A blend of herbs and amino acids that promote the healthy loss of excess body fat while helping to maintain lean body mass and potent energy levels.
It is manufactured by Wellness International Network Ltd according to the product’s label. However, the main website that sells BioLean, Crossroads Initiative, indicates that the product is manufactured by Wellness Opportunities Group. Going to their website leads to win.myvoffice.com, which is advertised as the official website for ‘Physicians’ Health and Diet’ (Formerly WIN). The Crossroads Initiative website which sells BioLean appears to be a Christian Group who also sell Catholic Bible study tools, Books on the Theology of the Body, and offer religious talks and retreats.
AM Serving – Adults take one white BioLean tablet and two green tablets with low-calorie food. PM Serving – Adults may take one green tablet with low-calorie food. If using BioLean dietary supplement for the first time, limit daily intake to one white tablet and one green tablet on days one and two, and one white tablet and two green tablets on day three. Needs vary with each individual. The fat-burning and detoxifying benefits of BioLean® can only be fully achieved by those who drink at least 8-10 glasses of water (64-80 oz.) per day.
The manufacturers of BioLean state that the product is:
Designed to help curb your cravings, promote healthy energy levels, and satisfy your appetite.
The great thing about BioLean® is that is can help reduce body fat even while promoting the development of lean muscle mass –the only path to long-term, healthy weight loss.
If BioLean® was effective in helping fight obesity and promoting long-term weight management, that would be enough. But BioLean® does more than that. Many of the ingredients, especially Green Tea and Schizandrea extracts, have powerful anti-oxidant effects that contribute to overall health and appear to ehance immune function. So it is a great herbal, nutritional supplement even for those who are not overweight or obese.
The wonderful thing about BioLean’s energizing effect is that it is gentle. Though several of the ingredients are plants which contain caffeine, there is none of the jolt or “buzz” followed by a “crash” that is associated with the use of caffeinated beverages. Rather, BioLean® provides a moderate and sustained increase in alertness and energy throughout the entire day.
The ingredients for Bio Lean are grouped together into one table, despite the product consisting of two different tablets. The ingredients list states that the AM serving of BioLean contains 1661.69 mg of the proprietary blend and 167 mg of caffeine from guarana, yerba mate and green tea leaf. The AM serving also contains 196 mg of L-tyrosine, 196 mg of L-phenylalanine and 8 mg of L-carnitine (as L-carnitine bitartrate). The PM serving of Biolean contains 830.34 mg of the BioLean proprietary formula.
Calcium (as calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate dibasic)(AM serving: 206.76 mg20% RDA) (PM serving: 91.88 mg9% RDA)
BioLeanProprietary Blend (1661.68 mg AM serving)/(830.34 mg PM serving)
There are some potentially effective weight loss ingredients used in this diet pill, including several sources of caffeine and citrus aurantium, which will both increase the metabolism, as well as green tea which will increase thermogenesis. However, there is also a long list of ingredients that seemingly have no link to weight loss at all, but could cause a range of side effects, as we describe below. Some of the ingredients appear to be used as herbal treatments for sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. Bizarrely, two ingredients are sometimes used to stimulate appetite, the exact opposite of what the consumers wants to achieve!
L-carnitine can reduce body fat, but this is primarily seen in the elderly, and doses are typically far larger than the dose seen in BioLean.
The manufacturers of BioLean indicate that there are no side effects, and that consumers will not experience jitteriness or an energy crash from the caffeine in this product. However, our research indicates that the various ingredients found in BioLean could cause a range of different side effects.
Side effects associated with the use of Bitter Orange extracts include increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack and stroke in healthy patients. The Mayo Clinic has recommended avoiding use of Bitter Orange extracts because in their opinion, the risk of using the product is not worth the pay-off of any potential weight loss. The effects of synephrine and other bitter orange extracts are enhanced when combined with caffeine.
There are numerous sources of caffeine in BioLean, including green tea, guarana and yerba mate. Consuming large quantities of caffeine can lead to headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia. Green tea can also cause constipation.
Schisandra can cause heartburn, upset stomach, decreased appetite, stomach pain, skin rash, and itching. Hawthorn can cause nausea, stomach upset, fatigue, sweating, headache, dizziness, palpitations, nosebleeds, insomnia and agitation.
