We take a close look at Quantrim and see whether it lives up to its claims. Is it finally the answer to your weight loss dreams or another case of the hype being much bigger than the reality?
- 60-day money back guarantee
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
- Made in a GMP certified facility
- No clinical Proof either of the ingredients can work for weight loss
- No indication how much Iodine is included in the extract of Bladderwrack
- May have laxative and diuretic effects
- Claims you can lose 2-3 pounds a week with proper diet and exercise
- Based on 100 year old recipe
- Includes a fast track diet plan
- Made under Traditional Herbal Remedy license
After we finally found the merchant site we could get down to doing an objective review of Quantrim.
First impressions were not really encouraging, with a pretty average looking website. Not a problem though, some of the best products are featured on poor quality sites and some of the biggest scams are on the prettiest sites. So we can’t read a lot into that at all.
It’s a fairly bland looking front page with not a lot of information, just a load of badges, and a stock image of a Doctor saying it’s “Medically Approved.” Very interesting, we thought. It’s extremely rare for a product like this to be medically approved so good to see some evidence to back this up.
Once we dig a bit deeper though, there is quite a lot of information on other pages of the site, so the lack of information at first glance is not too bad for people like us wanting some solid facts.
- No indication of Iodine content
- Excess Iodine could be dangerous for some individuals
- None of the ingredients have any clinical evidence they are effective for weight loss
So What Is Quantrim and What Are The Ingredients For Quantrim?
This is the main selling point of Quantrim, as it is said to be a “traditional herbal remedy.”
It only seems to contain two ingredients from what we could see: Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosis) and Cleavers (Galium aparine).
- Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosis): Good old-fashioned seaweed, which is naturally high in Iodine. It is said that we need Iodine to create “Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This is what gives us a healthy metabolism.
Seaweed is also claimed to create a full feeling in the stomach to reduce appetite. Rather bizarrely they also say that it helps to prolong the menstrual cycle and exert anti-oestrogenic effects in pre-menopausal women. We have no idea what this has got to do with a slimming pill and what effect it might have on those of us who are not pre-menopausal.
Rather handily they have provided links references to several clinical studies, but none of them have anything whatsoever to do with weight loss in normal healthy human beings.
The references relate to several medical conditions including; hyperthyroidism, menstrual cycle length, antithrombic activity and antitumor activity.
Don’t worry so are we, we could not find any peer reviewed clinical evidence that has ever been published to show that Bladderwrack can help with weight loss.
We would suggest that unless you are suffering from Goitre (hyperthyroidism) or you are pre-menopausal with abnormal menstrual cycles that you should avoid the need to take high doses of Iodine.
There have been several concerns with taking excess Iodine:
High intakes of iodine can cause some of the same symptoms as iodine deficiency—including goitre, elevated TSH levels, and hypothyroidism—because excess iodine in susceptible individuals inhibits thyroid hormone synthesis and thereby increases TSH stimulation, which can produce goitre.
It appears that Quantrim contains 40mg of a 5:1 dried extract of Bladderwrack. This is equivalent to 200mg of dry extract. At the recommended dosage of 3 tablets a day this is equivalent to 600mg daily serving. It is not indicated how much Iodine is in the product.
We leave the last word to the US National Library of Medicine:
The effectiveness ratings for BLADDERWRACK are as follows:
Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for….
Obesity. Early research suggests that Bladderwrack, used along with lecithin and vitamins, doesn’t help people lose weight and keep it off.
- Cleavers (Galium aparine): A common weed, prolific in the UK, which also goes by the names of Goosegrass and Stick Willies. No real clinical research has been conducted on Cleavers but is considered to have traditional uses as a diuretic. It is also said to have laxative effects.
No research has been done into any weight loss effects any form of Cleavers may have. Traditionally it is consumed as a tea made from the leaves of the weed. It is then said to act on the lymph system to cleanse the bloodstream of toxins.
