UltraClear is a flavored powder made by Metagenics and marketed as a detoxification supplement to people who have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It provides a number of essential nutrients, but Metagenics' claims that the nutrients in UltraClear help improve these conditions have caused the company to be placed under the scrutiny of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as recently as 2013.
UltraClear comes in four main powder formulas that you mix with liquid and drink. The original UltraClear formula is made from rice protein, olive oil, rice syrup solids, medium-chain triglycerides, and vitamins and minerals. The Plus version adds green tea extract, which is sometimes used to increase energy, and the Plus pH version, which is meant to make urine less acidic, adds these ingredients as well as sesame seed oil. These three formulas are marketed to people with chronic fatigue, while UltraClear RENEW is marketed to those with fibromyalgia. The RENEW version adds pomegranate extract, green tea extract, hops powder, prune skin extract and watercress extract to the original formula.
Taking UltraClear will help you meet your vitamin and mineral needs, but you can get a similar amount of micronutrients without the extra calories if you take a multivitamin. Each two-scoop serving of UltraClear provides 170 calories, 4 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates and 15 grams of protein. It contains 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin A, with 80 percent in the form of beta carotene, and more than 100 percent of the DV for vitamins B-6, C and E. It also provides significant amounts of most other essential vitamins and minerals.
Health Claims and FDA Warnings
Metagenics claims that UltraClear will help improve energy levels and detoxify the liver. Originally, the company said its UltraClear supplements were medical foods, but in 2013 the FDA told the company to stop making these claims, saying UltraClear products didn't qualify as medical foods because there aren't any special nutrient requirements for the conditions the supplements were meant to help. This made the UltraClear products unapproved new drugs, and some websites selling UltraClear still list unapproved claims.
Don't take UltraClear without first discussing it with your doctor to make sure it is safe. Taking this product along with any other vitamin or mineral supplement may increase your risk for toxicity symptoms due to the high amounts of certain nutrients found in UltraClear. This is especially true for the fat-soluble vitamins A and E and the minerals, but some of the other vitamins in these supplements, including vitamin B-6, can also be toxic in large amounts.