We take a look, to see if TeenSlim lives up to its own hype.
- Natural ingredients
- Seem to be a reputable company
- Not proven that ingredients are safe for teenagers
- Hard to locate an ingredients list
- Diuretic ingredients
- Sold by Native Remedies, under their own branding
- The diet drops come in 59ml bottles
- Money back guarantee offered
Teenslim is a weight loss formula that is marketed solely at teenagers who wish to lose weight and puppy fat. Unlike many other diet aids, it is clearly marketed as an addition to a balanced diet and exercise routine, rather than being a weight loss solution.
TeenSlim is a concentrated tincture formula that facilitates rapid absorption into the blood stream. Usually, tinctures such as these are taken by placing the drops under the tongue. However, the directions for use of TeenSlim are to take 0.25 mL in 1/4 cup of water 3 times daily. This will perhaps help to disguise the awful taste that some reviewers have mentioned.
The weight loss aid has numerous ingredients, with various different properties. There are several diuretic ingredients that are described as ingredients that remove toxins from the body; we go into more detail on this in the ingredients section, but in general, we find the use of any diuretics in a weight loss product a cause for concern, as it may seem like the person is losing weight, when in reality they are merely losing water weight, which will be regained once the product is no longer being used.
TeenSlim is one of many products made and sold by Native Remedies, a company that currently offers “more than 250 herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies especially formulated for complete holistic health and wellness”. The website has a very high rating on shopping.com, and has a contact us page, complete with fax, address, contact phone numbers and a contact box through which customer services can be emailed. Native Remedies is based in Florida, USA.
- Not certain if safe for teenagers, despite claims
- No ingredient amounts released and so uncertainly if claims match clinical references
- Several of the ingredients are diuretic meaning you could become dehydrated
What Does TeenSlim Claim To Do?
TeenSlim claims to have numerous properties in helping teens with weight management. The sales page provides this description of TeenSlim’s properties:
- Supports healthy efforts along with a balanced lifestyle
- Maintains efficient metabolism in the body
- Supports healthy weight goals without the use of artificial stimulants
- Supports the digestive system by maintaining the natural breakdown of fats
- Supports healthy energy levels through nutrient absorption
- Supports loss of excess fat while maintaining normal growth and development
- Supports balanced blood sugar and fewer sugar cravings
- Supports healthy glowing skin
- Maintains overall systemic health in teenagers
As you can see, the properties of the diet drops address not only weight management, but other key concerns for teenagers, such as skin tone. The phrasing of this list also promotes the idea that this is to be used alongside a proper diet and exercise routine.
So What Is TeenSlim and What Are The Ingredients For TeenSlim?
At first glance, it appears that the ingredients of TeenSlim are not made clear to customers before purchase. Certainly there was no mention of what these amazing ingredients were on the sales page. However, a FAQ page about the product does go into more detail.
Native Remedies do go to a lot of effort to detail all of the positive clinical trials associated with each ingredient, which will obviously make the product seem like a great buy. However, it should be noted that there are far more studies available that suggested that there was no link between many of the ingredients and any weight loss.
The amount of formula in each dose is unknown, but the website describes the product as containing “carefully selected herbs in therapeutic dosage”. What this means in a practical level, is unknown.
- Fennel: This ingredient has been included in TeenSlim as it supposedly ‘take the edge off’ appetite. However, there is little evidence for this, and WebMD even states that it is sometimes used to treat a loss of appetite.
- Garcinia cambogia: A small fruit has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, which is thought to help to control a normal appetite. The active ingredient of Garcinia cambogia is hydroxycitric acid, which has been shown to be useful for boosting the metabolism in studies on rats and in test tubes. However, there are several studies on humans that concluded that hydroxycitric acid had no role to play in weight loss. These studies have not shown any effect upon appetite, and many have also showed no effect upon the metabolism of participants, nor changes to their weight or fat mass. Natural remedies states that “recent studies have found Garcinia cambodia to be beneficial in supporting weight loss goals. Research indicates that HCA has an effect on lipogenesis (fat storage), maintaining balance of glycogen in the liver and normal appetite.” With the mixed results from clinical evidence, it is not certain whether this ingredient would contribute to weight loss in every customer.
- Guggul: Guggul extract is taken from the sap of a tree native to India. Currently, evidence that Guggul is useful for weight loss is preliminary, with mixed results from the few trials already conducted upon it. Web MD states that;
There is some clinical evidence that guggul in combination with phosphate, hydroxycitric acid, and L-tyrosine plus exercise and a low-calorie diet might result in modest weight loss. However, a separate study of a standardized guggul extract generally used for lowering cholesterol found that doses of 3000 or 6000 mg daily for 8 weeks had no effect on body weight’. One small clinical trial found that guggul had an ‘excellent tonic effect on the skin.
- Bladderwrack: This sea vegetable is a concentrated source of minerals, including iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It is well known that iodine assists in the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining healthy metabolism in all cells of the body. If a person has no thyroid problems and does not have an iodine deficiency, this ingredient will do little to boost weight loss attempts.
- Burdock root: Native remedies states that this ingredient is known for “its ability to support cleansing and detoxifying of the blood”, referencing one study. It is also a diuretic, and so it is important to drink plenty of water when consuming burdock root.
- Cleavers: A plant that is traditionally used to “support water balance and lymphatic cleansing. This herb is beneficial in flushing-out the system and supporting the body in routine toxin removal – thus also maintaining skin health”. Whilst this description makes the ingredient sound fantastic, it is the opinion of many doctors that detoxing and removing toxins is a process performed naturally by the body, without the need of diuretics such as cleavers or burdock root.
