About ThermaSpice by SpiceFit
ThermaSpice by SpiceFit is a dietary supplement blended with a formula of spice-derived, cutting-edge compounds that promise to help you reach your ideal weight by making you feel fuller throughout the day, experience confidence in the way your body looks, and optimize your health from the inside out.
The supplement’s website indicates that all you have to do is that one easy-to-swallow capsule twice per day, ideally 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner, with a full eight-ounce glass of water. It’s tested for purity and potency at an independent, third-party party facility, and can start working right away—although the SpiceFit emphasizes it could take as long as 30-60 days.
ThermaSpice is advertised as the perfect tool to help anyone look and feel their best, but will it live up to this claim once you’ve handed over your money? We’ll help you take an in-depth look at what we learned during our research so you can come to your own conclusion.
The Role of Calories In Weight Loss
There’s no need for a science lesson here, but a little background information can potentially go a long way toward helping you decide if ThermaSpice is right for you.
In a nutshell, the Mayo Clinic reports that when we consume more calories than we expend during daily life (known as metabolism), as well as added exercise, this excess energy is stored in the form of fat inside specialized cells called adipocytes. If this calorie surplus continues for long enough, these adipocytes can fill up and grow to a point where they're visible on the surface of the skin.
On the flip side, if you expend more calories than you consume, these specialized cells will slowly release their stored energy, eventually leading to weight loss.
Is there anything contained in SpiceFit’s ThermaSpice supplement that will provide an extra weight loss boost, compared to monitoring calorie consumption and exercise frequency?
Taking a Closer Look at ThermaSpice’s Ingredients
The supplement facts label listed on SpiceFit’s website indicates ThermaSpice contains the following:
- Vitamin D 20 mcg
- Thiamin 0,75 mg
- Riboflavin 0.85 mg
- Niacin 10 mg
- Vitamin B6 1 mg
- Vitamin B12 3 mcg
- Biotin 150 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid 5 mg
- Chromium (as Chromax) 200 mcg
- Slimvance 900 mg: Moringa oleifera leaf extract, Murraya koenigii leaf extract, Curcuma longa rhizome extract
- Capsicum fruit extract (as Capsimax) 50 mcg
- Proprietary Blend 400 mg: Green tea leaf extract, Alpha lipoic acid, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract, bitter melon fruit extract, grape seed extract, grape skin extract
According to the clinical evidence summarizations provided by the Natural Medicines Database, Examine.com, and WebMD, the first nine vitamins and minerals in ThermaSpice’s formulation are essential for optimum human health. However, they note that there’s insufficient clinical evidence that they can provide weight loss benefits in otherwise healthy (i.e., non-deficient) individuals.
Slimvance is a proprietary ingredient manufactured by PLT Health Solutions that’s formulated with a patented blend of three ingredients. According to one of their press releases, it has been clinically shown to inhibit “the accumulation of fat into fat cells (lipogenesis) and enhance the body’s ability to break down fat cells (lipolysis).” However, none of these clinical results were available for third-party review.
The Capsimax found in ThermaSpice is another proprietary ingredient, this time manufactured by OmniActive Health Technologies, which involves a “concentrated highly active, natural capsicum extract from red hot chili peppers [that] is encapsulated in a controlled-release coating.”
While authoritative sites indicate topical capsicum can be effective for reducing different types of pain, they don’t mention anything related to optimized weight or overall health.
The green tea in ThermaSpice’s proprietary blend contains a lower dose (about half the content of a cup of coffee) of natural caffeine, which could cause appetite suppression in some individuals. However, it’s still not listed as ‘effective’ for weight loss, which also holds true for the remaining ingredients in the blend.
The one exception to this is alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), which has been shown to help reduce body weight in overweight individuals, when taken in 1,800 mg doses for a period of 20 weeks. However, since the ALA in ThermaSpice is part of a proprietary blend, we can’t be sure it contains the same dosage found in supporting studies.
Could ThermaSpice’s Ingredients Cause Side Effects?
As always, SpiceFit recommends consulting with your healthcare provider before using ThermaSpice, or any other dietary supplement.
WebMD, Examine.com, and the Natural Medicines Database indicate that in some instances (no dosages or specific circumstances noted), niacin can cause flushing, vitamin B6 could lead to a headache, tingling, and sleepiness; and capsicum can lead to stomach irritation, sweating, flushing, and runny nose.
