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This ‘all-natural’ weight loss supplement is marketed to both men and women, has been around since 2008 and is distributed in the U.S.
The manufacturer of the product claims it to be an “unsurpassed miracle”. Perhaps this is not the best marketing strategy, however, when most weight loss happens, it's due to hard work and basic nutritional science. Enthusiasm is fine, but hyperbole is stale in the supplement industry.
Meizitang Botanical Slimming Soft Gel contains a variety of ingredients, all of which are plant-based and naturally occurring. The lack of synthesized products within this supplement will have great appeal to many consumers in the current marketplace.
Generally, we like to think the less processed something is, the better it is for you. This is certainly true of most food products, but it might not transfer over to weight loss supplements. Supplements are not effective simply because they are natural.
While removing synthetic ingredients from a supplement will most likely make it safer, it is unlikely to be able to produce the results consumers are after. But then again, very few weight loss supplements can do this.
The ‘Soft Gel’ aspect of the slimming supplements name comes from the liquid containing capsules that the supplement is in the form of (similar to those of fish oil supplements). The supplement is meant to be taken in the morning (1 pill), as this is meant to prevent the ‘activity of lipase in the stomach and intestinal cavity’.
The idea is that ingested fat will not be absorbed by the body and it will instead pass through the digestive system untouched. This method is one adopted by examples of prescription weight loss drugs such as Orlistat, providing some clinical credibility. What has not been proven is whether Meizitang’s product has similar capabilities.
First, there is no clinical research or documentation proving that these botanical slimming pills will rid you of excess fat.
Meizitang is a simple pill that contains lotus leaf, bamboo shoot, psyllium husk, Artemisia dracunculus, and xiancian cao. It only needs to be taken once a day and is claimed by its manufacturer to encourage fast weight loss, lower blood pressure, boost metabolism and prevent fat storage in the body.
Some websites selling the supplement claim it's capable of not just burning fat but effectively removing it from targeted areas of the body (arms, legs, belly etc.). It is important to note that this works against Meizitang: spot-reduction is not noted to be improved by many substances except for exogenous hormones.
Alongside notation that the pill alone will aide loss of 10-15 pounds of weight loss in a month, we’re starting to understand why calling the supplements effects a ‘miracle’ is the only way the company can attempt to explain these effects.
The ingredients that make up the Botanical Slimming pills do originate from natural sources as claimed. The main ingredients all originate from plants and extracts and the pill is created using various methods.
In order to obtain a stronger grasp on whether it is at all possible for this supplement to be backed by science (and not just magic), we need to take a closer look at what it contains.
More commonly known as Tarragon, it’s included in botanical slimming soft gels due to claims of improved digestion. Tarragon is also a good source of potassium which helps retain normal heart and blood pressure .
This might all be well and good, but a more financially sound way of gaining these benefits would be to consume actual tarragon. This spice is commonly available at a much more reasonable price point and can be added to a wide variety of foods for the same health benefits.
Bamboo shoots possess an excellent nutrient profile .
When bamboo is consumed as a whole food it can assist with weight loss due to its negligible amount of carbohydrates, calories, and sugars. Its high fiber content means appetite will be reduced and the feeling of fullness maintained following a relatively low-calorie meal .
Due to bamboo shoots containing phytonutrients, phytosterols, and other antioxidants, research has shown the plant is able to assist in the maintenance of heart health and cancer prevention.
Bamboo intake can also help reduce LDL cholesterol by balancing blood glucose levels. The plant shoots possess a low amount of fat and calories and consumption is shown to elicit positive effects on bowel function, lipids and cholesterol levels.
The key to all these health benefits, however, is bamboos consumption as a whole food. By using bamboo extract, or pulp, you are removing many of its natural benefits.
Job’s tear, or Chinese pearl barley, is known in Chinese medicine as one of the greatest herbs for aiding with weight loss.
As promising as this might sound to some, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is not of great scientific accuracy, and this is quickly demonstrated by the reasoning given for the effectiveness of job’s tear:
• Strengthening the Spleen
• Resolving dampness
Clearing heat and damp-heat
‘Strengthening’ the spleen would mainly benefit immunity and not aid in weight loss or digestion.
TCM claims differently, stating that in many of us the spleen's key function of ‘transformation & transportation’ is inhibited due to dysfunction.
Dampness is apparently correlated to adipose tissue, water retention, metabolic waste, a decline in beneficial bacteria, fungal infection, turbid bodily discharges and an elevated cholesterol level.
Overall, it’s clear to see that no real scientific fact exists to show the beneficial effect of Job’s tear as a weight loss supplement. Traditional medicine has pointed the way towards many beneficial compounds in the past, but this is not one of them .
Lotus leaves contain high concentrations of phytochemicals, alkaloids, flavonoids, and tannins. The isoquinoline alkaloids in lotus leaves have a sedative effect and could possibly aid digestion. Flavonoids and tannins are both powerful antioxidants that can be connected to cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.
But not weight loss.
The leaves can be brewed as a tea but have a bitter taste, hence capsule supplementation is often preferred. There is a distinct lack of research regarding the effectiveness and safety of lotus leaf consumption (especially in expectant mothers). Lotus leaf may increase the risk of bleeding and should not be used in conjunction with blood-thinners .
Psyllium husk is a great source of natural fiber. A teaspoon measure of psyllium husk contains around 4g of fiber, so its consumption is an easy way to quickly boost your daily intake. Increased fiber in your diet will promote natural bowel movements and digestive health as well as prevent discomfort and sluggishness. Blood sugar levels can also be stabilised through psyllium husk intake .
Very similar to bamboo shoots, a lot of the benefits of psyllium husk will be lost when consumed via the Mezitang soft gel supplements – it is difficult to maintain high levels of fiber in a gel supplement. The dosage of this ingredient found in the supplement is probably not substantial enough to warrant the positives of psyllium husk anyway.
Just eat more whole foods.
It’s difficult to believe in the efficacy of an ‘all-natural’ weight loss product from the get-go and, as you might expect, no solid clinical research is available to back up the effectiveness of either this Meizitang supplement itself or that of its individual ingredients.
Furthermore, the fact that this product contains a hidden ingredient that is dangerous, should be a complete deal breaker!
A major concern with Meizitang's ingredients is that there appears to be a ‘hidden’ ingredient, which is not openly commented on during advertisement and could, in fact, be dangerous.
The FDA has warned that some Meizitang products contain Sibutramine , which is a controlled substance that was banned from the marketplace in 2010.
Sibutramine is known to substantially increase consumers blood pressure and/or pulse rate, this can present serious issues to individuals suffering from (or with a history of) congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, stroke, coronary artery disease and many other serious cardiovascular conditions .
Other side effects of Meizitang supplements are also widely reported. Vast volumes of customer reviews report rapid onset of headaches, nausea, and vomiting. These negative reviews all elude to the fact that these side effects were, in fact, the only thing that they observed while using the supplement, and that no measurable weight loss or other desired effects were achieved.
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While this weight loss supplement option appears affordable and appeals to those who desire natural ingredients, it’s wise to remain skeptical due to the lack of science and published research supporting the product's fat burning claims.
One should also be concerned with the FDA warning and the negative customer reviews the supplement has received.
If you’re looking to drop a few inches from your waistline, we suggest choosing a supplement with clinically-proven efficacy. Preferably without illicit drug content!
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Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives. You can contact her via the "About Us" page.
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