Bystrictin is a weight loss supplement that's said to “bypass your appetite” and ” create an “immediate gastric bypass effect” which ” causes people to eat up to “eat 70% less” and “lose weight without surgery.” Wow! These are strong words and it's because of this and the obvious and subtle comparisons to weight loss surgery, I wanted to review Bystrictin to see if it really worked. Let's look at the research on Bystrictin and see if it's right for you.
After looking over the Bystrictin website (Bystrictin.com) I conclude that the product itself has no published peer reviewed evidence that it helps people lose weight or helps people lose weight in a manner that compares to weight loss surgery. The product website lists no research on Bystrictin itself. That doesn't necessarily mean Bystrictin won't help some people lose weight though but I wanted to poin this out because of how the product is compared to weight loss surgery. So let's now look at the ingredients in Bystrictin and see what we can figure out.
Serving size = 1 scoop. There are 15 servings per container
|Calories 110||% Daily Value|
|Total Fat||3 g||5%|
|Saturated fat||0.5 g||3%|
|Trans fat||0 g|
|Total carbs||12 g||4%|
Bystrictin also contains various vitamins and minerals. Usually Bystrictin is providing people 30% -40% of their daily value for these nutrients. That said, the vitamins and minerals in Bystrictin do nothing for weight loss, so I won't review them.
The protein in Bystrictin is a combination of whey and soy protein. I'm not sure how much soy is in Bystrictin. Soy is listed first on the ingredients list but since the product also contains both whey isolate and whey concentrate, I'm inclined to think there may be equal parts of both. Protein may help weight loss by helping people feel full, but the protein in Bystrictin is not the active ingredient. Rather, a close look at the ingredients reveals that its real active ingredient is the type of fiber it has.
The product website states that Bystrictin contains “Bariaxin” which is said to be a “gastric fill technology.” Bariaxin is a trademarked name and holds no meaning outside of the world of this product.
As can be seen from the ingredients list on the product website, the Bariaxin weight loss complex is a combination of several fibers. These fibers are:
- Potato extract (also called Slendesta)
It is the fiber in Bystrictin that is the main active weight loss ingredient. Here's a rundown of each fiber.
Also called Konjac root and “PGX” This is a fiber the swells in size when it comes in contact with water. There is weight loss research on glucomman and weight loss. This is why it's been in several other products Ive already reviewed have including:
Glucomannan fiber is also on Amazon in both pill and power form for those who want to compare prices.
This is a trademarked name for a fiber that also has some weight loss research. I was not able to find any published peer reviewed evidence that FiberSol itself helped people lose weight. I did locate a 2011 study where a yogurt containing FiberSol helped weight loss but, the yogurt had other things in addition to fibersol.
See my review of the 18 Shake for more on Fibersol.
This is the name given to the potato extract Bystrictin contains. Here is Slendestra on Amazon. It's made by a company called Kemin. According to Slendestra.com the extract is a protein which is said to increase hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK). Elevated CCK levels in turn might help control appetite. While on the surfice, this sounds interesting, when I searched the National Library of Medicine for “Splendesta” I was unable to locate any published peer-reviewed research on this product. Likewise, the Splendesta.com website also shows no research on this product. Also, some research suggests that raising CCK doesn't help weight loss.
People often ask me about what weight loss supplements work? I have written my thoughts on my personal site so see that for more information.
Even though I feel the active ingredients in Bystrictin is it's fiber content, it's worth mentioning that a serving of Bystrictin is not providing very much fiber ―only 3 grams per serving. That's less than what's in a half a cup of Quaker oatmeal. It's possible their unique blend of fiber works better but personally, I'd want published peer reviewed proof, considering how much Bystrictin costs.
See my review of the Ideal Shake for more on Slendesta.
Who is Dr. Karen Vieira?
On the product website you may have noticed an endorsement from Dr. Karen Vieria. She's a scientist and has a Ph.D in biomedical sciences. As such, she's very skilled at reading published peer reviewed research.
With that in mind, I had wonder why, she would call Bystrictin “groundbreaking.” That's a strong word for a product that has never been tested in animals or humans. To her credit, she does mention that the effect of Bystrictin is due to its fiber content, but as far as the “credible medical studies” on its ingredients, she says exists, it's only glucomannan that has the evidence as far as I can see.
Who Makes Bystrictin?
According to the product website, Bystrictin is made by a company called Century Sciences, LLC. They list this address on their website: 3541 Lomita Blvd Torrance, CA 90505. The link shows no building that says “Century Sciences.”
According to the Better Business Bureau file on the company, their address is also: 18034 Ventura Blvd Ste 145 Encino, CA 91316-3516 . Click the link to see what the location looks like. See the BBB file on Century Sciences for more information.
Bystrictin Auto-Renew Policy
Bystrictin has an auto renew policy where they will automatically send you 2 canisters of Bystrictin (a month supply) every 30 days for $79.95. The product website says people automatically will not be enrolled in the auto-renew policy but double check on this if you order.Compare this to the price of glucomannan on Amazon.
How To Return Bystrictin
Bystrictin comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. However, the Terms and Conditions page of Bystricton.com clearly states that if you are not happy, “you may return your unopened canisters for a full refund.” I could be wrong but I take this to mean that they will only take back unopened bottles.
Also, people will have to pay shipping and handling to return it. I think the return policy for a single bottle that is opened is vague and because of this, I recommend you call the company and ask how to return one opened bottle if you are not satisfied.
To return Bystrictin follow these instructions:
1. Call their customer support number at 800-497-6216 and obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization number (RMA #)
2. Put the RMA # on the outside of the package and send to :
Century Sciences, LLC
BYSTRICTIN / RETURN
3541 Lomita Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
The Terms and Conditions page of Bystrictin.com also states that people waive their rights to a court trial, including a judge or jury trial if they order Bystrictin. Instead, people will have to go through arbitration. Read the Terms and Conditions page of Bystrictin.com for more information.
Bystrictin Side Effects
I'm not aware of any side effects of Bystrictin at this time.
Does Bystrictin Work?
Looking at the ingredients, I feel Bystrictin is a fiber supplement ―and a very expensive fiber supplement too! While Bystrictin itself has no studies showing it helps people lose weight, it's possible that the fibers it contains might. Of the 3 types of fibers in Bystrictin, I feel the strongest evidence is for glucomannan. The same conclusion I came to for the weight loss product called Skinny Fiber also. See that review for more information. Bystrictin is expensive. If money matters, remember that glucomannan is available at any health food store or online for a lot less than Bystrictin. Here's Bystrictin on Amazon.
What do you think?