Update 3/9/20. Leptigen is a weight loss supplement that contains an interesting ingredient called MeraTrim. Does Leptigen work? Does It have any side effects? Who makes Leptigen? These will be some of the questions I'll try to answer in this review. Leptigen is not the same thing as Lipothin which is another weight loss supplement. See the DietSpotLight Burn review for more information.
What Does The Name Mean?
The name Leptigen is interesting because it reminds me of “Leptin” a hormone, made inside fat cells that play a role in hunger. The idea behind the name is a subtle reference that it might influence leptin levels and in doing, curb appetite and promote weight loss.
That said evidence the Lepigen alters leptin levels could not be located.
On the FAQ page of Leptigen.com it's stated that:
“we referenced 284 published scientific studies to verify the claims that we make about the ingredients in Leptigen.”
Understand that while research exists on the ingredients of the supplement, that is not the same thing as research on the supplement itself. To best understand the supplement its necessary to look at its ingredients.
Let's do that next.
Each capsule of Leptigen has these ingredients:
|Decaffeinated green tea extract||200 mg|
|Chromium polynicotinate (Chromate)||100 mcg (83% DV)|
The label lists these 2 ingredients as well:
- Green Select EGCG
See the Research Section below.
Leptigen also contains these “other ingredients”
- Silicon dioxide
- Magnesium stearate (vegetable source)
- Lecithin phospholipids
These other ingredients play no role in the effects or benefits of the supplement.
This is another name for chromium. It's a combination of chromium and niacin (a B vitamin). Supplements often contain chromium bonded to vitamins to increase absorption. Chromium has been used in weight loss supplements for many years, although most research shows it does not work. See the review of chromium and weight loss .
Chromium polynicotinate is sometimes found in weight loss supplements, likely due to a study from the 1990s noting that it helped women lose weight (woman taking chromium picolinate actually gained weight).
See the review of chromium polynicotinate for more information.
Leptigen uses a trademarked brand of chromium polynicotinate called “ChromeMate” made by a company called InterHealth Nutraceuticals (now part of Lonza company). To support its effects this study noted it helped people lose weight more than a placebo.
Leptigen contains 100 micrograms of ChromeMate which is more than the above study used, so that is good.
More good news is Chromate is not expensive
Many weight loss supplements contain caffeine. The idea is probably twofold:
1. caffeine appears to have a small fat burning effect
2. people who are more awake might burn more calories through doing more physical activity
Leptigen has 75 mg of caffeine per capsule. That's about what is in a cup of coffee.
Green Select EGCG
This is a trademarked version of green tea found in Leptigen. This form is supposed to be better absorbed than “regular” green tea. Another name for this ingredient is Green Select Phytosome. One study showing Green Select Phytosome helped people lose weight.
MeraTrim is another ingredient in Leptigen. It's composed of two separate ingredients:
- Sphaeranthus indicus
- Garcinia mangostana
There is some weight loss research on MeraTrim.
The research notes that Meratrim works when people take 800 mg per day. I'll assume Leptigen has this amount but I'm not sure as I could not determine the amount from the label.
See the MeraTrim Review
Who Makes Leptigen?
The company that makes the supplement is called Green Bracket LLC. According to the Better Business Bureau, they are located at:
7320 NW 12th St STE 110 Miami, FL 33126-1913. This address corrosponds to a supplement review website called DietSpotLight.com
The Better Business Bureau gives Green Bracket LLC a rating of “F.” See the BBB file for updates and more information.
Previoulsy the BBB used to list another website for the company – “Avesil.com.” Before Leptigen, there was another weight loss supplement called Avesil. Their ingredients looked very much alike.
Leptigen and Avesil have both been promoted on DietSpotlight website. Another supplement promoted on the website is
called DietSpotlight Burn.
See the DietSpotlight Burn review
How To Contact Leptigen
The BBB lists this contact number for Green Bracket LLC 800-555-3951.
In Australia, call: 1800-112-947
In the UK, call: 0800-148-8251
Does Leptigen Contain Soy?
