Zotrim Plus

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New information is constantly being uncovered from clinical trials about how the body works and how various supplements affect the body’s processes, including weight loss, and so supplements are constantly being refined to reflect this information.

Zotrim Plus is a weight loss beverage that features all of the ingredients used in the appetite suppressant Zotrim, as well featuring inulin, a fibre extracted from chicory that has also been associated with appetite suppression.

Below we take an in-depth look at Zotrim Plus to see just how effective it really is as an appetite suppressing weight loss aid.

Zotrim Plus Pros

  • Free UK shipping
  • Clinical support for exact formula

Zotrim Plus Cons

  • No complete ingredient list provided
  • No customer reviews
  • No money-back guarantee
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Zotrim Plus Review

Zotrim Plus Facts

  • Manufactured by Nature’s Remedies
  • 30-day supply per box of drink mix
  • Orange and Mango Flavoured

Zotrim Plus is a powder weight loss supplement that should be mixed with water and drank before meals. It acts as an appetite suppressant and delays the onset of hunger after meals. There are also some stimulant ingredients in the formula, which contain caffeine, and so should increase the metabolism mildly, as well as boosting energy levels throughout the day. The precise formula of Yerba Maté, Guarana and Damiana used in Zotrim Plus is patented by the manufacturers, although other products with similar ingredients using different quantities can still be produced by other companies.

The manufacturers of Zotrim and Zotrim plus have commissioned several studies in the past few years in an attempt to prove the effectiveness of their products. Most recently, a study published in the journal Appetite found that the combination of Yerba Maté, Guarana and Damiana and an inulin-based soluble fermentable fibre taken before breakfast and lunch caused participants to eat 200 calories fewer at a buffet lunch than placebo-taking participants.

There are a few important things to note about this study and the product itself. There are no ingredient quantities provided for either the product itself or the quantities used in the study. It is possible that the amounts of each ingredient used in Zotrim and Zotrim Plus differ significantly, hence the significant difference in results.

The study also followed short term results of the product, and did not track the long term effects of using this supplement, including actual weight loss results. The Professor who led the study even admitted in a Daily Mail interview that the team do not know how the product reduces the consumer’s appetite or junk food cravings, only that it does.

The manufacturers of Zotrim Plus can be contacted via the email address provided on the Zotrim website. We contacted them requesting a full ingredients list, posing as a potential customer, and received a reply almost immediately.

How to Take Zotrim Plus

Directions for use are as follows: Mix one portion of Zotrim Plus drink powder with water according to the directions on the packaging. Drink a few minutes before each meal.

Zotrim Plus Concerns:

  • No money-back guarantee
  • No ingredient quantities provided
  • No customer reviews

What Does Zotrim Plus Claim To Do?

The manufacturers make a lot of claims about how Zotrim Plus can benefit the consumer.

  • Helps you lose weight by reducing your calorie intake
  • Plant extract based
  • High fibre for a healthy digestive system
  • Prebiotic action maintains a good level of friendly bacteria in the large intestine
  • Contains antioxidants and vitamins B3, B6 and C
  • Even more effective than Zotrim pills

So What Is Zotrim Plus and What Are The Ingredients?

The full list of ingredients for Zotrim Plus is not available on the official website; Here they refer to the product containing inulin, damiana, guarana and vitamins. However, we emailed the company posing as a potential customer, and they quickly responded with the full ingredients list as presented on the product’s label, which is listed below.

    • Chicory derived inulin (76%): Inulin is a type of fibre that is not digested in the stomach. It is used to help lower cholesterol levels, to decrease the appetite by adding bulk and to treat constipation and other stomach problems. It naturally contains FOS (fructooligosaccharides). Some preliminary studies have shown that FOS aids weight loss by increasing the perception of fullness following consumption. Another study supplementing this product was found to cause a small amount of weight loss over a 12 week period.
      Source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19386741
    • Blend of plant extracts (8.8%) (yerba mate, guarana, damiana): In a 2001 study of 47 healthy overweight adults, researchers found that taking an herbal preparation of yerba mate, guarana, and damiana three times daily for 45 days induced weight loss. It is not clear how much of each ingredient is required to replicate the results of the study.
      Source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=2001+denmark+study+damiana+weight+loss
    • Yerba mate: There is diverse clinical evidence to support the use of this plant for weight loss, as it stimulates the central nervous system and increases the metabolic rate. It is also a source of caffeine, and so should increase energy levels. Read our full investigation for more information.
      Source:https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/does-yerba-mate-work-yes-it-does/
    • Guarana: A berry that is naturally high in caffeine, it is often an ingredient in energy drinks and diet pills.
      Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guarana#Other_uses_and_side_effects
    • Damiana: Historically this plant was primarily used as an aphrodisiac. When combined with guarana and yerba mate, it has been found to delay gastric emptying, thereby suppressing the appetite. There is currently no clinical evidence for its use as a weight loss aid on its own. The same study also found that Damiana had a mood enhancing effect, and so could potentially help to curb emotional eating.
      Source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=2001+denmark+study+damiana+weight+loss

Natural fruit flavourings (orange and mango)

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

  • Vitamin B3: Vitamin B3, or Niacin, is responsible for helping to produce energy from consumed food, as well as helping keep the nervous and digestive systems healthy. Niacin can be easily sourced in adequate amounts from a balanced diet. Persistent excessive consumption of niacin has been linked with increased rates of obesity in American Children.
    Source:http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx
  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 has several important functions in the body, including ‘allowing the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food’. Whilst taking excess amounts of vitamin B6 will not infinitely improve this ability, a deficiency could make it more difficult to lose weight. Vitamin B6 is naturally present in a wide variety of foods, including meat, cereals, bread and vegetables, and is often included in fortified breakfast cereals.
    Source:http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx

So What Does All This Mean?

