Alpilean is a weight loss supplement used to treat “stubborn” fat stores. The manufacturer claims that the supplement is based on a “new scientific discovery.”
But does Alpilean contain ingredients proven in medical research to cause weight loss, or are these just marketing claims? Is the scientific discovery referenced by the brand legit? Does it cause any side effects or have risks? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Alpilean?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Alpilean based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective for weight loss.
We’ll also share our concerns about its manufacturer, highlight some highly questionable marketing practices, and share real, unsponsored user reviews of Alpilean.
Alpilean pills contain six active ingredients: fucoxanthin, dika nut, moringa leaf, citrus bioflavonoids, ginger root and turmeric root.
The brand describes these as “alpine nutrients and plants,” which is unscientific and inaccurate. None of these plants are sourced from alpine regions. Ginger is commonly grown in humid, tropical forests in Southeast Asia while turmeric is native to India.
Fucoxanthin is a chemical compound derived from algae. It was shown to reduce body weight gain in an animal study. This is not the same as causing weight loss.
African mango seed extract was shown to cause weight loss at a daily dose of 3,150 milligrams (mg) in a clinical trial published in the Lipids in Health and Disease journal. Alpilean does not use an extract but rather the raw botanical which is often less potent.
Moringa leaf extract was shown in a 2015 clinical trial to cause weight loss in mice, but again Alpilean does not use an extract but rather the raw botanical.
Citrus bioflavonoids were shown in a clinical trial published in the Journal of Lipid Research to cause weight loss in mice when used at a dose of 0.3% to 3% of total caloric intake.
Ginger has been clinically shown to be effective for weight loss, as we documented in our review of another supplement containing this ingredient called Drink2Shrink.
Turmeric may be effective for weight loss because its active phytonutrient curcumin was shown in a 2019 meta-study to cause weight loss.
Alpilean does contain some potentially effective ingredients, but we can’t say conclusively whether or not the supplement causes weight loss because the brand fails to publish the ingredient doses.
Consider African mango seed extract which was shown to cause weight loss at a daily dose of 3,150 mg. Just because the ingredient can cause weight loss at that dose does not mean it will be effective at lower doses.
Not only does Alpilean fail to publish ingredient doses, the brand also fails to publish the list of inactive ingredients which is a consumer safety issue. Inactive ingredients include capsule material, fillers, flavoring agents, etc. Consumers may have allergies or sensitivities to these ingredients, and some of them may be unhealthy like artificial food dye.
We consider it a red flag of a low-quality brand when inactive ingredient information is not published.
Highly Questionable Claims on Alpilean Website
There are a number of health claims on the Alpilean website that we consider highly questionable from an ethical and scientific standpoint, and which we disagree with.
The brand describes their supplement as “FDA-approved” as shown above in Google search. This is false and we hope the FDA investigates. The FDA does not approve dietary supplements, only prescription drugs. The FDA’s own website makes it very clear that the agency does not approve dietary supplements.
Alpilean also claims that there was a “new scientific discovery” in February of 2023, however the medical study cited was published in 2020 and has nothing to do with Alpilean’s health claims. The study simply tracks body temperature changes over decades in U.S. patients, and does not make any specific weight loss claims.
The brand makes misleading claims about individual ingredients as well.
As shown above, Alpilean claims that moringa leaf “targets inner temperature.” Neither of the medical studies cited to back this claim make any reference to body temperature, and both studies are on rats not humans.
Alpilean claims that African mango seed “eases digestion and bloating” but does not provide any proof or citation backing this claim. We can’t find any evidence that this is true.
We recommend that consumers be wary of supplement brands that make bold health claims without providing proof to back those health claims.
Our Concerns About ClickBank Products
Alpilean is promoted and marketed on an affiliate platform called ClickBank, as shown in the disclaimer above.
As we documented in our Exipure scam article on another weight loss supplement promoted on ClickBank, companies sign up for ClickBank and allow third-party website owners and marketers to get a cut of revenue. Pre-approval can be instant. This creates an incentive structure for people without any medical credentials to make health claims about products that may not be accurate.
A TikTok user named “connor_auld” shows how easy it is below to start promoting a health supplement on ClickBank:
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We haven’t come across a single ClickBank product that we would recommend from a formulation perspective, and we advise consumers to be extremely wary about ClickBank products. If you’re looking to determine whether or not a supplement is sold by ClickBank, you can search a webpage for the word “ClickBank” to see if it has the disclaimer, or scroll to the footer where the disclaimer is usually placed.
Real, Unsponsored Alpilean User Reviews
A YouTube creator named “Real Perfect” reviewed Alpilean including before-and-after weight loss:
A TikTok creator named “Weight Out” shared before-and-after images of weight loss they claim was caused by Alpilean. While there is no ad disclaimer, the creator appears to be promoting the product in comments so users should be cautious about whether or not this is sponsored:
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Will Alpilean Cause Side Effects?
Alpilean does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials so it’s impossible to say for certain whether or not the supplement will cause side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.
All six active ingredients in Alpilean should be safe as they are well-studied, but we consider the fact that the brand fails to publish dosage information and inactive ingredient information to make it more likely that this supplement will cause side effects.
Without knowing the dose you’re consuming, it’s impossible to determine if that ingredient is safe.
The Alpilean website claims “a common side effect from Alpilean is having to toss your baggy clothes in the trash.” We consider it a red flag of a low-quality supplement company to use the side effect section of their website to make a joke.
Can Food Supplements Cause Weight Loss?
There are several food-based weight loss supplements with significant research backing.
Dietary fiber is associated with weight loss in clinical trials, especially when combined with caloric restriction.
A landmark medical study found that moderate caloric restriction (750 calories per day below baseline) combined with dietary fiber intake (a minimum of 20 grams per day) caused an average weight loss of 16.03 pounds over 6 months. That’s a pace of 32 pounds per year of weight loss in overweight individuals simply by adding fiber to a moderately-restricted-calorie diet.
The fiber supplement we recommend is SuperGut Fiber Mix, which costs $59.
It contains a clean and effective formulation: a blend of three different types of unflavored dietary fiber and zero additive ingredients. It can be mixed into liquids or foods. Interested consumers can buy SuperGut fiber at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.
MCT oil is derived from coconuts, quickly absorbed by the body and increases metabolic rate, which causes fat loss. A meta-study on MCT oil documented weight loss of 1.12 pounds over 10 weeks. This equates to a potential annualized weight loss of 5.84 pounds with MCT oil supplementation.
We recommend Bulletproof MCT Oil as our top MCT oil product, because it has a clean and effective formulation. The only ingredient is MCT oil derived from coconuts, and the product has no questionable additives. Interested consumers can buy Bulletproof MCT Oil at this link to the product page on the official brand's website. This supplement only costs $15.50 for over a month's worth of product.