The MBS 360 Fat Burning formula is a supplement whose name speaks for itself. It’s a weight loss supplement that is composed of three different ingredients, said to complement each other, providing all around – 360 degrees – support for those seeking weight loss. I first heard of MBS 360 after seeing its TV commercial, featuring its creator, Dr. Don Colbert. My question was, does it work? I got curious and after looking over it’s its ingredients decided to write this review for those wondering if this product was right for them.
What Does MBS 360 Mean?
MBS stands for Mind, Body Spirit, a phrase often associated with the YMCA. The “360” in the name is another reference to the all around /complementing effects of the product. By the name of the product, I take it that the effects of all 3 of its ingredients would work better than either would individually. In the MBS 360 TV commercial, the supplement is said to work by helping:
- Fat burning
- Weight loss
- Maintaining weight loss
The idea of a full spectrum weight loss supplement is a novel idea that, in theory, makes some sense. Let's now look at its ingredients and the research quoted in the TV commercial.
MBS 360 Ingredients
According to the product website, 1 capsule of MBS 360 Fat Burning formula has these 3 ingredients:
- Green Coffee 350mg
- African Mango 100 mg
- Green Tea Extract 16 mg
The website advocates taking 1 to 3 capsules per day. If taking 3 capsules per day, this would provide the following amounts:
- 1050 mg of green coffee bean
- 300 mg of African mango
- 48 mg of green tea extract
I list these amounts to help people compare the amounts used in the studies I’ll summarize below.
As an aside, I mention that I’ve covered all of these ingredients previously and have entire reviews devoted entirely to:
- Green Coffee Bean (click to see the review)
- African Mango (click the see the review)
See those for more information.
The product label also lists Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose under “other ingredients.” This compound can congeal (thicken up) when exposed to liquids. This might make people feel full and thus less likely to eat. There have been studies on hydroxypropyl methylcellulose noting that it caused weight loss in mice. Might this compound play a role in the effectiveness of MBS 360?
MBS 360 Research
The MBS 360 TV commercial mentions clinical studies on each of the 3 ingredients in the product. They are impressive sounding. The problem is that neither the commercial or the product website (MBS360.tv) tells us the names of those studies.
This makes finding them a little difficult.
So, I called the customer service number listed on the product website to see if they could tell me where I could find the clinical studies. While they were nice, and tried to help, they were unable to give me the names of the studies.
With that said, I will try to locate the clinical studies based on the descriptions I heard about them in the TV commercial.
Let’s do that now.
Green Coffee Bean
Its scientific name is chlorogenic acid. In the MBS360 TV commercial, a reference is made to a clinical study that had these traits and outcomes:
- The study lasted 22 weeks.
- 100% of the participants lost weight.
- The people in the study lost an average of 17.6 pounds.
- The people consumed 2400 calories per day.
It was also said that this study was recently published. In fact, in the TV commercial, the study is said to be “hot off the presses” conducted “this year.”
This was the only information I had to go on when I searched for this clinical trial. Armed with those facts, I searched the National Library of Medicine for these search terms:
- Green coffee bean weight loss
- Chlorogenic acid weight loss
I looked specifically for a human clinical trials that fit the description of the green coffee extract study that was described in the TV commercial.
Only 1 study to fit the majority of the traits mentioned during the commercial.
Here it is…
This clinical trial was from 2012 and involved 16 overweight men and women. It was titled Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a green coffee bean extract in overweight subjects.
I hope this is not the study described in the TV commercial.
I say I hope it isn't because if you click the link and look at the study you will quickly learn that it has been retracted by the authors because they could not verify the results.
This study does bear a strong resemblance to that mentioned in the TV commercial. For example:
- The study lasted 22 weeks.
- The people consumed about 2400 calories per day.
- All the people lost weight.
- An average of 8 kilograms (17 pounds) was lost.
All this sounds very similar to what was mentioned in the TV commercial.
If I am wrong – and it is possible I am – I hope someone will point me to the correct investigation. If anyone does, I will gladly update this portion of my review.
I covered this study in my review of Green Coffee Bean and weight loss, so see that for more information.
The scientific name for this supplement is Irvingia gabonensis. MBS 360 Fat Burning formula is said to contain a specific seed extract from African mango that has evidence that it works.
While the TV commercial does not mention the name of the clinical study, it is stated that the study has these characteristics:
- The study lasted 10 weeks.
- The people lost an average of 28 pounds.
- The people lost an average of 6 inches from their waistlines.
Also, when I look at the label of MBS360, I also see that it mentions “IGOB 131.” This is another tip off to the study they are referencing in the TV commercial. IGOB131 is a specific extract from African Mango seeds that has been studied for weight loss.
The study I believe they are referencing was published in 2009 and is titled IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation.
This study included 102 overweight men and women. The study noted that those receiving 300 mg of African mango (the IGOB131 extract) lost 28 pounds vs. only 1 pound in those getting the placebo.
See my review of African Mango and weight loss for more on this study.
In 2011, another study was published on IGOB131 titled, African mango (IGOB131): a proprietary seed extract of Irvingia gabonensis is found to be effective in reducing body weight and improving metabolic parameters in overweight humans.