Quantrim contains 50mg of a 4:1 extract giving a dosage of equivalent to 200mg. At the recommended dosage of 3 tablets a day this is equivalent to 600mg daily serving.
We could find no evidence for the use of a dried extract of Cleavers for any conditions.
Does Quantrim Have Any Side Effects?
As mentioned, high does of Iodine can be increase the risk of adverse reactions. Without any indication of the exact daily serving then those susceptible to high Iodine ingestion should exercise caution. Bladderwrack also contains align, which as laxative effects.
With regards to the other ingredient, Cleavers, then as it is a diuretic we would also advise caution. We have written extensively about the use of diuretics and laxatives as a slimming aid HERE with the conclusion that they are not advised to be used for extended periods of time.
The merchants advise consuming Quantrim after a meal with a “big glass of water.” This would negate the effects of Cleavers as a diuretic so we are not sure what the actual effect of the ingredient would actually be. It would be good to see some hard facts in this area.
Caution: You are not advised to take Quantrim if you’re breastfeeding or a nursing mother and recommended to seek medical advice if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
Any Quantrim Reviews From Customers?
Because Quantrim is so new there are no real customer testimonials at this time. This is normal with a new product and is not of any particular concern.
We did find some suggestions that Quantrim has been used by Victoria Beckham, however this appears to be the work of someone with an over-active imagination, rather than an actual fact. There is no suggestion that the claims have anything to do with the merchant.
So Does Quantrim Work?
We really wanted to see something special from Quantrim as it promised to be so “revolutionary.” Unfortunately we cannot find any reason to suggest Quantrim actually work’s. There is no evidence to suggest that Iodine (Bladderwrack) has any effect on weight loss for normally healthy people.
Likewise there is no evidence or research to suggest Cleavers can also help with weight loss. It’s main traditional use is as a diuretic, which we would not recommend, and we could find nothing to suggest a dried extract could be useful as a slimming aid.
Despite claiming that Quantrim is “revolutionary” the website then goes on to say that it has been used in the same format for over 100 years:
Quantrims particular combination formula of bladderwrack and cleavers has a long history of use, stretching back over 100 years. It was first made by the herbalist William Box who founded a herbal manufactory in Devon in 1875. His pills were famous and he was awarded two Gold Medals and three Distinction Awards in the Paris Exhibition of 1912 for his work. His slimming pills, the exact same formula as Quantrim, were called Slimwell Anti-Fat Slimming Tablets. William Box also made these tablets for his friend and colleague Duncan Napier, a famous Victorian herbalist whose tablets were simply called Napiers Anti-Fat Pills! Duncan Napiers also made a liquid version called Duncan Napiers Corpulency Compound.
Source: merchant website
Quantrim does come with a handy diet plan by a Dr. Alfred, which may well help some people with their weight loss goals. Without seeing full details we cannot how effective the plan might be, but it’s good to see something like this offered with the product.
Where Can I Buy Quantrim?
At the moment Quantrim is only available online from the main merchant, who appear to be Nuropharm Ltd based in Cyprus. There is also an address for queries in Glasgow, UK.
These details are helpfully provided on the website as well as telephone contact numbers.
What About a Guarantee?
We were pleased to see a full 60-day money back guarantee.
It doesn’t look there are any catches with the guarantee, only a standard £15 handling charge which is pretty normal in this industry.
Reading through the rest of the terms and conditions there is nothing of any concern.
Prices seem fairly good at £34.95 for one bottle with discounts for larger packages.
We had high hopes for Quantrim but to be honest we were left just a little bit disappointed.
We just couldn’t find anything to suggest it could work for weight loss, based on the ingredients used. The main concern was the warnings about Bladderwrack from the National Institute of Health, which rates it thus: “insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness.”
We would love to see much more detail provided and a link to any sort of study that shows either of the ingredients can be beneficial as a diet aid.
It’s great that this product is based on an ancient slimming remedy but until we have modern evidence it works we have no alternative but to reject Quantrim.