We had never heard of Vito Slim so it was surprising to read on the product website that millions of people have used it to successfully lose weight. You can only buy this supplement via the product website so already we are sceptical about the truth of some of the comments made by the advertising. Not a good first impression!
Vito Slim Pros
- Company is not operating an auto-billing scheme
- A guarantee is offered
Vito Slim Cons
- Supplement could be dangerous for some people
- Unknown side effects
- Fake reviews and testimonials as part of their advertising
Vito Slim Review
Vito Slim Facts
- Vito Slim is marketed by Connecticut based company Vito Pharma
- There are 60 capsules in each bottle – 20 days supply
- No feedback for this supplement
Vito Slim is a herbal diet pill that the makers describe as an all-natural fat burner. It contains four ingredients – all based on Indian plant extracts and the makers claim it is the “only all natural pill recommended by doctors” (incidentally we do not believe that statement either because doctors never recommend diet pills).
Vito Slim, described as the Worlds First Herbal Thermogenic diet pill, contains some unusual ingredients. These are Garcinia Cambogia, which we have heard of, but more unusually Terminalia Chebula, a tree extract that causes a laxative and diuretic (causes urination) effect and is described as a purgative by the Vito Slim advertising.
In addition, Vito Slim contains Commiphora Mukal more usually called Guggul said to enhance the thyroid system and stimulate the breakdown of bad cholesterol. The final named ingredient is Emblica Officinalis or Indian Gooseberry, which promotes longevity and enhances digestion.
These ingredients make up the formula but if you are expecting to find out amount quantities you are going to be disappointed.There is a complete lack of any hard facts and not even a picture of an ingredients list.
However, the basic claims are that it will help you:
- Lose 11lbs (5kg) in JUST 4 weeks
- Boost Your Energy
- Reduce Calorie Intake
- Reduce Cholesterol Level
- Normalize Appetite
The product information does not explain how this supplement will make you lose 11lbs in just 4 weeks.
How to take Vito Slim
To use Vito Slim take 1 capsule three times daily. You are advised to “Follow a regular course to ensure effective relief from weight-gain and to be on the path to a proper healthy lifestyle.”
A major part of the website advertising is the customer testimonial section, where doctors and herbalists across the world have written positive reviews for Vito Slim. This got us interested so we decided to track a few of these names down via internet searching. Unsurprisingly we drew a complete blank.
One positive review was left by a UK doctor called Laurence Jephson supposedly based in Northampton. He gave Vito Slim a glowing report and said he recommended it to his patients. He does not appear to exist and funnily enough, the Vito Slim advertising has also used this name for a so-called personal fitness trainer also based in Northampton.
Vito Slim is made by a USA based company based in Connecticut called VitoPharma.
Their address is:
4 Research Dr. Suite 402 Shelton,
There is a live chat function on the website but it was not working at the time of writing. There is however a contact phone number 1 (866) 583 3047.
Vito Slim Concerns:
- This diet pill contains ingredients that lack an adequate safety profile
- Will the company really honour the guarantee?
- Claims that a supplement is “doctor approved” are misleading and potentially dangerous
What Does Vito Slim Claim To Do?
A lot of the information on the website is a general warning about the perils of obesity such as, “Have you fallen prey to the art of over-eating?” and “Excessive calories are NOT good for you.”
According to the product information, this supplement has sold in millions around the world but we find this hard to believe. It is only obtainable from the product website and despite the fact that the website comes in various language versions including Spanish and German, there is practically zero information about this supplement elsewhere.If it really had sold in millions people would be talking about it. They are not.
According to the advertising, Vito Slim will help you:
- Lose Weight and Have More Energy
- Speed Up Your Metabolism
- Flush Toxins and Fats Out
- Help Combat Fatigue
- Increase Energy Levels
- Powerful Antioxidant
None of these claims are explained. There is no evidence that this supplement will do any of this. There are pictures and explanations about the four ingredients but none come with any links to clinical evidence.
So What Is Vito Slim and What Are The Ingredients For Vito Slim?
Vito Slim is a herbal diet pill that is supposed to have a fat burning and energy enhancing effect and at the same time act as detox. It does not come with an ingredients list but we managed to find a copy of the label. Each capsule is equal to one serving.
- Emblica Officinalis (100mg): This natural fruit – also known as the Indian Gooseberry has been used in Indian Medicine for thousands of years and is high in vitamin C.
It is believed to reduce cholesterol levels and may have an application for the treatment of diabetes, cancer and hardening of the arteries. The fruit is safe to eat but it hasn’t been evaluated for use in supplements. The appropriate dose is therefore unknown. In addition, it lacks clinical testing for efficacy and safety.
- Commiphora Mukal (100mg): Also known as Guggul, this substance is derived from the sap of the Commiphora Mukal tree, which grows in India. Guggul is well known as a traditional medicinal plant and it is supposed to reduce cholesterol and promote weight loss especially when combined with Hydroxycitric acid. It has an unpredictable effect upon the thyroid gland and may interfere with thyroid medication. Guggul can cause drug interactions and may act like oestrogen in the body. You should avoid it if you suffer from a hormone related medical condition.
- Garcinia Cambogia (100mg): Also known as Brindall berry, Garcinia contains Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) believed to help fat burning especially when combined with Guggul. However, there is still no proof that Garcinia Cambogia works in the way as described for weight loss and so far, results are at best minimal or inconclusive. Garcinia has been touted for weight loss following endorsement by Dr Oz on his TV show.
