Plexus Slim Hunger Control (Slim Hunger Control) is an appetite control supplement offered by Plexus WorldWide, a juggernaut in the supplement world. In this unbiased Slim Hunger Control review, I'm going to show you the research on the supplement and also breakdown its ingredients. I'll show how it works and also what I believe its active ingredient is. I'll also reveal something interesting I discovered along the way. Is Slim Hunger Control the real deal or a should you save your money? Let's take a look.
1 Other Plexus Slim Reviews
After you're finished learning about Slim Hunger Control, take a gander at these other Plexus reviews too:
- Plexus Slim (original formula)
- Plexus Slim (new formula)
- Plexus Accelerator
- Plexus Probio5
- Plexus Boost
- Plexus Joyome Anti wrinkle Cream
2 Slim Hunger Control Benefits
This supplement is said to provide people with the following benefits
- Clinically demonstrated to help you lose weight*
- Helps to reduce hunger*
- Supports healthy glucose metabolism*
The asterisk next to these means they have not been proven to occur by the FDA. That's pretty standard for supplement claims. But, looking at the ingredients in this supplement, these claims do make some sense to me. I'll cover these in the research section below.
3 Plexus Hunger Control Label
Each Slim Hunger Control packet (10g) has 20 calories and contains the following ingredients according to its Supplement Facts label:
|Ingredient||Amount Per Serving||Percent Daily Value|
|Total Carbs||8g||3% DV|
|Dietary Fiber||6g||24% DV|
|Chromium||200 mcg||167% DV|
|Plexus Slim Blend :||531 mg||N/A|
|1 Green coffee|
|2 Garcinia cambogia|
|3 Alpha lipoic acid|
|4 Mulberry fruit extract|
In this table “N/A” means no daily value has been established. Each container of Plexus Hunger Control has 30 servings. If a serving is 1 packet and you used 2 packets per day, this means a box would last you about 2 weeks.
The product comes in slim strips which you tear open and add to water. I've seen other supplements use thin strips too. I wonder if the thin strips are for psychological reasons: in other words, thin strips = thin people? This is pure speculation.
4 Other Ingredients
The label also tells us Slim Hunger Control by Plexus contains these additional ingredients too:
- Natural flavors
- Citric acid
- Stevia leaf extract
- Fruit and vegetable juice
- Beet root extract (for color)
- Silicon dioxide
These other ingredients play no role in the hunger controlling effects of this supplement.
5 Slim Hunger Control Research
The package says “clinically demonstrated to help you lose weight.” But As far as can be determined, the Hunger Control supplement – itself – has no clinical studies proving it curbs appetite or reduces hunger. Neither the Plexus website or online databases reveal any clinical research.
I believe the statement about being clinically demonstrated is a reference to one of its ingredients which I'll cover below. It may also be a reference to the original clinical study of Plexus Slim (the pink drink). See the original plexus review for more on this research.
This does not mean Slim HC does not work. To better understand Hunger Control by Plexus, we need to look at the proof for its ingredients. Let's do that next.
6 Slim Hunger Control Ingredients
Let's now look at the hunger control and weight loss evidence for the ingredients in Plexus HC. I'll review them in order as they appear on the label.
The form of chromium in this supplement is chromium polynicotinate. This is chromium bonded to nicotinic acid to improve absorption. Supplements may contain chromium for two main reasons:
- weight loss
- regulate blood sugar
While weight loss may be a reason why some supplements use chromium, I believe the goal here is to regulate blood sugar. The idea being if low blood sugar can be prevented, this might reduce the chance of our over-eating. This is an interesting however, the blood sugar appetite theory is controversial. As you'll see below, all the ingredients in Slim Hunger Control have the potential to reduce blood sugar levels.
Chromium is thought to reduce hunger because of how it acts on the hormones insulin and serotonin, both of which play roles in appetite. In one rat study, chromium picolinate (similar to chromium polynicotinate) reduced both reduce food intake and fat intake.
Researchers in North Carolina, gave 24 overweight women either a placebo or 600mcg – 1000 mcg of chromium per day for 6 months. This is more chromium than is in 2 packets of Plexus Hunger Control. While the women taking chromium did seem to have less binge eating, the effect was not significantly greater than the placebo. To be fair, this was a small study. It's possible a larger study might have seen a significant difference.
Polydextrose (PDX) is a type of carbohydrate used to add fiber to foods and supplements. As a fiber, it's also a prebiotic too, so our gut bacteria can eat it. Because polydextrose has no calories, it makes a good choice for weight loss supplements and shakes. Because it's a fiber, it likely reduces blood sugar and can help curb appetite too.
Each packet of Hunger Control has 6250 mg of polydextrose. That's 6.2 grams. Remember, each packet of Slim Hunger has 10 grams. This means over 60% of the supplement is made up of polydextrose fiber.
This is important to remember.
On the Plexus website they say this “Slim Hunger Control is specially formulated with Polydextrose to help you feel full longer..” Because of this, I believe polydextrose is the key ingredient in Slim HC.
