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Proof – Herbex Slimmers For Men is a fat lie

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Posted 07 March 2013

Do Herbex products have ANY efficacy?

My colleagues and I say absolutely NO!

Hebex Slimmers for Men has been scamming South African consumers for over 8 years. In November 2005 the ASA was asked to accept arbitration on this product, claimed by Herbex’s “expert”, Dr Sandell (an unqualified homeopath) to have efficacy, versus facts that shows that the claims for the product are highly unlikely. Arbitration was not allowed to proceed based on a legal trick. 

We argued that the dosages of the ingredients of the product were infinitesimally small, that many of the ingredients that Dr Sandell and Herbex claimed reduced appetite, were actually used to stimulate appetite, and that many ingredients had zero efficacy in weight loss and at best were no more than laxatives, and so on. Has a single study ever been performed on this product? No. A major scam product.

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ASA Ruling: Herbex Immune Defence Syrup

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Posted: 17 February 2012

A consumer lodged a consumer complaint against internet advertising for Herbex Immune Defence syrup. The advertisement states, inter alia, “herbex immune defence is a powerful syrup containing herbs and vitamins to improve the health of the whole family. A weak immune system may lead to illness, colds, flu and infections.”

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Slim HerbAqua

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Posted 14 February 2010 

Slim HerbAqua claims to be an effective aid for weight loss and is a mixture of 33 herbs. On the HerbAqua website it states: “Slim Herb Aqua contains a powerful herbal formula with a nine-fold action that will reduce appetite, boost metabolism and improve digestion” and “[F]or effective weight loss, drink 1 bottle a day, follow a healthy eating plan and an exercise programme.” Even if the ingredients had evidence for efficacy in weight-loss, these are the simple facts:

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Herbex – ASA rulings

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Herbex makes a range of products which claim to be either homeopathic or herbal preparations. These include:

  • Herbex Slimmers a.k.a. Herbex Original
  • Herbex Slimmers for Men
  • Herbex Slimmers for Women
  • HerbAqua
  • Herbex Nerve Tonic

We intend deconstructing each of these illustrating common threads, including one or more of the following:

  1. No evidence based proof of efficacy for the individual ingredients, or the combination thereof.
  2. Even if there was proof of efficacy for the individual ingredients, the dosage used in the product are far less than that used in the original studies for the ingredient – imagine if evidence shows that you need 200 mg of aspirin to treat a headache, and you are sold a product containing 2mg and making the same claim
  3. Uses dosages greater than homeopathic range and much less than suggested by herbal texts
  4. Contains ingredients which according to references, are actually appetite stimulants
  5. Makes claims which
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