Yes, the label indicates that the product contains soy. The soy may come from the Green Select EGCG extract which has a little bit of soy. Generally soy is not a problem for most people.
How To Return Leptigen
The supplement came with a 120-day money-back guarantee. Before returning Leptigen call their customer service department at 800-555-3951. You need to get a return merchandise number (RMA number) and this needs to accompany anything that is returned. The product website says you have 120 days -from the time they order the supplement- to return it.
To get a refund, you have to include a copy of your sales receipt too (or a note with your order number, name address email address phone number) and a reason why you are returning it.
The FAQ page of Leptigen.com also lists this address for returns:
4135 Laguna St.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
It's best to call the company first. Their number is: 800-555-3951.
Oddly, The product return page stated: “We cannot accept returns on overly used products.” What does “overly used products” mean?
How Much Does It Cost?
The supplement was about $110 for a bottle containing 60 capsules. Update, the product website also listed 3 options for buying
- Option 1: “Best Value.” $89.95 for a 90 day supply plus 5 free gifts.
- Option 2: “Most Popular.” $99.95 for a 60 day supply plus 5 free gifts.
- Option 3: ” Getting Started.” $109.95 plus 5 free gifts.
Customer service said the free gifts consisted of:
- A meal planner
- Capsule carrier
- Tape measure
Leptigen Side Effects
The supplement is likly safe in most healthy people. For those not healthy here are some things to consider. This list is not complete:
- Start with less than suggested for the first weekS
- Stop taking the product – and other supplements – at least 2 weeks before surgery
- Don't take the product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Speak to your doctor if you have liver problems, heart problems, thyroid issues, have had a stroke/ blood pressure problems or are diabetic, have depression, emotional/psychiatric issues.
- Don't take Leptigen close to bedtime due to its caffeine content
- If you take any medications, show the ingredients to your doctor/pharmacist first.
Does Leptigen Work?
Leptigen has no clinical studies to know if it works or not. However, there are a few studies on Meratrim which is an ingredient as well as Green Select Phytosome.
Leptigen is another name for the new weight loss supplement they are selling, called DietSpotlight Burn. They are the SAME thing.
Everyone who has taken Leptigen should read this eye opening review.
Notice how easy it was for me to order the free sample.
dawn lauer says
I wrote yesterday. No reply. Too late when I arrived home to call but I will tomorrow. The bottles have been in the parcel mailbox since Saturday and I’m sure, because of the 100 degree heat here, they’re spoiled. The stupid p.o. here left the wrong key or something is wrong with the lock.
I went there today. They told me they’ll call me to let me know the results when they look at the parcel mail box. No reply. I told the company about returning the bottles once I’m able to get to them! They never responded. I am SO sick and tired of the non-communication in this world!!!
Hi Dawn, so sorry to hear that happened to you. I hear what you are saying about the world of non-communication, which is ironic given how easy it is -or should be -to talk to someone thee days. Let us know what happens. Hopefully this will be resolved easily and to your satisfaction.
Hi I have just ordered the free trial And then read all the comments about being really hard to cancel And the high monthly charges, so in panic mode, Ive just rang my bank And said I left my purse on the train so they would cancel my card. Does this mean they will not be able to take any more money off me?? I have also emailed them explaining as a single parent I cannot afford the cost I thought it was just the postage And packaging I was paying for either the 15day trial!! Will call if I need to but will cancelling my card be enough does anybody no?? Thanks
Hi Danielle, While Im sure your bank can give you the best advice, my guess is if they cancelled your bank card, it wont work anymore when someone tries to debit your card. Do speak to the Leptigen support too and let them know your not interested in reoccurring payments being taken from your card.
Anybody else have advice for Danielle?
I ordered a free trail a week ago and accidentally selected to purchase two bottles for $144 something (not sure of the exact amount)
I called them first thing when I realized what happen. I had NO issues with customer service I was nice to them there for they were nice to me in return! He canceled the payment right away. it was refunded back to my card by the end of the business day..
I just received the free trail plus a 30 day supply with a letter starting they were sorry for the misunderstanding.
However…..if I do not call back within 15-20 days I believe from the time I purchase the free trail then yes they will bill your card auto pay to receive more pills.
