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While the diet pill supplement market falls largely outside of the control of the FDA, occasionally a diet pill contains ingredients so dangerous that the FDA is forced to step in. This appears to have been the case for Best Slim, a diet pill that claims to be natural, and based upon three legal ingredients, but actually contains sibutramine.

We show you just how terrible this particular diet pill is, with its misleading marketing and dangerous ingredients.

Best Slim Pros

  • None

Best Slim Cons

  • Incomplete ingredient profile
  • Concerns over safety of supplement – FDA recalled product in the past
  • Lacks returns / guarantee information
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Best Slim Facts

  • Made by CTV Best Group USA
  • Contained illegal drug sibutramine
  • 40 pill bottle recalled by FDA

The company behind Best Slim is CTV Best Group Inc. Their contact information, according to the BestSlim.net website, is as follows:

C.T.V Best Group Inc.
Duluth, GA 30096
Domestic Telephone: 1-888-417-2667
International Telephone: 1-770-883-9978

There is a contact form on the website for consumers who would rather email than call the company. The company replies via email, and encourages users of this service to check their junk mail to make sure their reply is not missed.

On the shipping and returns information page, the company discusses various elements of shipping, such as shipping speed, method and cost. They even inform the customer of how to track their package. However, no mention is made at all of customer returns, despite the side bar on each page containing a 100% satisfaction guarantee stamp. This raises a red flag with us, as customers wanting a return need to contact the company to find out the returns policy, delaying the returns process.

The lack of returns information suggests to us that Best Slim do not want customers to be able to return their purchases, perhaps because so many customers in the past have been dissatisfied with the product.

The FDA issued a statement in 2013 that CTV Best Group has voluntarily made a nationwide (US) recall of its product Best Slim, following the discovery of the banned ingredient Sibutramine.

The FDA has stated;

Sibutramine was a previously approved controlled substance for the treatment of obesity that was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons, making this product an unapproved new drug.

This recall applied to the 40 pills sized bottles of the product, and a 60 pill sized bottle remains on the market.

However, we could recommend that customers avoid this company, knowing about its dubious and illegal product history. It is unclear if this product is still available, or if this section of the website is a remnant from before the product was recalled. We have found that other sections of the website have not been updated. Under shipping and returns the holidays listed for delayed shipping are 2013 dates.

Best Slim Concerns:

  • FDA recalled 40 capsule bottle version from the market as it contained the banned ingredient sibutramine
  • Ingredient amounts not listed and so effectiveness unknown
  • Real doubts as to the safety of the supplement

What Does Best Slim Claim To Do?

Best Slim supposedly contains “extreme fat burners”, in the form of green coffee extract, raspberry ketone and Garcinia Cambogia.

The website lists the following qualities of the product:

  • Best Slim 100% Natural Product
  • MADE IN USA
  • Advanced Weight Loss
  • No Side Effects, No Diarrhoea
  • Extreme Fat Burner
  • Suppress Appetite
  • Limit Fat Absorption
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Result Immediately
  • Increase Energy
  • Antioxidant
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower LDL “Bad” Cholesterol

So What Is Best Slim and What Are The Ingredients For Best Slim?

Best Slim claim that the ingredients in this diet pill are Green Coffee Bean Extract, Raspberry Ketone Extract, and Garcinia Cambogia Extract. However, the FDA discovered that the diet pills tested positive for Sibutramine.

Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk to patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. Sibutramine has been withdrawn from U.S marketplace. The active drug ingredient is not listed on the label for this product.

Sibutramine works as a strong chemical appetite suppressant, affecting the appetite control centres in the brain.

  • Green Coffee Bean Extract: An extract from unroasted coffee beans which may aid with weight loss. Several trials have found that overweight subjects lost significant amounts of weight whilst consuming green coffee bean extract, especially when compared to a placebo. Weight loss results were not seen in patients that were of a normal healthy weight already.
    Source: http://naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2014-03/effects-green-coffee-bean-extract-weight-loss
  • Raspberry Ketone Extract: Whilst there is a small amount of evidence that raspberry ketones can cause weight loss in rats, there have never been any human trials on the potential weight loss effects of raspberry ketone. The safety of using such large quantities of raspberry ketone has also never been fully researched.
    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/becky-hand/raspberry-ketones_b_2727943.html
  • Garcinia Cambogia Extract: Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit, also known as the Malabar Tamarind. Test tube and animal research suggests that HCA, the active compound in Garcinia Cambogia, may be helpful in weight loss because of its effects on metabolism. However, studies in humans have found mixed results. Some studies have found it has no effect upon either appetite or metabolic rate, whilst others showed increased weight loss compared to the use of a placebo.
    Source: http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21727/

So What Does All This Mean?

Sibutramine is a very effective appetite suppressant, at least for the first few weeks of use. Its effectiveness declines after 8-12 weeks of use, as the body becomes used to its effects. However, it is unsafe for use, as it causes a huge variety of side effects, and cannot be taken by many people who have other health issues.

It is unclear whether Best Slim still contains Sibutramine.

