Looking more closely at their promotional material, it’s not just the tablets we need for cutting our appetites down to size: no matter what kind of dietary supplement Herbex are selling (and there’s over 70 of them in their home country of South Africa) we’re told that in addition, quote: ‘A kilojoule-controlled diet and healthy exercise programme are essential’ – and we can’t argue with that.
Herbex Appetite Control Tablets may contain a variety of potentially useful ingredients, which we list elsewhere in this review.
But as we’ve said just now there’s a minimal chance of side effects brought on by the ingredients purely because there’s so little of each of them.
Then again, the alleged expert who represented the company in its fight against the Advertising Standards Agency said there was no need for large quantities of ingredients because the way they were combined caused their effects to be much more apparent. The word he used was ‘synergistic’.
The word ‘synergistic’ was also used in the text describing one of the ingredients – spirulina – of which the recommended daily dose is between 10.9 and 18.2 grams, depending on body weight.
And how much spirulina is in a Herbex Appetite Control Tablet? 150 mg. A bit of a difference there.
And the same kind of difference applies to many of the other ingredients.
Let’s put it this way: there’s not much chance of any side effects, purely because there isn’t enough of most of the ingredients to have much of an effect any a person, synergistic or otherwise.
However, there’s always the risk of liver and heart damage and perhaps even death if the spirulina is contaminated. Even if it’s not, and you’re allergic to iodine, be aware that you’ll find it in spirulina.
Even though there’s not enough of most ingredients to give cause for concern, we looked into their potential side effects and came up with brain fog, reduced immune system functionality, headaches and problems with the digestive system.
Because this is a South African product, it’s priced in Rand – 164.04 of them, which worked out at $12.79 when we checked.
Then, of course, there’s international shipping to consider: for up to ten items it’s going to be R600, which works out to $46.81, but at least you get a tracking number to refer back to if you need to check up on delivery timing.
Well, firstly we’ve never been able to find any clinical trial results for any of Herbex’s products, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Or provide any proof that the small amounts of ingredient work synergistically. Strike one.
Maybe that’s why we couldn’t find any reviews for Herbex Appetite Control Tablets anywhere we looked. They don’t appear on the company’s South African website, their Kenyan website, their Nigerian website … or even the website they set up recently in the UK. Strike two.
And as for the company’s founder, he’s been quoted as saying (in a public meeting, yet) ‘customers are foolish enough to believe what you put on your label’. Strike three – and … out.
We have other reasons for rejecting Herbex Appetite Control Tablets, but these will do to start with. There’ll be more.
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What can you say about a supplement that only contains a fraction of a fraction of the recognised daily dosage of so many of its ingredients, as in milligrams when there should be multiple whole grams? Synergistic? Riiiight.
We’ve talked about how the founder was quoted as openly stating that ‘Customers are foolish enough to believe what you put on your label’ when on stage in front of people. That was when he was explaining how he was going to get around a new South African law by classifying his supplements as food to avoid registration with their Medicines Control Council … or, perhaps more importantly, being tested for quality.
And in this day and age of political correctness there’s something else that disturbs us.
Bearing in mind that this is post-apartheid South Africa, it’s a little worrying that the company chooses to portray their successful slimmers (obviously thanks to Herbex and its products) far too often as slim (obviously), affluent and white, while those who have yet to enjoy their slimming success just … aren’t.
When we discovered Herbex Appetite Control Tablets contained Garcinia cambogia, we remembered how enthusiastic Dr Oz was about it, and his claims that it was a ‘revolutionary fat buster with no exercise, no diet, no effort’, which goes against Herbex’s assertion that ‘A kilojoule-controlled diet and healthy exercise programme are essential’.
As Herbex tells us:
Take 1 tablet, 3 times a day, 30 minutes before meals with water. Adjust dosage as needed. SUITABLE FOR DIABETICS. NOT to be taken by children under the age of 12 years.
