- Half-finished website
- No contact information
- Confused ingredient list
- Unclear who manufactures Apitrim – InnerVital?
- 60 capsules per bottle
- Appears to have been reformulated in 2013
Apitrim is primarily an appetite suppressant but also claims to contain some fat burning ingredients as well.
From the outset it is not clear who the manufacturers are at all, and there is no contact information available on the official website. In fact, the entire website seems to be unfinished, with “Contact us” being visible at the bottom of the page, but not linking to another page, as well as the FAQs page being completely empty.
It is our belief that the Apitrim website has merely been created to give the product more validity; the main marketing effort, and certainly more product information, seems to be located on the merchant website (ShopTopDietPills.com), a sales website that appears to be an objective review site.
It appears that the product has been updated as well, probably following the FDA’s ban on the ingredient DMAA, which is still promoted on the official website as one of the primary ingredients of Apitrim.
How to Take Apitrim
There is very little information on how to take Apitrim with only advice to take one capsule 15 minutes before lunch and another capsule 15 minutes before your main meal.
Although its not clear who manufactures this supplement, the branding appears so much similar to 8 Hour Night Burn, Xenamine, Lipofedra and Avaprex that it would seem logical that Innervital are indeed the owners. All these products are stocked on the merchant site (ShopTopDietPills).
Although we couldn’t find any scams related to this product, the Better Business Bureau have given the merchant store a very poor F rating:
- How true are the customer testimonials?
- No contact information at all
- Conflicting information on ingredients
What Does Apitrim Claim To Do?
Apitrim is marketed primarily as an appetite suppressant, but also claims to accelerate fat burning in the body.
The official website states:
- Suppresses Appetite
Safely starts relieving craving appetite, food cravings, & over eating. Helps reduce calorie intake during each meal.
- Controls Hunger
Safely reduces the empty stomach feeling. Helps you feel full longer and reduces the need to want to eat all the time. Especially late at night when it hurts most.
- Curbs Cravings
Helps control the cravings we all have for certain foods such as sugars, late night snacks and dips. Even high calorie drinks.
- Accelerates Fat Burning Metabolism
Non-stimulant formula helps to bump your fat burning furnace safely without the negative side effects of other OTC appetite suppressants.
So What Is Apitrim and What Are The Ingredients For Apitrim?
The official website does not mention the names of any ingredients that are in Apitrim, merely mentioning a non-stimulant formula.
A picture of an Apitrim bottle provides more information: The three ingredients mentioned here are trimethylxanthine, dimethylpentylamine and hydroxycitrate.
- Trimethylxanthine: Whilst this sounds like some obscure weight loss ingredient, in reality it is just caffeine. Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism, causing a small increase in the number of calories used by the body. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- Dimethylpentylamine: This is more commonly known as DMAA. Primarily as a nasal decongestant, this product is also advertised as a dietary aid, as it is thought to act as a stimulant. Its use as a weight loss supplement has been banned in several countries because of the side effects and several deaths that have been associated with its use.
- Hydroxycitrate: Whilst some studies in rats have found that this product, found naturally in the rind of Garcinia cambogia, may affect lipid metabolism, other studies have indicated that it has no effect upon actual weight loss or reduction of fat mass.
However, when looking at shoptopdietpills.com, the website provides a totally different ingredients list, and even provides different pictures of the Apitrim bottle, again listing three different ingredients on the front of the bottle.
- Vitamin B-6: Vitamin B6 has several important functions in the body, including ‘allowing the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food’. Whilst taking excess amounts of vitamin B6 will not infinitely improve this ability, a deficiency could make it more difficult to lose weight. Vitamin B6 is naturally present in a wide variety of foods, including meat, cereals, bread and vegetables, and is often included in fortified breakfast cereals.
- Iodine from kelp: Kelp is a good source of iodine, which is required by the thyroid for effective function.
- Chromium: This is used primarily to lower fasting blood sugar levels and to lower insulin levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. In terms of its potential effect upon weight loss, it is possible that taking chromium picolinate by mouth for 2 to 3 months might produce a small weight loss of about 1.1 kg. Obviously this is an incredibly small amount of weight loss, but studies are still inconclusive.
