Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic is said to be a powerful, vegetarian-based supplement to help you lose weight, boost metabolism, and improve digestion. Impressive claims. So is the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic legit or is it a scam? For those wondering if it's proven to really work, this independent review will reveal the ingredients, research, and possible side effects of this very popular weight loss and vitality supplement.
What is Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic
It's a supplement containing ingredients that are said to help metabolism, digestion, energy, and vitality and modulate inflammation. According to the company, Flat Belly Tonic is based on the diets of the inhabitants of Okinawa, Japan, an area where people have longer life expectancies.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people born in Japan in 2019 can expect to live an average of 84.3 years vs. 78.5 years for people born in the United States.
While those in Japan live longer, according to a BBC report, people living in Okinawa have a 40% greater chance of living to 100 than other people living in other parts of Japan.
Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Ingredients
There are 4 proprietary blends in the supplement:
- Polyphenol blend
- Metabolic blend
- Digestive blend
- 9 Strain Probiotic blend
According to the Supplement Facts label, each scoop of the flat belly tonic has the following ingredients.
|Calories||10||Percent Daily Value|
|Total carbs||2 g||1% DV|
|Dietary fiber||2 g||6% DV|
|Polyphenol Blend. Composed of:||2g||N/A|
|Mango seed extract|
|Metabolic Blend. Composed of:||400 mg||N/A|
|Green tea leaf|
|Bitter melon extract|
|Black pepper fruit extract|
|Digestive Blend. Composed of:||700 mg||N/A|
|Oat hull fiber powder|
|9 Strain Probiotic Blend Composed of:||3 Billion CFU||N/A|
N/A = no dietary value is established.
The tonic has a lot of ingredients. Here are some thoughts on those ingredients:
- Since the tonic has 2 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber, it has zero net carbs, important for those counting carbohydrates.
- With respect to the probiotic blend, the company does not reveal the strains of the bacteria used.
- The supplement contains synbiotics (combinations of probiotics and prebiotics) which some research finds may help weight loss.
- Hibiscus may reduce blood pressure.
- Ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammation effects.
- The two ingredients in the Digestive Blend are soluble and insoluble fibers. Both act as prebiotics.
- The Supplement Facts label does not indicate how many grams (or oz) are in 1 scoop.
- Black pepper is used to increase absorption of other ingredients.
- The Probiotic Blend provides 3 billion colony forming units (CFU). A CFU is a bacteria that is able to reproduce and form a colony. Three billion CUF is a lot but is less than in other supplements.
Shilajit, which is found in the Metabolic Blend, is unique and not found in most other supplements.
What Is Shilajit?
Shilajit, also known as mountain tar, shilajatu, mimie and mummiyo is a bitter-tasting, blackish, brown powdery substance formed from the breakdown of plant material. It basically looks like black tar. Used in Ayurvedic medicine, Shilajit, contains many phytochemicals including fulvic acid, humic acid as well as fatty acids, and several minerals, including selenium. In Sanscrit, the name refers to “Conqueror of mountain and destroyer of weakness,” a reference to its ability to boost strength, vitality and energy levels. Indeed, some research hints there may be something to this reputation.
Shilajit has been shown to raise testosterone levels in middle-aged men. In another study, Shilajit, was demonstrated to increase strength in men too. Yet another investigation revealed shilajit improved the time it took to heal from fractures.
Preliminary evidence suggests Shilajit may help memory and possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties although more research is needed to verify these effects in humans.
Shilajit, is found on rocks in the Himalayans mountains as well as in many other areas such as Afghanistan, Norway, Russia, and Tibet. Interestingly, the health benefits of Shilajit appear to differ depending on the region where it grows.
Despite its eye-catching name, no clinical research could be located on the Flat Belly Tonic. This is unfortunate as people will be attracted to this supplement because they want a flat tummy. Several of the ingredients have been shown to reduce inflammation. Too much cellular inflammation contributes to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. But, does the tonic reduce C reactive protein (CRP), a blood marker or inflammation? Likewise, whether the tonic balances hormones is unknown as well. When considering weight loss supplements, remember weight loss occurs all over the body and not just in one area, such as the belly.
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Who Makes It?
