Posted 1 October 2013
TopSlim have advertised in newspapers, and on their website, claiming among other:
- “Top Scientists gives us Natural & Fast Weight Loss“
- “Finally! Scientifically tested Fast Weight Loss!“
- “. . . but now the incredible miracle herb: Garcinia Cambogia has been released! It provides the fastest, safest and most permanent weight loss solution ever!!“
They have images of the following scientists: Dean Ohia, Prof Preuss, Prof Stohs, Dr Burdock and Prof Keen in support of TopSlim’s claim, “From the Worlds Top Weight Loss Scientists“ 2013-06-18 TopSlim – Fast Weight Loss from Top Slimming Scientists
Can you believe these claims or is the owner and TopSlim simply bare faced liars?
Well, simple. I wrote to Prof Stohs asking him for his comment. He replied:
[su_quote]Dear Dr. Steinman:
I have never heard of this product, and I know nothing about this product. I have not endorsed it nor have I leant my name to it or agreed to allow them to use my name.
Sid Stohs, Ph.D., FACN, CNS, ATS[/su_quote]
So, can you believe ANY of the claims on the website? Not exactly!
TopSlim claims: “Garcinia Cambogia is the Answer: Fast, Safe & Scientifically Proven.“
In fact, Stohs, Soni, Burdock, Preuss, Ohia, Bagchi did publish a study in 2004 evaluating the safety of the Garcinia Cambogia. This is what they reported: “In a subchronic study in rats, the gavage administration of HCA-SX at doses up to 2500 mg/kg/day for a period of 90 days caused a significant decrease in body weight and reduction in feed consumption without any adverse effects” and “[T]here is sufficient qualitative and quantitative scientific evidence, including animal and human data suggesting that intake of HCA at levels up to 2800 mg/day is safe for human consumption.” (Food Chem Toxicol)
However, this was 10 years ago. Here is the latest review of Garcinia Cambogia published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition in 2012:
“Although several studies have found that the administration of G. cambogia extracts is associated with body weight and fat loss in both experimental animals and humans, we should be cautious when interpreting the results as other randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials have not reported the same outcomes.” (And you should ask whether the dose in TopSlim is even close to the dose that was used in proper studies! – Imagine 250mg of panado helps your headache, will 10mg of panado be of any benefit?)
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (“Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies”) states for Garcinia Cambogia:
“Obesity. Taking garcinia fruit rind extract orally doesn’t seem to help decrease weight, satiety, fat oxidation, or energy expenditure in obese people (728,8572,11407). There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might reduce food intake while sustaining satiety, but it’s too early to recommend it for this use (8572).”
The owner of TopSlim appears to be:
Health and Weight Int.
76 Marley Rd., Rosebank, 7720, ZA
072-7400-594 or 076-2676-421