- Guarana: A berry that is naturally high in caffeine, it is often an ingredient in energy drinks and diet pills.
- Theobromine: Extracted from theobroma cacao, there is little evidence explicitly this ingredient with weight loss. Studies in rats suggest it can lower cholesterol levels. It may act as a mild stimulant, similar to, but milder than caffeine.
- Green Tea Leaf: Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins. Studies have suggested that catechins and caffeine both increase energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism temporarily. However, the metabolic increase caused by green tea is limited. One study found that the use of green tea was not enough to counteract weight gain following a very low calorie diet.
- Garcinia Cambogia (50% HCA): contains HCA, as described above.
- Chitosan: a type of fibre extracted from the shells of crustaceans such as lobster and crabs. It may block the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol. Studies suggest its effects are minimal.
- Gymnema Sylvestre: Also known as an herb traditionally used in Indian medicine, several studies have shown that Gurmar can support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Research into Gurmar’s role in weight loss is still in preliminary stages, but a few studies are publishing promising results. However, as Gurmar often lowers blood glucose levels, this may actually cause sugar cravings in the consumer, perhaps even encouraging them to eat more often.
- Banaba: This plant extract may help to lower blood sugar levels, which may help with weight loss efforts.
- Calcium Pyruvate: Pyruvate based supplements may increase the breakdown of fat in the body, aiding weight loss, but there is little clinical evidence to support this theory.
- Apple cider vinegar: One Japanese study has suggested that consumption of apple cider vinegar daily may lead to a very small amount of weight loss, compared to consuming water. However, over the three month study, those who took the apple cider vinegar only lost 1-2 pounds more than their water drinking counterparts.
- Coleus Forskohlii: A plant belonging to the mint family that is thought to boost the metabolism. However, the clinical trials performed using this ingredient have shown no weight loss, even when the participants’ lean muscle mass increased and fat mass decreased.
- White Willow Bark: Willow bark contains salicin, which acts a painkiller, and is thought to be as effective as aspirin. There is some evidence that when taken in conjunction with kola nut and ephedra, it can cause weight loss. It does not seem to have been tested on its own for weight loss properties.
- Uva Ursi: Uva Ursi is used to treat constipation, amongst other ailments. It can also have an astringent effect upon tissues in the body. It is possible that this leads to the user looking temporarily thinner, as their skin becomes dehydrated, allowing muscles to stand out more.
- Juniper Berry: A diuretic berry, which is also used to treat an upset stomach, and conversely, to stimulate the appetite.
- Buchu Leaves: Buchu is a plant used to treat infections of the urinary tract. It does not seem to play any role in weight loss.
- Cayenne Pepper: Capsaicin, which is found in Cayenne pepper, is thought by some to play a role in weight loss. Some studies suggest it could suppress the appetite mildly, whilst others suggest that the heat causes a thermogenic reaction in the body, burning more calories for a period of time. However, there are also studies that show cayenne has little or no effect upon weight loss attempts.
So What Does All This Mean?
It appears that Apitrim has been reformulated, perhaps because DMAA has been made illegal as a weight loss supplement. Anyone who has a bottle of Apitrim containing the old formula should throw it away; DMAA is dangerous, and has been linked with the deaths of several people.
As for the new formula of Apitrim, there are several different sources of caffeine in the product, and so any claims that the formula is stimulant free are totally false. The websites use false advertising when describing how the product works incorrectly.
Ingredients such as iodine are only going to improve the metabolism of consumers who have a relevant deficiency. Excess consumption of iodine can actually interfere with the metabolic rate, and cause more weight gain. Many of the ingredients are linked either with only minimal weight loss, or have no proven link to weight loss at all.
Diuretic ingredients will cause dehydration, making the consumer look thinner potentially whilst using the diet pills, but this water weight will be regained as soon as Apitrim consumption ceases.
Does Apitrim Have Any Side Effects?
The old formula of Apitrim uses DMAA, which significantly increases blood pressure and heart rate, as well as being linked with causing stroke, heart attack and death, even in healthy people who have used the supplement.
