Sanafil is advertised as being an all-natural way to lose weight fast and is produced by British company PhytoScience Ltd. Although it appears to be relatively new on the UK market, it has been on sale in Ireland and according to product information has been very popular.
- Made by a reputable looking British company
- Sanafil does not contain stimulants
- No money-back guarantee
- No customer feedback available
- Marketed by PhytoScience (Europe) Ltd in UK
- 15 days supply costs £21.45
- Appetite suppressant with no stimulant ingredients
We all like diet pills that are made from natural ingredients and do not cause any unpleasant side effects. Sanafil looks pretty good at first glance and this impression is reinforced by the website and the company information, which is transparent and easy to find on the website.
Sanafil is made by PhytoScience Ltd a company based in Lithlogow Scotland.
Their full address is
Mill Road Industrial Estate
PhytoScience (Europe) Ltd
PhytoScience manage several brands although according to the company information these all come under the same parent company. Sanafil was originally marketed in Ireland under the Brainchild brand but now comes under PhytoScience Europe.
Sanafil contains Korean nut oil as its principle ingredient along with chromium picolate and vitamins. There is a clear ingredients profile and some clear directions for taking it.
Sanafil is an appetite suppressant that is supposed to stimulate your hormones and trick your brain into feeling full and according to the website information, plays a role in the metabolisation of fat as well. The aim is that this will be enough to help you refuse second helpings and control your appetite.
We have to say here that The Diet Watchdog team are not convinced about the power of appetite suppressants even if the ingredients work, because not everyone finds that this method of weight loss effective.
A slight problem with all appetite suppressants is that hunger is not the only reason we eat. After all, who refuses chocolate or a tempting fattening treat on the grounds he or she is not hungry? Of course, this is a generalisation and for some people hunger is the issue that derails the diet. If this is you then an appetite suppressant may do the trick. If you are following a calorie controlled diet or attending weight watchers or similar then this type of diet pill may help.
The website is clear and easy to access. It features some positive customer experiences and it refers to a clinical study, which was carried out on the principle ingredient Korean Nut Oil.
Annoyingly this does not get beyond an introduction for a clinical paper and when you try to click on the link to see the full report, it does not work. This may be a computer programming issue but we feel this conveys the impression that this promised clinical information is just for show.
How to Use Sanafil
There are some clear instructions for use.
You should take two capsules twice daily. The information helpfully points out that if you don’t like swallowing capsules you can break them over and mix the contents with a spoonful of honey jam or yoghurt for the same effect.
According to the website:
The time to take Sanafil varies with your desire to eat. If you’re a snacker, then take it 2 hours after breakfast, and 2 hours before your evening meal.
If on the other hand you tend to overeat at meal times, take 2 capsules 20-30 minutes before lunch and 2 capsules 20-30 minutes before your evening meal.
- Sanafil website looks as if it has been forgotten about and there are no links to sales pages
- Sanafil website looks as if it has been forgotten about and there are no links to sales pages
- Ingredients may cause side effects and lead to medical problems
What Does Sanafil Claim To Do?
Sanafil claims to be an “all natural way to lose weight fast”.
The key points to this supplement are that it:
- Makes dieting a breeze
- Works in 30 minutes
- All natural no side effects
The price is also part of the advertising and the supplement is said to “costs less than £2.00 a day”.
We are concerned about this statement. Less than £2.00 a day could still work out expensive over a month. However the website information goes onto say;
And you don’t need to keep taking it forever, because you’ll become used to eating less.
So What Is Sanafil and What Are The Ingredients For Sanafil?
Sanafil is an appetite suppressant. It is made up from natural ingredients and it does not contain stimulants so you will not get potential stimulant side effects.
The principle ingredient is Korean Nut Oil extract. We were unable to access the study referenced by the advertising but have looked into this ingredient independently:
- Korean Nut Oil extract (2400mg): The active ingredient of Korean Nut Oil is Pinolenic acid a fatty acid which is contained in high levels in this natural ingredient. Recent clinical research has found that Pinolenic acid may be effective for weight loss. This fatty acid triggers two hormones, which have an appetite curbing effect in the body.