Side effects of rhubarb include stomach and intestinal pain, watery diarrhoea, and uterine contractions. Long-term use can result in muscular weakness, bone loss, potassium loss, and irregular heart rhythm.
Angelicae dahuricae Radix can bring on periods, and could cause miscarriage. Horny Goat Weed can cause dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, thirst, and nosebleeds.
Alisma is a diuretic, and so will cause increased urination, and could cause dehydration. Long term use if Alisma can irritate the intestines.
BioLean is not for use by children under the age of 18. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have a family history of heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression or other psychiatric condition, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, prostate enlargement, or seizure disorder, if you are using a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), consult a health professional before using this product. Exceeding recommended serving may cause serious adverse effects. Discontinue use and consult your health professional if dizziness, sleeplessness, severe headache, heart palpitations or other similar symptoms occur. The recommended dose of BioLean II contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Limit the use of caffeine-containing medications, food, or beverages while taking this product because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and occasionally, rapid heartbeat. Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine 196mg per AM Serving.
There are numerous customer reviews of this product on Amazon, where it is sold.
I would like a FULL refund to my credit card. I purchase so much stuff on Amazon and believe in this company totally, this product was a complete joke. It was like taking a vitamin a day. It did NOTHING. I wish Amazon would take the product off of there site. I am very unhappy with it.
Absolutely no good!!! This is just a gimmick and doesn’t work at all. Surely there is something better out there.
My wife starting taking the pills as recommended and did loose the weight. On the contrary starting with anxiety, depression and cravings. Once she discontinued use of the product the diet started working and she started loosing weight and came back to normal. I do not recommend it waste of time and money. Return policy is to short.
These did not work for me. They didn’t suppress my appetite at all. They made me dizzy and gave me headaches. I would not recommend them to anyone.
What a waste of my money! I followed the instructions, had a proper diet and worked out without results. I gave it one star only because I HAD to give it at least 1 star to post this review.
Update 11/14/2013: This did not work for me. After being off of it, I continued tracking my food intake and workout 6 days a week, and I am losing weight without using this. Lost 4 pounds so far without this. I believe other people are losing weight because they have changed their eating habits and exercise more.
Customer reviews reveal that customers experience a range of side effects whilst using this product. There are also many people who lost no weight using the product, and who noted no appetite suppression at all.
The ingredients list does contain some potentially effective ingredients, but also numerous ingredients that are completely unrelated to weight loss. Their inclusion in the BioLean formula will not aid weight loss, but increases the chances of side effects. There are no ingredient quantities provided, as the product contains a proprietary formula. This makes it difficult to establish how much of each active (and useful) ingredient is present, and so it is unknown how effective this product actually is.
BioLean is available from the Crossroads Initiative website, where a single pack costs $75.00 with free shipping.
BioLean can be purchased on Amazon. A pack of 112 tablets (28 servings) costs $70.00 with free shipping.
Each pack is described as having 112 tablets, which makes up 28 daily servings. Each daily serving consists of three green capsules and one white capsule.
Crossroads Initiative offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, stating:
You can purchase this product with no risk. If at any time within 30 days of your purchase you are not satisfied for any reason, return the box with the unused portion for a full refund. For questions about how to get the most out of this and our other Wellness products, call us toll-free at 1-800-803-0118.
BioLean is an incredibly expensive product to take, with a bizarre list of ingredients. Many of the ingredients used in this diet pill have no connection to weight loss at all. Some of them are used herbally to deal with sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
With all diet pills we recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid the product, but with this product it is incredibly important that pregnant women do not use BioLean, as some of the ingredients have been known to cause miscarriages.
There are some ingredients used in BioLean that could aid weight loss, including yerba mate, caffeine, green tea and citrus aurantium. However, their dosages are unknown thanks to the use of a proprietary formula. These ingredients are very common in diet pills, and so are easily available in other products that do not include extra ingredients that have no connection to weight loss, as seen here.
There is very little information available about the manufacturers of BioLean; there are several names given for the manufacturer and it is unclear why a Catholic group focusing upon the evangelization of the masses is selling a diet aid.
There is a money back guarantee for the product, but we feel that BioLean is too expensive and not safe enough to justify its purchase at all. Overall, we do not recommend BioLean to our readers.
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