Researchers in Finland, conducting a review of 7 previous research studies concluded polydextrose can reduce the desire to eat during times when we feel full. Thus, it makes sense it would be in a supplement like Hunger Control.
Fiber is well known to have appetite suppressing effects.
7 Plexus Slim Blend
The Plexus Slim blend contains 4 different ingredients:
- Green coffee
- Garcinia cambogia
- Alpha lipoic acid
- mulberry leaf extract
All the ingredients in this blend add up to 531 mg. While they don't tell us the amounts of each ingredient, we know ingredients must be listed in order of abundance. For example, since green coffee is listed first, it makes up most of the blend. Mulberry leaf extract is listed last so it is makes up the least.
Let's look at each ingredient below.
Green coffee (Coffea robusta) is popular in weight loss supplements despite evidence it actually works. To be honest , I don't think green coffee works. One component of green coffee is chlorogenic acid. Many supplements – including Hunger Control – call attention to how much chlorogenic acid they contain. The green coffee in Plexus Hunger Control is 50% cholorgenic acid.
All this is nice but, does green coffee or chlorogenic acid reduce appetite or hunger? To find the answer I searched clinical databases for:
- Green coffee appetite
- Green coffee hunger
- Cholorogenic acid appetite
- Chlorogenic acid hunger
I could not locate any proof green coffee/cholorogenic acid reduces appetite, hunger or binge eating. But, there is evidence that cholorogenic acid may lower blood sugar. In other words, better regulated blood sugar may lead to less overeating. Maybe.
Overall, green coffee research has been plagued by small studies (not many people) and research which was not the best in my opinion.
Take for example, the highly touted -and infamous -green coffee study which was so poorly conducted it was actually retracted from publication after it became known the authors of the study were not the people who did the study. This bogus research study resulted in one company paying a 3.5 million fine.
While I have no faith in green coffee as a weight loss or appetite control agent, one problem with cholorogenic acid is roasting coffee beans reduces how much is present. For those who think green coffee supplements work, this is something to ask companies about.
Garcina cambogia is popular in weight loss supplements. But, the evidence for garcinia iffy at best. In a previous review, I looked at the weight loss evidence for garcinia cambogia. I found almost as many studies showing it didn't worked as those finding it did. Based on this, I'd like to see bigger, better studies on garcinia.
Some research suggests garcinia cambogia may reduce blood sugar levels.
More scary, garcinia cambogia is linked to liver failure in some people. Some of these people required a liver transplant! While there is likely not much garcina in Hunger Control, because of the liver controversy, Garcinia cambogia is on my list of supplements to not take.
Alpha lipoic Acid
Some studies have noted alpha lipoic acid can reduce blood sugar. So, might alpha lipoic acid be used to regulate blood sugar and in doing so, alter eating?
Researchers in Spain have noted 300 mg of alpha lipoic acid is effective for weight loss in overweight women when taken for 10 weeks. Ironically, another study, from Korea, noted 1200 mg did not help weight loss when it was given to women for 20 weeks.
In this investigation, it took 1800 mg for alpha lipoic acid to work. The fact that a lower amount was shown to work while a higher dose did not, might mean problems with how the research was conducted.
I believe we need better studies on alpha lipoic acid to know if it really works or not.
Mulberry Leaf Extract
Mulberry is another blood sugar lowering ingredient in this Slim Hunger Control by Plexus. It's scientific name is Morus nigra. The Hunger Control label tells us, this supplement contains white mulberry (morus alba). Researchers in Korea noted an extract of white mulberry, given to mice for 32 days, lead to weight loss and fat loss around the liver.
Researchers in the United Kingdom have noted mulberry can reduce blood sugar in people with normal blood sugar levels. While lowering blood sugar is interesting, its effects on weight loss and appetite control require more study.
8 Blood Sugar Lowering Ingredients
The following ingredients in Hunger Control can reduce blood sugar levels:
- Green coffee extract
- Garcinia cambogia
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Mulberry leaf extract
Conclusion: Research suggests every ingredient in Plexus Hunger Control has the potential to lower blood sugar. Could this be their common denominator? Maybe, but I think it's hunger reducing effect is simpler than this. I think it's the fiber.
9 How Much Fiber?
Each packet of Hunger Control has 6 grams ofpolydextrose fiber. This fiber likely the main reason why the supplement reduces appetite. For more on fiber and appetite/weight loss see the reviews on
10 How Does Plexus Hunger Control Work?
Based on the ingredients, it seems the supplement is supposed to control hunger and cravings 2 ways:
- keep you full longer (the fiber)
- prevent blood sugar from going to low or high
It's possible the ingredients effect hunger hormones too such as leptin, serotonin and insulin too but I believe the fiber is the real reason you might have a reduced appetite.
11 How To Use Plexus Hunger Control
The directions for optimal results are to tear open a packet and add to 12-20 oz water bottle and shake immediately before drinking. Use Hunger Control use up to twice per day 30-60 minutes before eating.
