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
- Mood swings
A Look at the Zalestra Ingredients
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
- Maca Root Powder
- Jojoba Meal Extract
- Borage Oil Powder
- Mega Soy Extract
- Black Cohosh
- 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).
Beware Black Cohosh
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. For example, it is often cautioned that black cohosh should not be used by anyone who has ever had cancer in their lifetimes.
Still, some studies have not found evidence that supports an association between black cohosh and an increased risk of breast cancer. The belief is that it may increase the risk of this form of cancer due to its purposed estrogenic activity. However, further research is required to determine the effects of this herb.
Regardless of beliefs and a few clinical study findings, 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. Nevertheless, the soy ingredient in this drug may not have the intended results at all.
Talk to Your Doctor
The bottom line is that Zalestra’s manufacturer does not provide evidence of any reputable human studies so there is no clinical evidence that its efficacy has been proven for weight loss or the easing of menopausal symptoms.
Without any studies to backup claims, everything this manufacture says about this diet pill is unsubstantiated and is an indication of the company’s lack of integrity. As such, it would likely be in your best interest to avoid taking this product altogether.
Update – May 2020
Zalestra is not available for purchase online as of May 2020. It seems as though this product has been unavailable for some time. Even on Amazon it is listed as “currently unavailable.”
Consult with Your Healthcare Provider
If you are a women who is seeking help with weight loss and who is also looking for a way to relieve menopausal symptoms, it would be in your best interest not to blindly trust the claims of a manufacturer of a dietary supplement, especially without any scientific evidence to backup the claims.
For optimal help in combating unpleasant menopause symptoms and ensuring healthy and safe, long-term weight loss, consult with your healthcare professional about your options. They can help you find the diet, exercise and behavioral habits that can support your weight loss goals while also helping you to best manage your menopause symptoms. You deserve better than buying into shady products like Zalestra, which uses questionable ingredients that have the potential to be unsafe.