ProbioSlim is a weight loss pill featuring probiotic bacteria with green tea meant to help you lose weight and improve digestion, and without side effects. They also claim that the probiotics added restore the body’s pH; this is meant to potentially clear up skin.
The way this brand is meant to reduce weight is by providing green tea which is intended to get rid of fat easier. Also, the added caffeine is used to provide energy and reduced appetite. The company mentions a reduced-calorie diet is advised with ProbioSlim. So what can this brand really do? Is it effective for weight loss and for proper digestion? This full review has all the information you need to know.
The company fails to list the ingredients in a convenient location on their official website; you have to be in the stage of purchasing to see the supplement label. Each pill has a proprietary blend called the LS3664 Whole Health Superblend, totaling 544 mg of the following:
|LactoSpore Bacillus Coagulans||Super EGCG Green Tea Leaf Extract(50% EGCG)||Green Tea Leaf Extract(50% caffeine)||Kiwi Extract|
|Fig Extract||Papaya Extract|
Some ingredients to examine further:
LactoSpore: Patented bacteria made by the Sabinsa Corporation. It’s used to treat abdominal pain and IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. There’s doubt this probiotic strain has any effect, according to Web MD it’s also known as bacillus coagulans:
“has not been studied in people”
“no reliable research done”
“not enough information (if it’s) sic safe to use”
So it’s not known if this strain is effective for any of the claimed benefits. Web MD also mentions that although this ingredient is all natural, this does not mean it’s safe.
The makers of LactoSpore also mention to get 100-200 million of the bacteria 3 times a day. The owners of ProbioSlim fail to list the total amount added, and their serving times are different at only twice a day.
EGCG: Extract taken from green tea which the company claims leads to fat loss. According to Examine.com, this effect is only possible through the added caffeine found in green tea, which only works for short periods and in people who don’t take caffeine often. EGCG has not been proven to be useful for weight loss on its own.
Caffeine: A stimulant that’s extracted from green tea leaf. Caffeine may be potentially dangerous, especially since the manufactures fail to list the total amount provided. When taking caffeine for weight loss, it’s suggested to only use it for short periods. Once the body builds a tolerance to caffeine it’s known to limit the overall positive effects.
Kiwi, Papaya, and Fig extract: All know as prebiotics due to either their fiber source or natural enzymes. The company does not list the nutritional fiber provided, so it’s unknown if there’s any effect from these additives. There’s also no specific mention as to what these ingredients offer individually.
Also added in unknown quantities are these 2 ingredients:
Chlorophyll: Plant based pigment that gives plants a green color. According to Web MD:
“there’s not enough information (to know) sic if it might work”
It’s often touted as a superfood which has many health benefits, though no studies have been conducted to know for a fact whether or not it’s useful.
Titanium Dioxide: Often used as a food coloring. This ingredient has been described as being:
“possible carcinogen to humans”
This is according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Web MD also mentions that some may experience a severe allergic reaction. This can lead to symptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling, and dizziness. It’s recommended to seek medical attention if any of these symptoms occur.
There are not enough studies done on the main ingredients. Their proprietary blend fails to provide any nutritional value, and it relies heavily on ingredients you can get elsewhere for a less expensive price.
There’s also ingredients such as Chlorophyll and EGCG, which have not been tested enough to show whether or not they can produce safe and reliable effects.
Each $69.99 bottle has 60 capsules, and it’s recommended to get 2 pills a day. Therefore the daily price translates to:
$69.99/30= $2.33 for a full serving a day.
Several customers on multiple websites such as Amazon.com, Consumer Reports.com, the Better Business Bureau, and more have complained about the company automatically billing each month.
There’s also concern over the lack of clinical studies. The probiotic strain has not been independently tested to show if it’s either safe or effective. As far as fat burning, many customers have complained they failed to see any change even with diet and exercise.
Due to the unknown amounts of caffeine, potentially harmful additives, and the lack of proven benefits, ProbioSlim fails to prove it’s useful.
The company mentions that the added EGCG in the green tea is useful for fat oxidation and increased thermogenesis.
Another easy way to get the same intended effects of this brand is by simply drinking green tea. Not only is this cheaper, but at least you’ll know exactly how much caffeine is added.
The FDA has given out multiple warning letters against companies who claim EGCG is effective for weight loss. The European Food Safety Authority which is Europe’s version of the FDA also mentioned that green tea is:
“not sufficiently characterized in relation to the claimed effects”
These effects included thermogenesis and oxidized fat.
No positive human effects have been listed as possible according to US and European studies.
Another benefit intended to occur is through the addition of caffeine. According to the official website, this ingredient can suppress appetite and increase energy. These effects are possible depending on the amount of caffeine added.
Nowhere dos the company list the amounts of caffeine included. Mayo Clinic mentions:
“heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects”
They also add that the following people shouldn’t use it. Excluded are those that are:
“highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications.”
The possible side effects can include nausea, headaches, rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, anxiety, and insomnia. It’s important to determine the amount of caffeine added since it’s the only potentially useful fat burner added. Still, in unknown quantities it may produce heavy side effects. Also, caffeine is only effective for short periods; the human body quickly adapts and makes it less useful.
It’s recommended to take this brand for:
“at least three months to experience the full benefits.”
This isn’t a helpful amount of time, considering the company only offers a confusing 18 day free trial, which must be called off by customers. In this short time span it’s unknown if this brand will actually produce effects.
To people who still use it for the recommended time, they won’t be allowed a return on money if they fail to see results. Also, the money back guarantee is only for unopened bottles. So in any case, you’re forced to spend at least $69.99 for a potentially useless product.
The company is named ProbioSlim, LLC, not many details are provided by the company themselves. They can be reached below:
Phone Number: (877) 869-3308
Address: 24 School Ste 401
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
The company has totaled 61 different complaints against them on the Better Business Bureau website. Here are some common complaints:
Customers did review the product itself on websites such as Amazon.com where there are 312 negative reviews:
“Did not lose one pound”
“saw no positive effects”
“Took it for a month and no results”
“I did not notice a change in my digestive system”
Several people complained about being included in an auto-ship program. There’s also the majority opinion that his brand has no effects at all. There were mixed reports about digestion, with some adding it may be due to a placebo effect.
Overall, the major complaint was that they took the brand and even included diet and exercise; they still failed to see any benefit.
Many issues sprang up with ProbioSlim:
Many customers have complained about the company’s policies and some add that the company automatically charges people each month. The company also includes ingredients in unknown amounts, which is important to know if you’re trying to stay within a safe and healthy range. Without knowing the full amount of caffeine, it’s unknown what kind of an effect ProbioSlim might have.
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