Candiform, the free weight-loss program
Today, we’re testing the CANDIFORM 4 slimming program, which claims that the weight-loss process is mostly prevented by the presence of undesirable yeast in the intestines. It’s a method that tackles the problem of weight loss at source.
Let’s take a closer look at what Candiform 4 has to offer to help you regain your figure.
Presentation and promises of Candiform 4
First of all, when you land on the official Candiform website, it’s important to know that you’re actually on a single page, not a complete site. Why is this?
Well, because on the one hand, this page gives us a few explanations about the yeast that’s allegedly preventing us from losing our extra kilos, but above all, because this page includes a questionnaire which, depending on our answers, will entitle us to a free offer. Interesting, isn’t it? Let’s take a closer look…
1. Unwanted yeast in the gut :
On the Candiform page, we read that this yeast (whose name is withheld from the reader), when in excess in our intestine, blocks weight loss.
This “sugar-crazy” yeast causes weight gain, bloating, a feeling of being too full after meals, sugar addiction and cravings.
Candiform has therefore been designed to unblock the weight loss process by acting on this yeast.
2. The Candiform questionnaire:
This questionnaire consists of fifteen simple questions.
The answers to these questions, once received and analyzed by the Candiform team, will enable the candidate to benefit from a free personalized weight loss program.
What’s interesting is that the page clearly indicates that to be one of the 1000 privileged people who will receive this free slimming program, all you have to do is answer the same questionnaire 4 times (yes, you read that right, 4 times). A clear invitation to participate several times to double your chances of winning, a sort of tombola if you will!
So we played along, and reveal our findings in the following article.
The makers of Candiform
Candiform 4 is a slimming program from a company we’re getting to know better, given the number of their products we’ve tested and the feedback we’ve received from our readers.
Candiform is a product of the Nutritia institute, which is none other than Perfoline, now renamed Simply Forte.
We’ve written about this company on several occasions, condemning it on each occasion for its dishonest practices of abusive sampling without the buyer’s consent.
To find out more about the various products we’ve tested, simply type their name (or rather, their various names) into the search box at the top right-hand corner of this page.
The Candiform cure: Basic principle
Let’s continue with the procedure.
We filled in the questionnaire and sent it off. After a few days, we received an e-mail announcing that we were one of the lucky 1000 chosen to receive a free personalized weight loss program.
The message was affirmative: we do indeed have an undesirable yeast squatting in our intestine and preventing us from losing weight: candida albicans.
Candiform will tackle the 3 causes behind the presence of this yeast in excess in our bodies:
- Too many sugars in the diet;
- Too many medications;
- Too much stress.
We’d like to say that we know how disabling excessive proliferation of candida albicans can be, but we also know that it’s a very difficult disease to diagnose with any certainty, even by contacting professionals in the field. So we have every right to be astonished at the certainty with which Candiform assures us, after a very basic mini-questionnaire, that we are indeed suffering from a proliferation of candida albicans in our intestine…
We’re not going to go into that, because we’ll need articles and articles to explain it. But having said that, for those of you who are interested in the subject, we invite you to consult these two articles which we thought were rich in information and easy to read and understand: The intestinal microbiota, the key to your anti-candidosis treatment and Candidiasis: description, causes, symptoms/complications, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Candiform 4: the 4 supplements and their ingredients :
Now we come to the Candiform cure. What are the 4 supplements it contains? The details are given below…
1. Candiform to regulate your intestinal flora
This supplement is made up of the following ingredients:
1. Caprylic acid:
Caprylic acid, or octanoic acid, is found mainly in coconut and palm oil.
It has antifungal properties and dissolves the protective film of Candida Albicans, enabling it to adhere to the intestinal wall.
In so doing, it helps to detach fungi from the intestine and control their proliferation.
An antioxidant that protects against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
3. Walnut Leaf Powder:
Walnut leaves contain a toxin, juglone, which gives them their therapeutic properties.
Among other things, they treat digestive disorders and make an excellent depurative.
However, walnut bark is used to fight candidiasis, and does not have the same properties as walnut leaves…
4. Berberine :
Derived from barberry, berberine has 3 major actions: it fights diarrhea, stimulates the immune system and slows the development of candida albicans.
Apart from walnut leaves, which don’t seem to us to be the most appropriate for fighting candida albicans, this first supplement seems to us to be relevant in the fight against this fungus. But we were looking for a weight-loss product, weren’t we?
2. Candibiotic, probiotics to regenerate your intestinal flora
This second supplement is made up of a single ingredient: probiotics.
1. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium Longum :
Probiotics that regenerate intestinal flora, prevent infections and intestinal disorders, and improve immunity.
Probiotics are also known to reduce the body’s insulin production, resulting in less fat accumulation.
They also have a positive effect on cholesterol, reduce gas and promote the elimination of toxins.
