Meratrim is a “fruit and flower-based slimming formula” that is claimed to help you lose weight and slim your waist in as little as 8 weeks. The company claims their results are backed by clinical evidence, and that their natural formula is free of stimulants or other harmful ingredients.
Meratrim is distributed by InterHealth Neutraceuticals, Inc. based out of Benicia, CA, and has been in business since 1987. However, neither Meratrim nor InterHealth Neutraceuticals is listed with the Better Business Bureau. During our research, we learned that Meratrim’s URL was registered in December 2013, though its trademark was registered in September 2012. Interestingly, the trademark was registered by Laila Neutraceuticals, not by InterHealth.
With this in mind, Meratrim appears to be a relatively new product, so online reviews are limited. Like nearly all nutritional supplements though, the most common complaint we encountered cited failure to work.
How Meratrim Works
Meratrim was recently featured on Dr. Oz’s popular daytime TV show, and has increased in popularity immensely overnight. According to the product’s website, the supplement is a clinically-tested proprietary blend of two natural plant extracts:
- Garcinia mangostana – A tree closely related to Garcinia Cambogia that is relatively low in essential nutrients, but has been used as a traditional treatment for infection, dysentery, and UT infections for centuries. May have relatively good antioxidant properties.
- Sphaeranthus indicus – A flowering plant related to daisies, it has been used for regularity, digestion, and much more.
During an 8-week clinical trial conducted in India, Meratrim claims to have been shown to help participants lose weight and reduce their waist size, which began occurring after 2 weeks of regular use. The company claims that study participants lost 8.3 pounds more than the placebo group, though it should be noted that subjects consumed a specific 2,000-calorie diet, and exercised 30 minutes per day. In other words, if you want to achieve the same results from Meratrim, you’ll need to eat a sensible diet and exercise. After a fairly intensive search, we were unable to locate this study for further review.
The company claims that these active ingredients were screened out over the course of several years for their unique “anti-adipogenic and lipolytic (fat-burning) activities.” In fact, these are the only two active ingredients found in the supplement, which is suitable for vegetarians, and does not contain any stimulants, soy, wheat, sugar, milk, or artificial flavoring.
However, keep in mind that like FBCx, Meratrim is an ingredient, not a standalone supplement. This means you may find it mixed with other ingredients added by a third-party manufacturer.
According to the Meratrim website, you should take one capsule twice daily, about 30 minutes prior to eating. In all, this will give you 800mg of active ingredient per day (400mg per serving).
Meratrim Pricing & Refund Policy
As mentioned above, Meratrim is an ingredient, and not a standalone supplement. As such, products containing Meratrim are sold directly through the company, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, and more, and is featured in the following products:
- Re-Body Fruit & Flower Slimming Formula
- NV Clinical
- Life Extension's Advanced Anti-Adipocyte Formula
- Prosource's Zycor
- Xango's FAVAO
If you’re planning on purchasing through the manufacturer, it should be noted that when we attempted to order Meratrim through the product’s website, we were taken to a feed subscription page—similar to what you would see if you were trying to subscribe to someone’s blog. We tried to complete the process from several different pages on the Meratrim website, and even used several different browsers, but were unable to begin the checkout process.
Bottom Line: Is Meratrim a Scam?
Now that you know a little more about Meratrim, what’s the bottom line: is it a scam? While we have no reason to believe this is the case, let’s take a closer look at what you should be aware of.
First, Meratrim is a brand new product, so we don’t yet have a detailed picture of overall customer satisfaction, or of any side effects that may be experienced.
Second, the product claims that it is backed by clinical trials, though we were unable to locate any detailed online references. Taking a look at the individual ingredients in Meratrim, most online literature for Garcinia mangostana references its use as an antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic supplement, but does not note its weight loss properties. Furthermore, a fairly detailed listing of the studies behind Sphaeranthus indicus can be found here. It’s interesting to note that only one of these studies references body weight, and this effect was only noted in type I diabetic mice.
Bottom line: As with any nutritional supplement, you may not experience any results, or the results you do experience may be minor compared to the referenced studies. Also, be sure to consult with your physician prior to beginning any new supplement.
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1 out 2 people found this review helpful
I read an article in FIRST magazine and ordered the Meratrim from amazon.com What I ordered looks just like the bottle of Meratrim in the FIRST article, which had Dr. Oz's endorsement. Bottom line is, after taking 2 a day for 3 days I think it is making me sick. Headache and nausea, watery diarrhea after each meal. I feel horrible. if don't feel better in 24 hours, my family says I must go to the ER.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend