We investigate Banital to find out the truth behind the advertising.
- Nothing whatsoever
- Auto ship and auto billing programme
- High number of customer complaints regarding paying for unwanted products
- Lack of full ingredient profile
- Company based in Naples Florida
- Uses a difficult to cancel auto bill programme
- 21 capsules, 3 per day for 7 days supply
The Banital Quick 7 Cleanse Formula – to give it its full title, offers you the chance to lose between 5lbs to 10lbs of waste weight in a week by detoxing. It contains numerous ingredients most of which have a laxative or diuretic effect in order to achieve the “gentle cleanse” the advertising promises.
According to all medical advice, detoxing is unnecessary and can be dangerous for health and this combined with the high number of consumer complaints about the company’s selling policy is ringing serious alarm bells with the Watchdog Team.
Banital is an American Company based in Naples Florida. The company advertise on TV and according to the company information have been featured in several health and beauty magazines.
This gives the impression that the company is well known and reputable – an impression reinforced when you see that they are offering a 30-day guarantee as a risk free trial.
Unfortunately, when you buy, you sign up to the Weigh Less Pay Less Club and are automatically enrolled into a “preferred customer program” which automatically renews your order each month (auto-billing / auto-shipping programme).
Despite the claims of the website that you can cancel this whenever you like, according to customers this is not as easy as it sounds.
To use Banital Quick 7 Cleanse you are advised to take 3 tablets every morning before breakfast for 7 days, beginning at the start of each month and to take with 16oz of water.
Once the seven days are over, you should take a break for a week before recommencing the process.
Banital Quick Cleanse comes in a bottle containing 21 tablets, which reflects the 7-day period. However, Banital advertise that each bottle of Banital Quick 7 Cleanse comes with a free gift of another bottle of the same supplement so you can take it throughout the month as advised.
Confusingly, the company market two other diet supplements – the Banital 4 in 1 weight loss formula and Banital Multi Nutrient but at the time of writing neither are available from the website which has led to some confusion among customers and reviewers alike.
Banital Quick 7 Cleanse Formula contains 15 ingredients all described as fully according to FDA health and safety guidelines.
Detoxing for health and weight loss is something that continues to be popular with customers despite there being no medical reason why anyone should actually do this (take a look at our article on detox diet pills here).
It seems we just like the notion of removing toxins and waste from the body and this idea of “cleansing” never really goes away.
According to advertising, a detox will improve energy levels, help you lose, weight, improve your skin banish cellulite and boost your immune system amongst other things. There is actually no scientific foundation for these claims.
We do not carry around toxins in our body in this way and the Banital advertising that states “Toxic waste could lead to many health concerns including weight gain, fatigue, and headaches just to name a few” is nonsensical and not based on any scientific or medical evidence or fact.
The British Dietetic Association has said that;
the idea of ‘detox’ is a load of nonsense. There are no pills or specific drinks, patches or lotions that can do a magic job
In addition, our kidneys remove waste products perfectly well and do not require any intervention from us.
Taking laxatives over a regular period of time can lead to serious eating disorders such as bulimia and it can cause the bowel to become dependant upon laxatives so the body cannot produce a bowel movement without them.
- Ingredient amounts not revealed so impossible to know if sufficient amounts exist
- Large number of customer complaints about auto billing
- Supplement highly likely to be ineffective for weight loss
What Does Banital Claim To Do?
The Banital advertising makes all the usual claims for detox.
The Quick 7 Cleanse helps to remove impurities from your system that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts
It states that,
our environment and the foods we eat contain harmful chemicals and substances that the body stores
It goes onto say,
With the cleanse formula, Banital can help the body rid itself of these stored toxins to further aid in your weight loss efforts.
Banital also claims that “There is absolutely no risk or obligation. You can cancel at anytime” but a long list of customer complaints seems to suggest otherwise.
So What Is Banital and What Are The Ingredients For Banital?
Banital Quick 7 Cleanse is a supplement in pill form that you take over the course of a week in order to detox and cleanse your body.
It contains a range of ingredients most of which have a laxative or diuretic (makes you urinate) effect.
- Butternut bark: Extract from North American tree. Although it is often referred to as a laxative it causes a cathartic function. The difference is that a laxative will ease bowel movements whereas a cathartic accelerates defection. Can interfere with the body’s balance of minerals and salts and prompt unexpected bowel movements.