Overall had a excellent experience with this company. I just received the pills therefore I have yet to try them.
Hi Maria, thanks for sharing that. I am very glad their customer service was able to help you so promptly. Let us know how things go when you start taking Leptigen.
I have a feeling you’re lying – you probably work for the company or received a job through Elance to write positive reviews about this company. The customer service is appalling – I was emailed back a fake number to call which had one too many numbers in it – the guy I spoke to was eating the entire time and he told me that no one could refund me my money – even though they state that they have a 120 day money back guarantee.
Patty Sepulveda says
I have read several reviews stating communication issues with Leptigen. I have had none!
Here is my take on all this:
People, read read read before you order something! Pretty much every single trial period of any service or product comes with a monthly subscription thereafter. When I called to cancel, mainly because I just can’t afford the cost, they were responsive, they offered a discount to keep the product (of course, it’s a business after all), when I declined, they gave me an RMA number and asked me to send it back when the full order arrived for a FULL refund.
With that said, I ordered the trial of Leptigen and took it for one day and felt dizzy and jittery. Because I am susceptible to caffeine I decided to try it again reducing the dosage for now. Since I still have time to return the product I will try this with the trial bottle and see how it goes.
I also believe that anyone still has to put in some effort with any kind of diet, taking a supplement just gives that extra boost some people need.
Good luck to you all who are looking for a “miracle pill.”
Don’t waste your time and money with this sub par supplement. The whole risk free isn’t completely an accurate statement. The sales people are only trained to sell, not in customer satisfaction whatsoever. The supplement itself does not work. In fact, I gained more weight in a week using the supplement. It also gave me headaches and made me nauseous.
They will honor getting my money back but only after I ship the half used bottles back. They didn’t even provide with a return slip in their trial kit. I wasn’t sent an email either with instructions on how to return it.
They basically are the typical shady company out to get your money. DON’T USE THIS!
Following the reviews here I have just called to cancel my subscription before even taking the first pill (they just arrived this morning). 2 minutes on the phone, they tried an alternative “cheap” offer but I refused and an email confirmation just came through straight away.
SO far I have had no issues but lets see how things play out.
Hi John, thanks for sharing and I’m glad the cancellation process went smoothly.
Terrible !!!! Didn’t even get a chance to finish the first bottle to know whether or not it even works for me and just got charged 95 for the second bottle. I haven’t even received the 2nd bottle.
Got the free trial however I was unaware that they would charge my credit card after the initial trial. They claim that it is right next to the submit button when you order the trial however I do not recall seeing that and if it was there it was very hard to see.
A gentleman at customer service was difficult to deal with and talk to me as if I were two years old. I’m going to contact my bank to ensure no further charges come through on this
Janis Liu says
Even though I experienced good customer service during my account cancellation, I was not aware that I would be automatically charged after my free trial. It is an expensive product that did not help me at all. Instead I had horrible stomach aches that lasted for hours.
It’s true. It is difficult to cancel with this company so be aware but I was able to cancel after being hung up on and put on hold. Don’t stay on hold. Just hang up and dial again until they pickup quickly. I can’t say it works because I started to eat more on one hand but did go to the toilet more on the other hand so if you can control the cravings, then you might be on to something. Good Luck
Horrible company to deal with! They state 120 money back but they do not follow through! Then block your number and emails so you can not call anymore!! Scam, Scam, scam!!!!
I just started taking it. It has surpassed my cravings immensely. I used the free trail and wanted to cancel it and just buy when needed. I only use once a day in the morning. Occasionally I will take one later, but by all means not the norm. I called and they gave me a discounted price for 3 bottles and gave me a partial refund for the 2nd bottle they sent me, so it was the same price as the discounted price. I find I am losing weight because I am not craving food.
I don’t like that I can’t just access my account and no where could I find an account number. That bugs me. I’ll find out in 3 months if they send me more and then I will deal with it then. Either cancel my CC or call the bank and block them. Although they did tell me I was no longer on auto shipment.
