Editor’s Note (June, 2015): Like its counterpart, Zalestrim, Xylestril also appears to be discontinued.
Marketed to women, Xylestril claims to help burn fat, boost libido and stimulate “breast enhancement.” Xylestril is very similar to Zalestrim, a product that makes near identical claims and boasts a similar ingredient profile. It’s very possible both products are made by the same company.
You won’t find Xylestril in any stores. Not surprising really. With a “brick and mortar” presence and an increased profile, the makers of Xylestril would likely incur the wrath of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who would no doubt sue them into the ground for making such ridiculous, unsubstantiated claims.
But by maintaining an online profile, they can continue to do business relatively unscathed (when I reviewed the product web site, I was unable to locate any contact data, or any information about the company that retails the product. Considering what I just said, is it that surprising?)
After all, the FTC has acted against other natural products making “breast enhancement” claims. For instance, Wellquest International, the makers of the breast enhancement product “Bloussant” were sued by the FTC and forced to pay $3.2 million in customer redress.
Seemed they too had made false and unsubstantiated claims about their product, for which there was not one shred of evidence of effectiveness (you can read press release of the FTC action here!).
The FTC also sued Vital Dynamics over its Isis System — obtaining 22 million in customer redress (you can check out the press release of that action here!).
The makers of Herbal Breast Advantage were sued by Washington State’s attorney general for its unfounded claims.
Herbal breast enhancement supplements—even those containing phytoestrogens from plant sources —simply do not work.
In fact, phytoestrogen-rich foods and supplements may actually reduce estrogen activity by competing with the more potent human-produced version.
If they did, why in the world would anyone pay thousands of dollars to undergo intrusive “augmentation” surgery? Fact is, anyone who tells you any different is very definitely not looking after your best interests.
Sure, Xylestril does contain a handful of woman-specific ingredients. A few — damiana and Avena sativa — may have a positive effect on the libido, and a few others — wild yam, soy isoflavones and dong quai — may indeed prove useful in reducing extreme menopausal or menstrual symptoms.
And yes, there are a few ingredients that may be helpful for weight loss, including green tea (reviewed here), ginger root, Razberi K, fenugreek, cinnamon, and possibly chocamine.
The problem is that even at best, these compounds deliver a subtle effect — and we don’t even know exactly how much of each ingredient is included in the formula, so it’s impossible to truly analyze the efficacy of the product.
So what are the main problems with Xylestril?
- The “benefits” of the product are greatly exaggerated, or in the case of “breast enhancement”, completely fabricated.
- There are no clinical studies of any sort validating this product’s claims.
- The amount of each ingredient is not disclosed, so it’s impossible to accurately analyze the efficacy of this product.
- As far as I can tell, this product is only available online and on eBay. 9 times out of 10 this is a “red flag” — because only unethical companies who are looking to insulate themselves from the consumer and avoid the wrath of the FTC do business in this manner.
- The cost: Although the advertising claims Xylestril retails for $119 (just where exactly, does it retail for this?), a single bottle can be purchased for $39.99.For significantly less money, you can buy much more effective weight loss products (see the reviews for Lean System 7, Thermo Dynamx, or Cytolean). For slightly more money, you can buy products like BSN’s new Atro-Phex, AllMax’s RapidCuts, or NxCare’s Rev Hardcore.
While the “women-specific” ingredients do offer a small amount of value, this product offers very little “bang for the buck.”
Save your money.