Zotrim is one of those products. It’s been on the market for more than fifteen years now, so the makers must be doing something right. But then again, even though we hunted really hard we still haven’t discovered who the makers are, so we looked a little closer at Zotrim, and this is what we found.
You’re told to take 2-3 tablets with a glass of water before meals. But even if you didn’t take Zotrim before each meal and filled up on a glass of water before eating, you’d still eat less than normal.
You’re also told that the formula begins to work “rapidly” and many customers “experience reduced feelings of hunger within just days”. Days?!
There’s also a bit of a puzzle in that we’re told Zotrim is, “manufactured for Wolfson Berg Limited”. It’s the word “for” that confuses us, since Wolfson Berg is a Cyprus-based company that not only makes its own supplements (some of which we’ve reviewed in the past), but is also a contract manufacturer for many other supplement companies. So if Zotrim is manufactured for Wolfson Berg, who’s doing the manufacturing? We have no idea.
The short answer to that question is “many and varied”: there’s the caffeine jitters, digestion problems, weakness, fatigue, insomnia, interference with anti-depressant medications, bone and/or muscle pain, headaches, changes in blood pressure, mental and emotional problems, and more.
On Amazon you can expect to pay $52.95 for 180 Zotrim capsules, plus $22.50 shipping.
Elsewhere, on the Zotrim website if you’re lucky enough to be greeted by a flash sale notice, you can get 180 tablets (that’s a 30-day supply) for $32.96, or save $26 on a 90-day supply for $72.45, or save $66.00 on a 180-day supply pack for $131.69. So far, we haven’t visited that page without seeing that flash sale offer.
We’re concerned that we can’t find out who makes it for a company that makes so many other supplements – and we’re concerned why the company chooses not to tell us.
We’re also concerned at the very small amounts of certain ingredients, like Vitamin B6, where the daily requirement is 100 mg, while 9 capsules of Zotrim – the daily recommended maximum intake – contain a mere 3.6 mg.
Some of the ingredients don’t make us feel too comfortable about Zotrim, either: sodium carboxymethylcellulose, for example, is a food thickener, binder and stabilizer, a source of fiber, and an ingredient used in over-the counter laxatives, K-Y Jelly, and detergents.
And we don’t know how much of that is in each serving of Zotrim, or how much there is of the talc it also contains. Talc, the National Toxicology Panel tells us, may or may not be contaminated with asbestos fibers, while cosmetic-grade talc doesn’t contain any asbestos but it’s still toxic and carcinogenic. Unfortunately, whoever makes Zotrim doesn’t tell us what kind of talc it is.
We’re not happy with what we don’t know about Zotrim, and we don’t like what we do know about it either. So we do not recommend Zotrim to our readers.
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We’ve looked up the company Zotrim is manufactured for, but as for who makes it for them we have no idea. Maybe Wolfson Berg make it themselves, so in which case why didn’t they just come out and say so?
The Zotrim trademark was filed in the USA by a company called Western Holdings LLC in Wyoming, back in January 2002. It since expired, and on the other side of the Atlantic, the trademark had been registered to a company in Cambridge, England, until it was registered to a company in Cyprus – but not, as it would seem, to Wolfson Berg, even though that company, Bauer Holdings, shares exactly the same address.
So we don’t know who makes Zotrim, but whoever they are, they’re definitely covering their backsides in their website terms and conditions where they tell us, “We are not responsible if information made available on this site is not accurate, complete or current”, and “Any reliance on the material on this site is at your own risk”.
And that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the company – whoever it may be – or the product.
We’ve found two versions of usage directions on the same website,
“Directions for use
Take 2-3 tablets with a full glass of water or cold drink a few minutes before meals. Maximum 9 tablets daily. Aim to reduce the portion size for each meal.”
“How to use Zotrim
Take 2 to 3 Zotrim tablets with a glass of water before each of your three main meals. The Zotrim formula begins to work rapidly and many of our customers experience reduced feelings of hunger within just days. To maintain its effects you must continue to take Zotrim regularly each day.”
As for the product itself, Zotrim contains dicalcium phosphate, but in what kind of quantity we don’t know. And we don’t even know why it’s there in the first place, since it’s either a phosphorus supplement usually found in animal feeds or an inert ingredient used in the manufacture of tablets.
There’s also yerba maté extract, guarana extract, damiana extract – but how concentrated those extracts are, we’re not told – they could be very strong, or very diluted.
From the website,
In theory, it should, since it contains at least one ingredient with a laxative effect, and at least two that contain caffeine. So there ought to be some weight loss, and some additional energy. The big question is, though, are users willing to wait “just days” like the company says, to be sure other ingredients have started working for them?
You’re supposed to take up to 9 capsules a day. Each capsule weighs 400 mg, and contains:
Common side effects attributed to Zotrim as a whole have been listed as digestion problems, loss of appetite, allergic reactions such as skin rash, itching or hives, weakness, fatigue, insomnia, and discolored urine.
Dicalcium phosphate can bring on digestions problems including “unusual weight loss”, mental and emotional changes, pain in bones and muscle tissue, headache, increased thirst and urination, unusual tiredness, and weakness in general.
Yerba maté by itself has been linked to bladder and kidney cancer, while combined with guarana and damiana it can affect the way medications such as anti-depressants, antibiotics, blood circulation medicine, and estrogen supplements can work.
Guarana extract can bring on side effects like those of caffeine, as well as potentially causing tremors and delirium.
Damiana extract, in very large amounts can bring on convulsions and symptoms, similar to either rabies or strychnine poisoning.
Caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness, and raised heart and respiration rates.
Vitamin B3 can bring on side effects which can include itching, dizziness, cramps and muscle pain, changes in heart rate, darkened urine, allergic reactions, yellowing of skin or eyes, shortness of breath and symptoms like those of the flu.
Vitamin B6 can bring on digestion problems, headache, tingling skin, appetite loss, and sleepiness.
Talc: we’ve already discussed the possibility of asbestos contamination.
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose is a laxative, but since we don’t know how much of it Zotrim contains, we don’t know how much of a laxative effect it will bring on. Our guess is the risk would be minimal.
Magnesium stearate also has a laxative effect, but again, we’d be surprised if the amount of it in Zotrim is enough to cause any problems.
Zotrim is not suitable for children, pregnant or nursing women or those who are sensitive to caffeine. Anyone who has a health problem should consult their doctor before any weight reduction program. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED INTAKE. KEEP THIS CONTAINER OUT OF SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
There are lots of happy people on the Zotrim website, all telling us how easily they’ve shed those extra pounds, so of course we went to Amazon for a more balanced set of reviews. Well, that’s what we thought we’d find there, but instead we only found one review which read, “Love it! Many Thanks , with love – singer SIMONNA – www.simonna.TV , Twitter @Simonna(over million fans bases worldwide!)”.
A little more investigation into that person, who recently tweeted, “I love acting. It is so much more real than life” revealed her to be very happy to endorse several other products. So we’re not too sure we should be taking her review as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,
There is a money-back guarantee for Zotrim, and they’re happy to refund what you haven’t used when sent back in the original containers – minus shipping charges.
You have to email customer service, and they’ll get back to you with instructions for returning anything within 48 business hours.
You can buy it on its website, and there are people selling it on Amazon, but as always, we have to advise caution if you want to buy any kind of supplement from online sources other than recommended retailers.
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