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The official Meizitang Botanical website claims that the weight loss supplement can help users to lose 10lbs or more per week. Unfortunately this claim is not backed by any evidence.
Below we have reviewed Meizitang Botanical against our review criteria to help consumers make an informed decision.
Meizitang Botanical is a supplement that is said to have significant effects on weight loss. Claims on the official website indicate that the product aims to target fat binding, metabolism boosting, and appetite suppression. There are also claims that it can remove toxins from the body.
Claimed Weight Loss Benefits
Meizitang Botanical supposedly blocks the absorption of fat during digestion. Parts of the website also claim that it works to suppress the appetite and boost the metabolism.
It is claimed on the official website that Meizitang Botanical “restrains the activity of lipase in stomach and intestinal canal to enable the fat in the taken food not to be absorbed by the body”. It is also claimed to increase the body’s metabolism. There is little to no evidence that this is how the diet pill actually works. Many of the listed ingredients work as strong laxatives, as described in more detail below.
The poor website – and the fact that there are various websites claiming to be the official website of the brand behind Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills – makes it very difficult to understand what exactly is in the pills, what the precise fat-burning ingredients are, and how they are thought to work. It is difficult to get hold of a credible list of ingredients, due to the fact that these varying “official” websites offer different lists with different ingredients, making it hard to work out which is actually correct and accurate. Some ingredients that do seem to be mentioned on multiple occasions across the different websites, however, include: Xian Xian cao (Siegesbeckia plant), Job’s tears, Artemesia dracunculus, Psyllium husk, bamboo shoot, and lotus leaf.
Xian Xian Cao comes from the Siegesbeckia Plant, and is often used in Chinese medicine to help relieve insomnia, irritability, liver, headache, and dizziness. There is very little evidence to suggest that this ingredient has anything to do with aiding weight loss, and so it is unclear as to why this ingredient has been added to the supplement.
Job’s Tears is also contained in the product; this is a type of grass which has been said to help with weight loss, lowering cholesterol, arthritis, and warts, although once again there is very little evidence apparent online to reinforce these claims with scientific proof.
Artemisia Dracunculua is also known as tarragon or dragon’s wort, and is another ingredient of Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills – it is a perennial herb, which is said to help calm the nerves and deal with insomnia. Again, this reflects beneficial properties, but it is irrelevant to assisting with weight loss. Tarragon has however been said to act as a mild laxative. With laxative properties, this ingredient may be claimed to help to speed up digestion and allow excess calories and fat to be passed naturally, though little evidence is available to support this theory.
Psyllium husk is obtained from a plant that is native to Asia. The seeds of this plant are often used for their natural laxative properties, and can often be spotted amongst the ingredient list of many ‘cleansing’ supplements. There are some warnings against this product, however, in that it is often advised by medics not to take Psyllium husk in the long term, and that it should only ever be taken by consumers suffering from constipation. This is because the long term effects of the ingredient have not yet been studied, and consequently it is better to be cautious.
There is very little information surrounding how this ingredient can assist with weight loss, except the fact that it is naturally very low in calories.
The final ingredient is Lotus Leaf, which is often said to help due to its diuretic properties. Although this does mean that much of the water one consumes is quickly expelled from the body, the consumer should be aware that if they lose weight after taking the product, it is likely to only be water weight as opposed to fat loss.
The official website lists two different sets of ingredients. This makes it very difficult to see what ingredients are the key ingredients, especially as quantities are not listed. One section of the website lists the gel capsules ingredients as “extracts from ZiSu 25%, extracts from oriental water plantain 13%, extracts from cassia seed 10%, extracts from Fu Ling 17% and Medical Amylum 35%”, whilst another section suggests that the ingredients of the product include “nice slimming grass, jobstears, tarragon, psyllium shell, hoof bamboo shoot, lotus and etc.”.