- Terminalia Chebula (100mg): This natural plant extract is believed to reduce high cholesterol and to be effective for digestive disorders. Terminalia Chebula has also been investigated as treatment for HIV and may have an antioxidant action. However, it lacks evidence and information about long-term safety. It has a laxative effect and is sometimes used as a purgative. According to medical opinion, “clinical information is too limited to recommend Terminalia for any use.”
So What Does All This Mean?
The ingredients in Vito Slim are Indian herbal plant extracts that are used in traditional Indian medicine for a range of conditions, so they probably will do something. Some are believed to reduce cholesterol but they lack clinical evidence. The major worry is one of safety. These ingredients have not been fully evaluated for side effects or drug interactions.
It is possible that these ingredients will never have been taken in this combination before. It is all very untried and untested and just because the ingredients are natural does not mean they are safe. It is important to note that just because these ingredients may be known in India in their natural form, this does not necessarily transfer to supplement use. The medical advice is that clinical information is too limited to guarantee results or safety.
Does Vito Slim Have Any Side Effects?
We were unable to find any independent customer reviews so we cannot bring you any true-life experiences. The customer testimonials on the website are obviously fake, as we have already found so we cannot take them seriously.
However, some of the ingredients contained in Vito Slim are known for causing side effects and these may include:
- Skin rash
- Increased menstrual bleeding
Avoid if pregnant or breast-feeding and do not use if you are trying to conceive. This supplement may cause menstrual bleeding and miscarriage. Do not take if you have or have had an oestrogen related medical condition such as breast or ovarian cancer. Guggul appears to act like oestrogen in the body, so this could be potentially dangerous.
Do not take in combination with the contraceptive pill or HRT.
Avoid if you suffer from an over active or under active thyroid as this supplement may interact with medication. Speak to your doctor before taking if you suffer from a medical condition or are taking prescription medication such as Warfarin.
Bear in mind that the ingredients in Vito Slim have not been fully investigated for safety and drug interactions so there may be additional risks.
Remember that the diet pill industry is unregulated and just because something is on sale and is “natural” this does not guarantee its safety.
Any Vito Slim Reviews From Customers?
We could not find any independent customer reviews for Vito Slim. The customer reviews on the website do not appear to be genuine and elsewhere it seems that nobody is talking about this supplement.
So Does Vito Slim Work?
Who knows what this supplement will do! The ingredients seem unpredictable and medical opinion is that they require further testing for side effects, safety and results.
Terminalia Chebula for example has only been tested on rats and even then, results were not conclusive. The safety of this ingredient has never been evaluated.
Guggul is an unpredictable ingredient and comes with a range of potential side effects that makes it simply seem too dangerous for many people to take. Vito Slim contains a cocktail of herbal ingredients that are known to Indian traditional medicine but have not undergone proper clinical trials. It is highly possible that this combination of ingredients has never been used before.
We have serious concerns about the safety of this supplement and would not recommend trying it.
Where Can I Buy Vito Slim?
You can only buy Vito Slim from the supplement website. It is not on sale from any other outlets.
One bottle of 60 capsules (20 days supply) costs $39.00 and comes with a free gift of another supplement that you can choose from the site. Two bottles (40 days supply) costs $73.00. Three bottles (60 days supply) costs $107.00.
Shipping costs an addition $9.95 via registered mail (15 days) or $24.99 via registered mail express (5-7 days). Larger orders qualify for free shipping. Nine bottles for example costs $261.00 and comes with three free bottles plus the free gift.
VitoPharma sell throughout the world so can deal with International orders. However, there have been a couple of delivery issues, which have led to customer complaints on a consumer website. One customer from Australia was still waiting three weeks after having the payment taken from his credit card account.
What About A Guarantee
Vito Slim offer a 30 day money back guarantee. The company state,
VitoSlimTM is backed with a 100% money back guarantee. If, in any of the unlikely event, you are unhappy with your purchase or the performance of VitoSlim, simply return it within 30 days for a full refund of the product purchase price (excluding shipping & handling charges).
We advise that you contact Vito Slim first. After all, if your package has taken 15 days to get to you there will not be much time to act. In the case of the Australian customer, the guarantee time had expired before he even received the package.
We are concerned about the safety of Vito Slim. This supplement contains untested ingredients that are unproven for safety. In addition, there are numerous potential side effects and interactions associated with Guggul and the medical advice is to avoid taking supplements containing Terminalia Chebula because it has never been fully tested.
We are also unimpressed with the fake testimonials and the lack of real information about Vito Slim on the website. Why, for example, did the company fail to mention the ingredient amounts? The company did not even mention the amount of capsules contained in each bottle. We had to work this out for ourselves and it is just not helpful to customers.
There is no customer feedback and the fact that you cannot buy it from anywhere else apart from the product website is matter for concern.
The guarantee seems ok but with the listed delivery times, it is not going to be easy to claim this within 30 days of purchase. Overall, Vito Slim is just not good enough or safe enough to make it onto our approved list. It might look “herbal and natural” but that doesn’t mean it is safe. We certainly would not take this supplement ourselves and there is no way we would recommend anyone else to buy it.
It is an easy decision. We reject Vito Slim.