Skinny Mint is a tea-based detox plan which is available over 14 or 28-days and allegedly helps to boost energy, eradicate toxins and burn fat. However, some of the product’s ingredients have been under scrutiny because of recent reports of side effects.
Below we have reviewed Skinny Mint against our review criteria to help consumers make an informed decision.
Skinny Mint Pros
- The product is easy to consume and can easily replace usual cups of tea or coffee
- The company offers free delivery worldwide
- The product website only gives brief details about the product’s ingredients and do not disclose any information about clinical studies
- Some of the ingredients have potential side effects which could affect customers if not taken according to recommended guidelines
Skinny Mint Review
The Skinny Mint Teatox is a two step process which seems to be specifically aimed at women although the FAQ page does state that men can also use the product. As part of each pack, a customer receives two types of teabags, a ‘Morning Boost’ and an ‘Evening Cleanse’. Both of these products contain different ingredients which have been allegedly optimised to suit the body’s requirements at each time of the day. The Skinny Mint website states that all of the ingredients are 100% natural, although this does not mean that they are without potential side effects.
Claimed weight loss benefits
The Skinny Mint product website clearly outlines the key weight loss and health benefits of the two step Teatox plan. The health plan states that the specifically designed teabags aim to ‘Increase Energy’, ‘Burn Fat… Lose Inches’, ‘Remove Toxins’, ‘Reduce Bloating’ and ‘Boost Metabolism’. If all of the above features are achieved by the Skinny Mint product then it would seem to act as a fairly rounded product which has multiple health benefits for customers. However, extensive research and studies are required to prove the effectiveness of Skinny Mint beyond the statements found on the product website.
How Skinny Mint Works
The Teatox plan is said to be designed to be used morning and night and tailored to help improve general health and claim to aid in weight loss. The morning blend allegedly boosts the body’s energy so it is ready for the day. The majority of ingredients in this tea seem to be primarily chosen for their potential fat burning properties, and some claim to provide satiating effects for customers and antioxidants required by the body. The evening tea blend contains ingredients which claim to aid in digestion and have anti-bloating effects. This is because the evening product claims to soothe the stomach after the daily intake of food, preparing the body for the next day.
‘Morning Boost’ Ingredients
The product website claims that this ingredient is included in ‘Morning Boost’ because it allegedly increases energy, burns fat and boosts immunity. Green tea may speed up metabolism because it contains antioxidant catechins and caffeine which could potentially help burn calories. However, it is important that caffeine based ingredients, such as green tea, are included in the morning tea blend because an excess intake of caffeine can cause restlessness and difficulty in sleeping if taken in the evening.
Yerba Mate supposedly works in a similar way to green coffee because it also contains caffeine which is a strong stimulant which boosts metabolism and energy levels. However, Yerba Mate may have another weight loss benefit which is as an appetite suppressant. Although scientific research doesn’t fully support the satiating effects of Yerba Mate, early clinical studies provide some results which suggest that the ingredient may curb appetite to promote healthy weight loss. More information about scientific research is given in the below ‘Clinical Studies’ section of this review.
Grapefruit contains a plethora of antioxidants which can supposedly help cleanse the body from harmful and unwanted toxins. The Skinny Mint website claims that grapefruit leaves can help in fat reduction as well as general bodily cleansing. Grapefruit is known for having a low glycemic index which may prove to increase the fat burning potential of the body’s metabolism. It is only initial research which suggests these fat burning effects so results are not yet concrete.
Guarana fruit is thought to work well when taken alongside Yerba Mate. Once again, Guarana fruit contains caffeine, just like other ingredients in the morning tea, which acts as a stimulant for the brain, muscles and internal systems. By stimulating metabolism, Guarana Fruit may prove to be an effective weight loss ingredient, particularly when consumed as part of Morning Boost.
