About ProbioSlim

Can probiotics help you lose weight? After all, they’re widely known to help digestion. So it kind of makes sense, right?

According to ProbioSlim, their supplement does just this. How? By combining “groundbreaking” probiotics and prebiotics with “revolutionary” weight loss ingredients. In fact, the company specifically claims ProbioSlim is “one of the best ways to lose weight,” safely and naturally.

On top of this, ProbioSlim promises that each on of their ingredients has been researched and vetted by the company’s Harvard- and MIT- trained scientists. As a result, you may notice some benefits within days of starting ProbioSlim, with maximum benefits occurring in about three months’ time.

It seems like there’s always some new weight loss bandwagon to jump on, but is ProbioSlim the real deal? Can you expect it to help you lose weight? If so, how much? These are all important questions we’ll help you answer in this review.

First, Some Background About Probiotics & Prebiotics

To understand how products like ProbioSlim work, we need to quickly talk a little biology.

Your body is home to about as many bacteria cells as your own, most of which are housed in your digestive tract. There, they help aid in digestion by breaking down food and protecting the body from potentially harmful byproducts or other microorganisms.

The really neat thing is that, like fingerprints, each of us has a unique bacteria makeup in our gut, based on the foods we eat and our exposure to the environment in which we live.

Now, there are two important things to remember here. First, as you might imagine, not all bacteria are good for us. Second, everything we discussed above occurs under ideal circumstances.

Taking these ideas together, there are certain instances where too many non-beneficial bacteria can accumulate, potentially leading to digestion problems (gassiness, bloating, etc.), weight gain, lethargy, and even a decreased immune response.

To combat this situation once it occurs, you can take a supplement containing billions of beneficial bacteria cells, known as a probiotic. These help repopulate your gut with specific bacteria strains that can help reduce bloating and gassiness, relieve constipation, decrease certain allergic reactions, boost immune response, and more.

What about ProbioSlim, though?

What Kinds of Results Can You Expect with ProbioSlim?

Although there isn’t a label on the ProbioSlim website, we’re told it contains LactoSpore probiotics, green tea leaf extract for weight loss, and fig, kiwi, and papaya extracts as prebiotics. Let’s break each of these down.

LactoSpore is a proprietary probiotic formulation consisting of the Bacillus coagulans bacteria strain, which is owned by the Sabinsa Corporation. The company claims it has been used in clinical trials for the “treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, vaginal infections, hypercholesterolemia, lactose intolerance, hepatic coma and precoma and as an adjuvant to antibiotic therapy.”

Notice anything? Weight loss isn’t among any of LactoSpore’s clinically proven benefits. In fact, there is very little clinical evidence showing that probiotics in general (not just ProbioSlim specifically) can help you lose weight. What about the other ingredients?

The fig, kiwi, and papaya extracts in ProbioSlim only act as a prebiotic, or a food source, for the billions (numbered in colony-forming units) of bacteria contained in each capsule. As such, these ingredients won’t help you lose weight.

Finally, we have green tea leaf extract. Here’s how the company markets it:

An innovative green tea complex helps enhance thermogenesis and fat oxidation so you can burn more calories. Caffeine provides a boost of energy and helps control appetite as part of a reduced-calorie diet.

Green tea is a long-studied drink that contains polyphenols (antioxidants) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which might help provide some heart-healthy benefits, much-needed hydration, and bodily support. However, while there is some limited evidence showing these substances can boost metabolism, the increase is so slight that it likely won’t have any meaningful effect on your weight.

ProbioSlim Side Effects

While the green tea leaf extract in ProbioSlim probably won’t cause you to lose a meaningful amount of weight, the good news is that it probably won’t cause any side effects worse than mild digestive upset, either.

However, keep in mind that green tea has some natural caffeine content (often about as much as a cup of coffee), so this might affect you more strongly if you’re especially sensitive to stimulants.

As far as probiotics in general (not ProbioSlim specifically), the most common side effects reported are gas, bloating, and digestive upset—which is weird, because aren’t these the symptoms probiotics are supposed to address in the first place? In most cases, if you experience anything at all, these side effects will typically subside within a couple days. If not, you’ll definitely want to speak with your doctor.

What about ProbioSlim’s new Advanced formula? Is it any more effective?

Is ProbioSlim Advanced More Effective for Weight Loss?

Recently, the company released ProbioSlim Advanced. In addition to the LactoSpore brand of probiotic we discussed above, the supplement also contains Meratrim, PreticX, and a Premium B Vitamin Matrix (B1, B2, B6, B9, and B12), as part of their LS9947 Super Lipolytic Megablend. Are these any more effective for weight loss?

Meratrim is a proprietary ingredient that combines garcinia mangostana and sphaeranthus indicus. Unfortunately, neither Meratrim nor the ingredients it contains have much (or any) clinical evidence showing them to be effective for weight loss. However, these constituents do appear to have some antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic effects.

