We take a look at DigesTrim to find out what this supplement actually does and whether it is worth a try.
- We can think of no good reason to take this supplement
- Unlikely to provide any support to weight loss
- No customer feedback, no guarantee
- May cause side effects
- DigesTrim is produced by Utah based company Rightway
- Contains Digestive enzymes and laxative liquorice
- No evidence that it will benefit digestive health
DigesTrim is a supplement on sale from Rightway Nutrition a supplements company based in Utah. Rightway market a range of products including a probiotic range, vitamin pills and speciality supplements focused on specific health issues such as heart health and something they describe as ‘organ detoxification’. According to their information, all supplements are manufactured in GMP approved facilities.
DigesTrim falls under their weight management category of products. This is useful to know because it is hard to tell just who or what it is aimed at judging by the product description… although we guess the clue is in the Trim part of the name!
According to the advertising, DigesTrim will help with three key features.
- Boosts Energy Levels
- Aids with Digestion Process
- Lessens Digestive Distress
We do urge you to visit your doctor if you experience ‘digestive distress’ as a normal part of life. Digestive problems such as heartburn, bloating and acid reflux can be caused by specific medical problems including food intolerance so it is important to get checked out by a specialist if this is reoccurring problem.
Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve digestive health as well. Eating too late, spicy food, simply eating too much can be common causes of digestive health issues and you may find that making simple changes will improve your condition. What you should not do, is turn to over the counter remedies like this to fix undiagnosed and reoccurring health problems.
The DigesTrim product page provides zero information about what is actually contained in this supplement which is a serious omission and it is hard to see just what it is supposed to do. Instead the product information is confusing and jumbled, using explanations such as ‘full spectrum plant based enzyme’ without actually explaining what this means.
However, this supplement is also on sale via the GNC supplement site where you can see the full ingredients list. DigesTrim contains Liquorice root as its principle ingredient. We all know liquorice as a natural confectionary product but it is also a strong laxative.
Liquorice is a natural plant extract but is well known for causing a range of potentially dangerous side effects so this supplement will not be suitable for long-term use. Medical advice is to take for no longer than one week.
The other main ingredients are peppermint – well known for easing stomach and digestive problems, ginger root – a common remedy for nausea and cinnamon bark, which may be effective at lowering cholesterol if taken at high levels.
In addition, DigesTrim contains digestive enzymes. These are found in the digestive tract, including the saliva and their role in the body is to break down food molecules so that they can be absorbed by the body.
Taking digestive enzyme supplements has become popular in recent years and has its supporters. It is believed to improve digestion but some supplements are known to contain impurities so it is not necessarily safe. We advise you to see your doctor before you choose to take digestive enzyme supplements.
How to Take DigesTrim
Take 1 Capsule 15 to 30 minutes before Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 8 to 12 oz. of water, or as needed.
GNC have classified DigesTrim as a detox supplement and have provided some very helpful information written by a doctor under the ‘health notes”’button on the DigesTrim product page, where they attempt to demystify detox supplements.
Some of this good sensible advice warns against the practice of taking strong laxatives. Although this warning is linked to the DigesTrim product page, this supplement falls into this category. The energy boosting claims for this supplement are equally unfounded.
- Will people with real digestive health problems look to this supplement as a cure?
- Medical advice is to take liquorice supplements for no longer than a week but DigesTrim is sold in a month’s supply
- No evidence that a laxative / digestive enzyme combination is good for health or weight loss.
What Does DigesTrim Claim To Do?
According the Rightway advertising there are three key benefits to taking DigesTrim:
- Digestive enzyme breaks down proteins, fats and carbs
- Helps maximize nutrient absorption
- Herbal matrix to aid digestive discomfort
This supplement is,
a full spectrum plant-based enzyme, designed to aid the digestion process.
This unwieldy statement continues,
DigesTrim’s unique digestive enzyme breaks down fats, carbs, proteins, lactose and legumes. By doing so, DigesTrim maximizes nutrient absorption, ensuring optimal benefits from food intake.
The Rightway information does not explain this process. Neither is the energy-enhancing claim explained – remember this supplement is supposed to boost energy.
Perhaps the idea is that you body will absorb more nutrients so you will feel better? None of this is made clear.
So What Is DigesTrim and What Are The Ingredients For DigesTrim?
DigesTrim is a supplement that is supposed to help you improve your digestive system and help you lose weight. Somewhere along the line, it is supposed to enhance your energy levels too. Each capsule is equal to one serving.
- Liquorice Root Extract (162.50 mg): Liquorice is a laxative as well as popular food flavouring and sweet. However, it can be very dangerous to take long term, causes severe side effects such as high blood pressure, and lowered potassium levels.
- Peppermint leaf extract (87.50 mg): Well known herbal remedy for digestive problems such as stomach pain and bloating. It was banned by the FDA as an OTC aid for digestive problems in 1990 because there was no evidence that it actually worked but it is a popular and safe ingredient and many people believe in it.
