Superfruit Slim is said to target weight loss with ingredients claimed to be taken from ‘superfruits’ such as rapsberry ketones and africa mango. However, the product also contains some stimulants such as caffeine.
Below we have reviewed Superfruit Slim against our review criteria to help consumers make an informed decision.
Superfruit Slim Pros
- 30-day money-back guarantee offered
- Claimed to target three of the five key areas of weight loss
- Caffeine content means it may not be suitable for everybody
- Some ingredients are understudied
Superfruit Slim Review
The product is claimed to be the ultimate mix of the main super fruits which are said to help you to lose weight, including: acai berry, African mango and green tea. These ingredients are all fairly popular to weight loss supplements.
Claimed weight loss benefits
Superfruit slim claims to be a fat binder, an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster.
How Superfruit Slim Works
Use of this diet pill supposedly causes weight loss by boosting the metabolism, suppressing appetite and increasing fat burning in the body. Let us look at each of Superfruit Slim’s ingredients in detail to see how the product supposedly targets these areas of weight loss.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea contains two elements that purportedly contribute to Superfruit Slim’s claimed weight loss elements. Its caffeine content is said to help to boost the metabolism, increasing the amount of calories burnt, resulting in weight loss. The high level of antioxidants in green tea has also been linked with weight loss, by having a potential thermogenic effect on the body. When the temperature of the body is raised, it is said to burn more calories, again contributing to weight loss. To learn more about the benefits of green tea, please read our Green Tea Weight loss article.
Caffeine is amongst the ingredients of Superfruit Slim in its pure form, as well as an element of other ingredients. As mentioned above, caffeine is believed to stimulate the metabolism and cause an energy boost, affecting both the consumer’s physical and mental performance for a short amount of time. To learn more about the benefits of caffeine, read our Caffeine – Weight Loss Benefits and Side Effects article.
African mango is thought to suppress appetite thanks to its high fibre content, by slowing digestion in the stomach. This has been shown in studies (discussed in the ‘clinical studies’ section below) to contribute significantly to weight loss, positively affecting BMI, body fat percentages and the circumference of the waist.
There is much speculation about the health benefits of acai berry and claims about its effect upon weight loss, which may have been exaggerated by some sellers of the ingredient. The high level of antioxidants that acai berry contains may be able to contribute to good general health, and some of the antioxidants may be linked to a thermogenic reaction in the body, similar to the effect of green tea. However, there is no conclusive evidence from clinical trials that acai berries have an impact on weight loss. Even the official website’s phrasing of its description of acai berry suggests some uncertainty about the effectiveness of acai berry- the website claims that it is “said to promote cardiovascular and digestive health, alongside having positive benefits for weight loss and possessing potent antioxidant properties”, but provides no detailed claims as to how acai berry causes weight loss.
The root of Panax ginseng is often used in traditional medicines. The ingredient is primarily believed to be beneficial for athletic performance and stamina. Whilst it is not known for directly targeting any of the five key areas of weight loss, these potential effects on athletic performance could be beneficial for those who are undergoing regular exercise as part of their weight loss regime. Unfortunately conclusive scientific evidence in support of these effects is largely lacking.
The official Superfruit Slim website claims that Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for heart health and indicates that it may work to help boost, or maintain, the metabolism, helping with the conversion of glucose to energy. The ingredient is not a vitamin, but has similar functions. It is present in every cell in the body, where it is can be produced and used to help make energy for vital bodily processes. Coenzyme Q10 is also touted as an antioxidant and so can be said to be beneficial for general health.
Black Pepper Extract
The extract of black pepper is sometimes said to help to increase the process of fat burning. It is believed to achieve this effect due to one particular active chemical in the substance, known as piperine. This chemical is thought to be able to prevent the differentiation of fat cells by altering the expression of certain genes, and so, in theory, help to reduce the build up of fat in the body.
Key Superfruit Slim Ingredients
The four key ingredients are African mango, acai berry, green tea and coenzyme Q10. All of these ingredients have been subject to clinical trials, however studies have yielded mixed results in regards to weight loss. They are also thought to have other health benefits and are often found in supplements for more general health.
African mango is a fruit that grows on the Irvingia gabonensis tree that is found in several regions of Africa. The fruit is commonly eaten by people in the areas that it grows, but it is the extract of the seeds that is typically used as an ingredient in supplements. The ingredient is best known for its supposed beneficial effects on weight loss, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, although there is very little evidence available in support of these claims.
Acai berry is a fruit that has been the subject of a lot of media attention for its purported health benefits. The fruit is said to be high in antioxidants, although strong scientific evidence is not yet available in support of claims that it can help to treat conditions, including obesity. Extract of the berries is used in beauty products as well as health supplements.
