celebrity endorsements, some of them limit you to things like water and lemon. But the Clean Program is different:

  • No dieting — eat as much as you want!
  • Eat real, yummy food, not just juice or raw nuts
  • Scientific: this was the big selling point for me. Reading Dr. Junger’s book Clean, it becomes clear that his cleanse is rooted not in “ancient traditions” or empirical evidence, but rather in a deep understanding of the complicated internal ecosystem of our gastrointestinal system.

Unfortunately, the Clean Program also has some disadvantages, the main one being the price. If you purchase the cleanse through Dr. Junger’s website, you’ll pay $425 for a 1-person supply of the necessary shakes, powders, and pills.

The Clean Program’s Dirty Secret

Clean Detoxification Program ReviewAlthough the book provides many excellent natural whole food alternatives for the Clean Program shakes, you’re kind of left on your own to figure out the supplements, and Dr. Junger provides surprisingly few recommendations as to brands or availability, instead referring you only to the program website. When you visit the website, you find out why: they sell their own versions of all the recommended supplements, at enormously inflated prices!

I like to think that Dr. Junger wrote Clean with the best of intentions, but one day some enterprising intern at his publisher decided: “hey, we could make a TON more money if, instead of recommending natural whole food alternatives people could get themselves, we instead sold our own processed and packaged versions of everything!” And so a book that’s all about eliminating processed food and chemicals from your life became a vehicle to sell, well, processed food and chemicals.

But if, like me, you believe in the science behind the Clean detoxification program, it’s hard to resist the convenience of getting all of the necessary nutrients in one convenient package. Reconstructing the Clean Program supplements from whole foods would take a TON of research, shopping time, and money. It’s easy to see why many people choose to shell out the $425 bucks.

And that’s where Clean’s dirty secret comes in: they don’t manufacture their own supplements. The entire Clean Program package is manufactured by a company called Metagenics, then relabeled and resold (at much higher prices) by Clean. Metagenics products are not easy to find, but I’ve taken the time to track down the Metagenics name for every Clean Program product. I’ve also linked to the store where you can purchase it for the lowest price (which in nearly every case was Amazon, or an Amazon seller).

Cheaper Alternatives to the Clean Program Supplements

Clean Name Metagenics Name
Nourish$65 UltraInflamX Plus 360~ $58
Move$38

MetaFiber$23

EncourageOnly as part of $425 Cleanse Package Ultra Flora Ib$35
Clear 2$34 (63 count) CandiBactin-BR$24 (90 count)

Clear 1$40

Proboulardi$31

Balance$60 (63 count)

Insinase$50 (90 count)
Ease$20 (63 count) Metazyme

$16.25 (90 count)

ReliefOnly available as part of $425 Cleanse Package AdvaClear$24.50

TOTAL: $425
(Cleanse Package)

TOTAL: $262
(And a lot more flexibility in deciding which parts of the package you’d like to use.)

 

Now, a few disclaimers: as with any diet, you should consult with a physician before trying Clean or the Metagenics clean alternatives. Some of these supplements look pretty hefty to me, so you’ll want to make sure they’re right for your body. I determined these alternatives to be identical to the clean program based upon observation of the ingredients only; I have no special insider knowledge from the Clean people, so caveat emptor, you will want to do your own research. You can check the ingredients and other information for the Metagenics producs on their website, and compare to the ingredients lists on the Clean website. One thing that I did notice is that the quantities and serving sizes are often different. Usually the Metagenics version provides greater quantity for less money: Eg, Clean’s Clear 1 provides 21 capsules for $40. On Amazon, the equivalent Metagenics Proboulardi costs $31 for 30 capsules. The only exception I noticed was MetaFiber, where the Clean version (Move) provides about a 50% larger size.

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Missy January 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you for your insight!!! I only wish to point out the benefit of the “Clean” detox is that it is gluten free and safe for sufferers of Celiac Disease like myself. I researched all of the Metagenics products that are identical to the Clean line, but they do not gaurantee Gluten free. I wished to save money by using your ingenius suggestion, but I don’t want to risk the Gluten. It very well would be acceptable for those without Gluten issues!!! ;-D

Drivler January 25, 2012 at 1:14 am

Hi Missy, definitely I understand not wanting to take the risk. FYI, Metagenics Insinase, Candibactin-BR, and Ultra Flora IB are all labeled gluten free. Metafiber and AdvaClear are labeled “formulated to exclude gluten”.

There are no differences in the ingredients between Metagenics products and Clean Program products. Eg:

Metagenics Metafiber Ingredients: Rice bran, beet fiber, oat fiber, apple fiber, cellulose, olive oil, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (antioxidant)

Clean Move Ingredients: Rice bran, beet fiber, oat fiber, apple fiber, cellulose, olive oil, and d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (antioxidant).

Someone on Celiac.com had the same question as you and this is what Metagenics responded:
“Metagenics products are produce in a triple GMP (Good Manufacturing
Practices) facility that follows strict allergen separation guidelines.
While the FDA mandates manufacturers lists allergen statements on
product labels, there is no concern with respect to cross contamination
in our facility as those allergens that you listed are produced on
different machinery in separate parts of our manufacturing facility.”

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/64522-are-my-supplements-safe/

Hope that helps!

Skye March 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, you’re a wizard! I looked at all of the ingredients in the Clean products and knew that I could get similar combinations cheaper somehow. Thanks for making the Metagenics connection. I did notice the Clean Greens product has the exact same ingredients list as Healthforce Superfoods Vitamineral Green with added probiotics. The probiotics list in Clean Greens is impressive and I have not been able to duplicate that any where else. Do you know of any probiotic product that includes all of those? Thanks!

Snowflake March 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Thank you SO much for posting this!

mousee May 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

thank you SOmuch for going to all this trouble to help others. I have been looking at the clean site and don’t see any instructions for eating for shakes for supplement amounts and timing

Margaret Anderson June 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Thank you for doing such a thorough alternative list for the rest of us. I noticed that most of the prices have gone up in the past month. All the alternatives now come to about $364.57.

David B. June 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Thanks for compiling.

As Margaret Anderson notes the price is significantly higher for the alternative supplements in the last few months (per Amazon and other sites).

One correction is the price for Advaclear (aka Releif) which requires 63 total capsules (1 for each meal times 21 days = 63) and the quantities are either 42 (circa 26 USD) or 126 (circa 61 to 74 USD).

Please make sure to purchase the 126 count of Advaclear.

Thanks again – great info!

Alexis August 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for the alternatives, but correct me if I’m wrong, with the CLEAN program you actually get 2 Nourish/protein powder so that would actually add an additional $58 to the $262 plus shipping which is free with CLEAN and it’s 2 day shipping where as Amazon regular shipping (to keep at a minimum cost) is 3-5 days…. But you are still saving about $100 with yours. Not sure what I will do, considering to go rogue :)

Drivler November 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

Amazon has UltraInflamx Plus 360 marked down to $48/ container currently, so getting all of the supplements costs about $300 — still saving $125 over the official Clean Program Cleanse, and in some cases getting larger quantities!

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