That being said, you may or may not think Garcinia cambogia works for weight loss, but if you do, you’re surely going to be disappointed that even though the recognised daily dosage of this revolutionary fat buster is 1000 mg, Herbex has only seen fit to include a whopping 10 mg in Herbex Appetite Control Tablets.
From the website:
Herbex Appetite Control Tablets are formulated to manage the appetite safely and naturally. The Appetite Control Tablets will help reduce excess food intake by curbing hunger pangs.
Think what you want about Garcinia cambogia, but even if it does work, compared to the recognised daily dosage there’s certainly not enough of it in Herbex Appetite Control Tablets to have any effect.
And the same goes for the other ingredients, too.
There’s a certain amount of caffeine in sup, and even though the Mayo Clinic suggests that it would go some way to reducing appetite, it would only do so in a minor way, and then only briefly.
According to Livestrong, there’s “no evidence that ginger has appetite-suppressant properties” and in fact “it can have the opposite effect”.
So if Herbex Appetite Control Tablets actually do work, the news comes as a great surprise to us.
Arthrospira plantensis (Spirulina) – 150 mg. Recognised daily dosage: between 10.9 and 18.2 grams, depending on body weight. From the website, quote:
Its high nutrient value feeds the body, thus reducing hunger caused by poor eating habits.
Garcinia cambogia 60% extract (Citrin) – 10 mg. Recognised daily dosage: 1,000 – 1,500 mg. According to Dr Oz, it’s the “holy grail of weight loss”. At least it was before a certain Garcinia cambogia-related lawsuit.
Ilex paraguariensis 5:1 extract (Yerba Mate) – 10 mg. Recognised daily dosage: 336 mg. From the website, quote: “A rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other antioxidants.”
Camellia sinensis 50% extract (Green tea) – 3.3 mg. Recognised daily dosage: 500 – 1,000 mg. From the website, quote: “It plays an important role in weight control by increasing metabolism, which assists the body in burning consumed calories.”
Zingiber Officinale 10:1 Extract (Ginger) – 3 mg. Recognised daily dosage: 500 – 1,000 mg. From the website, quote: “Ginger aids in the digestive process, allowing maximum assimilation of nutrients. Ginger increases energy and improves circulation, thereby benefiting the entire body.”
With ingredients in quantities like these? Side effects are highly unlikely, unless, of course, a batch of contaminated spirulina has slipped through Quality Control. We’ve talked about that before.
Even though the quantities are so small, we looked at possible side effects from the other ingredients and found:
Garcinia cambogia can damage the liver, cause headaches, fatigue and brain fog, reduce immune system functionality … and upset the digestive system.
Caffeine in any form can cause side effects such as insomnia, irregular heartbeats, raised blood pressure, headaches and ringing in the ears.
Ginger can upset stomachs and cause heartburn.
It is not recommended that pregnant women take any form of herbal/natural products. Breastfeeding women should consult their health professional. Not to be used while recovering from gastrointestinal surgery. To be avoided by people with peptic ulcer disease.
That’s the scary thing – no matter where we’ve looked we haven’t found any. All we saw was “Be the first to write a review”. Herbex Appetite Control Tablets aren’t on Amazon or eBay, and even though there are mentions of Herbex in online forums, there’s nothing we’ve found for this product – either positive or negative. We’ll keep on looking and let you know if we find anything.
We couldn’t find any kind of guarantee on the website (and why weren’t we surprised by that?) but there is a sentence headed “order returns” telling us what to do if the “order/product is damaged or incorrect”.
So we have to assume you’re not going to get your money back if you discover the hard way that this product doesn’t work for you.
Herbex products are available to order from the South African website, but beware those shipping fees!
If you’re in the UK, the company’s UK website has a store location app for you, as does the Nigerian site. The only problem being that there aren’t all that many products available to order from there, or the Nigerian site, or the Kenyan site, yet. We’re not sure why that should be, but we think it might just possibly have something to do with legal issues. No doubt we’ll find out more later on, in which case we’ll let you know.
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