Cassia seed is one listed ingredient that may be actually relevant to weight loss. Cassia seeds may act as a laxative, which can supposedly contribute to weight loss, although any weight loss will not be healthy or sustainable.
This ingredient, whilst sounding like a specialist ingredient, is actually just starch, most likely used to bulk up the tablet.
ZiSu is a Chinese herb used in traditional medicine to reduce bloating, but otherwise has no association with weight loss at all.
Fu Ling is an herbal remedy used in Chinese traditional medicine, derived from a Chinese wild mushroom; it is believed to be a diuretic, but also supposedly stimulates the metabolism. There is a lack of clinical research information available on this ingredient.
As discussed later in this article, quantities of Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that has been banned in the UK and EU since 2010, have supposedly been found in the pill in the past, which could make it an effective but dangerous method of weight loss.
When you are considering trying a new diet pill it is important that you find as much information and evidence to support the diet pill claims. One of the most important sources of evidence is clinical studies, however, many diet pills have not been tested and most rely on studies done on the individual ingredients.
There is almost no research to suggest that Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills function as a weight-loss supplement, and the official website does not produce any evidence or clinical trials to back up its claims.
It is possible, however, to look to clinical studies of the ingredients which make up the product, in order to examine how they might affect the function of Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills as a weight-loss supplement.
Xian Xian Cao (or the Siegesbeckia Plant) and bamboo shoot are found within this supplement, but there is no evidence to suggest that they have a role in assisting weight loss. The same must be said for Job’s tears and Artemisia dranculua, which again present no clinical evidence for their supposed properties in aiding weight loss.
In some research carried out by the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Psyllium is discussed as a fibre used primarily as a gentle bulk-forming laxative in products. They state how the soluble fibre found in psyllium husks can help to lower cholesterol, as well as helping to relieve both constipation and diarrhoea, often being used to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
When Psyllium Husk comes into contact with water, it swells and forms a gelatine like mass that helps to transport waste through the intestinal tract. It does this by stimulating the intestines to contract, consequently helping to speed the passage of stool through the digestive tract. The substance can also help with high cholesterol, as its soluble fibres can lower total, as well as LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Clinical reports suggest that it helps to make the consumer feel fuller for longer and reduce hunger cravings, due to the swelling effect it has once combined with water.
A study titled ‘Antiobesity and hypolipidemic effects of lotus leaf hot water extract with taurine supplementation in rats fed a high fat diet’ was carried out by scientists in Korea. The results of this clinical study showed that the body weight gain and relative weights of epididymal and retroperitoneal adipose (fat) tissues were significantly lower in rats that had been fed a diet containing lotus leaf. They also showed lower concentrations of total cholesterol, triglyceride and low density lipoprotein cholesterol in serum. Consequently, lotus leaf has antiobesity and hypolipidemic effects in high fat diet-induced obese rats than those rats that were not on a diet containing lotus leaf. Even with these positive results, this study was carried out on rats, so until we have tests done on humans we cannot be certain that the results will be the same.
The official website states that using Meizitang Botanical has no adverse side effects, but quickly counteracts this statement by adding that “Side effects may include nausea and dizziness.”
Many people have reported experiencing constant thirst, headaches and dizziness, which may be a sign of dehydration. This is a result of the laxative effect of some of the ingredients. Cassia seeds can cause diarrhoea, gas, nausea, drowsiness, muscle spasms and even anxiety, depending upon the individual user and the amounts consumed. Other independent reviews have mentioned users having heart palpitations, which is a serious symptom, and can indicate that the diet pill is putting a lot of stress upon the body’s functions. Increases in blood pressure and pulse rate are also possible.
The number of restrictions that the website lists also raises alarm bells. The fact that this diet pill is not suitable for morbidly obese people suggests that it can negatively affect health. Alcohol should not be combined with the use of the diet pill, and the user should not be combining the use of Meizitang Botanical with any other medication. The full and extensive list of people who are restricted from using Meizitang Botanical is available on the What is Meizitang page.
