The HCG Platinum brand of diet products has been re-invented a few times since it first appeared on the market. We take a look at why and whther the latest “new and improved” version is any good!
HCG Platinum Pros
- Nothing whatsoever
HCG Platinum Cons
- False claims
- FDA warnings
- Court Judgements
- Dubious ingredients
HCG Platinum Review
HCG Platinum Facts
- Completely discredited product
- Dubious ownership
- Poor ingredient profile
Normally we start off our investigations by going to the product website and simply trying to get in touch with the company. By doing this, a trustworthy and honest company will normally offer to send out a sample of the product, especially if they have nothing to hide. It’s usually a win-win for all concerned. If the product and company can meet our criteria then they will go on our approved lists and consumers will feel confident there is no scam involved.
However, if they are hard to get hold of and refuse to send a sample then this doesn’t look good at all. It’s usually the first sign that they have something to hide.
We found the official site at hgcplatinum.com and gave them a ring on the numbers on the front page. We were greeted by a very surly individual and were told to not contact them again! First time this has happened, normally these companies are quite polite, but never mind it must have been a bad day.
Not to worry, lets take a closer look at the website and see what its all about.
We find some contact details:
But then in the footer we find that this site is wholly owned and operated by HCG Platinum Limited.
A bit more digging and we find that this is now a UK owned company, so who actually owns HCG Platinum (products)? Is it owned in the US in that good old diet scam capital, Utah or is it now a UK company?
HCG Platinum Warnings:
- FDA warning
- Court Judgement against the company
- No evidence that it works
- Using “free trial” scam at present
- DO NOT BUY
What Does HCG Platinum Claim To Do?
Hmmm…. normally these guys are proud to boast some unrealistic weight loss amounts but this time it’s not exactly clear what HCG Platinum does. They have three products available at the present time, HCG Platinum X-30, HCG Platinum maintain and a meal replacement shake.
The main headline is “bottled confidence”, we have no idea what this is meant to mean with regards to a diet product, but they follow this up with “say goodbye to fat and hello to confidence.”
So what are we dealing with here? A weight loss product, or some sort of confidence booster magic pill?
Instead of any real claims or evidence of what HCG Platinum can do the site is relying on the old psychological tricks to try and fool you into thinking what it “might” do for you.
There’s a lovely picture of Carmen Electra who supposedly endorsed the product a while ago, as well as some referrals relating to awards received from GNC as the “rising star of 2010.” All pretty old stuff and we need to dig deeper into this we think.
What is HCG?
HCG is the abbreviated term for Human chorionic gonadotropin and is a hormone produced by pregnant mothers by the developing embryo.
FDA in 6th December 2011 banned the sale of “homeopathic” and OTC hCG diet products and declared them fraudulent and illegal.
Over the counter HCG diet drops now are usually completely hormone free.
So What Is HCG Platinum and What Are The Ingredients For HCG Platinum?
The more we look into this product the worse it gets. The formula you can buy now is not the same formula that was endorsed by Carmen Electra and received the awards back in 2010.
So it must be even better now, right?
Err, not exactly. The original formula was the subject of an investigation by the Federal Drugs Administration and resulted in a warning letter being issued in November 2011:
Basically it says that Rightway Nutrition LLC, owned by Kevin Wright is in violation of multiple aspects of the FDA acts. This is extremely serious and only happens when manufacturers are making unsubstantiated claims.
This is because the original formula was claiming to be a homeopathic remedy containing;
“HCG Platinum” lists its active ingredients as “HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x, L-Arginine 3x, 12x, 30x, Acetyl L-Carnitine 3x, 12x, 30x, L-Omithine 3x, 12x, 30x.” Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), L-Arginine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, and L-Omithine are not established homeopathic active ingredients included in the HPUS or any of the addenda or supplements. Furthermore, to our knowledge, HCG, L-Arginine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, and L-Omithine are not listed in any recognized materia medica containing information on the preparation of homeopathic medicines.
So Rightway Nutrition were making some serious mistakes and as a result were ordered to cease making the claims it did. Rather than disappear altogether they then changed the formula completely to get around the FDA order but they have carried on using the same branding and references to Carmen Electra in order to “trick” any future customers. Very manipulative, in our opinion.
So HCG Platinum Is Totally Different To What It Was Before?