We didn’t find a website for PreticX, although we did come across several press releases from early 2015. According to this release:

PreticX is a GRAS certified and Non-GMO verified prebiotic that has been shown in clinical studies to significantly increase the proliferation of bifidobacterium in both low and high doses.

While PreticX might help “feed” bifidobacterium (a strain of probiotic), keep in mind that there doesn’t appear to be any bifidobacterium in ProbioSlim, so it might not have any of these same benefits. And even if there was, as we discussed above, there isn’t enough clinical evidence to say that any strain of probiotic bacteria can help you lose weight.

Finally, unless you’re deficient, we didn’t encounter any clinical evidence that vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9, or B12 can help individuals lose weight.

Given this, how is ProbioSlim any different from the competition?

ProbioSlim vs. Other Probiotic Supplements

You probably know that there are hundreds of different probiotic supplements available, both online and in-store. Compared to the competition, what sets ProbioSlim apart? Why is it worthy of your attention? According to the company:

Unlike other probiotics, the ingredient LactoSpore® forms its own spores that protect the release of probiotics until it has safely passed through the harsh environment of the stomach and reached the colon. This prevents stomach acid from killing off the beneficial microorganisms and counteracting ProbioSlim’s effects.

Is this necessarily unique, though? In short, yes and no. For example:

  • PerfectBiotics claims to use a unique fermentation process to help bacteria pass unharmed through your stomach.
  • Culturelle features a special species of bacteria that’s especially resistant to stomach acid.
  • Probiotic Pearls features True Delivery Technology, a proprietary encapsulation process that decreases the chances of stomach acid destroying any bacteria before making their way to your gut.

We could keep going, but the point is that: 1) Many other supplements also feature LactoSpore, so ProbioSlim isn’t necessarily unique in this aspect. 2) Many other supplements also feature different technologies that allow their probiotics to sidestep stomach acid.

How does ProbioSlim compare from a price perspective?

How Much Does ProbioSlim Cost?

One bottle (60 capsules) of ProbioSlim will cost you $69.99, plus $4.99 S&H.

You can also order a 14-day trial of ProbioSlim for $4.99 S&H. After 18 days (14 days for the trial, plus another 4 to allow for transit), you’ll be enrolled in ProbioSlim’s VIP program. This means you’ll keep receiving a new bottle of ProbioSlim once per month and charged $74.98 each time (plus tax if applicable).

All ProbioSlim orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Note: According to the company’s Terms: “To receive your refund, your return must be received at our shipping facility within 30 days of purchase.” In other words, don’t wait until the 29th day to send it back!

In order to request a refund or to cancel you autoship enrollment, ProbioSlim’s customer service department can be reached at 877-452-7826.

Comparatively—although you’ll also find ProbioSlim available at dozens of local retailers like Walmart, along with popular websites like Amazon, the Vitamin Shoppe, and more—most other probiotics tend to fall in the $20-$30 range.

Is ProbioSlim worth the higher price? We’ll come back to this thought in just a second, but first, let’s take a look at ProbioSlim’s online customer reputation.

Does ProbioSlim Score Big with Consumers?

Here on HighYa, ProbioSlim has garnered nearly 300 reviews since our original writeup, giving the supplement a middle-of-the road 2.2-star rating. Most compliments seem to reference better digestion, improved regularity, and just a generally “better” feeling.

On the other hand, most complaints appeared to reference failure to work and problems with the trial (usually that they were unaware they’d be enrolled in an autoship program). However, customer service seemed responsive, and even replied directly to several complaints.

Elsewhere online, ProbioSlim had a 4-star average rating on Walmart.com, a 3.3-star rating on Amazon, and a 4-star rating on GNC.

Let’s bring it home.

Is ProbioSlim a Good Probiotic & Weight Loss Supplement?

Based on all the available clinical evidence for the B. coagulans strain in general, and for the proprietary LactoSpore product specifically, it’s pretty clear that these probiotics (and many others) might be able to help provide a range of digestion-related benefits. Everyone’s different though, so just be sure to speak with your doctor beforehand.

Related to weight loss? According to the available clinical evidence, we think that if ProbioSlim did provide any boost to your metabolism, it would likely be slight.

Might it have a cumulative effect when combined with proper diet and regular exercise? Perhaps. But at twice the price of much of the competition, only you can decide if ProbioSlim provides enough value to make up for this difference.

What’d you think about ProbioSlim. Specifically, did it help you lose weight? How did your weight loss results compare to diet and exercise? Did you experience any other benefits? Be sure to share your story by writing a review below?

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307 Customer Reviews for ProbioSlim

Average Customer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 38 4 stars: 55 3 stars: 17 2 stars: 16 1 stars: 181
Bottom Line: 37% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    ProbioSlim

    • Echuca Victoria, Australia,
    • Nov 5, 2016

    They have taken money out of my account that I did not ask them to. I bought a sample bottle but not happy about it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Don't go there

    • Australia,
    • Oct 17, 2016

    I ordered the free trial and have not received the trial, however, my credit card has been charged $108.33 and I have no product.