‘Evening Cleanse’ Ingredients
The Skinny Mint website claims that ginger root is included in the evening blend because it allegedly prevents bloating and improves digestion. However, the research to support these effects are scarce, although there have been some studies which show that ginger root may help lower cholesterol, although even this is not proven. It is unclear how ginger root works when taken as part of the Skinny Mint Teatox considering that scientific research is extremely limited.
Senna leaves are a very popular inclusion in many weight loss supplements because it is claimed that they have weight loss and anti-bloating effects. However, there is no evidence to support senna as an effective way to reduce body fat. The only way in which senna may produce weight loss results is by irritating the interiors of the stomach and increasing the rate of excretion to reduce water weight rather than fat. The FDA has approved senna leaf as an effective laxative and deemed it safe to use and to purchase.
The Skinny Mint company does not claim that peppermint has any specific weight loss effects upon the body but instead works as a digestive aid to gently cleanse the gastrointestinal system. However, other sources claim that peppermint acts as an effective appetite suppressant which can lead to weight loss.
Similarly to peppermint, the product website does not explicitly state that liquorice root has any effects on weight loss. However, there have been claims which suggest that the ingredient decreases body fat, although this is not proved. Also, it is known that liquorice root is an effective antacid which can optimise healthy pH levels in the stomach, soothing it and improving digestion.
Key Skinny Mint Ingredients
There are eight active ingredients in each of the Skinny Mints tea blends, although not all of these claim to actively improve weight loss and instead focus on maintaining a healthy digestive system and general overall health. Ingredients included in the morning tea blend contain ‘natural brain stimulants’, such as caffeine, to prepare the body for the day, whereas the ingredients in the night blend have the potential to improve digestive issues which occur over night. Skinny Mint claim that their product includes ‘scientifically derived formulations’ which are chosen to maximise weight loss effects, however, the research behind some of the ingredients is not completely supportive.
‘Morning Boost’ Ingredients
Green tea is extracted from the plant Camellia Sinensis, which originated in China but is now grown in multiple Asian countries. Recently, there has been more interest in the plant in the Western world because of claimed effects upon weight loss; this has resulted in an increase in popularity within the diet pill industry. There is some evidence to support green tea as a fat burning aid, but not to a great extent. One benefit of green tea is that has few side effects, most revolving around the effects of the caffeine in the ingredient.
Yerba Mate may act as a stimulant in the morning blend of Skinny Mint as it claims to boost metabolism to promote healthy weight loss. Yerba Mate is a type of tree grown in South America and most commonly in Argentina. The leaves have been used for centuries to make tea, although its weight loss potential has only been discovered relatively recently. The ingredient began to be included in dietary supplements before any weight loss potential was discovered, simply to maintain general health. Yerba Mate contains caffeine, which acts as a stimulant, increasing the rate of metabolism which is thought to effect weight loss.
It is well known that grapefruit is a popular food worldwide, however, its leaves have become increasingly popular in diet pills because of claims that they have the potential to burn fat. In fact, citrus leaves in general are often thought to be beneficial to health, although not all of them are proposed to have the ability to aid in weight loss. It has also been claimed that the fruit itself has a positive effect upon weight loss although clinical studies are extremely limited and do not suggest such effects. Information about grapefruit is very limited although there are some articles which suggest it has some weight loss effects.
Like the majority of the other morning tea ingredients, guarana fruit is a stimulant which increases the metabolic rate. The ingredient contains theobromine and theophylline which act as stimulants with similar effects to those produced by caffeine. Guarana fruit are small beans grown in South America, particularly in the Amazon. The fruit seeds are popular with both weight loss and energy products even though their effectiveness for burning fat has not been fully supported through scientific research. The guarana fruit is also thought to have a satiating effect which could curb appetite and therefore further help with weight loss.
