Slim5, 5 fat blasters in action
We recently discovered Slim5, a slimming product that combines, according to its manufacturer, “100% of the slimming power of the five most powerful fat burners” in a single capsule., all in a single capsule. A slimming pill with a 5-in-1 action and a lot of promise, counting on an “explosive” formula, according to its manufacturer.
Enticing, isn’t it?
We’ve investigated the Slim 5 slimming pills, and we’ll tell you the truth.
Slim5 presentation and promises
Slim 5 slimming pills are a synergy of 5 ingredients: cabbage, cider vinegar, artichoke, green mate and red pepper.
According to the official website, these ingredients are the 5 most powerful fat burners of the moment, combined in a single slimming pill that offers 5 main slimming actions:
- Detox action to purify the body of toxins ;
- Fat-burning action to eliminate unwanted pounds;
- Metabolism booster to boost calorie burning;
- Combats water retention;
- Cleanses the digestive system;
- Anti-cravings action.
The manufacturer recommends taking Slim5 at a dose of 3 capsules a day, ¼ hour before each meal.
The website claims that Slim5 is the first 5-in-1 slimming supplement, and that its benefits have been clinically tested.
Further investigation will enable us to verify this information.
The Slim5 manufacturer
On the official Slim5 website, we found the name of a company called Simply Forte, headquartered in Paris at Avenue l’Opéra.
A quick search of the exact address provided by the site revealed a building with several offices for rent.
Given the impossibility of locating the production unit where Slim 5 is made, we turned to the company.
By doing a simple web search, we found that the company’s website markets several products for weight loss, slimming, well-being, sexual performance and body and face care.
In the slimming section that interests us, we discovered several products that we’ve already tested on our site and that belong to the Perfoline company, aka Institut Nutritia.
Intrigued by this discovery, we took a look at the legal information available and, unsurprisingly, found that Simply Forte is none other than Institut Nutritia, with the same declared activity, namely distance selling via specialized catalogs.
We have spoken at length about this company, whose fraudulent practices we have condemned on several occasions, and for fear of repeating ourselves, we invite our readers to consult this company’s product tests by typing its name in the search field at the top of this page.
We’ll stop there as far as the manufacturer of Slim5 is concerned, and move on to the ingredients contained in these slimming pills.
Slim5, the ingredients
According to the formula presented on the Simply Forte website, Slim 5 is made up of the following ingredients:
1. Chromium :
Chromium is a trace element known for its action, in association with other factors, in regulating pancreatic insulin secretion to maintain blood sugar levels in a constant state.
It is also said to have the power to curb cravings for sugary snacks.
Several studies have shown that chromium’s effect on weight loss is almost nil compared with a placebo.
2. Cider vinegar (powder):
Cider vinegar is said to have positive effects on blood sugar levels, helping to lower them.
It also increases satiety and has an alkalinizing effect on the body. By helping to reduce the body’s acidity, cider vinegar is said to reduce oxidative stress and support the health of multiple bodily functions.
Some claim that cider vinegar accelerates the metabolism, but this has yet to be proven.
3. Artichoke :
Artichoke contains cynarin, antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, chromium, manganese and various vitamins (C and B vitamins).
Artichoke acts as a natural diuretic. It encourages the elimination of toxins through the urine and reduces the phenomenon of water retention (note, however, that weight loss will be water loss, not fat loss).
Artichoke also has mild laxative properties, which reinforce water loss by accelerating intestinal emptying.
4. Green Maté:
Mate stimulates the central nervous system.
It lowers bad cholesterol, increases fat burning and has appetite-suppressant properties.
To find out more about this ingredient, read our full article HERE.
5. Dry cabbage extract:
Cabbage is a very low-calorie vegetable that’s highly acclaimed for its slimming virtues. In fact, ½ cup contains just 17 calories.
It’s also a high-fiber vegetable, with 4 g per cup.
Cabbage is also rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, beta-carotene and lutein.
It can be credited with enhancing the sensation of satiety, helping to regulate blood glucose levels, and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.
But beware: cabbage has no proven fat-burning properties, as some manufacturers of slimming products claim.
Simply Forte does not claim that cabbage has fat-burning properties.
6. Cayenne pepper:
Capsaicin is responsible for the fat-burning properties of cayenne pepper.
This substance acts on several levels.
Firstly, it activates the metabolism, which boosts calorie burning.
Secondly, capsaicin acts on 2 hormones, adrenalin and noradrenalin, to improve the burning of sugars and fats, but also to reduce the sensation of hunger.