3. Candidetox, a detox supplement to cleanse your body
This third supplement in the Candiform 4 cure is also made from a single ingredient: artichoke.
Cynarin is artichoke’s main active ingredient.
In fact, artichoke is a natural diuretic that promotes the elimination of toxins through the urine, and combats the phenomenon of water retention.
As such, it can help you lose weight, but only in terms of water, not fat. What’s more, this loss will be temporary.
4. Candimétaboline, a blend of ingredients to boost your tone
Let’s move on to the fourth supplement, with its 4 ingredients.
Cinnamon is a powerful tonic that brings energy and a good mood.
It promotes good digestion, and can improve motivation and concentration.
It’s also an excellent ingredient for fighting and preventing various illnesses and infections.
2. Green tea:
A recognized fat-burning ingredient, which also has relaxing properties.
It boosts metabolism and promotes fat burning.
3. Chromium Picolinate:
Helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and is essential for sugar metabolism.
4. Alpha-Lipoic Acid:
A powerful anti-oxidant.
The Candiform program and science
No mention of clinical studies or tests to confirm its effects is made on the Candiform website.
On the other hand, there is no recognized scientific research to prove the effects of the blend of ingredients present in the 4 Candiform products.
However, it is true that some ingredients in Candiform supplements have been scientifically recognized for their effect on weight loss, such as green tea and probiotics.
Green tea has been the subject of countless studies on its effect on weight loss. In this context, we cite this study, which we felt was relevant.
This study focused on the reduction of body fat and cardiovascular risk in humans through supplementation with catechin-rich green tea extracts.
The study, carried out in Tokyo, Japan, involved a population of 240 subjects divided into two groups: a catechin group (123 people) and a control group (117 people).
The results obtained were a reduction in body weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat ratio, body mass, waist circumference, hip circumference, visceral fat area, and finally subcutaneous fat area for the first group consuming catechins compared with the control group.
The researchers also noted a greater reduction in blood pressure in the first group and a decrease in low-density lipoproteins.
No adverse effects were noted following consumption of the catechin-rich green tea extracts.
(Source: NCBI. PubMed. Health Care Food Research Laboratories, Kao Corporation, Bunka, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Nagao T., Hase T., Tokimitsu I. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Jun;15(6):1473-83. doi : 10.1038/oby.2007.176)
In discussing the possible effects of probiotics on weight loss, we thought it worthwhile to mention this study, which investigated the effects of Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 supplementation on weight loss and maintenance in obese men and women.
This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial lasted 24 weeks.
Results for men in both groups were almost identical: no distinct effect.
As for the women’s group, the researchers noted a clear weight loss in women supplemented with Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which lasted throughout the experiment.
They also noted a significant reduction in fat mass, circulating leptin concentration and abundance of Lachnospiraceae bacteria in the buttocks.
In conclusion, this study highlights that the formulatiom Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 helps obese women achieve sustainable weight loss.
(Source: Cambridge Journal. British Journal of Nutrition. Volume 111, issue 08, April 2014, pp 1507-1519. doi : 10.1017/S0007114513003875. Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec,QC, Canada G1v 0A6. Nutrition and Health Research Department, Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland. Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Laval University, Quebec, QC, Canada G1V 0A6. Clinical Development Unit, Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland. Analytical Sciences Department , Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland. Research Center of the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec, Quebec, QC, Canada G1V 4G5).
Candiform side effects and contraindications
A priori, the various supplements making up the Candiform 4 program do not appear to have any recognized adverse effects.
As a precautionary measure, we do not recommend this program for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for people under 18.
Testimonials from Candiform users
Many people question the effectiveness and reliability of this program. But when it comes to testimonials and sharing experiences, they are rare.
We have found a few that report a costly and ineffective cure, but they remain few and far between. Here’s a sample of the feedback we’ve received from Internet users via this site.
Candiform price and guarantee
Initially, the idea was to receive a complete Candiform program free of charge. But as we exchanged emails, we learned that they were doing us the favor of offering us the Candiform program at half price.
Surprise, surprise, the program isn’t free after all.
Let’s find out how much it costs:
- 2-month treatment : 149€ instead of 229€.
- 4-month cure (recommended by experts) : 249€ instead of 399€.
Apparently there’s a money-back guarantee, even on opened jars.
Our opinion of Candiform
The Candiform cure is recognized for the presence of certain ingredients relevant to the fight against Candida Albicans. But on the other hand – and we feel obliged to mention this once again – our experience with this company, and that of our readers, leads us to express our dissatisfaction with their practices, such as abusive and repetitive sampling, and misleading advertising (as is the case with candiform’s free service). In addition, we believe that this cure should target Candida Albicans and not weight loss, as stipulated by the manufacturer. Finally, we feel that the price of the cure is high.
In conclusion, in our view, Candiform is not a product that can help you lose weight.