‘Evening Cleanse’ Ingredients
This ingredient is included in Skinny Mint Evening Cleanse to relieve any gastrointestinal issues that may occur overnight so the body is prepared for cleansing the following day. However, it is unclear whether or not ginger root has any effects upon weight loss as it is not stated on the product website and clinical research is minimal at present. Ginger was first grown in China but has since spread to other parts of Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean. It is often exported to Europe and other parts of the world where it is not a native plant and used for many purposes including for cooking and in medicine.
Senna is a plant grown throughout the tropics as it grows best in temperate locations. The ingredient is used, within the medicinal industry, as a laxative and for digestive relief. The active chemicals within Senna leaves which cause these effects are called sennosides, which have been scientifically proven to be an effective laxative. However, the scientific research to support senna as beneficial for weight loss is lacking and Skinny Mint do not claim that the ingredient has the ability to burn fat on the product website.
Peppermint is a popular ingredient to drink as tea, although not always for weight loss purposes. Peppermint is a plant that is native to Europe and the Middle East. It is commonly used as a fragrance, flavouring or for medicinal purposes. Peppermint is thought to be beneficial to the digestive system and able to cleanse the body of unwanted toxins that build up over the course of the day. In 1990, the FDA banned peppermint oil from being sold over the counter for digestive purposes because its effectiveness was not proved scientifically and its side effects were unknown; however, it is possible to purchase peppermint in weight loss supplements.
Liquorice has known laxative effects when taken in large amounts, although it is used in the Skinny Mint evening tea blend because it is an antacid and claims to soothe the stomach and maintain healthy pH levels. Liquorice root grows particularly well in the Middle East, in deep valleys exposed to full sun. The ingredient is a popular inclusion of sweets and other foods, as well as in medicine. It has been suggested that liquorice root may be useful in reducing the amount of fat in the blood.
Skinny Mint claims that all of the ingredients in their tea blends are from natural sources and have been chosen because they have minimal side effects and produce the best possible results. However, claims such as these must be proven by clinical studies to uphold their reputation and to draw customers into purchasing the product. Although all of the ingredients are natural, they do not necessarily come without potential side effects. The below section provides some details into clinical research that has been undertaken to test the individual ingredients of the product for potential side effects and their effectiveness.
The catechins and caffeine in green tea are what allegedly causes an increase in weight loss. Several studies have been undergone and there is one report which draws together the results of all of these studies conclusively. The study length of all trials was either 12 or 13 weeks. The location of studies were split into two groups, those done within Japan, and those outside; this is due to the large number of Japanese studies which could affect the average result. Overall, these studies concluded that green tea does affect weight loss in overweight adults, although the results did not show significant effects.
A recent study from 2014 measured the effects of yerba mate on healthy male and female subjects. The subjects were given either a yerba mate dose or a placebo pill 30 minutes before performing exercise. The results showed that by ingesting Yerba Mate before exercise it does not decrease exercise performance but may increase weight loss potential achieved after physical activity. However, these results are not fully conclusive and the choice of healthy subjects may also affect the potential for weight loss.
Clinical research undertaken to test the results of grapefruit leaves is extremely uncommon; however, there have been studies to test the weight loss ability of the fruit itself, which is thought to have similar effects to the leaves. Although, the following study outlined does not fully support the effects of grapefruit leaves upon weight loss.
A study from 2006 tested the effects of grapefruit upon weight and insulin resistance when ingested. Ninety-one obese patients were given different and intermixing doses of grapefruit capsules, apple juice, placebo capsules and grapefruit juice. After a 12 week period, all of the groups who had taken grapefruit in any form had lost over 1 kg of weight, whereas the placebo group had only lost 0.3 kg on average. Unfortunately this result has not been backed by other studies.
Clinical studies that test the weight loss potential of Guarana fruit alone are very limited. However, one study from 2001 tested the effects of Guarana alongside a supplement called Ma Huang. This study suggests that Guarana is effective for weight loss, even though it is not isolated as a separate ingredient. 67 subjects were split into 2 groups and given either a placebo pill or a Ma Huang/Guarana supplement. The study was recorded over an 8 week period and many aspects, including weight loss, were recorded. The results showed that by ingesting the Ma Huang/Guarana mix, short-term weight loss was possible, however, more long-term results need further investigation in terms of safety and other potential outcomes.
