We take a look at Saba ACE to find out whether this supplement is worth a try or just another MLM marketing scam.
Saba ACE Pros
- Contains some natural ingredients
- Appealing website with before and after pictures
Saba ACE Cons
- Company appear more focused on selling than real weight loss
- Lacks explanation and clinical evidence to support claims
- No money-back guarantee
Saba ACE Review
Saba ACE Facts
- Produced and marketed by AMS Health Services
- Purports to be a viable business plan via MLM marketing
- Each bottle of Saba ACE contains 60 capsules
Healthy weight loss and support from a supplement full of natural ingredients sounds good and Saba ACE looks to tick all the right boxes.
The website is appealing with plenty of before and after photos from satisfied customers who have all lost a lot of weight. The only problem is that we just can’t find any independent feedback from customers who aren’t involved in selling this diet pill.
Saba ACE is produced by AMS Health Sciences Inc an American company based in Oklahoma City. The company used to be known as Advantage Marketing systems and currently operates as a subsidiary of Lachman Enterprises LLC.
AMS Health Services market 75 nutritional supplements around weight loss, skin care, anti aging and similar.
Their top products are Saba Pomegranate a supplement for stress, Saba Borajo – a general health supplement with high levels of antioxidants and amino acids and Saba ACE a dietary supplement for weight loss.
AMS is a member of the Distance Selling Association, an American organisation that according to the organisation’s website offers members the chance to start up in business themselves.
There are a number of diet supplement companies that actively look for distributors by way of a start up business plan. As well as Saba ACE, Skinny Fiber, Plexus Slim and Secret Diet Drops are just some diet pill suppliers who offer a way into network marketing.
Direct selling, is the marketing and selling of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location. Well known Direct Selling companies include Amway’s, Avon, Tupperware, Anne Summers and Oriflame.
It can be a hard way to make money. Unless you choose a product that people will continue to buy, making sales will be difficult. Direct marketing often relies on selling to your own friends and family network and we can’t see that Saba ACE is going to keep people very interested for very long. The company do have other products, which you could try though.
MLM (multi level marketing) and direct marketing often gets confused with pyramid selling. The difference is that with pyramid selling you rely on signing up sellers yourself – known as a downline, in order to make a profit, rather than relying on sales.
Worryingly AMS Health Sciences offers an enrollers bonus each time you sign up a new salesperson – making this look dangerously like a pyramid marketing scheme. See our in depth investigation of MLM.
Away from the selling side of this supplement, there is little to say about Saba ACE. It does not come with any explanation about what it actually does and there is no medical evidence given to explain how it works.
This lack of information is annoying. The business side of the website is perfectly clear – their marketing pages are detailed and explanatory. The information about the supplement is not as detailed and gives the impression that it is simply unimportant when compared to money!
ACE comes with very little evidence it works apart from the before and after pictures. Although the sales pitch is just not convincing we reserve judgement until we look at the ingredients and evidence that the supplement works.
According to the website, take one or two capsules a day and see the pounds roll off.
Saba ACE Concerns:
- Ingredient profile not fully revealed – unsure of some ingredient amounts
- Lacks supplement information on how it works and supporting clinical evidence
- Company appear focused on selling not weight loss using a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) / Pyramid scheme
What Does Saba ACE Claim To Do?
Saba offers you Healthy Weight-Loss through “Appetite Control and Energy Lift”.
The key features are:
- Hunger Pains – Gone!!
- Cravings – Gone!
- Uncontrollable Snacking.- Gone!
- Unwanted Pounds – Gone!
- Plus Smooth Clean energy!
It sounds good but we not 100% convinced, but lets look more closely at the ingredients.
So What Is Saba ACE and What Are The Ingredients For Saba ACE?
Saba ACE is a weight loss supplement that is supposed to work as an appetite suppressant and energy enhancer. It contains the following ingredients:
- Vitamin B6 (8mg): This vitamin is present in many foodstuffs including chickpeas, beef liver and tuna. B6 plays an important role in the metabolisation of protein and is responsible for over 100 enzyme reactions associated with the metabolism. Source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-HealthProfessional/
- Chromium (Polynicotinate) 240mcg: Mineral is believed to promote muscle growth and fat burning but there is no evidence that proves this. Chromium is present in a normal diet and many scientists believe there is no evidence that shows that supplementation is necessary. Source: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/chromium-topic-overview
Proprietary blend 780mg containing the following ingredients. A detailed breakdown of ingredient quantities is not available.