As we come to the end of this review of Slim5’s composition, we note that the highest concentration in terms of quantity is that of artichoke, which corresponds to 2700mg per daily dose, and which, it should be remembered, is a natural diuretic.
Scientific studies on Slim 5 slimming pills
The official website announces that the Slim 5 slimming supplement has been clinically tested.
The link presented on the site redirected us to a page containing the report on these tests.
We have to admit that there is no academic or official reference from a specialized body endorsing this report.
In our experience, studies are referenced and must be published in specialized scientific journals to qualify as approved tests or clinical studies.
To make up for the lack of this crucial information, we thought it would be useful to provide our readers with scientific information concerning the various ingredients contained in Slim5 pills, but treating these ingredients in isolation.
With regard to chilli, several studies have shown the effects of capsaicin on metabolism, fat burning, hunger regulation and the feeling of satiety.
A very recent meta-analysis, carried out in 2016 by a group of researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the USA, confirms the effects of capsaicinoid supplements and invites the scientific community to carry out further work on natural primary sources of capsaicin to explore its pharmacology.
(Source: NCBI. PubMed. School of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Department of Exercise Science, High Point University, High Point, NC. Gannon NP., Lambalot EL., Vaughan RA. Biofactors. 2016 Mar 4. doi: 10.1002/biof.1273).
Green mate is another ingredient that has been studied, with confirmed appetite-suppressant and metabolism-boosting effects. In this context, we cite this trial which investigated the thermogenic effects of certain commercially available herbal preparations aimed at treating human obesity. This study concluded that herbal preparations have a low potential, with the exception of mate extract. The study compared twelve different plants.
(Source: NCBI. Institut de Pharmacognosie et Phytochimie, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Martinet A., Hostettmann K., Schutz Y. Martinet A., Hostettmann K., Schutz Y. Phytomedicine. 1999 Oct; 6(4): 231-8).
Cider vinegar has also been the subject of several studies.
For example, a study carried out in Japan evaluated the effects of different concentrations of cider vinegar (0ml, 15ml or 30ml) on 3 groups of obese or overweight subjects.
The two groups ingesting cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks saw their BMI, visceral (abdominal) fat, triglyceride levels and body weight fall.
Weight loss was real, albeit modest, with values ranging from 1.2kg to 1.7kg for 12 weeks of cider vinegar consumption.
(Source: NCBI. Central Research Institute, Mizkan Group Corporation, Aichi, Japan. Kondo T., Kishi M., Fushimi T., Ugajin S., Kaga T. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Aug;73(8):1837-43. Epub 2009 Aug 7).
Side effects and contraindications of slim5
Are the ingredients in Slim5 potentially harmful to health?
As they are natural compounds found in many slimming products, the ingredients in Slim 5, taken separately, do not present a health risk.
In the absence of clinical trials, we are unable to comment on their combination in a single formula.
Slim5 user testimonials
The vast majority of people who tried Slim5 experienced the side-effects associated with chili peppers, namely heartburn, some of which was very severe.
What’s more, in the majority of cases, the supplement did not deliver the weight-loss results hoped for.
The other testimonials available on the web are from reseller sites, and lack reliability.
Slim 5 price and guarantee
The official Slim5 website offers a free trial. We set out to find out exactly what this trial offer entails.
The terms and conditions of sale stipulate that customers have 90 days to try Slim 5, and if after 90 days they are not satisfied with the results obtained, they can return the bottles, even if opened or empty, and obtain a refund.
We were unable to access this free trial offer, and the order process seems to show that all orders are paid for immediately.
Apart from the 90-day guarantee, we don’t see how the Slim5 offer is a free trial.
Still, if you decide to give it a try, Slim5 is available in a variety of formats:
- Program Starter – 5kg – 15 days – 1 bottle of 45 capsules + 1 bottle free for 15 days – 29,90€.
- Program Renfort – 10kg – 30 days – 1 bottle of 90 capsules + 1 bottle free for 15 days – €49.90
- Program Ultra – 18kg – 60 days – 2 bottles of 90 capsules + 1 bottle free for 15 days – 89.90
- Program Global – 25kg – 120 days – 4 bottles of 90 capsules + 1 bottle free for 15 days – 129,90
- Program Ultimate – 30kg – 180 days – 6 bottles of 90 capsules + 1 bottle free for 15 days – 149,90
Our opinion on Slim 5
We can’t deny that Slim5 has an interesting formula and effective ingredients, but the information gathered during our investigation leads us to reject Slim 5 pills without a shadow of a doubt.
Our experience with products from this group, known under several different names, and feedback from users regarding the less-than-honest maneuvers practiced by this company, largely justify our decision.