The company is called Claro Nutrition. The company address is 5940 S. Rainbow Blvd Ste 400 Las Vegas, NV, 89118-257. This address corresponds to Premier Business Center. Another name for the company is Claro Media. The official website is FlatBellyTonic.com. The supplement is sold via Clickbank, a respected online retailer that has been in business since 1998.
How Much Does It Cost?
Depending on where you purchase it from, the price can from about $40 to $80 per container. Here are prices listed on the official website:
- 1 container: $69 (1 month supply) + $9.95 shipping
- 3 containers $177 (3 months supply/ $59 per container ). Free shipping
- 6 containers $294 (6 months supply / $49 per container). Free shipping
Prices may be different when you read this so double check to make sure.
The Flat Belly Tonic comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee. Keep in mind if you purchase 6 containers (6 month supply) and use them for 3 months, you will only be able to get a return on 3 of the bottles. If you accidentally ordered too much, email customer support (see below) and they can make the adjustments.
How Do You Use Okinawa Belly Tonic?
Mix 1 scoop in 6-8 oz of water or your favorite beverage one to two times a day. The company suggests in the morning, around 10 AM or about 1 hour after a light meal. You can drink it plain, in water, or mixed with almond milk, juice or add it to smoothies. Consume within 10 minutes of mixing.
How Do you Buy Flat Belly Tonic?
You can purchase it directly from the company. Alternatively, it may also be found on Amazon also. Okinawa Tonic is not sold in stores like Costco, Kroger, Walmart, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Target or CVS, or Walgreens.
If you live in the US, orders placed through the official website are shipped within 2-3 days and should arrive within 5-7 days. For international orders to Canada and elsewhere, shipments usually arrive within 10-12 days, depending on where you live.
Online Reviews & Complaints
Some reviews and comments listed on amazon include:
- helps with digestion
- reduces bloating
- does not work
- increases urination
- tastes ok
Some have cautioned that there are fake versions of the Okinawa Tonic being sold online. This cannot be confirmed although if true, purchasing from the company directly will avoid this from occurring. As to its flat belly effectiveness, consumer reports by those who made a verified purchase at Amazon said both that it worked and did not work.
Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Side Effects
So is it safe? Remember that the FDA does not approve dietary supplements, although it does regulate them. The company recommends not use more than the recommended dose of 1-2 times a day. It also states to speak to your doctor before using if you are pregnant or nursing, under age 18, or have any medical condition. When using the supplement, some other things to consider include:
- Begin with less than recommended
- Ask your doctor if you are having surgery
- Green tea may contain caffeine. To be safe, avoid drinking prior to bedtime.
- If you have immune problems such as HIV, ask your doctor before using probiotic supplements
- Hibiscus may lower blood pressure
- Cinnamon may lower blood sugar
- Since drug interactions are not known, speak to your doctor beforehand
Flat Belly Tonic Guarantee
The tonic has a 90 day (3-month) 100% money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied. This is actually pretty good since the company suggests taking the tonic for at least 3 months before results are seen. If you need to make a return, send an email to Support AT FlatBellyTonic.com and request a refund. The company will respond within 48 hours or less.
What Do I Suggest?
If your looking for a stimulant-free weight loss supplement that is research-based and has few side effects, then I suggest taking a look at glucomannan, also known as Konjac root. Glucomannan is a fiber that expands in the stomach. This slows digestion and makes us less hungry. Some studies suggest glucomannan can help people lose weight. You can mix it with juice or smoothies. This fiber is not expensive either.
Where Is Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Made?
The supplement is made in Akron Ohio, America. More specifically the label states the supplements is “manufactured in the USA from the finest foreign and domestic ingredients.”
Flat Belly Tonic Pros & Cons
These pros and cons are my opinions. Yours may be different.
|Easy to purchase||No research on supplement|
|Easy to use||Expensive|
|No pills to swallow||Low in fiber|
|3-month guarantee||Company does not list which strains of probiotic bacteria are used|
Does Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Really Work?
Studies show people in japan eat more vegetables, fewer calories, and fewer animal products. These likely play a role in their greater longevity compared to other countries. While the ingredients in the tonic are fine, there is no proof the Okinawa Belly Tonic will increase your life expectancy. But what about getting a flat belly? While I have my doubts, if it works, is it possible it's because of the probiotic bacteria reducing bloating rather than burning fat from the belly? If confirmed by studies then this may be a way in which the supplement promotes a temporary flattening of the tummy area.