- Buckthorn bark: Natural laxative, which can be dangerous if taken to excess. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamnus_frangula
- Rhubarb root: Well known vegetable part with laxative and diuretic effect. Source: http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/medicinal
- Ginger root: folk remedy with a positive effect upon the symptoms of nausea and the digestion. Source: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html
- Fennel seed: This common spice is part of the parsley family. Used medicinally for digestive problems and may have a relaxant effect upon the colon. Limited clinical testing has not proved this theory. Source: http://therapy.epnet.com/nat/GetContent.asp?siteid=EBSCO&chunkiid=108303
- Goldenseal: This herb has a laxative effect and although it is believed to have health benefits, clinical evidence does not support any of the claims. According to the American Cancer Society;
Goldenseal can have toxic side effects, and high doses can cause death
Source: Goldenseal on Cancer.org
- Raspberry leaf: Folk remedy often taken as a tea to ease labour pains. However, there is no scientific evidence and the medical establishment urge caution. No evidence it helps with weight loss or has any real effect upon the liver. Source: http://www.ctcpjournal.com/article/S1744-3881(09)00058-9/abstract
- Cayenne pepper: We all love the kick of chilli and cayenne pepper in our food and when taken in sufficient quantities, scientific research has found that high levels of capsaicoinds increases the metabolism. See our article on cayenne pepper here
Multi fibre blend: A range of dietary fibres including:
- Vegetable cellulose
- Beet fiber: According to the European Food Safety Authority Beet fibre increases faecal bulk. Source: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/2468.htm
- Oat fiber: Common livestock food with health benefits to humans, including the lowering of cholesterol
- Pea fiber: Filler ingredient derived from pea pods and often present in animal foodstuffs and low calorie diet foods.
- Apple pectin: This natural compound is used in a gelling agent in jam production. It increases faecal content and viscosity of stools. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pectin
- Citrus pectin: May play a role in the treatment of some types of cancer but requires further testing.
So What Does All This Mean?
Banital does not reveal the quantities of contents in the formula, however this blend of natural ingredients will almost certainly cause you to urinate and defecate more frequently.
Many of the ingredients have a laxative and diuretic effect and although the advertising states that this supplement has a gentle cleansing effect, there is nothing gentle about this supplement!
You will experience diarrhoea and may have to deal with sudden and unexpected bowel movements over the course of your day. The ingredients may be safe and natural but in this combination may have an extremely drastic effect.
Does Banital Have Any Side Effects?
Yes, you can expect potentially sudden and dramatic bowel movements, diarrhoea and increased need for urination. Apple pectin and Beet fibre increase bulk to bowel movements so expect changes to your stool. Diarrhoea causes dehydration and upsets the body’s delicate balance of salts and minerals.
Banital may cause abdominal pain.
Laxatives may cause the body to become dependant and unable to pass bowel movements without assistance if taken over long periods.
Caution: Avoid if you a pregnant or breast feeding. Do not take if you suffer from any existing health condition or are taking medication. Banital may interfere with the efficacy of medication. Do not take if you have any history of eating disorders such as bulimia. Just don’t take this supplement!!
Any Banital Reviews From Customers?
There are not that many customer reviews for Banital and the few that are available are extremely negative. This is a typical comment:
Not only did the Banital weight loss diet do nothing for me they charged me for an extra month. There are no medical studies done by actual doctors to even support this product and I am ashamed to have believed in it
It did nothing for me and they have just charged my credit card again this month
Banital has also been featured on some consumer protection sites due to its dodgy sales practice.
A dissatisfied customer reported:
I tried it and it didn’t do anything. Before I knew it, they shipped a second set of bottles at a price of $49. So I spent 98 dollars for nothing more than fake dietary supplement.
Source: Banital Ripoff Report
So Does Banital Work?
Banital is likely to cost you a lot of money to find this out for yourself.
Where Can I Buy Banital?
You can buy Banital direct from the product website. One month’s supply of two bottles of 21 capsules costs $49.95 plus $9.95 shipping and handling charges.
International shipping charges are not available.
Banital is also available from Amazon.com One bottle (7 days supply) costs $39.98.
How About a Money-Back Guarantee?
Yes. There is a money back guarantee but this has lead to serious problems for customers. It would seem that you have to act fast to get your refund too as the company must receive the returned package with 7 days of the RMA being authorised.
The Money back guarantee does not appear to worth anything! This customer’s experience with the guarantee is typical.
I tried this product and had a bad reaction. I called the company within the trial period and told them I couldn’t take their product, as it gave me severe abdominal pain…. Before I knew it, they shipped a second set of bottles at a price of $49. So far, they hit my bank account three more times. That is almost $180.00 that I didn’t expect to come out of my bank account
We’re not impressed with Banital at all.
The whole concept of detoxing for health and weight loss is seriously flawed and has no medical benefits according to scientific research. Taking a cocktail of laxative and diuretics to lose weight is not healthy or safe and the sales practices of Banital are less than sound.
Recommend this product? Absolutely not. For all these reasons, we reject Banital diet pills.