We don’t know if this is a good thing or not, but yes the formula has completely changed.
X-30 Plus is the latest formulation of HCG Platinum’s best selling product. Each serving of the new and improved formula now includes:
- HCG Platinum Brand Amino Acid Blend (100mg)
- African Mango (Irvingia Gabonensis) Seed Extract (150mg) – Worth noting here that clinical proven studies have shown you need at least 300mg of African Mango extract per day in order to promote increased fat burning!
- Vitamin B12 (60mcg)
Included in your box:
- 2 FL OZ Bottle of HCG Platinum Brand X-30 Plus (A 30-Day Supply)
- Healthy Menu Guide (With 14 healthy recipes and coupons for other HCG Platinum products)
But this is nothing to do with HCG is it? No, but by keeping the name and the branding and referring to previous awards and endorsements, they can associate it all together. Pretty sneaky eh?
Taking a closer look at the ingredients and the serving size, there is absolutely no evidence at all that this could be effective for weight loss, confidence boosting or lifestyle changes as they are insinuating.
This is precisely why there is very little information offered, they can’t make any claims like before, as there is no evidence it works and the FDA is closely watching them.
So What Does All This Mean?
Well, we are at a loss to be honest. We’ve looked at some dodgy stuff in our time but this is starting to look like one of the worst case we have investigated.
So far we have a product with no real indication of who owns it and where they are based. We have a warning letter from the FDA, and we have a product profile that has no evidence as to its effectiveness.
Interestingly we also found another site owned by the same company, which this time was making the same claims it was warned against doing by the FDA.
Tryhcgplatinum.com which says its owned by the same outfit as the main site:
None of these claims are allowed to be made under the FDA warning letter but they are still doing so, this is possibly the reason why the company has been “relocated” to the UK. It would be far harder for the FDA to go after the company again if they are based in the UK, however the Office of Fair Trading are catching up with the FDA in this area so hopefully it won’t be too long before they get shut down again.
Does HCG Platinum Have Any Side Effects?
This is impossible to answer. The original formula was quite rightly banned by the FDA, due to its ridiculous claims, amongst other things.
The new formula offers such low quantities of any effective ingredient that it is unlikely to cause side effects, as there is simply not enough of anything to be worthwhile.
Any HCG Platinum Reviews From Customers?
There are a number of “testimonials” on the website, but there is no way of knowing how true they are. Bearing in mind the FDA warnings and the way it was originally promoted, we very much doubt that this product could do what it is claimed.
We found the search engines awash with complains from disgruntled customers, ranging from the product not working. No product received as well as dubious billing for the “free trial”.
So Does HCG Platinum Work?
There is zero evidence to prove that HCG Platinum could be effective for anything at all.
Where Can I Buy HCG Platinum?
As shown above you can buy HCG Platinum online from the main website. The original HCG Platinum and HCG Platinum X15 were previously available at GNC but they have quite rightly discontinued stocking it since the FDA warnings. This hasn’t stopped the company still using this claim and referring to their award in 2010.
The newer and so called “improved” version HCG Platinum X30 is available from GNC and was originally priced at $75.99 but now selling for $59.95 – shipped to US consumers only.
I Wish I had Read This Review Before Buying HCG Platinum
We wish we had started this website before now, so we could have helped many more people falling for any of these scams. That is our whole reason for being but there is light at the end of the tunnel for anyone who fell for the HCG Platinum scam.
One brave lady, Christine Wike has brought a class action lawsuit that has been settled in the Los Angeles Superior Court by Judge Johnson. Anyone who fell for the scam between December 13 2006 and February 9 2012 is entitled for full refunds for the product.
The case is known as Christine Wike, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiff, vs. HCG Platinum, LLC, Rightway Nutrition, LLC, Defendants, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC451080 (“the Action”). The person who sued is the Plaintiff. The companies she is suing, HCG Platinum, LLC and Rightway Nutrition, LLC, are the Defendants. The proposed Settlement resolves all claims related to the HCG Products, other than claims for personal injury arising from the consumption of HCG Products.
Full details are available here: https://www.hcgsettlement.com/FAQ.aspx
Watch Dog Verdict
How this product is still being promoted is beyond belief. FDA warnings, Court Judgements, false claims and dubious company ownership are a recipe for disaster.
Avoid this product like the plague.
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