Weight loss supplements have gotten so complex lately, so I was intrigued when a friend asked me about Slim 3 in 1. It looked simple! I had to give in and do a thorough review of the product after that. I looked carefully into the ingredients, researched the possibility of side effects, and read up on some clinical research. Then I scanned the web for some customer reviews and looked for info about the company. Here’s the sum of all that research.
What You Need to Know
Slim 3 in 1 is a weight loss supplement that comes in capsule form. It claims to boost your body’s thermogenic properties; in other words, Slim 3 claims to help your body fight against fat accumulation. Here is the summary of the ingredients. Like I mentioned before, it looks pretty simple, and there are no nasty shakes or mixes!
• Green Coffee Bean Extract: This is an old standby in weight loss supplements. It has a high level of chlorogenic acid, and authoritynutrition.com sums it up as well as anybody: “Chlorogenic acid also functions as an antioxidant. Bottom Line: Green coffee bean extract may improve glucose metabolism and reduce blood pressure. This may have benefits for people who are at high risk of diabetes and heart disease.”
• Garcinia Cambogia: This ingredient contains hydrochloric acid (HCA), which supposedly works against the formation of fat in the body.
• Raspberry Ketones: This ingredient has claimed to help disrupt lipid metabolism, thus supporting weight loss.
We weren’t able to find much substantive information about Phytogenics, the company that makes Slim 3 in 1. We tried visiting the website, but it is “being rebuilt.” Furthermore, Phytogenics isn’t on the Better Business Bureau.
We were able to track down a 2014 press release though, and it looks like Phytogenics is based in Toronto. In the release, they claim to have been in business for “many years.” If you want to buy Slim 3–3 in 1, you can find it through several different third-party online retailers. It sells for as little as $15.00 these days, and users are instructed to take 2 capsules per day. We like the low price, the ease of use, and the simple ingredients, but read on . . .
“The Reviews Aren’t Great”–Our first concern
One fantastic way to measure a product is to see what other customers are saying about a supplement. “When we took to the internet to find some reviews, we weren’t impressed by what people were saying,” our research editor said. “We didn’t see many side effects, but the supplement didn’t seem to be working either.” Here’s what some people were saying:
“Do not waste your money. Another gimmick. These do not work and they are expensive.” While we don’t see what could possibly be “expensive” about $15.00, the efficacy doesn’t change.
“It’s all right. I would prefer something else for the price. If you do want to see change, invest money on something better,” said a more balanced customer. A third customer said, “Honestly? It does not work. I have tried to lose weight with this thing. I didn’t lose anything.”
“An FDA Warning?”–Another Concern
We were alarmed to find that Slim 3 in 1 was named in a recall notice sent out by the FDA several years ago. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its nationwide alert to consumers about tainted weight loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients,” said the FDA memo.
69 supplements were named in the recall, and some of the ingredients that had been found in them (unlabeled, of course) included sibutramine, phenolphthalein, and phenytoin. These ingredients are illegal because of the health risk they pose–the first two are especially dangerous as they have been linked to heart failure and cancer.
We’ve noticed that two things in particular–good results for the money and trust—determine whether or not a customer will succeed in the long term with a product. If Slim 3’s results are as spotty as the reviews claim, that’s not a good sign. And if they really are careless enough to allow (or worse, include) dangerous undeclared ingredients in their product, they can’t be trusted with your health.
Science–Does the Evidence Back the Product?
Based on the labeled ingredients, scientific evidence backs up two of the three main parts of Slim 3. Here’s a quote on the NIH website about raspberry ketones: “These findings suggest that [raspberry ketones] holds great promise for an herbal medicine with the biological activities altering the lipid metabolism in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.”
Green coffee bean has also been linked to a metabolism boost, but garcinia cambogia came up short in the science category. One study on the NIH site said the following: “G. cambogia extract possessed limited or no effects on weight-loss in human subjects.”
Bottom Line–Should You Try It?
Given the FDA warning associated with Slim 3 in 1, be careful about trying the product. We were initially intrigued by the simple, streamlined label, but we’re not sure that the low cost and decent ingredients make up for the poor reviews and bad press. Furthermore, the specific mixture of ingredients in Slim 3 in 1 hasn’t been tested–different blends can alter the efficacy of ingredients.
If you need to shed a few pounds, choose a product that is on legally safe ground and that has a proven track record of results.
We’ve been hearing great things about Leptigen lately. It blends 4 clinically studied ingredients into a mixture that burns fat and boosts metabolism. The reviews look great, and there hasn’t been talk of harmful side effects.
If you give it a trial soon, you can take advantage of a special trial offer online.