Cholecystokinin is a hormone in the gastrointestinal system, which signals feelings of fullness to the brain. Glucagon-like peptide-1 also decreases food intake by increasing satiety in brain.
Clinical research carried out on mice showed that Pine nut oil reduced weight gain. However it requires further testing to prove the effects for humans.
- Vitamin B3 200mg: When taken at high levels vitamin B3 can lower cholesterol levels and promote heart health. However if you know you have high cholesterol it is important to see your doctor and not self medicate. High doses of vitamin B3 can cause liver problems and ulcers so can be potentially dangerous.
The RDA for vitamin B3 is only 35mg for all adults so this is a very high level of dosage. Vitamin b3 is present in many foods including green veg and eggs. Common side effects include stomach upsets, flushing and facial redness if you have too much of it.
Source: Web MD Vitamin B3
- Chromium (as Piccolinate) 0.5% 40mg. (2mg chromium): Research has indicated that chromium Piccolinate may prevent carb cravings and could play a role in the management of diabetes but this requires further clinical investigation. There is controversy around this mineral and although some scientists claim it has no adverse effects, not everyone agrees. There have been cases of kidney damage and liver disease following chromium Piccolinate supplementation.
Medical advice is that taking chromium supplements is unnecessary. We only need trace amounts of chromium and the advice is that 30mcg per day is adequate for health.
The capsules are made from gelatine so will not suit vegetarians.
So What Does All This Mean?
Although the principle ingredient Korean pine nut oil is safe and does appear to have benefit as an appetite suppressant, this ingredient does require further clinical testing. Many of the studies have been carried out in vitro (test tube) or an animal experimentation and human testing has been very limited.
However, the concern with Sanafil are the very high levels of vitamin B3 and Chromium. These both exceed the guidelines for adequate daily amounts and may pose a potential health risk.
Does Sanafil Have Any Side Effects?
You may experience side effects. Common side effects of excess B3 are unpleasant and include itchiness, redness and facial flushing and can lead to more serious issues such as liver disease.
The level of chromium is high too and chromium has been linked to liver disease and kidney problems. It interacts with many prescription medications and although it may be safe, there have been safety issues around this mineral and its potential long-term health risk.
Caution: Avoid if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take Sanafil if you suffer from any type of kidney or liver condition. Seek medical advice first if you are diabetic because this diet pill may lower blood sugar levels and affect medication.
Take medical advice beforehand if you are taking any sort of medication including Warfarin and treatment for diabetes.
Any Sanafil Reviews From Customers?
Apart from the testimonials on the product website, we were unable to find any reviews for Sanafil. So we cannot provide any true-life customer experiences.
So Does Sanafil Work?
It might work a bit. It all depends on whether Korean nut oil is as good as it is cracked up to be and for that, we need further evidence. So far the clinical testing is in early stages and inconclusive although promising.
We are concerned about the high levels of chromium Piccolinate and vitamin B3 which may cause side effects.
Where Can I Buy Sanafil?
This is where it gets tricky. You might expect to be able to buy Sanafil direct from the product website but it isn’t as easy as that. You are advised to access one of the two links to recommended retailers selling Sanafil and these are placed on the site. Problem is that one link does not appear to work and the other website that does work, does not appear to sell Sanafil.
You can buy Sanafil via Amazon.co.uk. A bottle of 60 capsules costs £21.45. This works out at 15 days supply if you take Sanafil according to the recommended instructions. So far, there is no customer feedback.
You will have to contact PhytoScience for shipping costs if you are an international customer and the company welcome trade enquiries.
What About A Guarantee
There appears to be no money back guarantee on offer.
We are not too impressed with Sanafil and it does have a slightly forgotten look about it. The website has links, which do not work to the sales pages, and although this supplement has been listed on Amazon for a while, the absence of customer feedback gives the impression that nobody is actually buying it.
It may help to reduce your appetite and some people find this an effective way of losing weight especially when following a calorie-controlled diet. That is, if the Korean Pine Oil works as well as promised, but this is not proven. Added to that the other ingredient quantities seem too high and may cause interactions or side effects.
This supplement is also quite expensive. If you want to take this for a month, it will cost £ 42.90 and we feel this is excessive for such an indifferent looking product. There are better alternatives on the market.