Worryingly there appears to be a free trial on offer for this supplement. Does this mean it is a scam? We find out.
We are not impressed with Forskolin Fuel. The principle ingredient forskolin requires further clinical testing and evidence and although this ingredient may look promising it is unproven to work for weight loss.
In addition, the product description lacks even basic information such as how many capsules are contained in each bottle and how you should take this supplement.
We are equally unimpressed with Santrinico the company behind this supplement. This company seem to be operating an auto-billing programme and have some pretty draconian terms and conditions including the scary looking arbitration clause.
Forskolin Fuel may interfere with heart medication and cause a reduction in blood pressure. It may increase bleeding in the case of injury or a bleeding disorder. We were unable to find any customer reviews so cannot bring you any real life experiences.
The product is now only sold through Amazon US for a price of $49.95 for one bottle, $96.00 for three, or $144.00 for six bottles.
Clinical testing for Forskolin has been small scale and this ingredient requires further evidence.
Results have been conflicting and currently there is no reliable scientific information that shows Coleus Forskohlii extracts taken by mouth are effective for weight loss.
The auto billing arrangement is not very clear either. Does it really mean if you sign up to 3 months agreement for example you will not be hassled 6 months down the line? Alternatively, is it only valid for 3months? The product terms and conditions do not make this clear.
In addition, we are disappointed with the guarantee. Despite the big claims that this is 100 % risk free, the truth is that it is just a returns policy that will not apply if you have actually tried the supplement. How is that a guarantee?
It is an easy decision. We have no other option but to reject Forskolin Fuel.
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Forskolin Fuel is a fat burning diet pill that contains pure Coleus Forskohlii that is according to the advertising behind this supplement.
Forskolin is an extract taken from the roots of the plant Plectranthus Barbatus (Coleus Forskohlii). This tropical plant is known as a herbal remedy for many health conditions such as heart disease in both traditional Indian and South America medicine.
Recently Forskolin has undergone limited testing for weight loss and the prevention of obesity and some people believe that it is effective in this role.
The Forskolin Fuel product information has included a couple of these clinical studies in with their advertising.
One test suggested that Forskolin stimulates the thyroid membranes and may have a metabolism boosting effect. The other test carried out on 30 obese men over 12 weeks suggested a decrease in body fat when compared to the placebo group.
The website information states that there is 125mg of Forskolin in each dose and has a standardized 20% extract. According to the product information, this reflects the findings of the clinical trails.
So far, so good but a downside of Forskolin Fuel is a lack of ingredients information and we are very concerned that we cannot see a full ingredients profile. We searched online and the product website but this information is not provided. You cannot even see a product label.
Santrinico do not provide any instructions about how to actually take this supplement.
Forskolin Fuel is marketed by Santrinico Enterprises. This company is based in Cyprus and sell direct across the World.
Santrinico provide local support in the USA, Australia, UK, Germany and Brazil. You can call them on the phone via the appropriate country based phone number.
Forskolin looks like an American product and comes with the claim that this supplement is “proudly made in the USA”. However there are no details surrounding the manufacture of this supplement.
This got our alarm bells ringing because we have seen a lot of scams surrounding free trial.
It was time to look at the terms and conditions and what we found out was not good. The free trial does not really exist. Instead, there is a free bottle with certain purchases plus a discount.
More worryingly, Santrinico are operating an auto billing system. You can sign up to 5 months supply maximum plan, three months or one month. It is not made clear whether the auto billing continues after the stated term. It is quite likely that after you have received your 5 months supply, you will be sent a further 5 months supply and be billed accordingly. Despite the pages of terms and conditions, this point is not made clear.
What the terms and conditions do state that if you sign up to an agreement it is legally binding.
You understand that if you signed up for a monthly-billed continuity program, there is a monthly payment obligation for you.
It is highly likely that this means that each purchase means that you are automatically signed up to this agreement.
The Santrinico information explains their policy for debt collection.
If Santrinico Enterprises is unable to process your payment for a given month of program benefit eligibility, you understand and acknowledge that Santrinico Enterprises shall be entitled to seek collection of the unpaid funds using either internal or third party collection efforts.
This mean that you will be hassled with debt collectors should you fail to pay your monthly agreement.
In addition, by buying Forskolin Fuel you are automatically agreeing to something the company call an Arbitration agreement. This reads;
BY AGREEING TO THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, YOU ARE GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT, INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL.
Seems heavy handed but essentially the crux is that you cannot take action against Santrinico. You have already agreed that you have no rights against this company.
According to the advertising, there are six key benefits to Forskolin Fuel.
In addition the product information states that,
Forskolin Fuel contains premium grade 20% standardized Coleus Forskohlii Extract that meets all of the doctor recommended criteria for effective Coleus Forskohlii.
This is blatantly untrue. Doctors do NOT recommend Coleus Forskohlii for weight loss.
None of the claims come with any evidence.
Unlikely to work as described.
The clinical evidence does not prove it provides anything more than a mild effect and in the case of one test does not even cause weight loss at all. It may however be effective for weight maintenance but we would not rely on this.
This ingredient requires further evidence and with the lack of ingredients information and zero customer feedback, we don’t think it will do much, if anything for weight loss.
Forskolin Fuel is a diet pill that comes without a real ingredient profile.
According to the advertising, it contains just one ingredient but it is likely that each capsule contains other ingredients. However, we are not allowed to see the product label.
Yes, it may have side effects. It may interfere with heart medication and cause a reduction in blood pressure. It may increase bleeding in the case of injury or a bleeding disorder. We were unable to find any customer reviews so cannot bring you any real life experiences.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Do not take if you suffer from a heart or blood pressure related medical condition. Avoid if you are taking medication because of interactions and seek the advice of your doctor first.
There are 87 customer reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, with the majority only giving the product one star.
The reviews all tend to focus on the same few negative points (doesn’t work, misleading guarantee, etc.). One review titled “Worst Return/Money Back Guarantee Policy EVER!!!” sums it up best,
BUYER BEWARE!!! The product does not work. Their supposed 90-day money back guarantee is only on unused products. They claim you need to try the product the full 90 days to see results SO that means if you follow their suggestion, and are dissatisfied, you won’t get a dime back, since the bottles all have been opened. And apparently they charge a $10 re-stocking fee also. Don’t waste your money. My next letter will be to the Better Business Bureau and any consumer protection agency I can find. Very deceitful advertising.
A major part of the product advertising is the risk free 100% money back guarantee.
We checked through the terms and conditions and it turns out that it is not really a guarantee at all.
Here is what Santrinico say about the guarantee. There are five points.
So, the company will not honour a money back guarantee if you have opened the packaging and actually tried this supplement? Not only do you have to pay shipping and handling you also have to pay a $10.00 restocking fee.
This is not a proper money back guarantee.
It used to be that you could only buy Forskolin Fuel from the product website, where annoyingly you could not even see the price until you had submitted your address details.
There were three options on offer.
If you are in the USA, Germany, Australia or Brazil you will be able to see prices in your own currency.
You may have then bene offered further discounts on shipping or price. The website stated;
Special Discount Activated. Additional 16%- 27% Off Orders Placed Today.
However, the website no longer seems to exist, and the product is now only sold through Amazon US for a price of $49.95 for one bottle, $96.00 for three, or $144.00 for six bottles.
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