Mini: Detox is a detox supplement created by reality TV star Vicky Pattison. According to the Geordie Shore star if like her you love to party, this supplement will help ease a hangover and remove unwanted toxins like alcohol.
We take an in depth look at Mini: Detox to find out more.
Mini: Detox Pros
- Some of the ingredients such as garlic and citrus pectin may be effective for health and weight loss
- Comes with a clear ingredients list
Mini: Detox Cons
- This supplement will not cure or prevent a hangover as the advertising claims
- Contains numerous laxative and diuretic ingredients
- Could cause very unpleasant side effects
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Mini: Detox Review
Mini: Detox is a detox supplement that is supposed to help you cleanse your system of toxins after drinking too much alcohol.
The aim is that it will help the body’s detoxification process and help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.
Mini: Detox contains a range of laxative and diuretic ingredients such as fennel, liquorice root and nettle leaves – to help you “flush your system”. It also contains ingredients known for settling the stomach such as ginger and peppermint.
Added to the mix is Psyllium husk – known as an ingredient with plenty of fibre and often taken to cause feelings of satiety. Psyllium is a principle ingredient in OTC constipation treatments such as Fybogel so it will increase bowel movements.
Other ingredients include herbs and extracts such as green tea extract, oregano, citric pectin and cayenne.
Mini Detox also contains Spirulina – an edible bacteria which contains all amino acids and may have health benefits, and chlorella – a protein derived from algae that is believed to encourage the good bacteria in the gut.
This supplement also contains a branded digestive enzyme complex called Digezyme that may help support digestive health and green papaya juice , known to promote digestive health.
Mini Detox contains a lot of ingredients, 19 in total and all of them have a particular function. Some ingredients will promote digestive health and others cause you to visit the bathroom more frequently.
There are some health concerns about this last point. Most of the symptoms of a hangover are actually caused by dehydration. Therefore it seems a real health risk to make this worse by taking ingredients that could increase dehydration.
There is nothing that will really take away the misery of a hangover and if you are trying to lose weight, it is important to remember that alcohol is very fattening. A detox product is not going to remove the evidence of a fattening night out or make you feel any better next morning.
How to Take Mini: Detox
Take 2 capsules before bed with a full glass of water.
The product information suggests you drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Do not exceed recommended amount unless directed by a physician.
Mini: Detox is part of the Mini V Nutrition range devised by reality TV star Vicky Pattison. Vicky Pattison appeared in the popular MTV show Geordie Shore – a UK spin off of the American show Jersey Shore based in Newcastle (the name Geordie is the regional nickname and dialect given to people in the Tyneside area).
The Mini V Nutrition range includes supplements such as Mini: Collagen to improve elasticity and appearance of your skin, Mini: Shake, an on the go protein drink and Mini: Burn, which we covered in a previous review. Although we rejected it, we felt that it had some good points.
The range also includes protein bars and a whey supplement. According to Vicky Pattison, she has devised the supplements herself with the aid of a nutritionist.
Mini: Detox Concerns:
- Will Geordie Shore fans buy this potentially dangerous supplement in order to be like Vicky?
- This supplement will not cure or protect you from a hangover as the advertising claims
- The side effects. Expect to be spending increased time in the bathroom
What Does Mini: Detox Claim To Do?
According to Vicky Pattison,
I created Mini: Detox for those that are like me that love to party, love to go hard and are serious about tashing on!
Geordie Shore is well known for the use of Geordie dialect – if you don’t know, “tashing on” means kissing and picking people up!
I wanted to make a product that eased the pains of a hang over and removed any unwanted toxins (like Alcohol) but I also wanted to create something that helped me with my diet and weight loss at the same time.
According to the product information,
When used as part of a healthy diet and exercise regime Mini: Detox gently removes unwanted toxins from the body to support the body’s natural detoxification processes and help to maintain a healthy digestive system.
There is no evidence that this supplement will live up to these claims and in our opinion there is nothing gentle about it. Mini: Detox seems very strong to us.
So What Is Mini: Detox and What Are The Ingredients?
Mini: Detox is a detox supplement. Each serving is equal to two capsules, figures here relate to serving size not capsule size. Many of the ingredients are in concentrated servings which means they are stronger than the amount suggests.