A study from 2013 tested ginger powder, along with another supplement, on a group of 40 Albino Wister rats. 20 of these animals were given a dose of 5% ginger powder and their weight loss was recorded over a relatively short 4-week period. This study concluded that the ginger powder has significant weight loss capabilities when ingested by the wister rats and did not affect any other bodily function such as insulin production. This overall positive result goes some way in suggesting that ginger could have a positive effect on weight loss and maintaining general health.
There are no easily found clinical studies which test the weight loss effects of senna leaves. However, it has been clinically proven that senna leaves act as an effective laxative. Therefore, the following outlined clinical study measures the safety of the ingredient rather than its effectiveness or ability to aid in weight loss. The study tested 30 geriatric long-stay patients, between the ages of 65 and 94, who ingested a bulk laxative containing senna to relieve constipation. None of the patients experienced any additional side effects other than the required digestive relief and the study concluded that senna was safe for use.
A general review of this ingredient was undertaken in 2006 to measure its potential health benefits when consumed as a tea product. It was found that the ingredient has great antiviral capabilities and boosts the immune system. The safety of peppermint was also explored and the results showed that the ingestion of peppermint didn’t cause any adverse effects when used as directed by a medical professional or on product packaging. However, it is thought to have potential minor effects on patients with GI reflux and some other gastrointestinal issues.
Clinical research has suggested that this ingredient works as an effective digestive aid. Many clinical studies, such as the one outlined below, show that the ingredient is successful in what Skinny Mint claim it achieves when ingested as part of their evening cleanse tea.
One study from 2010 tested liquorice for a multitude of effects, including the activation of immune cells which would support claims that liquorice root has the ability to boost the immune system and maintain overall health. The report does not explicitly state how the results were measured and only a brief outline of the results is stated. The results were largely positive and showed that liquorice could have beneficial effect on the immune system, although research is still limited.
Skinny Mint Side Effects
Even though all of the Skinny Mint Teatox ingredients are from natural sources, it is still possible that they may have some adverse side effects which could affect the health of some customers, particularly if they have underlying medical issues or take other medications. The below section outlines a few of the potential side effects which could occur when taking some of the active ingredients of the Skint Mint tea blends. The majority of the ingredients only have minor possible side effects and these occur most often when the product is not taken according to product guidelines.
‘Morning Boost’ Side Effects
One benefit of green tea is that it is not known to have severe side effects, most of which revolve around the effects of the caffeine in the ingredient. Green tea is deemed as safe for consumption by the FDA as long as it is not taken in vast amounts because it contains caffeine which can cause restlessness and insomnia in some consumers, as well as high blood pressure and increased heart rate when taken in high doses.
Yerba Mate is one of the ingredients in Skinny Mint tea which is largely untested and therefore could cause some adverse side effects. There have been some claims that ingesting large amounts of yerba mate may worsen some illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and anxiety disorders. There have also been some suggestions that increased consumption of yerba mate can lead to some cancers, although there is not enough research to support these claims at present.
Many believe that grapefruit is completely safe to eat as part of a balance diet, although there is a report by the NHS which suggests that grapefruit could have potential risks when taken alongside other prescribed medication. Grapefruit produces a chemical which is thought to break down certain medications after they have been ingested. This report is based on a Canadian research study which tested the potential interactions of grapefruit. However, those who consume grapefruit and do not take other medications should not experience any serious side effects.
Guarana is considered as likely safe for consumption by the FDA, although the caffeine which the ingredient contains may cause some adverse side effects even when taken in normal doses, depending on individual tolerance levels. It is thought that large doses of guarana can cause some side effects such as headaches, stomach cramps, and anxiety, although the fruit is considered relatively safe when taken according to guidelines.