    I have tried to ring the number and it has a recording stating to phone back in office hours. This is the number for Australia.

    I have tried various times of the day to phone this company without success, they have no email address.

    I have reported the transaction to my bank as fraud.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It has actually helped.

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Oct 5, 2016

    I've not tried many brands but out of the few I have, this one seems to have helped. I'm not taking it to lose weight but more for digestive results. And it has definitely helped with that! I'm quite pleased with the reduction in bloating, etc. Digestive issues are all but gone. I will add, and emphasize, I have also changed my diet. Eating healthier - fresh foods - has made a huge difference. No more cow products and cut out meat (except fresh fish). I'm trying to also avoid the processed junk. It's really not that hard. :) And boy do I feel so much better - in only a few months time! (Huge digestion and respiratory benefits.)

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    I feel ripped off by this Company

    • Perth, Western Australia,
    • Oct 1, 2016

    This product didn't work for me and I have been unable to contact them to cancel. The result is that they are deducting over $100AUD from my account on a monthly basis and I don't know what to do other than report it as a scam and close my bank account.

    The contact number they provide for Australia has a recording saying phone back during office hours, that's despite whatever time you phone, day or night.

    I suggest you avoid this con and then you won't get ripped off like I did.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    ProbioSlim does not work and might make you sick. I think their real objective is to steal your money! They hook you with a so-called "free trial" and give you an impossibly short trial period. Then they make it difficult to contact them to cancel, and when you do finally reach someone, they try to convince you to give it more time which will result in your getting more product charged to your credit card at an exorbitant price or they try to convince you to try their "advanced" formula.

    None of this would be necessary if they sold a legitimate product.

    I was lured into trying the product by a website that promises cash back for doing these trials. Inboxpays.com. Has anyone else encountered them? Another scam!

    They never pay you and it is impossible to communicate with them. There is no phone number and no email address. Letters to their physical address are returned unopened. Their online support is a joke.

    How can we get these online scam artists to stop defrauding folks?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware!

    • Colorado,
    • Sep 21, 2016

    Like the many others reviewed, I, too, got sucked in and ripped off. Worst scam ever! Bottom line -- you NEVER get something for nothing. And you have to scrutinize the very fine print from top to bottom -- IF you can find it. I went back to see how I'd missed it, and had a most difficult time even finding it, they'd hidden it so well. So, added insult to injury.

    Rip-off. Scam. How do these companies continue to be able to get away with crap like this?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Watch this Company

    Watch this company. We only wanted a trial bottle, which it said on the order was just postage and handling. They have now taken full amount off my credit card without approval and sent me another bottle. We did not want to continue it. It quite clearly said it was a trial.

    The phone number says you have called outside office hours, which are Mon - Fri. I have called 5 times, at different times, to get this all canceled immediately.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 13 people found this review helpful

    ProbioSlim

    I took Probioslim for 3 months. I changed my diet to more fruit less sweets. I have a hard time limiting sweets but I lost 15 lbs during those 3 months and have maintained to keep off 13 lbs. I will start back but I can not find the product in my local stores. I do not want to get involved in a mail order. I'll keep searching. Thank you

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Aug 24, 2016

      Paula

      You can find it on the shelves of Walmart for 19.88. I think for 30 capsules.

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  • 14 out 15 people found this review helpful

    No results

    I've taken Probioslim for two months with no positive results. In fact, I have gained 3 pounds! When I took 2 pills a day as recommended, I started having diarrhea problems so cut back to 1 per day. I'm in Senior Olympics so have a healthy, active lifestyle so should have seen significant results if it really worked.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 42 out 42 people found this review helpful

    Hidden Costs are a SCAM

    Beware of this "free trial" and the details of their autoship program.

    They offer a 14-day trial. But the 14 days starts the day you place the order, NOT the day the product arrives. By the time my product arrived, I had about 4 days to evaluate and decide whether to keep or cancel? That's ridiculous.

    But it gets better. They then charged me $79 and shipped out more product. I called and canceled, and returned the second shipment of product. But the $79 was never refunded.

    Turns out, that as part of their "14-day trial offer," they send you 30 days worth of product. So if you don't return THAT (the trial product), they charge you for that!

    Strangely, if you say you want to cancel your membership, they are suddenly able to cut 75% off the cost of the product! Which just makes their customers feel like suckers for having paid the higher price.

    In short, this company is terrible. They are sneaky, manipulative and dishonest. I hope they get sued and taken for everything.

    I didn't get a chance to formulate an opinion on the actual product. That's how bad the company was.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    NOT good

    After weeks of debating on taking this product I decided to take one this morning. After a few hours it didn't agree with me. I am gluten intolerant and that didn't agree, as well as with my nerves. One was enough to have me throw the entire new bottle in the trash. I will stick with my probiotics that my chiropractor recommended to take. For those that take this product and have good results - congrats.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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