Sarah Jo says
I don’t usually make comments but I just had to because unfortunately there really aren’t many reviews on Leptigen from legitimate customers. I loved it. I lost 15 pounds in a month and I was lightly active with an average diet. Also I’m sad to see some people remark on poor customer service. I thought the people I spoke with via email and over the phone were some of the most helpful and kind individuals I’ve ever experienced in customer service. And I work in customer service!!
I got the 30 day supply kit to try it out. Unfortunately the price is crazy high so I only took it for that month. But I do plan on purchasing again as soon as I can. For anyone wondering, do not take it and then not eat about 30 minutes later. I will say this, it made me pretty sick to take it on an empty stomach and then forget to eat later on. That was my fault though. Don’t forget to eat! Good luck to anyone out there trying to lose weight and be healthy. You can do it.
I’m taking it currently. Just wondering if it made you feel like you took a caffeine pill? That’s kind of how I feel
Good to know Sarah Jo. I got the trial a few months back and haven’t used it yet. I will start today. As soon as I ordered the trial, I immediately canceled. No issues. I did save the emails from customer service confirming my cancellation. My account has NOT been charged. I had to give my body a break from supplements.
I have also corrected my diet (eating more, and lots of protein), and going to the gym on a regular basis…with a trainer. I have been doing that for over nearly 2 months. I am only down 3 lbs. What a disappointment. So… It is time to try a supplement to help. Here is hoping Leptigen works for me as well!
Hi Katie, don’t be discouraged by your weight loss. At 3 pounds lost over 2 months, you are still in line for what is recommended for healthy weight loss. Sometimes people lose a lot of weight fast, but that is mostly water. It’s only when the weight loss slows that people start tapping into burning mostly fat. Could it be that by what you are doing, you bypassed the water loss and went right to fat loss? Maybe. Regardless, be happy and know that weight loss or not, exercise makes you healthier and live longer. That is what its really all about 🙂
Joe…Thanks for that reply was just checking out Leptigen and reading reviews..I once weighed over 300 pounds and down to 168…I have been down to 165 but seem to hold 168….It’s driving me crazy LOL
But reading your post is true…I have people tell me I look amazing, but that scale is depressing…I will remember your post every Friday when I step on the scale…Thanks!!!!
Jackie, that is fantastic that you were able to lose so much weight and keep it off! You are to be commended for your dedication. Scale or no scale, you are a winner! 🙂
Dina Wolfe says
Thank you so much for writing this review! It makes me feel more confident that it won’t make me sick, if I just remember to eat after taking it.
Rebecca S says
DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY!!!!! I EMAILED TWICE TO CANCEL AND WAS EMAILED BACK TELLING ME TO CALL. I CALLED AND WAS KEPT ON HOLD FOR 30 MINS AND THEN 45 MINS THE SECOND TIME. I HAVE A LIFE, THEREFORE I CANNOT SIT ON HOLD FOR ETERNITY. I SENT ANOTHER EMAIL LETTING THEM KNOW THAT I CALLED AND COULD NOT GET THROUGH TO PLEASE CANCEL MY ACCOUNT. AGAIN THEY REPLIED THAT I HAD TO CALL. THIRD TIME I GOT THROUGH AND WAS TOLD IT WOULD BE CANCELLED. IT WAS NOT.
THIS LAST TIME (NOW THE 4TH), I HAD THE REPRESENTATIVE STAY ON THE PHONE UNTIL I RECEIVED THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM HIM STATING MY ACCOUNT WAS CANCELLED AND I WOULD NOT BE CHARGED AGAIN. THEY WILL FIND ANY WAY TO GET YOUR MONEY. ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE COMPANY TO DO BUSINESS WITH. I NEVER PUT A NEGATIVE REVIEW FOR ANYTHING, BUT THIS BOILS DOWN TO TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE.
James brooks says
That sure sounds familiar; every time I went for a free bottle just pay postage and handling I got screwed. once they get your CC# they send lots of stuff you never ordered and try to cancel. NO WAY. then if you return it they say they don’t except returns or they didn’t receive it. no more of that for me. if you go through PAY PAL that helps but most of them refuses to go through pay pal.
No more freebies for me.