The Zalestra weight loss supplement by the manufacturer Optimal Therapeutics has taken the unique niche marketing strategy of gearing itself toward pre-menopausal and menopausal women who are struggling with their weight due to the changes in their bodies at this time in their lives. Marketing materials for this product stress its unique design to help the specific needs of these women who need to support the balance of their hormones and “naturally” lose weight. It even claims that women taking Zalestra will experience fewer menopausal symptoms and a decrease in those they do experience such as hot flashes, reduced energy levels, and mood swings.
The ingredients of Zalestra are fully listed on the website, which is promising, though the quantities of each ingredient are not listed so it is hard to tell whether or not there is enough of any given ingredient to make it effective. That being said, the list in itself is a step above some drugs on the market. These ingredients include: Green Tea Extract, Guggul Extract, Octopalean, Maca Root Powder, Jojoba Meal Extract, Indole-3-Carbole, Borage Oil Powder, Mega Soy Extract, Manganese, Black Cohosh, DHEA, Vitex Fruit Extract and Bioperine.
Zalestra is far from cheap, being $49.95 per bottle of ninety capsules, but there is some reassurance through an offer from the manufacturer for a thirty-day money-back guarantee for the price of the product (though not the shipping and handling).
Among the ingredients, some are quite common in weight loss supplements, such as green tea extract, but it is clear that they have made an effort to gear things toward menopausal women, with the use of black cohosh and maca root powder. That being said, those are very potent herbs and could be dangerous to some people even in tiny quantities. Black cohosh, for example, shouldn’t be used by anyone who has ever had cancer in their lifetimes. This being said, it is exceptionally important that you discuss this supplement with your doctor before beginning its use.
In this vein, it is also important to note that there are some nutritionists and diet experts that are now under the impression that soy can disrupt hormonal balances instead of balancing it. That being said, the soy ingredient in this drug may not have the intended results at all. Zalestra’s manufacturers don’t provide evidence of any reputable human studies so there is also no clinical evidence that its efficacy has been proven for weight loss or the easing of menopausal symptoms.