‘Evening Cleanse’ Side Effects
Ginger is an ingredient which unusually has very few side effects and only a small amount of these are supported by varying levels of research and studies. It is possible to have allergic reactions to ginger although this is not common.
Senna leaves are an FDA approved non-prescription ingredient and is deemed safe when taken in normal amounts. However, senna may cause some adverse and severe side effects when taken for long periods of time and in high-doses. Skinny Mint does not contain high amounts of senna leaves so serious side effects are likely to be very uncommon. These rare side effects include muscle weakness and some heart issues; this could be due to senna affecting the levels of some chemicals in the blood. However, it is only thought to have such effects when taken for long periods of time and in vast amounts.
The potential side effects of peppermint are deemed to be mild and uncommon, although there have been some claims that large amounts of peppermint ingested by mouth could be toxic and harmful to the body. The side effects which could occur when consuming peppermint are relatively minimal; these include heartburn, nausea and diarrhoea. Although these symptoms are obviously unwanted by customers, they are unlikely to be severe.
Liquorice root is possibly the most debated ingredient in the Skinny Mint Evening Cleanse. There have been claims and media coverage which suggests that the ingredient could have some serious effects on consumers. The NHS state that liquorice could have particularly negative effects on those over 40 when taken in large amounts, although the ingredient should not cause particularly serious symptoms when taken according to product guidelines.
How to Use
The Skinny Mint FAQ website explains to customers exactly how to take the product. One Morning Boost teabag should be taken each morning over the 14 or 28-day course, this can replace the customer’s usual morning cup of tea or coffee. In terms of the Evening Cleanse product, one Evening blend teabag should be drank every other evening after the evening meal. It is not advised that a customer should drink tea or coffee alongside the Skinny Mint Teatox plan because it could result in severe side effects from excess caffeine ingestion which may cause insomnia, restlessness or gastric pains along with many other potential side effects.
Who Makes It?
Skinny Mint is an international company that produces blends of tea which aim to provide customers with a cleansing programme to promote healthy weight loss. One of the company’s two headquarters is located in London, and the other in Singapore; although the products themselves are manufactured outside of the UK. The Skinny Mint company produces two types of tea blend, the Morning Boost and the Evening Cleanse, both can be bought individually or as part of a Teatox plan which lasts either 14 or 28 days. The company offer all customers who are not satisfied with their product a full refund when the item is returned within 60 days.
Where to Buy Skinny Mint
All Skinny Mint products can only be purchased on the company’s online shop. None of the Skinny Mint tea blends are available in high street stores in the UK or from any other online retailer such as Amazon or eBay. This means that the products are only available at one price which is £17.90 for a 14-day starter pack, or £32.90 for the 28-day plan. There are also other buying options if a customer wanted to buy two packs of the 28-day tea or if they wanted to buy the morning and evening products separately.
Does Skinny Mint Meet our Approved Criteria
Money-back-guarantee: There is no mention of a money-back guarantee on the official website.
One-off payment: Yes. Purchase of the supplement consists of a one-off payment.
Manufacturing Standard: We were unable to find details of a manufacturing standard on the product’s official website.
Accompanying Diet Plan: There is no diet plan, but some eating tips and recipe ideas are provided on the official website.
Ingredients and quantities disclosed: Yes, a full ingredients list is available.
Company contact details readily available: An email address and phone number are provided.
Skinny Mint does not meet our ‘Approved’ criteria as there is no money-back-guarantee or diet plan, and some information is lacking from the official website, including manufacturing standards.
Overall, Skinny Mint Tea seems to maintain a high reputation with its customers and positive feedback supports the effectiveness of the product. Although some of the active ingredients may have potential side effects, these are unlikely to be severe in nature for most people. The product may however act as a laxative due to some of its ingredients, but most of the ingredients are understudied and their potential weight loss effects are not backed by conclusive scientific evidence.Google+
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