12. Does It Have Caffeine?
Yes. the label tells us Slim HC has 2% caffeine and this comes from the green coffee bean extract. They call it “natural caffeine” but natural or not, its still caffeine. Plexus does not tell us the exact amount of caffeine but its probably not much.
13 Slim Hunger Control Price
For a one time purchase, Slim HC is $87.95. For those who become preferred customers and get regular deliveries, the cost is $82.95, a 5% savings. If you become a Plexus Ambassador, there may be additional savings too.
14 Buy Slim Hunger Control
Plexus Hunger Control is not sold in stores like Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe or Sam's Club. The supplement can only be purchased at the Plexus website (PlexusWorldWide.com) or from a Plexus Ambassador.
15 Who Makes Slim Hunger Control?
The company is called Plexus WorldWide LLC. The parent company is called Plexus Holdings, Inc. Their website is PlexusWorldWide.com. The company is located at 9145 E Pima Center Pkwy Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4627. The company makes a variety of health supplements previously reviewed here such as:
- Plexus Slim
- Plexus Slim (new formula)
- Plexus Accelerator
- Plexus Probio5
- Plexus Boost
- Plexus Joyome Anti wrinkle Cream
At the time this review was created, The Better Business Bureau gave Plexus Worldwide a rating of “A+.” When this review was created the BBB listed 185 customer reviews of which 62% were negative. The company does respond to negative complaints, which is good. The company has been in business for over 10 years. This is also good. See the BBB file for updates and more information.
16 Is Slim Hunger Control Vegan?
Yes. The supplement is “100% vegetarian.”
17 Does Slim Have Any Gluten?
No. Plexus Hunger Control is gluten free. It also has no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives.
18 Plexus Hunger Control vs. Plexus Slim
Would Slim Hunger Control work better with Plexus Slim (the Pink Drink)? Let's consider this by comparing the ingredients of each side-by-side.
|Plexus Hunger Control (1 packet)||Plexus Slim (1 packet)|
|Chromium (200 mcg)||Chromium (200 mcg)|
|Polydextrose (6250mg)||Xylooligosaccharide (1000 mg)|
|Plexus Slim Blend (531 mg) composed of:||Plexus Slim Blend (531 mg) composed of:|
|Green coffee extract||Green coffee extract|
|Garcina cambogia||Garcina cambogia|
|Alpha lipoic acid||Alpha lipoic acid|
|Mulberry fruit extract||Mulberry fruit extract|
As you can see, Slim Hunger Control is 99% identical to Plexus Slim. The only difference is:
- Plexus Hunger Control has polydextrose (PDX)
- Plexus Slim has Xylooligosaccharide (XOS)
So what's the difference? Well, XOS is a prebiotic. In other words, it's food for our probiotic bacteria. This is why Plexus Slim (pink drink) is touted to be “microbiome activating.” But, XOS doesn't seem to curb appetite like polydextrose.
I'm sure this will make some people wonder why they didn't just add polydextrose to Plexus Slim instead of XOS. After all, they are both prebiotics.
19 Slim + Slim Hunger Control: Better Together?
I'm not convinced you would have to take both Plexus Slim (microbiome activating) and Slim Hunger Control to get the best benefits. As I already pointed out, they are 99% identical to each other. If you like Plexus Slim, I'd say use one or the other but not both. Remember, both supplements are over $80 per package.
Using both sets you back over $160 per month. That is a lot of money to pay especially when the only difference between them is some fiber.
For those who want to use the microbiome activating version of Plexus Slim and get the benefits of Slim HC, a you can save money by only using the Pink Drink and combine it with a fiber supplement like Metamucil.
Remember, the only difference between them is Slim HC has 6 grams of fiber. You are paying a lot of money for 6 grams of fiber.
20 Plexus Hunger Control Side Effects
Slim Hunger Control is likely safe in healthy people. For those who may not be healthy, here a few things to consider. This is list not complete:
- Start with less than recommended for the first week to see how you respond
- Not recommended for those under 18. The Plexus website says this too.
- Don't take if you are pregnant. The Plexus website also says this.
- Speak to your doctor first if you have any health condition such as diabetes, pre-diabetes or heart disease or take medications for these conditions.
- Because the ingredients in the supplement can lower blood sugar, if you have low blood sugar problems, speak to your doctor.
- Stop taking the supplement at least 2 weeks before having surgery
- Speak to your doctor /pharmacist /dietitian if you take any medications
- Garcinia cambogia has been linked to liver damage
- Fiber may have a laxative effect causing diarrhea
- Slim Hunger Control has some caffeine. This might interfere with sleep if consumed close to bedtime.
- Chromium may interfere with some antidepressant medications
Ironically, a few people have said Plexus Slim made them hungry. Because Slim Hunger Control contains fiber, I think this would be unlikely.
21 Does Slim Hunger Control Work?
If Plexus Hunger Control really reduces appetite- and I think it might- it's because it has some fiber. The ingredients in Slim Hunger Control are the same as regular Plexus Slim except it has some fiber. Could I be wrong? Sure, it's possible all the ingredients might work better together -but this would take research to prove.
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