- Psyllium Husk (150mg): Soluble fiber with laxative effect and used in OTC laxatives including Fybogel. It can cause allergic reactions and the FDA has warned that this material can cause choking. It is very important to take with plenty of water to minimise the risk of swelling in the throat or oesophagus.
- Alfalfa (150mg): This medicinal herb is a diuretic so it will increase urination so potentially lead to dehydration. It may act like oestrogen in the body so you should not take it if you suffer from a hormone related health condition.
- Fennel Seed Extract 4:1 (150mg): This concentrated extract is equal to 600mg of raw ingredients and is a common herb that is part of the parsley family. It is used medicinally for digestive problems, a mild laxative and believed to have a relaxant effect upon the colon. It may work in the body like oestrogen so you need to avoid it if you have a hormone related medical condition.
- Digestive Enzyme Complex as Digezyme® (Maltodextrin, Alpha-Amylase, Lactase, Cellulase, Neutral Protease, Lipase) (100mg): This proprietary blend of digestive enzymes from microbial species may support digestive function.
- Green Tea Extract 20-25:1 (100mg): Concentrated green tea extract, which provides the equivalent of 2500mg of raw tea. Will this have the same positive benefits for health and weightloss as including more green tea into your daily diet? No, and if this ratio is to be believed you may experience side effects such as increase blood pressure and heart rate.
- Chlorella (90mg): High protein food source derived from algae and believed to help increase “good bacteria “in the gut. Can cause serious allergic reactions.
- Spirulina (90mg): Edible bacteria used as whole food. It is a complete protein so called because it contains all essential amino acids and it may have health benefits. However, there are some concerns about contamination found in supplements.
- Aloe Vera Extract 200:1 (80mg): Here at the whopping equivalent of 16000mg. Often marketed for a support to digestive health but there are health concerns. The FDA has warned that at high doses, as here Aloe Vera might cause cancer and kidney problems.
- Cayenne Powder (70mg): When taken in sufficient quantities, some research has indicated that high levels of capsaicoinds, the compound that causes the fiery sensation of cayenne, increases the metabolism and promotes fat burning. Does not seem relevant for a detox supplement.
- Citrus Pectin (40mg): Some research shows that citrus pectin binds to cholesterol in the digestive tract so slows down glucose absorption by trapping these carbs. It is also being investigated for its role as a preventative against cancer. It increases the viscosity and the volume of faecal matter.
- Liquorice Extract (De-Glycyrrhizinated) 4:1 (40mg): This is the equivalent of 160mg of raw ingredients. De-Glycyrrhizinated Liquorice is much safer than natural liquorice and does not cause the same side effects to heart rate and blood pressure. Well known laxative effect.
- Fenugreek Extract 4:1 (40mg): Indian spice familiar to many as the pungent aroma of some types of curry. Fenugreek may play a role in the treatment of diabetes by improving glucose tolerance. Equivalent here to 160mg of raw spice.
- Green Papaya Juice (40mg): Natural fruit extract full of essential nutrients and enzymes to promote digestive heath.
- Peppermint Extract 4:1 (40mg): Peppermint is often drunk as a tea. Used medicinally to treat bloating and stomach disorders but was actually banned by the FDA as an OTC aid for digestion in 1990 because there was no evidence that it worked. However, it is a popular and safe ingredient and many people believe in it.
- Garlic Extract 100:1 (40mg): Concentrated extract that the makers claim will provide the equivalent of 4000mg of raw ingredient. Garlic may have health benefits and can lower blood pressure at extremely high doses (600-1200mg).
- Oregano Extract 4:1 (40mg): Familiar and much loved Italian herb that is a diuretic and maybe effective for heartburn and urinary tract problems. Not safe when taken in high quantities as here ( equivalent 160mg).
- Nettle Leaf Extract 4:1 (40mg): This well known garden plant (or weed) is rich in antioxidants and may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It is a powerful diuretic. Here in the equivalent amount to 160mg raw leaves.
- Ginger Root Extract 20:1 (40mg): Well-known culinary ingredient that may aid the digestion. Here is concentrated form and the equivalent of 800mg raw root.
