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Irvingia Trim Review

“The Newest & Most Advanced Weight Loss Formula Ever Created!”

Irvingia Trim is the latest supplement riding on African mango’s success, luring in consumers looking for supplements containing the powerful superfruit.

According to manufacturers, “while the media has been talking about African mango, it is actually an extract of the African mango seed that has been shown to help with weight loss. IGOB131 is the patented Irvingia seed extract that has been the subject of clinical testing, with impressive results.”

Supposedly Irvingia Trim is made with “pure IGOB131” to burn fat, increase energy, decrease hunger, and lower cholesterol more effectively than ever before.

But can you really trust Irvingia Trim to give you the weight loss results you want?

African Mango for Weight Loss

According to the supplement facts, Irvingia Trim contains 150 mg of African mango as well as inactive ingredients such as filtered water, 20% USP grade alcohol, natural flavors, and natural colors.
Assuming Irvingia Trim contains “pure IGOB131,” then this ingredient alone could potentially promote weight loss.

In a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation, researchers studied IGOB131’s effects on body weight and metabolism. The study involved 102 healthy, overweight individuals randomly divided into two groups. The groups received either a 150 mg dose of IGOB131 or a matching placebo 30 to 60 minutes before lunch and dinner.

The results?

“Significant improvements in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference as well as plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin and leptin levels were observed in the IGOB131 group compared with the placebo group.” [1]

Now before you go order Irvingia Trim or any other African mango supplement, keep in mind this study was conducted on a patented IGOB131 extract. Currently, Gateway Health Alliances, Inc. owns US Patent NO. 7,537,790 registered trademarks, and trade secrets covering and involving Irvingia gabonensis (African mango) and its extracts, including IGOB131®.

Steve Hassid, patent and trademark council for GHA, reported to GlobeNewswire, “We recently started an ongoing IP enforcement campaign for my client, GHA. Knock-off infringers who try to improperly benefit from my client’s research, intellectual property and good will, will be stopped. As a result of their ongoing enforcement campaign, drug-mass-grocery retail, health food retail, online and nutraceutical companies have already pulled infringing and potentially unsafe products from their shelves and on-line stores and licensed the technology and/or purchased licensed IGOB131® ingredients from my client. Since the campaign started, numerous parties have contacted me and my client requesting a voluntarily license of GHA’s technology to avoid legal action.” [2]

This statement makes me wonder, does Irvingia Trim currently have the rights to use IGOB131 in their product? Or is this formula a “knock-off infringer” trying to slice a piece of the African mango pie?

IrvingiaTrim.com does not clarify this, so I remain skeptical about its legitimacy.

Is Irvingia Trim Safe?

According to experts at WebMD, “Irvingia gabonensis is possibly safe for adults when a crude seed extract is taken for up to 4 weeks, or when a specific standardized seed extract called IGOB131 is used for up to 10 weeks. The only side effects reported are flatulence, headaches, and sleep problems.” [3]

Although this ingredient is safe to use, dieters should always consult a doctor before making any diet changes, especially if currently taking medications.

How to Use Irvingia Trim

Irvingia Trim is a convenient, no-fuss formula. Simply take ½ dropper twice daily with or without food, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner. The drops are meant to be absorbed under the tongue.

For best results, Irvingia Trim should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise program.

Shake well before use.

What About the Taste?

The bottle on Irvingia Trim says “berry flavor” which is created through “natural flavors.” However, there aren’t enough consumer reviews to determine if this flavor is palatable.

If you’ve tried Irvingia Trim, please leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Product Pricing

Irvingia Trim is only available at IrvingiaTrim.com for the following prices:

• 1 Bottle: $49.95
• 2 Bottles: $79.95
• 6 Bottles: $199.95

Is There a Guarantee?

According to the Terms and Conditions Page, IrvingiaTrim.com offers a 30 day guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with your product, you can return the unused portion 30 days from the date the product was originally shipped to you.