- Cocoa powder bean: Contains Theobromine which has a stimulant effect similar to caffeine. It can increase heart rate and lower blood pressure if taken in sufficient quantities. Theobromine is found in all chocolate. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine
- Spirulina: Natural algae cultivated worldwide mainly for animal feed and as dietary supplement. It may play a role in controlling blood glucose levels but requires further clinical testing. Spirulina can become contaminated with toxins called microcystins so is not always safe and is not recommended for children. There have also been issues around Spirulina being contaminated by industrial pollutants. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12639401
- Green Tea Extract (ECGC) Green tea extract (50% polyphenols): This natural tea is a powerful source of antioxidants. Which promote health and may increase the speed of your metabolism. When used in combination with caffeine it may play a role in fat oxidisation – also referred to as fat burning.
- 1.3 Dimethylpentylamine HCI: also known as DMMA is derived from geranium oil. DMMA increases heart rate and blood pressure and there are issues around safety levels. Clinical advice is that further testing is necessary to evaluate risk. Geraniums are poisonous so do not be fooled into thinking that because this is a common houseplant it is necessarily safe. Amount of DMMA contained in this supplement is not specified.
- Phenethelymine HCI: Organic compound, linked to amphetamines and with a similar effect upon brain chemicals. . It has a short-lived effect of around 10 -15 minutes where it causes a quick rush and then passes. May cause short-term feelings of pleasure but no benefit for weight loss and potentially unsafe. Source: http://www.zhion.com/Supplements/Phenylethylamine.html
- Caffeine 180mg: Staple ingredient of most “energy enhancing “diet pills and can help promote weight loss and speed the metabolism. Caffeine is safe for most people when taken in moderation. According to the British Dietetic Association
Different people have different tolerances. Some people react strongly to caffeine others do not appear to notice the effects.
- 180mg caffeine is the equivalent to just under 2 cups of instant coffee. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15982904
- Vanadium (Chelate) 20mcg: Trace mineral, reported to lower cholesterol and which acts as a natural fat burner and believed to stabilise blood sugar levels. It is believed to prevent food cravings but requires further evidence.
Source: Web MD Vanadium
So What Does All This Mean?
Saba does not look very good. It is designed to give you a very mild and short-term lift but it does not seem very likely it will help you lose much weight. It is possible that the “lift” will be so mild you may even miss it.
We do not like Spirulina because so much of it is contaminated and are not keen on DMMA and Phenylethamine, which can both raise heart rate and blood pressure. We’ve seen worse diet pills but have certainly seen better.
Does Saba ACE Have Any Side Effects?
If you are sensitive to stimulants like caffeine, you may “notice” this supplement and see an increase in heart rate or blood pressure. The Spirulina content is a cause for concern. True Spirulina is derived from natural algae found in the sea but this makes it potentially dangerous because of the risk of contaminants.
Although the risk of contaminant side effects is probably low, you do need to bear it in mind. If you start experiencing any out of the ordinary symptoms after taking ACE such as swelling, dizziness or similar, discontinue use and see your doctor.
The lack of independent customer feedback makes it hard to research real life experiences.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you suffer from any heart condition or have high blood pressure.
Any Saba ACE Reviews From Customers?
We could not find any independent customer reviews. There are a lot of testimonials and pictures on the product website that look good and may be genuine, but the Diet Watchdog only ever regards 100% independent customer reviews as true evaluations. And we can’t find any of these.
So Does Saba ACE Work?
Saba ACE is unlikely to do very much and we cannot see it working as well as advertised. If it does boost energy – this effect will be extremely short-lived. Some of the ingredients may play a role in the reduction of blood sugar or lipids levels but most of these require further clinical testing until the effects can be proven.
Where Can I Buy Saba ACE?
You can find Saba ACE on sale from eBay.com and from various weight loss and body building websites. Owing to the AMS direct marketing strategy, many people are selling these pills.
On eBay.com, expect to pay around $58 for one tub of 60 pills (one month’s supply).Surprisingly they do seem to sell at this price.
Saba ACE also available direct from the product website.
The online starter pack;
everything you need to kick start your health regime and your business costs $58.00
The pack includes 1 container of 60 diet pills plus 2 trial packs which you can sell.
You can buy larger orders including the Momentum Kit, which comprises of 10 x 60ct containers of ACE diet pills plus 50 (2ct) trial packs for $435.
What About A Guarantee
AMS Health Sciences do not appear to offer a money back guarantee.
We are not impressed with Saba ACE. We don’t like the lack of explanation about how the supplement works and it comes with no clinical evidence. Some of the ingredients are a matter of concern too and we just can’t see it working in the way as advertised.
As a business plan, it appears equally poor. Yes, you can sell it on eBay but after your listing fees, costs and unit price of the stock, it is unlikely that you will make much, if any of a profit. You might be able to carve out a local niche business with the AMS Health Sciences range of products but it is certainly going to be hard going.
For all these reasons, we have no other choice but to reject this supplement.