Lipovox Review: Acne, Wrinkle And Weight Loss Fighter?
I thought I’d seen it all when it came to outrageous, unsubstantiated claims. That’s until I’d checked out Lipovox. It’s one for the books, all right. Apparently, Lipovox can eliminate acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and even cause you to lose weight.
Best of all, there’s not a single shred of evidence backing any of these claims. Nope, not one. The evidence, say the retailers, is the mounds of positive feedback from users, especially on eBay.
Never mind that feedback is highly anecdotal, is often manufactured and fraudulent, and generally means nothing. That’s why the “golden standard” for proof is the double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
And guess what?
There is no such study validating Lipovox’s claims.
The closest the retailers get to really quantifying these comments is by saying that Lipovox contains “10 superfoods” revealed by Dr. Perricone on the Oprah Show to help Oprah and her viewers look “10 Years Younger in 10 Days” (also a ridiculous statement, made more for impact than anything else).
Even Dr. Perricone’s work is not without some controversy. According to Harriet Hall, M.D. and Stephen Barrett, M.D. of QuackWatch.com…
“Nicholas Perricone, M.D., has written three similar books: The Wrinkle Cure, The Perricone Prescription; and The Acne Prescription. All contain many claims that are questionable, controversial, fanciful, unsupported by published evidence, or just plain wrong.”
They go on to accuse him of making outlandish, unrealistic promises in order to sell books and products. His claims, they say, are backed by very little scientific research, and any research he has done himself has never been published in medical journals, where it would be subject to scrupulous review.”
Like it or not, this is true. And Dr. Perricone does have a vested interest in retailing high priced cosmetics on his NVPerriconeMD site, as well as selling his various diet books. And none of his theories has ever really been “put to the test” by a panel of experts.
So what are these amazing “superfoods?”
Good question. Lipovox contains the ten superfoods referenced by Dr. Perricone, plus a couple of extras…
Acai, barley, juice, cayenne, wheatgrass, garlic, buckwheat, flaxseed, alfalfa, lactobacillus acidophillus, soy, green tea, salmon, alpha lipoic acid, and dmae.
Unfortunately, just how much of each ingredient is not revealed, so it’s impossible to determine whether there’s enough present to elicit any sort of response.
These 10 foods, which may “help you look and age better,” can also be found on the Oprah web site. Duh. Just about anything rich in antioxidants can qualify for that statement. To confirm this, check out this statement from the Oprah Web site…
“… just about every brightly colored fruit and vegetable fits the category of a superfood, as do nuts, beans, seeds and aromatic and brightly colored herbs and spices.”
It also bothers me that both Oprah and Dr. Perricone’s name are used to add credibility to this product, when neither one of them is actually affiliated with it (in fact, Oprah has recently launched a legal action against the makers of 40 dietary supplements who have used her name without permission).
And the claims of total weight loss, acne removal, and wrinkle elimination are a gross exaggeration of what one can really expect with small amounts of these superfoods — even if you take Dr. Perricone’s arguments at face value.
There’s a problem too with the company that sells Lipovox (and near identical products Leptovox and the Orovo fat burner). They have a terrible customer service record (witness the many billing-related complaints you can find online), an “F” rating with the local Better Business Bureau, and are currently being sued. The plaintiffs allege…
“…SyberVision and Blackstone Nutrition conspire to deceive consumers through Web sites that post bogus “product reviews” that defame competitors and violate trademarks…”
So don’t be surprised if you read all sorts of “rave” reviews on this product, and tons of positive customer feedback. It’s extremely unliklely these are genuine. We’ve also received feedback that the retailers are actively discouraging the posting of negative feedback. This leads to an overwhelmingly positive customer review profile, giving the impression that all customers are thrilled with their purchase. Not so. In fact, if you read the feedback posted by our visitors, you’ll find it tells a much different story.
In the end, what’s bottom line in this Lipovox review?
The claims made are ridiculous, and aren’t justified by anything even remotely resembling evidence. The company that sells the product (and several copy cat formulas) has an established history of underhanded and deceptive business tactics.
Does that mean I think a product containing a unique blend of these 10 super foods is without value?
Depending on the amount of ingredients contained, it may indeed deliver some benefit. Honestly, I’d be surprised if it didn’t—this is a pretty impressive blend of “superfoods.” But to advertise Lipovox as a cure-all for acne, wrinkles, and weight loss is ridiculous.