By now, you probably know that I can’t hear about a new weight loss supplement without doing a deep review–and it was no different when I heard about Zhen De Shou. I decided to look into the ingredients, explore the possibility of side effects, and see if any clinical research has been done. Then I looked into the company and tried to find customer reviews; then I broke it all down to help you make an informed decision.
What You Need to Know
Zhen De Shou makes two predominant claims. First of all, it allegedly boosts thermogenesis to help burn fat; secondly, it supposedly helps curb appetite. In short, thermogenic supplements boost your body’s metabolism and ability to burn fat, and they often affect things like blood pressure and heart rate. Zhen De Shou does so using this list of ingredients: Crataegus pinnatifida, safflower, gingko-nut, cassia seed, and xuan zhao (ingredients vary greatly by manufacturer). One plus when using Zhen De Shou is that it’s easy to take.
As far as we can tell, Zhen De Shou comes from a company called Magic Potions, a Philippines-based business. However, other websites with URLs including “Zhen De Shou” in them ship from Hong Kong. Normally, purchasing dietary supplements from overseas can be either unsafe or illegal.
The supplement can be purchased from magic-potions.com, but it is out of stock right now; a 6-box shipment costs $60.00, and nine boxes cost $90.00. One box contains a 10-day supply; one pill is taken each morning. If you want to explore the other sites, you can try these two:
We like how simple it is to take Zhen de Shou, but keep reading . . .
Potentially Dangerous Ingredients–Our First Concern
First of all, we found conflicting reports on the list of ingredients. Second of all, we found that government action has been taken against Zhen De Shou. “Since diet supplements aren’t FDA approved, it’s important to carefully research ingredients and make sure they are safe,” said our research editor. “If there’s any question at all as to what may be in a product, leave it alone.” Upon further research, we found some disturbing reports on Zhen De Shou.
Several years ago, the FDA issued a recall notice on Zhen De Shou due to the discovery of sibutramine in the supplement. Sibutramine is known as an appetite suppressant, but it has also been linked to severe blood pressure issues and heart rate irregularities. In fact, customers with pre-existing conditions were at risk of death; amazingly enough, sibutramine wasn’t listed on the label at the time.
The United States is not the only country that had to deal with Zhen De Shou. The Australian Department of Health issued a warning as well because it found the ingredient phenolphthalein in Zhen De Shou, a banned ingredient in Australia, the U.S., and other countries due to cancer-related health concerns.
Scammy Websites–Another Concern?
The fact that we don’t know which website sells the original, real Zhen De Shou is also disturbing. Http://www.zhendeshoustore.com/ claims to be the real deal, but http://www.zhendeshou.us/ claims to sell the supplement as well.
Furthermore, the fact that Magic Potion’s website contains zero reviews for Zhen De Shou and is out of stock on so many products has us feeling uneasy about the company. It’s also unclear whether the product ships from the Philippines or Hong Kong, which is another concern.
Does Science Back It Up?
Some of the alleged ingredients, like cassia seeds, are both harmless and helpful, according to the National Institutes of Health. The problem is that Zhen De Shou and its various websites don’t provide any research or science to back up their fantastic claims, and without science, a supplement is essentially meaningless.
When all is said and done, though, no amount of science makes up for government warnings from two countries. There are plenty of products out there that are both legal and clinically proven!
The Bottom Line–Should You Try It?
Given the complicated and non-transparent nature of Zhen De Shou, you should be careful with the supplement. We can’t find good reviews for it online, and two national governments have put out warnings–not exactly a good sign.
If you need something that will help you burn off that extra fat, look for a safe, legal, and effective product–preferably one that has customer reviews available too!
One of our favorites is a supplement called Leptigen. It blends four powerful ingredients in a proprietary mix, and each ingredient has been proven with clinical research. Customers online are saying that it works and doesn’t have harmful side effects.
For now, there’s a special trial offer—always a good sign.