With a clinically tested ingredient that has a US patent, Apatrim has got to be effective eh? We find out if this supplement can control your appetite so you eat less to promote effective weight loss.
- Free meal plan
- Manufacturer contact details available
- Modest weight loss at best
- Lacks clinical study reference
- Lacks information on offered money-back guarantee
- Questionable advertising in the past
- Mixed consumer feedback
- Apatrim is owned by PatentHEALTH in Ohio, US
- Sold in Walmart in the US
- Contains Caralluma fimbriata the only active ingredient
Apatrim is manufactured by PatentHealth LLC, which was founded in 2001 and produces a number of over the counter supplements from diet pills, arthritis and joint support.
There currently have four diet supplements in their “weight management” range, Apatrim, SmartLean and two “detox” versions of these, Apatrim Detox and Smart Lean Detox. It’s worth noting that the detox versions shouldn’t be confused with the “original” versions as they contain completely different ingredients.
There appears to be no official Apatrim product website, there used to be though but this has been taken down sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. We speculate this may have been removed for advertising claims and compliance issues see below.
Now looking for the official site you are redirected to the PatentHealth corporate and online shopping website that displays all their products. Not an exactly inspiring website, all the necessary company contact information is available including the full ingredient profile, although information on how exactly Apatrim works is somewhat lacking!
We should mention that there is a downloadable Apatrim meal plan that outlines an optional 14-day meal and exercise plan. Although some consumers may find this useful, we doubt many would actually follow it!
We checked out PatentHealth and found in February 2012 their BBB (Better Business Bureau) accreditation was revoked due to a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD) that one of their products advertisements didn’t meeting compliance regulations. After a successful appeal the BBB have re-instated their A rating.
You can read more about this on BBB’s website.
Taking a look into any complaints filed against them we have happy to report we were unable to find any online!
- Modest weight loss at best and likely following diet and exercise regime
- Questionable manufacturer advertising claims in the past
- Lacks information as to the money-back guarantee
What Does Apatrim Claim To Do?
Apatrim used to be advertised with even stronger claims that today claiming it was “will power in a bottle”.
This diet pill is claimed to be a “breakthrough weight loss supplement” that can give you…
Trusted and Effective Weight Loss. No Stimulants, Starving or Straining!
And that is works within minutes of taking so that dieters never have to starve to get results!
So What Is Apatrim and What Are The Ingredients For Apatrim?
Apatrim promotes weight loss by acting to control food intake by reducing food cravings so that you eat less. As our daily intake of calories has been shown to be dramatically increasing this diet supplement could be the answer to reducing our food portions and so calories consumed.
Apatrim bucks the trend of throwing loads of weight loss ingredients into one pill and is one of only a handful of diet pills that contains only one active ingredient!
Let’s take a look at this ingredient in more detail:
- Caralluma Fimbriata Extract (500mg): An edible cactus plant that has been widely eaten in rural India. Like its succulent counterpart, Hoodia Gordonii, this extract has been suggested to be very effective at suppressing appetite and reducing food cravings. Studies have shown mixed results and we discuss at the effectiveness of this cactus extract in more detail in the “Does Apatrim work” section below.
We look at the effectiveness of this cactus extract in more detail in the “Does Apatrim work” section below.
So What Does All This Mean?
Anecdotal evidence seen in Indian tribes who chew on Caralluma Fibriata to reduce hunger has led to this ingredient being used in diet supplements. Clinical studies on Caralluma have suggested it could be effective for reducing feelings of hunger, decreasing daily intake leading to a decrease in waistline.
The manufacturers suggest by taking Apatrim you can experience 5 times more weight loss compared to not taking it at all. There is no need to follow any strict diet or exercise routine and should work without any changes to your lifestyle.
As there are no stimulants in Apatrim you are unlikely suffer from side effects common with many diet pills.
Does Apatrim Have Any Side Effects?
