This is the second -and updated review – I'm wring on Beautiful Slim Body, a weight loss “supplement” from Vietnam. While I originally thought that the only way this stuff could work was by may acting as a laxative, I fast changed my mind and began to suspect that something else might be in Beautiful Slim Body, to explain why people were losing weight. Thanks to the FDA, we now know what the “active ingredient” is. Its not a mystical herb from China. It's a drug made in the laboratory.
In my first review of Beautiful Slim Body I told you my initial thoughts about the product and all the confusion about what it's ingredients are. A lot of websites are listing the wrong ingredients.
Beautiful Slim Body Ingredients
Update 11/9/12. Beautiful Slim body contains Sibutramine – also called Meridia -, a weight loss drug no longer available in the US because it might cause serious – and life threatening heart problems. This explains why people lost weight with this weight loss product.
According to the national library of medicine, side effects of sibutramine can include
- Dry mouth
- back pain
- change in appitite
Dry mouth is one of the most common complaints from people who use this and other products that have also been found to contain sibutramine. For more info see my reviews on Hokkaido weight loss pills and ZXT Gold pills and Phentraburn weight loss pills and Beautiful Slim Body .
Here is another post where I list several other weight loss products that were found to a contain weight loss drug.
You really dont need to read any further than this because all of the other ingredients are bogus – they dont cause any significant weight loss. If they did then, there would be no need for the weight loss drug would there?
Many people have asked me is Beautiful Slim Body safe and will it help weight loss? The best way to know is to look at its ingredients. It was only after I found a picture of Beautiful Slim Body that I discovered what its ingredients were. On the BSB label, they call these Functional Ingredients.
In America ingredients are listed from the most abundant to the least. Oddly, on the Beautiful Slim Body label Amylum is listed last even though there is apparently more of it (24%) than cassia (16%). If the product really is “Made in America” Why isn’t the “American lab” where Beautiful Slim Body is allegedly made, adhering to American rules? I dont believe BSB was ever made in America. In any event here are the ingredients in Beautiful Slim Body:
- Cassia Seed Extract 16%
- Coicis Seed 20%
- Mulberry Extract 22%
- Lotus Leaf Extract 12%
- Mustard Extract 5%
- Medical Amylum 24%
The percentages next to the names of the ingredients are not the Daily Values – those percentages we see on food labels in the US. This is because there are no daily values for herbs. The percentages meaningless unless we have proof that this particular combination works best. As far as I can tell, there is no weight loss proof on this specific ratio of ingredients.
Let’s briefly review each ingredient in Beautiful Slim Body.
Cassia. This is a laxative.
Coicis seed. Other names for this herb are Job’s Tears and Coix. Compounds in coicis seed appear to have anti-inflammatory properties. Animal research also appears to show that Coicis, can reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Research so far has used 60 grams a day to lower cholesterol levels.
At least one study has found that Cocis can help weight loss in lab rats that are fed a high fat diet. Cocis has a relatively high fiber content and this may be why it helps weight loss. Since it has fiber it also acts like a laxative. Remember that losing weight can also lower cholesterol levels.
It is important to remember that in this study lab rats were injected with coicis. They did not eat coicis seeds. The amount used in research was 50 mg per 100 grams of body weight. If we assume for a moment that taking coicis supplements would help weight loss, then a 200 pound person (91 kg) would need 45,500 mg (~45 grams) of Coicis to work. This is much more than is in Beautiful Slim Body. As such I don’t feel coicis has any special effect on weight loss other than adding some fiber to the diet.
Mulberry leaf extract. This is a laxative.
Mustard Leaf Extract. Mustard can be a laxative in high doses. There are dozens of species of mustard. what type of mustard are they using in Beautiful Slim Body? Is It white mustard, brown mustard, black mustard?
Medical Amylum. Amylum means carbohydrates or starch. This is probably used as a filler and as such has no nutritional value. At the very least it may have some fiber and if it does, then it would also be expected to act like a laxitive.
I believe that the word Medical Amylum is made up – it was invented – because when I Googled the phrase “medical amylum” I couldn’t find anything except websites that sell weight loss supplements.
When I searched the National Library of Medicine for medical amylum” I also found nothing. I've taken many science classes over the years and never once did see the word “medical amylum” in any book. Medical Amylum is a made up / invented word.
Real vs. counterfeit Beautiful Slim Body
Like a lot of herbal weight loss supplements from other countries, people talk about counterfeit products. Usually there is some code that people have to plug into a website to see if the product is real or not. In the case of Zi Xiu Tang which I wrote about previously, the anti counterfeit website is in another language. That annoys me because it's English speaking people who are buying this stuff. The picture below is where Beautiful Slim Body is made.
Judging from the comments on my Zi Xiu Tang page, even people who were taking “real” Zi Xiu Tang, sometimes report not losing any weight. I would not be surprised if there are people who have “real” Beautiful Slim Body who have not noticed any weight loss either.
At one of the websites that sell Beautiful Slim Body they say that the ingredients “works to activate cell in vivo, eliminate the long-term – silting harm toxin with unique slimming, and expulse toxin and adjusting fat in vivo effects.”
Let’s translate it this sentence:
Translation: The phrase “In vivo” means in either humans or lab animals. There are no weight loss studies in humans so they must mean lab rats. The only ingredient I found with any weight loss proof was coicis –and that was a single rat study. This is likely the “in vivo” research they are referring to.
Notice the words “expulse toxin” in the statement. Translation – Laxative! It makes people poop.
“Adjusting fat in vivo effects”: Translation –There is no translation because this statement makes no sense.
Ok, so Beautiful Slim Body has some fiber, but why not save the money and make a nice fruit and veggie smoothie in the blender? It will be healthier than Beautiful Slim Body and more importantly, it will get people to start seeing the big picture – being healthy – rather than just losing weight.
When I first reviewed Beautiful Slim Body I said the only beautiful thing I can see about it’s making a lot of people in Vietnam richer. Unfortunately, I now know that my original suspicious were correct. Beautiful Slim Body works because the company that makes it cheats – they add a weight loss drug called Sibutramine – and that's wrong.
Also see my review of Slim Trim U for more information.
What do you think?