Green tea is made from the same plant as black tea – Camellia sinsensis. Unlike in black tea, the leaves used in green tea are not fermented and as such, they are said to contain many more antioxidants and other beneficial substances. Green tea extracthas been used in traditional medicine for many years, with claims that it can help to prevent and treat an array of conditions including headaches, gastro-intestinal problems, and even cancer.
Coenzyme Q10 is often described as being similar to a vitamin; it is used for a number of functions in the body, but is not actually a vitamin. The ingredient is best associated with the treatment of cardiovascular problems in traditional medicine, but it is also claimed to have the potential to treat Parkinson’s, Lyme disease, and diabetes, amongst other conditions. It is believed that the ingredient may help to boost energy levels and so improve athletic performance.
As no clinical studies have been performed on the product as a whole, we must look at some of the clinical trials that have taken place on the individual ingredients in an attempt to determine how effective Superfruit Slim may be. A clinical trial is a controlled method of testing whether a substance is safe and/or effective for a given purpose.
Acai berry as a weight loss ingredient has received a lot of attention in the past few years, especially from the press, as it has been hailed as a super fruit miracle weight loss cure. In truth, there have been very few studies conducted to investigate the weight loss potential of this fruit, and the ones that have researched Acai have been conducted on a small scale, with very few participants. Other clinical studies have studied its impact upon the weight of mice, rather than humans. In general, they have determined that whilst the consumption of Acai berries may be beneficial for health in general, including for blood cholesterol levels, there is not yet significant evidence that Acai berries can have a very significant impact upon weight loss. Its impact on weight loss attempts has not been totally discounted, and so it is likely that more studies will take place in the near future to gauge the qualities of Acai berries more accurately.
This ingredient has been researched to discover its value for the body’s health and functionality, and so there is some evidence that green tea is a contributor towards health in the body. More specifically, green tea has been linked with causing weight loss through several different processes. Some clinical studies have pointed to a link between green tea and appetite suppression, as drinking green tea purportedly releases norepinephrine, a hormone associated with the limitation or prevention of food cravings. The high level of antioxidants present in green tea, especially catechins, has been linked with boosting the metabolism and aiding weight loss.
A meta-analysis was undertaken in 2009 to assess the potential effects of green tea on weight loss. The authors looked at eleven studies that tested the impact of green tea supplementation on weight loss and weight maintenance, all of which were placebo-controlled. They pooled the results of these studies and performed statistical analyses. The results indicated that green tea with caffeine has a slight impact on weight loss and maintenance.
A review paper can also be found on the potential effects of African mango on weight loss. This paper was published in 2013 and, having scoured the literature to date, found only three randomised, controlled trials that could be included in the analysis. It was noted that all of these studies found that African mango may reduce body weight and waist circumference, but that all of them had flaws in their methodology reports. It was concluded that the substance can’t be recommended as an aid to weight loss until much more reliable studies have been performed on the matter.
There are very few studies that have directly tested the effects of Panax ginseng on weight loss, and those that have been undertaken have used small mammals as subjects, rather than humans. One study, for example, investigated the effects of Panax ginseng root extract on the inhibition of fat absorption. Mice were used as subjects and the results suggested that ginseng consumption could indeed suppress an expected increase in body weight and blood triacylglycerol levels after they were fed a high-fat diet. The authors attributed this effect to a specific chemical in ginseng, known as saponin.
Coenzyme Q10 supplementation has been studied for a variety of potential health benefits, particularly for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, but a literature review does not reveal any studies into the effects of Coenzyme Q10 on weight loss.
Superfruit Slim Side Effects
Although Superfruit Slim’s ingredients are described as safe and natural, some if the product’s ingredients are associated with various side effects. However, any side effects likely to be experienced are mild.
Caffeine is present in both green tea and as 60mg of pure caffeine, supposedly to provide a boost to the metabolism. Excess caffeine can cause disturbed sleep patterns and in extreme cases insomnia, as well as affecting energy levels though out the day. As a stimulant, it increases the user’s energy levels temporarily, although this can lead to feeling lethargic later in the day by contrast, when the user experiences an energy crash. Users of Superfruit Slim should monitor their caffeine from external sources, including energy drinks, tea and coffee, so that they avoid side effects that result from too much caffeine. Furthermore, as a diuretic, caffeine can also cause dehydration, which is unhealthy for performance of the body and mind, as well as also causing headaches. It has also been reported to cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, jitteriness, and nausea, amongst other side effects.
See our Caffeine – Weight Loss Benefits and Side Effects article for more details.
There is a small risk of bowel-related side effects, due to the fibre content that may be present in African mango, an important ingredient in Superfruit Slim. Depending upon the user’s diet and intake of beverages, both constipation and diarrhoea are possible, although rare. It has also been associated with gas, insomnia and headaches.