PatentHEALTH claims that Caralluma has no adverse effects when taken as directed. The long-term effects are not known and there might be some mild side effects such as stomach upset, intestinal gas, constipation, and stomach pain.
Caution: Apatrim should only be taken by over 18 year olds and avoided if pregnant or a nursing mother. You are advised to take the maximum recommended dosage of 4 Apatrim capsules per day.
Any Apatrim Reviews From Customers?
Customer feedback on Walmart is somewhat mixed from the 11 reviews currently available. Customers have stated Apatrim pills to be “pretty good”, to be “very ineffective” with some not experiencing any real difference after taking them.
One Amazon consumer reported experiencing “a severe allergic reaction to the pills” after contacting the manufacturer they refunded the full cost and shipping charges.
There are a few Apatrim consumer testimonials on the PatentHEALTH store. As you would expect these are very positive with one consumer reporting losing an impressive 35 pounds! There are no before or after pictures or any information to back-up these manufacturer testimonials, they do stipulate that NO customers were compensated for the reviews.
We could find no independent reviews for 2012.
So Does Apatrim Work?
The manufacturer makes strong references to the fact that Apatrim is clinically proven to work. They justify Apatrim’s weight loss claims by referencing one study in particular that found participants in the study lost on average 5lbs, which worked out to be 5 times more weight than those subjects taking a placebo in 4 weeks.
The problem is what study?
There are no references for the clinical study on the PatentHEALTH or any other site that promotes Apatrim! They do outline that 26 subjects were tested, of which 19 took Caralluma Fimbriata and 7 took a placebo. Firstly what strikes us are that this study group is very small and so few took the placebo. With so few facts about this study it’s impossible to comment on its findings!
So we got our white lab coats out and did some digging into the research into the effectiveness of Caralluma Fimbriata for weight loss.
Research on Caralluma fimbriata
One of most popular studies into the effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on appetite was conducted on Indian men and women.
Subjects consumed 1g of Caralluma extract per day for 60 days and showed a decrease in hunger levels and reduction in waist circumference. Subjects were given diet and physical activity advice prior to commencing the study.
A study using rats also observed appetite suppressant qualities for Caralluma Fimbriata but also noticed the effect depending very much on the dosage used. This means that the more of the extract taken each day the greater the effect noticed.
Warning: This doesn’t mean you should taken more than the recommended manufacturer dosage!
It’s worth considering that there is no information as to the quality of the Caralluma Fimbriata extract used in Apatrim. That said assuming the quality is up to standard the dosage used in Apatrim works out to be equivalent to 1g per day taking a serving size of 2 capsules twice per day. This suggests there is sufficient Caralluma Fimbriata to exert modest weight loss over 2 months.
Where Can I Buy Apatrim?
You can buy Apatrim without prescription from a number of well-known online retailers, such as Amazon, drugstore, Walmart and from the official PatentHEALTH website.
1 bottle contains 60 capsules which are enough for 15-days; prices vary from $18 (£12) to $29 (£19) for one bottle. You need to consider that two bottles will be required for 1 months supply and therefore cost $32 to $58 per month, depending on where you purchase them.
What About a Guarantee?
This very much depends on where you buy Apatrim. The PatentHealth website has a 90-day money-back guarantee but you will have to hunt for information on this. Hint, we found this on the “About us” page. PatentHealth guarantee…
complete customer satisfaction through a commitment to excellence and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
Dieters who are sensitive to stimulants then a diet supplement like Apatrim maybe appealing. Moreover the major challenge to weight loss is fighting the constant urge to snack and eating too much, both problems that Apatrim claims to solve.
The problem is that the effectiveness of Apatrim relies heavily on the evidence that Caralluma fimbriata works. Clinical studies do indicate that positive weight loss results are experienced but these are modest at best, 5-8lbs over 2 months.
With mixed consumer testimonials and studies showing modest weight loss benefits at best we are going to reject Apatrim diet pills. There are other more credible diet supplements on the market that are simply more likely to work!