Green coffee bean extract is an effective weight loss aid in those who are overweight or obese, but its use has little or no effect in users who are already of a healthy weight wanting to lose just a few more pounds. Raspberry Ketone has been classed as a novelty product is Europe, because of the minimal clinical evidence that it actually causes weight loss in humans. All of the clinical trials that have been conducted using raspberry ketone have taken place in test tubes or upon rats. Garcinia Cambogia might be effective in aiding weight loss for some people, but the clinical evidence is mixed, with some studies suggesting it has no effect upon weight loss at all.

Because of the possibility that this product contains sibutramine, customers who want to use the three official ingredients are best off looking for another product that contains the ingredients. Ingredient quantities are not released either, and so it is possible that the active ingredients are present in small doses.

Does Best Slim Have Any Side Effects?

Each of the official ingredients in Best Slim do carry the risk of some side effects. Green coffee bean extract contains caffeine, and so may cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, increased heart rate, jitteriness, increased urination, dehydration, headaches and increased blood pressure. It seems to be tolerated well when used in appropriate doses.

Garcinia Cambogia can cause nausea, stomach aches and headaches. Its safety when being used in the long-term (over 12 weeks) is unknown.

Raspberry ketone is under-researched in the quantities used in diet pill supplements, but might cause headaches, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure and jitteriness.

However, the main concern here is the ingredient Sibutramine, which has been found to have so many side effects that it was removed from the market in the US in 2010.

According to Medline Plus, the following side effects could occur following the use of sibutramine:

Headache, change in appetite, constipation, heartburn, dry mouth, weakness, back pain, nervousness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, runny nose, flu-like symptoms, flushing, painful menstrual periods, fast or pounding heartbeat, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, extreme excitement, restlessness, anxiety, depression, dizziness, light-headedness, fainting, confusion, uncoordinated or abnormal, movement, muscle stiffness, shaking hands that you cannot control, seizures, shivering, excessive sweating, fever, sore throat, large pupils, change in vision, eye pain, hives, skin rash, itching, difficulty speaking, breathing, or swallowing, hoarseness, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, unusual bleeding or bruising.

Caution:
Whilst no one should use sibutramine, there are certain people who should avoid it at all costs because of an even greater risk of serious side effects.

These people include:

  • people using other medications
  • people using blood thinners
  • those who have an eating disorder (eg, anorexia, bulimia)
  • anyone with uncontrolled or severe high blood pressure, or increased blood pressure in the lungs
  • you have a history of heart or blood vessel problems (eg, chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, heart attack, heart failure, hardening of the arteries or blood vessels, poor circulation in the legs), or stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) (mini-stroke)
  • people with severe liver or kidney problems or being treated with dialysis for severe kidney problems
  • anyone taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) (eg, fluoxetine), another appetite suppressant,
  • people over 65 years old
  • Anyone with a history of, or who is being treated for, mental or mood problems, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, psychosis and schizophrenia.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Those under 18 years of age.

Any Best Slim Reviews From Customers?

There are two reviews on the official website for the product that remains on sale. Whilst one is a short and sweet ‘good’, the other goes into more detail:

Best slim is the best diet!
I lost 20 lbs in less than 4 weeks with Best Slim. I had so much energy while took them and have my skin look so radiantly. I love this product ever! I didn’t do any exercises but drank a lot of water. I took one pill before breakfast, once a day. I ate a lot still lost that much lbs. I remember the old bottle contained only 45 pills total. I used them last year on late August 2012 and consumed only 26 pills in 26 days and lost total 20lbs with it.
Thank you so much.

So Does Best Slim Work?

If Best Slim still contains sibutramine, it will significantly decrease the appetite of the user, but at the risk of their health, and in some circumstances, at risk of their life.

If Best Slim now adheres to FDA guidelines, having removed sibutramine from their product, the effectiveness of Best Slim is unknown. This is because the listed ingredients, especially raspberry ketone and Garcinia Cambogia, have not been extensively researched. Because of the Green Coffee Bean Extract in the diet pill, it is possible that some people, primarily overweight or obese people on a calorie controlled diet, would notice an increased rate of weight loss.

Where Can I Buy Best Slim?

Best Slim can be purchased from the official website.

The bottle contains 60 capsules and the order also includes a free 15 day cleanse. There is no information given on the website about the contents of this secondary product. The price is $35.00, plus shipping.

What About A Guarantee

Best Slim offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, shown in a logo on the homepage. There is no detailed information about this or customer returns on the official website.

Watchdog Verdict

Best Slim looks to be a dangerous product, and the FDA have stepped in to take much of the product off the market.

It is unclear whether the remaining Best Slim on sale, in a larger bottle than the recalled product, has been reformulated, or if it did not contain sibutramine to begin with. However, even if we could reassure readers of this products safety, the past behaviours of the company mean that we cannot recommend this product at all! The company either knowingly put a banned product into their diet pills or did not do sufficient safety checks to ensure the supplement was fit for consumation. Eith way the company does not have the customers’ best interests in mind, and cares more about sales (and repeated orders) than it does about customer safety.

The website appears to have not been updated following the product recall, and we cannot even determine how active this company has been over the past year. Even if the product is as described, we would not recommend it; Best Slim offers no ingredient quantities, and barely explains how the product works, other than quoting various magazines that have reviewed individual ingredients from the diet pill.

Best Slim is either unsafe if it contains sibutramine, or most likely ineffective if the only ingredients are the promoted ones.

Either way, we reject best Slim diet pills!

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