While I was not able to read the study, we can deduce from the title that it appeared effective in helping people lose weight.
I also located the following non-human clinical trial that also used the IGOB131 extract:
In this 2012 study titled, Subchronic toxicity and mutagenicity/genotoxicity studies of Irvingia gabonensis extract (IGOB131), 20 lab rats were force fed various amounts of the IGOB131 extract for 90 days to see if any health side effects might occur.
No side effects were observed. That’s good. Interestingly however, the study also mentions that none of the rats lost weight (or gained weight either).
I found it odd that none of the rats in this study lost weight. Remember, the IGOB131 seed extract is marketed for weight loss.
In a 2008 study titled, Inhibition of Irvingia gabonensis seed extract (OB131) on adipogenesis as mediated via down regulation of the PPARgamma and Leptin genes and up-regulation of the adiponectin gene, mouse cells were treated with the IGOB131 extract. The extract appeared to inhibit the production of fat cells. Human studies are needed to corroborate these findings.
Green Tea Extract
The scientific name for green tea is Camellia sinensis. The clinical study mentioned in the TV commercial notes that people who used green tea —in conjunction with a low calorie diet — lost 30.1 pounds in 90 days. This is the only clue I had to go on when I tried to find this investigation.
Searching the National Library of Medicine, I turned up this clinical trial, published in 2009: Greenselect Phytosome as an adjunct to a low-calorie diet for treatment of obesity: a clinical trial.
Green tea phytosome is the proprietary extract used in the study. While I don't see “GreenSelect Phytosome” on the MBS360 label, this is the only study I located that lasted 90 days, where people lost 30.1 pounds when given green tea combined with a low calorie diet. As such, I feel this is the study.GreenSelect phytosome
The study is impressive. Those using green tea phytosome lost 30.1 pounds vs. 9.9 pounds in those who only consumed a low calorie diet.
That said, it is just one study.
Because it's easy to find a study that says almost anything, researchers will sometimes perform a meta-analysis to get a clearer picture. Here, researchers basically lump a bunch of similar studies together to see if they can find a common pattern or unique effect.
Two such meta analysis studies on green tea have concluded that it either doesn’t work or provides a very modest effect. Here are those studies for those who want to check them out:
- Effect of green tea or green tea extract consumption on body weight and body composition; systematic review and meta-analysis.
Green tea is popular in weight loss supplements but personally, I've always been skeptical about it. See my review of Mega T Green Tea for more info.
The MBS360 Website
When I looked up MBS360.tv, I discovered that it was registered by another company called Dream Journey Productions (Dream-Journey.com), located in Florida. You can read more about them at their website. Here is their Better Business Bureau file, which may have more information.
Dr. Colbert, who is featured on the MBS360 TV commercial, also has a website, which you can check out at DivineHealthWellness.com. On his website he sells several supplements, including MBS 360.
How Much Does MBS 365 Cost?
When I wrote this review, the product website was listing a 90 day trial of the MBS 360 Fat Burning Formula for 149.95 plus free shipping and handling. I also saw an option to purchase 1 month of the Fat Burning Formula, along with Dr. Colbert’s At Home Wellness Program for Weight Loss DVD for $59.95 + 4.95 shipping and handling.
How To Return MB 360
Unopened bottles have a 30 day money back guarantee. Call the customer service at 1-888-273-5440 for how to return the product.
MBS 360 Side Effects
As I wrote this review I was not aware of any side effects from this product. When I searched online I also saw no side effects. Personally, I think its pretty safe for most healthy people. That said, here are a few things that occurred to me as I looked over the ingredients. Talk to your doctor if you think any of this applies to you. This list is not complete.
- Stop taking MBS 360 at least 2 weeks before having surgery. This is also wise for all supplements not recommended by your doctor.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor to see if any of the ingredients can be passed on to the baby.
- Green tea can contain caffeine. Because of this, it might be wise not to consume the supplement near bedtime.
- If you take blood thinner medications, speak to your doctor. If you take any prescription medications, speak to your doctor.
- If you a diabetic, speak to your doctor.
If you have any liver problems, speak to your doctor. There have been several cases of liver problems–including liver failure – linked to green tea supplements. Is it green tea or something else causing this? Let's let your doctor give you a more informed discussion on this. Here is a review study on on this issue for those doing their own research: Green tea supplements and liver failure.
Does It Work?
Based on what I was able to find, I am not convinced at this time. I say this not only because I was not able to find clinical trials on MBS360 itself, but also because I wasn’t convinced by the studies I uncovered in support of its ingredients.
Of the 3 ingredients in the MBS360 Fat Burning formula, I only see some intriguing research on African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) and while I feel it’s far from a slam dunk at this time, if the product really works, I feel African Mango may be the active ingredient. I was happy to see that MBS360 contained the IGOB131 African Mango extract, which I feel is more in line with what current research shows might work. I see no clinical evidence that the 3 ingredients work better together than either might alone. If the product works, its best used in conjunction with eating fewer calories and some physical activity.
Here are all the African Mango IGOB131 supplementson Amazon to see what others are saying.