- Eleuther: This ingredient is more commonly known as Siberian Ginseng. Native remedies states that ‘The teenage years in particular can be very hectic and this herb has been shown to support stamina and fitness’ in two preliminary trials. However, the Natural Medicine Journal has stated that ‘there is currently little clinical evidence on the use of Siberian ginseng… …to treat any medical condition in humans’, with mixed results from clinical trials and any beneficial effects declining after 8 weeks of use.
- Gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre): An herb traditionally used in Indian medicine, several studies have shown that Gurmar can support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Research into Gurmar’s role in weight loss is still in preliminary stages, but a few studies are publishing promising results. However, as Gurmar often lowers blood glucose levels, this may actually cause sugar cravings in the consumer, perhaps even encouraging them to eat more often.
So What Does All This Mean?
If a customer were to read the description of the ingredients as provided by Native Remedies, TeenSlim would look like a strong weight loss product, with many studies to support the use of the ingredients for weight loss. However, when decoding some of the sales terminology, and looking at other studies of the same ingredients, it is possible to see that TeenSlim is not as great as originally advertised.
The use of diuretics for weight loss is not a long-term solution, and is deemed medically unnecessary. There are numerous ingredients that may have an effect upon the metabolism or upon appetite, but none that have been conclusively proven to aid with weight loss.
Does TeenSlim Have Any Side Effects?
The TeenSlim’s FAQ page states that;
TeenSlim does not have any side effects as it is 100% herbal and natural. The ingredients of TeenSlim have a high safety profile and are generally very well tolerated without any side effects or interactions with other drugs.
Having said that, several different side effects are possible. As several of the ingredients are diuretics, it is possible to become dehydrated unless enough water is drunk throughout the day.
In general, be cautious of products that state that there will be no side effects, simply because it is a natural product; there are many natural products that can lead to serious side effects, and it is possible for people to have allergies to a number of the ingredients in TeenSlim, including Burdock.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Any TeenSlim Reviews From Customers?
There are only four reviews from customers available on TeenSlim at present. Two come from Amazon, whilst the other two can be found on the sales page for TeenSlim.
The negative reviews state that the product does not work, and one reviewer complained about the taste of the product:
This was a huge waste of money. I am very disappointed. It tastes absolutely disgusting! It doesn’t do anything to help you lose weight! All it does is let you know that your gag reflex is working because it tastes so god awful.
However, the positive reviews, left on the company’s sales page, show a different picture. The first is written by a parent:
My youngest son has never been as sporty as his older brothers and has always been a little tubby. Because of this, he has also shied away from sports and exercise. I came across TeenSlim and decided to give it a try, and I cannot believe the results! He is looking so well, and his skin is looking much better; I overheard him telling his friends that he wanted to go hiking! As a family, we are trying some of the tips you gave, and it is all working. I know my son would never write to you, so I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the results on his behalf. Thank you for a fantastic product!
The second positive review is posted by someone who is supposedly in the 45-54 age category, and so is likely posting it on behalf of a family member.
I tried every product on the market and nothing had worked. At first they would help, and then I would just go back to square one, plus some more. I’m tired of not being able to wear the same clothes that my friends do and tired of feeling ugly. I decided to buy TeenSlim after my friend’s mom told me about it, and WOW it really works! I have also followed the advice you gave about diet and exercise, and I am so pleased with the results!!! What is so great is that I just put the drops into my bottle of spring water… so I always remember to take them. (17 years old)
Both of these customers clearly spend a lot of time and money on the native remedies website, as one is a top 250 reviewer, whilst the other is a top 100 reviewer. Considering that this product has supposedly “been sold to literally thousands of customers in virtually every country around the world”, the lack of customer feedback is disappointing.
So Does TeenSlim Work?
Based upon the reviews available, there is insufficient evidence to state whether or not TeenSlim works. The positive reviews did not provide actual figures of weight lost, and the clinical evidence regarding the ingredients is contradictory and overall inconclusive.
It is possible that TeenSlim will work for some people, but for many would be a disappointing purchase.
Where Can I Buy TeenSlim?
TeenSlim can be bought from the official Native Remedies website.
The company also has a presence on Amazon.com, selling larger bottles of their product, as well as bundle offers, offering a bottle of TeenSlim with other products for a small discount.
What About A Guarantee
The sellers offer a “One Year 100% Unconditional Money Back Guarantee” to all of their customers who are unsatisfied with their products.
Whilst Native Remedies seem to be a reputable company that focuses upon herbal and holistic products, we cannot recommend TeenSlim to our readers. The company does not release enough information about their product’s ingredients, and makes the actual ingredients list difficult to find on their website.
Whilst their money back guarantee is always a sign of a legitimate and well-run business who values their customers, there is not enough evidence that the product is effective or even totally safe for teenagers, despite their claims. The reviews left by customers are also mixed, with Amazon reviewers stating whole-heartedly that the product does not work.
We are also concerned that the product is targeted at teenagers in particular. Nearly every diet pill or weight loss aid available states that it is not suitable for those under the age of 18, and we have not been able to find evidence that states all of the ingredients in TeenSlim are appropriate for regular use by those aged 13-18.
Overall, TeenSlim does not seem to be too bad a product, but it does have its flaws. We would like to see more information about the exact results that previous customers have achieved with the product before we could re-evaluate this diet pill. Until more information comes to light, we have decided to reject TeenSlim.