Inulin is a non-soluble fibre, and so whilst it cannot be digested, it will take up space in the stomach, reducing hunger slightly. It also slows the emptying of the stomach, and so will delay the onset of hunger between meals. Guarana and yerba mate both contain caffeine, as well as the formula containing it as a separate ingredient. Caffeine will increase energy levels, as well as stimulating the central nervous system to slightly increase the body’s metabolic rate for a few hours.

The combination of damiana, guarana and yerba mate have been shown to aid weight loss. The clinical trial published in the journal Appetite shows that the combination of Inulin, damiana, guarana and yerba mate used in this product can reduce the number of calories eaten at a buffet meal significantly.

A 2001 Danish study of guarana, yerba mate and damiana showed that over 45 days, participants taking the formula lost an average of 5.1kg, whilst the placebo group lost an average of 0.3kg.

However, with both this study and the ingredients list for Zotrim Plus, ingredient quantities are not provided.

Does Zotrim Plus Have Any Side Effects?

The Zotrim website states that there are generally no side effects experienced by consumers, besides the occasional case of nausea when first taking the product. However, side effects are still possible, even if they are not common. Below we take a look at the potential side effects that each ingredient can cause.

Inulin can cause bloating, abdominal cramping, loose stools, gas and more frequent bowel movements.

Zotrim Plus contains yerba mate and guarana which naturally contain caffeine, but also contains caffeine as a separate ingredient. The side effects of caffeine include headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia. Consumers should drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid other caffeine sources to avoid dehydration and headaches. Consumers who experience insomnia or a disrupted sleep cycle due to caffeine use should either have their last dose and last meal of the day earlier, or should not take Zotrim Plus for the last meal of the day.

Caution:
Not suitable for those under the age of 18.Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.Not suitable for anyone with high blood pressure or anyone who is sensitive to caffeine.

Any Zotrim Plus Reviews From Customers?

Zotrim Plus is a relatively new product, and so whilst there are plenty of customer reviews for Zotrim tablets, there are not yet any customer reviews for Zotrim Plus.

We suspect that Zotrim Plus is a rebranding of another product manufactured by Natures Remedies Ltd, which is called Fibretrim. We could not find any independent customer reviews for Fibretrim either.

So Does Zotrim Plus Work?

The clinical trials suggest that Zotrim Plus could work to aid weight loss by restricting appetite slightly and slowing the emptying of the stomach, which delays hunger after meals.

Where Can I Buy Zotrim Plus?

Zotrim Plus can be ordered from the official Zotrim web-store. There are numerous bulk purchase discounts on offer.

One bottle of drink mix will last for up to 30 days, according to recommended usage. A single packet of the high fibre drink mix costs £24.95. A three packet order costs £54.85. A pack of six bottles costs £99.70.

There are also several combinations of Zotrim and Zotrim plus. A box of Zotrim and a packet of Zotrim Plus drink mix costs £34.90, providing up to two months of use. A six month ‘super-saver combo’, containing three boxes of Zotrim tablets and three packets of Zotrim plus drink mix, costs £99.70.

All orders come with free UK delivery. International delivery is available, and customers can pay in USD, Euros or GB pounds.

What About A Guarantee

There is no money-back guarantee for Zotrim Plus.

The manufacturer states:

Refunds will only be given if goods are returned unused and unopened. If you are eligible for a refund, one will only be issued upon receipt of returned goods.

You have the right to cancel your purchase within 14 working days after the day you receive your goods. You must provide your cancellation notice to us within these 14 days after you receive your goods.

Watchdog Verdict

Zotrim Plus appears to be a relatively new product but is actually a rebranding of another product, FibreTrim, perhaps to capitalise on the established Zotrim name. Unlike Zotrim capsules, Zotrim Plus drink mix is not widely available in UK retailers, although this could change in the future.

When purchased online, significant discounts are available on bulk purchases of Zotrim Plus. However, as there is no money back guarantee, and only a short returns period, this option should only be used by consumers who have tried the product and loved it.

The product is supported by clinical studies that have investigated the actual product, rather than individual ingredients used in the product. However, the relevant study only looked at short term use over the course of one day. Because the product primarily works as an appetite suppressant, it will not work if consumers refuse to alter their eating habits to reflect their hunger levels. It will aid consumers who usually struggle to stick to a lower calorie diet because of hunger issues and cravings for food.

There are no customer reviews for Zotrim plus, and so there is currently no accurate consumer feedback to show just how well the product works in practice.

Overall, Zotrim Plus could potentially be a good dietary aid, but the product is new, and therefore there is not enough feedback to confirm this in general. If there was a strong money-back guarantee in place, consumers could try this product without risk. However, at this time, we feel that we cannot recommend this product to our readers.

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