Paleotrim Superfruit Diet Pill
Paleotrim is a weight loss supplement produced in the US. The product is marketed by Briland Brands and the company recently extended their sales territory to include the UK and Australia
Although it is possible to buy the product directly from the company website, the astronomical postage charge prevents this from be a cost effective option.
A single bottle of Paleotrim costs $29.95, but Briland Brands add a whopping $65.63 shipping charge to UK orders. Fortunately, the product is also available to buy from Amazon, at the more reasonable price of £19.95. Postage is free, but it is unclear whether the company offers a money back guarantee on Amazon sales.
Briland Brands claim their product provides three main benefits:
- Fat burning
- Increased energy
- Boosted metabolism
[plain]These are pretty standard claim when it comes to dietary supplements, but the unusual thing about this product is that it is marketed towards a specific user group—practitioners of the paleolithic diet.[/plain]
The Paleolithic Diet Explained
The paleolithic diet is often referred to by the abbreviated name “paleo diet”, but is also known as “the caveman diet”, “the hunter gatherer diet”, and “the Stone Age diet”. In basic terms it is a nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of man’s forbearers, 10,000 years ago, in the paleolithic era.
Many modern grain-based foods such as bread would not have been available at that time, neither would there have been any processed foods or dairy products such as butter and cheese, so practitioners of the paleo diet consider these unnatural foods with the potential to have a negative effect on the health.
Early man had to hunt for food (fish and meat), or gather it (fruit, nuts, fungi, roots, etc.) and this hunted and gathered diet is therefore deemed to be the healthiest option for the body.
How is Paleotrim Claimed to Support the Paleo Diet?
Paleotrim diet pills contain a blend of natural ingredients that have a reputation for encouraging weight loss, and Briland Brands rely on their list of natural ingredients to target their chosen user group.
But by their very nature the pills do not complement the diet, they contradict it.
Early man was unable to walk into a chemist’s shop to “hunt” for diet pills and then “gather” them into his basket, and man’s forebears lacked the necessary technology required to formulate such a blend in their caves, so the idea of a paleo diet pill is ridiculous.
The blend contains nine active ingredients, but Briland Brands fail to supply the all-important inclusion rates, so it is impossible to say how effective the blend may be.
- Raspberry Ketones
- African Mango
- Acai Fruit
- Green Tea Extract
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Caffeine Anhydrous
The three super fruits (raspberry ketones, African mango, and acai) are potentially good ingredients to have, and green tea enjoys a good reputation for aiding weight loss; the rest of the ingredients offer debatable benefits, but—with no inclusion rates provided—any benefits are speculative at best. The lack of specifics is also a cause for concern because some of the ingredients have the potential to cause side effects.
The official website contains a few testimonials that are attributed to satisfied customers, one of which is by their sponsored athlete—a working mother and CrossFit Games competitor—who claims the pills give her energy, help her focus on her training, and keep her in shape.
[warning]Several independent reviews are available on the Amazon website, and the response to the product appears to be good, but it is hard to get an overall picture of the pills potential from such a limited amount of feedback.[/warning]
Possible Side Effects
The super fruit content is unlikely to problematic, but some of the other ingredients have known side effects, so the lack of inclusion rates is particularly worrying.
Caffeine Anhydrous: Can cause the jitters, heart palpitations, restlessness and other problems.
Kelp: The high iodine levels in kelp may aggravate existing thyroid or kidney problems. Kelp is also known to react badly with some medications.
Potential buyers should also be aware that the blend has never been tested so, due to the known issues with at least two of the ingredients, this product should be avoided by pregnant and nursing mothers, and people with existing health issues are urged to seek medical advice before using Paleotrim.
Do We Recommend
As stated earlier in this review, these tablets do not conform to the hunter gatherer requirement that is so important to aficionados of the paleo diet; so from that point of view the product falls flat on its face right from the start. The pills may offer some weight loss benefits though, if some of the better ingredients are included in sufficient quantity. But caffeine anhydrous and kelp have the potential to cause nasty side effects so the unspecified inclusion rates are a cause for concern.
It is certainly possible that these pills may assist weight loss, but many competing blends offer proven results—with less risk of side effects—and have a greater amount of positive customer feedback to attest to this fact, so the consumer is advised continue hunting and gather information about other—better—options before deciding on Paleotrim.
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