Green Tea Extract
Besides the side effects associated with its caffeine content, green tea extract has been said to cause a few other side effects; it may reduce the absorption of iron from food, and has been linked to liver problems in rare instances. Generally speaking, when taken in small quantities, green tea is thought to be safe for consumption.
Panax ginseng is described by WebMD as being possibly safe for use in the short term, but possibly unsafe when taken for six months or more. This is due to its potential hormone-like effects which can cause breast pain and increased vaginal bleeding, amongst other problems. Panax ginseng may cause insomnia, increased heart rate, changes in blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, diarrhoea, and rash.
Since it is found naturally in the body, coenzyme Q10 is generally thought to be safe for use. In rare cases, it may cause stomach problems, nausea, diarrhoea, and vomiting. Some people may also suffer from an allergic reaction to the ingredient; if this happens, then you should stop taking the product and consult a doctor. There is a chance that Coenzyme Q10 can reduce blood pressure.
Black Pepper Extract
Black pepper is thought to be safe for use in the amounts found in foods, but may cause side effects in supplement quantities. Unfortunately studies on the safety of black pepper extract are lacking, and so the potential side effects remain unknown.
How to Use
The official Superfruit Slim website recommends that two capsules of Superfruit Slim are to be taken in the morning before breakfast with water. It also recommends that Superfruit Slim should not be taken after 10am and that no more than two capsules should be taken per day.
This recommendation is due to several reasons. If the capsules work as an appetite suppressant as claimed, they need to be consumed before the user usually eats or is tempted to snack. Late morning or afternoon are often particularly tempting times, and so Superfruit Slim needs to be working already by these times of the day. The caffeine content is another reason why Superfruit Slim should be taken earlier in the day. If taken later in the day sleep patterns may be affected, which is a negative side effect.
The manufacturers of Superfruit Slim also recommend that the use of the product is undertaken alongside a balanced diet and active lifestyle to maximise the results of the diet pill.
Who Makes It?
The company behind Superfruit Slim is called Optimum Nutra Inc. The official website of Optimum Nutra Inc. consists of a home page, disclaimer page, terms and conditions, and a link to the contact page, which features a contact form and phone number.
The website tells us that Optimum Nutra Inc. was “established in 2011 to serve the fast growing needs of the worldwide health supplement industry”, and it claims to adhere to a variety of international guidelines regarding product safety. The website also claims that Superfruit Slim and another diet pill, Phentaslim, are manufactured in America in labs that adhere to “Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)”.
On the home page of the website there is a paragraph entitled “I just received my credit card statement. What am I being charged for?” The reason for this page is probably because customers have purchased Superfruit Slim or Phentaslim and then later seen “Optimum Nutra Inc” on their statement and wondered what is was. It is perfectly normal for the name of the company which in this case is “Optimum Nutra Inc” to show on the credit card statement rather than the actual product name so this is not an area for concern.
There are distribution centres in both the US and UK, which explains the quick delivery times promised on the website for Superfruit Slim. For those outside of the UK and US, there are slightly longer delivery times; for example, the site claims delivery may be as much as 14-21 days for those ordering from Australia and New Zealand.
When searching the internet there is no link between Optimum Nutra Inc., Superfruit Slim or Phentaslim with any scam or dubious activity. The only consumer comments we were able to find relating to the customer service provided by Optimum Nutra Inc were positive, although these may have been biased.
Where to Buy Superfruit Slim
Superfruit Slim has a very limited availability in both the United Kingdom and the United States, as it is available through only the official Superfruit Slim website, directly from the manufacturer.
Discounts are available for buying larger quantities of Superfruit Slim. Superfruit Slim retails at £34.95 for a bottle of 60 capsules, enough for one month’s use. If a bulk buy of two, three or four months’ supply is purchased, there are significant discounts, reducing the cost per bottle of 60 capsules to as little as £24.25. Delivery in the UK is free and quick, thanks to the presence of a national distribution centre, rather than waiting for international delivery.
Does Superfruit Slim Meet our Approved Criteria
Money-back-guarantee: Yes, the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
One-off payment: Yes, purchasing Superfruit Slim consists of a single one-off payment.
Manufacturing Standard: Yes, the product is made under GMP standards.
Accompanying Diet Plan: There is no mention of an accompanying diet plan, however the product does promote a healthy lifestyle.
Ingredients and quantities disclosed: Active ingredients and quantities are provided on the product’s official website.
Company contact details readily available: Yes.
Superfruit Slim does meet our ‘Approved’ criteria as it meets all of the points in our ‘Approved Criteria’. Superfruit Slim is therefore an ‘Approved’ product.
Superfreuit Slim contains a number of ingredient which are supported by some clinical studies in regards to weight loss. However, it contains various stimulants which makes the product unsuitable for those who are sensitive to caffeine. The company behind the product has a base in the UK and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee plus free delivery.Google+
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