To make a return, consumers are required to receive an RMA number which is issued by customer service.

You can call their toll free number at 1-888-534-3591 if you have any additional questions.

Who Makes Irvingia Trim?

IrvingiaTrim.com does not list its manufacturers, which immediately sends up a red flag. How can you trust a supplement if you don’t know who made it and where?

While it could be produced in a FDA-approved facility with GMP practices, it could also be mass produced in a sweat shop, or thrown together in some guy’s basement – which doesn’t inspire much confidence.

Consequently, I decided to do a little digging to see what I could find.

The mailing address at IrvingiaTrim.com is

Irvingia Trim
17470 N Pacesetter Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

However, when I did a quick Google search, I found this address is actually supplied by Davinci Virtula Office Solutions, a company that supplies “virtual office locations” for online businesses.[4]

The company allows various online businesses to use their mailing addresses and provides client drop off/pick up points for a fee.

So essentially the manufacturers could be located anywhere and no one would be the wiser.

This might have been a dead-end on my search for the manufacturers if I hadn’t found the website IrvingiaTrimDiet.info.

This site advertises Irvingia Trim as part of a two-step weight loss program with Fibra Detox. Interestingly enough, the fine print at the bottom of the page states the site is copyrighted by LipoSlimDiet.info rather than IrvingiaTrimDiet.info.

Lipo Slim is owned and marketed by Healthier Balance, LLC, which gives the following address for returns:

PO Box 30371
Phoenix, AZ 85046-0371

Another quick Google search reveals this address is less than 10 miles away from Irvingia Trim’s virtual office. Coincidence? Possibly, but I doubt it.

According to the Better Business Bureau, Healthier Balance and Health Products LLC is an alternative business name for Green Coffee Diet, LLC. It is also located in Scottsdale, Arizona within 10 minutes of the Virtual Office address.

On a scale of A+ to F, Green Coffee Diet, LLC received an F rating because it failed to respond to consumer complaints filed against the company. In the last three years 42 complaints were filed, but only 5 received a response.

There are countless complaints posted through various online sites such as ComplaintsBoard.com and Scambook.com regarding Green Coffee Diet, LLC.

Lisa Osburn at ComplaintsBoard.com wrote, “These people charged my MasterCard without me knowing, in addition to that I didn’t use their services ever before so it is good question how the hell they’ve managed to get my personal financial information and make that charge…”

While Irvingia Trim might not be associated with Green Coffee Diet, LLC, I found it suspicious that another supplement seller would advertise Irvingia Trim within minutes of their location. Are the two working together? Or is Green Coffee Diet, LLC trying to hide its bad publicity by creating an entirely new product and company?

I’d love to know more, so please feel free to fill in any gaps by leaving a comment below.

Final Thoughts

Assuming the manufacturers are honest and Irvingia Trim contains legitimate African mango, it’s possible this supplement could help you lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

The price is a bit steep for a supplement that only offers one ingredient, but if the product does everything the manufactures claim then it might be worth the price.

However, I find it difficult to trust in a product made by mysterious manufacturers potentially linked to a company with such poor customer service. Until I know more about Irvingia Trim, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it.

References

[1] Ngondi et al. “IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation.” Lipids in Health and Disease. Dis. 2009; 8: 7. Published online 2009 March 2. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-8-7. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2651880/

[2] Troxel, Gary. “Gateway Health Alliances (GHA) Enforcement Actions Taken.” GlobeNewswire. Feb. 24, 2012. Available from: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2012/02/24/469012/247094/en/Gateway-Health-Alliances-GHA-Enforcement-Actions-Taken.html

[3]”Irvingia Gabonensis.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1252-IRVINGIA%20GABONENSIS.aspx?activeIngredientId=1252&activeIngredientName=IRVINGIA%20GABONENSIS

[4]Available from: http://www.davincivirtual.com/loc/us/arizona/scottsdale-virtual-offices/facility-797

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