- Ginger Root Extract (50.00 mg): Ginger is an effective natural remedy for vomiting and nausea and seems safe and well tolerated. However, it can also cause nausea and stomach discomfort.
- Cinnamon Bark Extract(50.00 mg):There has been a lot of clinical testing carried out on this commonplace household ingredient and it may help reduce cholesterol levels. However the only conclusion has to be that results are inconclusive.
- Digestive Enzymes: Amylase, Glucoamylase, Protease 4.5, Protease 3.0, Lactase, Galactosidease, Protease, Beta Glucanase, Lipase , Cellulase, Heicellulase, Phytase, Invertase, Diastase (From Amylase). Enzymes have specialized roles to play in the digestive process and they fall into general categories. Lipases break down fat, amylases handle carbohydrates, and proteases work on proteins. This formula contains plant-based enzymes that mimic the action of your own body’s enzymes and may help improve digestive issues. However, you may find that it actually worsens the digestive discomfort if you have any health issues such as food intolerances. You should visit your doctor for advice.
So What Does All This Mean?
You may experience side effects from this supplement. Liquorice is a powerful laxative so you may be spending added time in the bathroom and digestive enzyme supplements can cause stomach cramps and similar reactions in some people.
Will this supplement help you to lose weight? We cannot see how and we fail to understand why DigesTrim is even categorised as a weight loss supplement, when it so obviously is not.
We cannot see the sense of combining a digestive enzyme supplement with a powerful laxative. We cannot see how this supplement will improve energy levels as claimed.
Does DigesTrim Have Any Side Effects?
We cannot find any customer reviews so we cannot bring you any real life customer experiences. Potential side effects may include:
- Abdominal pains
- Stomach cramps
- Heart burn
- Skin flushing
- Raised blood pressure
- Water retention
See your doctor immediately if you experience:
- Pain when urinating
- Severe abdominal pain
- Allergic reaction such as swelling
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Do not take for longer than 1 week – Liquorice can be unsafe if taken for longer periods.
Liquorice can work in the body in a similar way to oestrogen so you should avoid if you have or have suffered from a hormonally related medical condition.
Ask your doctor for advice if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition related to the digestive system or if you are taking prescription medication. There may be interactions.
See your doctor in the case of side effects.
Any DigesTrim Reviews From Customers?
There are no customer reviews for DigesTrim.
So Does DigesTrim Work?
The product advertising is unclear about what this supplement is really supposed to do so it is hard to say whether it works or not. However, we cannot see how or why how it should help you lose weight.
Taking laxatives for weight loss is not a sensible option and combining a laxative with digestive enzymes seems pointless. If you want to take a digestive enzyme supplement to improve your digestion why combine it with a laxative, which is well known for side effects?
The lack of feedback is of concern. We are also concerned that people will self medicate digestive disorders instead of seeking medical advice and may cause themselves additional health problems.
Where Can I Buy DigesTrim?
You can see DigesTrim on the Rightway website and according to the product information, 1 bottle of 90 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs $28.99. However, you cannot buy from the site. There is a store locater to tell you the nearest retail outlet but this page is under construction at the time of writing. You can also download a catalogue and sign up to receive emails and coupons, It seems as if you can do everything other than actually buy anything from this site.
An easier option is to buy from retail outlet GNC, 1 bottle of 90 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs $39.99 plus flat rate shipping to US addresses for an added $3.99. If you sign up to the GNC site and become a site member, this price is reduced to $31.99.
What About A Guarantee
There appears to be no money-back guarantee for DigesTrim.
DigesTrim is a confusing supplement! It appears to offer a way to improve your digestive health but if you really do have a digestive problem, we cannot see how this supplement will offer much support.
Taking a laxative combined with digestive enzymes looks dangerous to us and it is hard to see how it will really make you feel better, help you lose weight or increase your energy levels.
The product information is vague and provides very little information. We are concerned that DigesTrim is aimed at people with undiagnosed digestive issues. If you fall into this category we urge you to seek medical advice or try making a few changes to diet and lifestyle first to see if that works. If it does not, you should see your doctor for advice.
Losing weight by taking laxatives is unhealthy and can lead to problems such as dehydration. In addition, medical advice is very clear about the dangers of liquorice root – you should not take supplements containing this ingredient for more than a week, yet this supplement is sold in a month’s supply.
The practice of taking digestive enzymes for health is becoming popular but there are concerns about the quality of supplements because there is a risk of introducing contamination. Like probiotics, this is a complex science that requires further scientific evidence.
We are unimpressed with this supplement. It does not look safe and it will not live up to the claims of enhanced energy and weight loss. It seems that customers already feel the same because there is no feedback available.
It is an easy decision that gives us no other choice but to reject DigesTrim.