The new formula contains several sources of caffeine, and so could cause headaches, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration and insomnia. Calcium Pyruvate can cause bloating, gas, an upset stomach and diarrhoea.
Juniper berry is a diuretic, and so can cause dehydration. Its use in the long term should be avoided, as it may cause kidney problems and seizures. Buchu can cause liver damage, and irritate the stomach. Chitosan can cause an upset stomach, constipation and gas. Those with shellfish allergies may react to Chitosan, but as it is taken from the outer skeleton of shellfish, the risk of allergic reaction is lower than if it were taken from the actual meat.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Avoid if being treated for high blood pressure, or if you have any cardiac or liver related illnesses or health issues. Cease using this diet pill at least 2 weeks before having any surgery. Avoid if taking any prescription medications, or seek the advice of your physician if in doubt about the suitability of this product.
Any Apitrim Reviews From Customers?
The only Apitrim reviews we could find from customers were the testimonials found on the two sales webpages, and one short comment left on Apitrim’s facebook page.
On facebook, there is one comment on their cover page image, which has gone unanswered:
I ordered this and this isn’t whay I recieved. What do I do?
The lack of public response suggests that either the facebook page is unmanned, or that Apitrim just do not care about their customers. Afterall, if they can’t contact the company, then they can’t ask for an exchange or refund, or even something as simple as to be sent the correct product.
The customer testimonials provided on the official website and on shoptopdietpills are, in our opinion, fake.
All of the before and after pictures have been taken without permission from beforeandafterweightloss.tumblr.com, and none of the original weight loss stories mention using any diet pills, let alone Apitrim. The testimonials themselves would therefore appear to be also fraudulent.
On shoptopdietpills.com, the testimonials for Apitrim are identical to the testimonials for another product, Avaprex, which is yet another diet pill that we have rejected from the “shop top diet pills” site.
So Does Apitrim Work?
With no real customer reviews about how effectively the product works, we are left with only speculation about the ingredients’ effectiveness. The diet pill has not been subject to any clinical trials, and so it is impossible to tell if the combined ingredients lead to significant weight loss or not. However, based upon the individual ingredients that are present in Apitrim, it appears that it would not be that effective in terms of weight loss.
The only ingredients that are clinically proven as effective are caffeine based, which relates to fat burning, not so much to appetite suppression. The majority of the other ingredients are either totally unconnected with weight loss or have only a weak connection, as suggested by preliminary trials.
Where Can I Buy Apitrim?
Apitrim can be purchased from either apitrim.com or from Shoptopdietpills.com.
The prices per unit steadily decrease as more are purchased; one bottle costs $34.99, whilst 4 bottles costs $119.96, a saving of $20 compared to buying 4 bottles separately. Apitrim is actually cheaper from shoptopdietpills, with one bottle costing $32.88, and two bottles costing $59.88.
Larger purchases also come with free bonus products, such as a bottle of Detox 24, or 8 Hour Night Burn. However, we have previously rejected these diet pills here at Diet Pills Watchdog, and so do not recommend paying extra just to get some freebies that are likely to be ineffective.
What About A Guarantee
The official website has a 30 day money back guarantee, but as customers need to contact the company to find out where to return the product, and there is no contact information, it seems practically impossible to use this guarantee.
The lack of available information about the manufacturers of Apitrim, as well as the lack of contact details, definitive ingredients list and the questionable returns policy make it clear that Apitrim is not an ideal appetite suppressant by any stretch of the imagination.
The only means of communicating with the company is through their Facebook and twitter pages, both of which seem to be inactive, with only one post on each. When we tried to message Apitrim through Facebook, we received no reply. The official website appears to be incomplete, and there is more product information on ShopTopDietPills than there is on the “official” webpage.
The product itself seems to not be very effective, although this is only speculation from the ingredients list; as there are no real customer testimonials or reviews, and no clinical trials have been conducted upon this combination of ingredients, we cannot tell if the product is effective at all.
The few testimonials that are provided are clearly and poorly faked. Overall, it is so hard to trust the company behind Apitrim that even if it was a good product, we still would reject it! You are much safer taking your money elsewhere.
We reject Apitrim.