- Grape Seed extract 120:1 (20mg): This concentrate provides the equivalent of a whopping 2400mg of raw grape seeds. Nobody knows the safe upper limits and this ingredient just does not seem relevant here.
So What Does All This Mean?
Phew! We would be very cautious about taking this supplement as a hangover cure, or for anything else. This supplement contains high levels of some pretty strong ingredients and added to a hangover we could see that this might make you feel even more ill.
Expect to be spending an increased time in the bathroom and you will need to ensure that you drink plenty of water as the product information advises to avoid dehydration.
Some of the ingredients come with real health concerns. The FDA have warned against aloe vera supplements in high amounts as here. Not all the ingredients are bad but even the green tea is in high quantities which could cause unwanted side effects like increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure.
Does Mini: Detox Have Any Side Effects?
Although the product information claims that side effects are rare, we feel that this is an optimistic view. You are advised to contact the doctor in the case of adverse effects.
These may include:
- Stomach discomfort
- Increased urine output
- Increased bowel movements
- Risk of an allergic reaction
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
This supplement may make you dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations – such as sensation of pounding heart or rapid beat
The product information provides the following warnings.
Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.
Always consult your GP before taking Nutritional Supplements, especially if you are taking medication, have an existing medical condition or are due to undergo surgery.
You should not take food supplements as a substitute for a varied balanced diet or a healthy lifestyle.
Not suitable for pregnant or lactating mothers.
Side-effects from this supplement are rare but please discontinue use and contact your GP immediately in the event of an adverse reaction.
Any Mini: Detox Reviews From Customers?
There are a couple of reviews posted on the product website.
One customer was pleased that this supplement seemed to stop her holiday hangovers,
…noticed a difference straight away…I was less bloated no matter what I ate and didn’t suffer from a hangover the whole week I was away. Awesome product…
Another customer reported,
I have been using the detox for 2 weeks now. I definitely have been poos a lot more. Feeling lighter also. I have been quite tired but have quit sugar last week but otherwise a good product.
Vicky Pattison has a lively twitter feed going on and there is discussion about her supplements. However there is no real independent customer feedback for Mini: Detox.
So Does Mini: Detox Work?
Away from the laxatives and diuretics, there are some good ingredients in Mini Detox. There is some evidence that high levels of garlic may lower cholesterol and citric pectin appears to work as an effective carb blocker. Many people find that digestive enzyme supplements can support digestive health.
The problem is that these mildly beneficial effects are likely to go unnoticed in view of the probable side effects.Detoxing like this is not good for health.
All the medical opinion is that taken supplements to “cleanse” your system is unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Diarrhoea is not healing and aggressive detox supplements like this are likely to cause more health problems than they cure.
If you want to “rest” your liver and kidneys, eating a healthier diet, cutting down on the alcohol and drinking plenty of water is a better option.
Mini: Detox is not a hangover cure. We feel that it will make symptoms much worse.
Where Can I Buy Mini: Detox?
Vicky Pattison’s Mini: Detox is only available via her website. This supplement is not on sale in the shops or elsewhere online.
One bottle of 60 capsules (30 servings) costs £24.99. Shipping to UK addresses costs £3.99. Overseas shipping is expensive. Delivery to the USA costs an additional £15.50.
What About A Guarantee
Mini: Detox does not come with a guarantee.
We are concerned about Mini: Detox. This supplement contains ingredients that will cause diarrhoea and increase your need to urinate and there is absolutely zero benefit for doing this for health. It is potentially dangerous and all the medical opinion is that detox supplements should be avoided.
Taking Mini: Detox as a hangover cure seems crazy. If you want to detox and avoid hangovers the only real way is to cut down on the booze. You cannot drink too much and then expect a pill to take away all the damage. Most hangover symptoms are due to dehydration so the best cure is just to drink plenty of water before you go to bed and again the next day.
There are some reasonable ingredients in this supplement but others are a matter for concern. The FDA have warned for example against taking high levels of aloe vera as here because it is linked to causing kidney problems and cancer.
Even so called natural ingredients can have adverse effects if taken in excess so we would not take that risk.
We feel that this supplement will do nothing for your health, wellbeing or hangover so it is a very easy decision. We reject Mini: Detox
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