Numerous comments on web-forums state that this diet pill is banned in Australia, and if found by customs it will be destroyed. The FDA has in the past found Sibutramine, a chemical appetite suppressant, in Meizitang Botanical. Whether this is still the case is unknown, but this shows that the diet pill is unregulated, with a misleading website. This may be dangerous because sibutramine is known to increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some people and could be a potentially life-threatening risk to those who have a history of cardiovascular problems.
There are also some associated fears about pregnant women taking Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills, and it is advised that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you shouldn’t take this product. It is also not recommended for heart patients, diabetic patients or those taking other medication.
Apparently, each packet of Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills contains thirty tablets, which is enough to last for a month. Therefore, it can be assumed that you should be taking one pill per day. The website states in its safety section that one capsule a day should be taken before or after breakfast, and not to take any more capsules than this.
The consumer is also told not to take the product if they are taking any medication (prescription or over-the-counter), to drink more water and eat more fruit if thirsty (as not enough water in the body reduces the body’s glucose levels, leading to weakness and dizziness). They are also told not to skip meals (especially breakfast or lunch), and it is important while taking the product to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, including pure water and natural juice intake. Users are told not to consume alcohol whilst taking the capsules and to consult their doctor if they have any questions before purchasing the product.
The manufacturers of Meizitang Botanical also list the types of people that their product is not suitable for, these include:
- Sufferers of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure or cerebrovascular disease
- People with psychosis or addicts (drugs, medicine or alcohol)
- People with hyperthyroidism, insufficiency of liver or kidney
- Sufferers of prostatic hyperplasia or glaucoma
- Pregnant or breast feeding women
- People under the age of 18 or above 60
- Cannot be taken with other drugs
Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to discover the company behind Meizitang Botanical Slimming Pills. This is due to the lack of contact details on their website, or any information about the company. The company’s motives or ethos cannot be found. Due to this, we cannot guarantee that this diet pill or the company are reliable. Problems may be encountered if a customer has a problem or wishes to return a product. Lots of important information regarding the product and the company is missing from the official website. The website appears to be dedicated to just one product.
The product considered in this review originates from http://www.meizitang.com and http://www.meizitang.co.uk/, and is sold under the full product name of ‘Meizitang Botanical Slimming Nature Soft Gel’. The website warns that there are many websites offering a product that is identically named but a fake imitation. As the website offers a wholesale option, it may be possible to buy in some shops and pharmacies. The website ships to several countries, and offers currency conversion into Australian Dollars, US Dollars, Euros and British pounds.
At the time of writing, it is not possible to see the price of the product on the official website or to add it to the cart in order to check out. The product is not available from any other reliable retailers.
Money-back-guarantee: There is mention of a money-back guarantee for one used bottle if it is returned within 15 days of shipment, but the shipping fees are non-refundable and the user will be charged a 15% re-stocking fee.
One-off payment: It is unclear as there is no way of adding the product to the ‘cart’ in order to check out.
Manufacturing Standard: This information is not provided.
Accompanying Diet Plan: No diet plan or advice is offered.
Ingredients and quantities disclosed: It is unclear precisely what ingredients are in the product and no quantities are disclosed.
Company contact details readily available: No, only an online form for customers to fill in.
Meizitang Botanical does not meet our ‘Approved’ criteria as there is no information regarding ingredient quantities or manufacturing standard. There is also no diet plan and the company contact details are not disclosed.
Meizitang Botanical is a product that is claimed to tackle several areas of weight loss. The official website states that it can make people lose more than 10lbs a day. Unfortunately these claims are completely unfounded and the majority of ingredients mentioned have no association with weight loss. The product contains many diuretic and laxative ingredients and so is likely to cause adverse side effects. A lot of information is also lacking from the official website, including the exact ingredient list, ingredient quantities, manufacturing information, and contact details for the company.Google+
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