However, the Capsimax capsicum in ThermaSpice promises to alleviate many of these potential side effects.
Finally, these sites report there isn’t enough information available to know if hu zhang (Polygonum cuspidatum) is safe to take for medical conditions, and the long-term (beyond three months) safety of bitter melon is unknown.
How Much Does ThermaSpice Cost?
What you’ll pay for each bottle of ThermaSpice largely depends on which SpiceFit site you purchase from, as well as the quantity you order.
For example, if bought from SpiceFit.com, the company charges $69.95 per bottle, including free S&H. However, if purchased through ThermaSpice.com, customers will pay:
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules): $49.95, plus $4.95 S&H
- 3 Bottles: $134.85 ($44.95 per bottle)
- 6 Bottles: $224.70 ($37.45 per bottle)
The three- and six-bottle options include free shipping. All orders come with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H, which you can request by calling customer support at (888) 309-0221.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind SpiceFit & ThermaSpice?
We didn’t encounter any direct online customer feedback for SpiceFit or ThermaSpice during our research. We learned from the site’s terms that the supplement is manufactured by California Slimming, LLC, which was incorporated in April 2017. But outside of this, we didn’t come across any additional details about the company.
Toward the bottom of the ordering page located at the ThermaSpice.com URL, a segment is dedicated to talking about Dr. Melina Jampolis, a board-certified physician based out of Los Angeles, CA. She's also a frequent guest expert on CNN, and is the author of “The Doctor on Demand Diet,” along with the upcoming “Spice Up, Slim Down.”
Although neither ThermaSpice site indicates she had any role in the supplement’s development or formulation, her main DrMelina.com site notes that it is, indeed, her new weight loss product.
How Does SpiceFit’s ThermaSpice Compare to Other Weight Loss Supplements?
Despite what the supplement’s name might lead you to believe, of ThermaSpice’s 19 ingredients, only three are considered spices: Murraya koenigii (curry leaf), Curcuma longa (curcumin, turmeric), and capsicum.
So, while we didn’t encounter any other dietary supplements with an identical formulation, we did find dozens of other curry, turmeric, and capsicum supplements during our research. And from a price perspective, most could be purchased for between $8 and $30, putting ThermaSpice at the upper end of the spectrum. What details can you use to make a more informed purchase?
First, as discussed earlier, authoritative sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence that ThermaSpice’s ingredients can help users lose more weight than with diet and exercise alone.
As a result, purchasing its individual spices in supplement form—often at a much lower price—might not deliver any better results.
But if you’ve spoken with your doctor about your weight loss goals and they recommend using a supplement to help you achieve them, our experience researching hundreds of nutritional supplements has taught us you’ll want to focus on manufacturers who:
- Support all of their claims with verifiable, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical evidence
- Provide refund policies on their supplements, with no restocking fees
- Don’t automatically sign customers up for a recurring shipping subscription after placing an order
- Have mostly positive online customer feedback
Do these criteria bode well for ThermaSpice?
Our Final Thoughts About ThermaSpice by SpiceFit
We’ve already mentioned the lack of reported clinical evidence supporting ThermaSpice’s ingredients several times, so we won’t rehash the details again here. But adding to this, we think it’s also relevant to point out that this is a largely unknown supplement from an unknown company, although it’s apparently brought to us by a well-known physician.
On top of this, California Slimming, LLC seems to stand behind the supplement with a 90-day refund policy, which should give you more than enough time to discern if ThermaSpice provides a weight loss boost, compared to your existing diet and exercise program.
Just keep in mind that you’ll lose your original S&H charges, plus whatever it will cost to ship your bottle(s) back to the company, if you’re dissatisfied.
2 out 2 people found this review helpful
I purchased a 3-month supply. I took as directed for two weeks. I did not notice any appetite decrease, but I did notice that I was breaking out in red bumps and that my evacuations were loose and hot. I decreased my dose to one per day, but the symptoms continued. So I stopped taking.
I requested a refund and customer service gave me one promptly. Even after I'd stopped completely, I suffered from burning sensations in my abdomen and anus for another couple of weeks. I drank liquid aloe vera three times daily for a week until the symptoms finally decreased. I was very concerned that I had been internally damaged. I suspect that the Capsimax was responsible for all the symptoms.
So all I can say based on my experience is, "buyer beware!"
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend