Proactol is non-prescription weight loss pill that is advertised for its ability to bind to fats. The claims from the marketers and the manufacturers are that eaten calories can be decreased by up to 28 percent. Advertising for Proactol also claims that beyond its dieting benefits, it has also offered advantages such as a decrease in blood cholesterol level, improved joint flexibility, and a boost of energy. Sounds good, but is it too good to be true?
To better review Proactol, the ingredients list must be carefully examined. The primary ingredient is Neopuntia, which is a patented complex of fibers. Neopuntia comes from prickly pear, which is also called Opuntia Ficus-Indica cactus.
A study was performed on the patented Opuntia Ficus-Indica complex, called “Efficiency of Patented Fibre Complex from Opuntia ficus indica on Blood Lipids Parameters Considered as Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)”. It involved sixty eight women who had a body mass index (BMI) considered to be overweight to obese (25 to 40) and who had Metabolic Syndrome. The study was parallel double-blind, placebo-controlled and was mono-centric randomized. It was found that there was some impact on blood lipid (fat) levels and that it could therefore help in the reduction of risk of cardiovascular problems in overweight and patients. The study did not suggest that it is an effective drug for weight loss but did say that it may be an effective fat binder. This suggests that Proactol could have some potential, though further study would certainly be required before a definitive approval could be issued.
Currently on the official Proactol website, a bottle of 120 tablets is available for $89.95. A free toning belt comes with every order through that website. Depending on the desired results, the instructions from the drug direct users to take between 1 to 4 pills per meal. This means that one bottle can last anywhere from 30 to 120 days. Depending on the desired results, this can become quite costly for a drug that has yet to thoroughly prove its efficacy in weight loss. This being said, the official website is very informative and offers a 120 day money back guarantee from the manufacturer.
Though this product may work as a fat binder, there truly aren’t any unique ingredients that make Proactol different from other less expensive weight loss pills. In fact, you can buy Opuntia ficus-indica (the main ingredient) on its own for a fraction of the cost at most health food stores. The money back guarantee will provide some protection against dissatisfaction, but it may be a good idea to speak with a doctor to find out if there is an option that might offer more assured results.