BioFit is a probiotic supplement manufactured by Vitalina. The company claims that the probiotic supports healthy weight loss.
In this article we’ll review the ingredients in BioFit to determine whether it’s effectively formulated to cause weight loss.
The first thing we noticed when attempting to review BioFit’s formulation is that the company doesn't publish a Supplement Facts label. This seems to us to be a clear violation of FDA regulations.
Supplement manufacturers are required to publish Supplement Facts labels so that consumers can understand what’s in the supplement. Regardless of legal liability, it’s a huge red flag about the company that they’re willing to be so deceptive. Without publishing a Supplement Facts panel, they’re hoping that consumers will trust their marketing messages alone when making a purchase decision.
BioFit’s website and manufacturer Vitalina’s website contain zero information about dosage of the probiotics in this supplement.
Their Amazon listing does contain an ingredients list, linked above, with a total dosage listed, but not individual doses of each probiotic listed.
BioFit apparently contains 172.5 billion colony-forming-units (CFU) of the following probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus casei.
This product also contains two inactive ingredients which are safe and non-toxic: gelatin and maltodextrin.
Because BioFit fails to publish dosage information of each individual probiotic, it’s impossible to determine whether this is an effective formulation. If the entire blend is 172.5 billion CFU but no individual doses are listed, the first ingredient could be 172.4 billion CFU and the other ingredients essentially worthless and used to fill out the ingredients list for marketing purposes. We simply have no way to know.
All of the included probiotic species are well-studied, so we don’t believe this formulation should cause harm.
Will BioFit Help Me Lose Weight?
Many supplement companies claim that probiotics aid in weight loss, and these claims are often false.
The first probiotic species listed in BioFit’s ingredients, lactobacillus acidophilus, has actually been associated with weight gain in medical research.
A meta-review published in the Microbial Pathogenesis journal found that lactobacillus acidophilus “resulted in significant weight gain in humans and in animals”. Nearly 100 individual medical studies were reviewed in this article, so this is a significant amount of evidence suggesting that this ingredient does the exact opposite of what BioFit claims.
We want to note that these results don’t mean this probiotic species is unhealthy. It’s likely promoting weight gain via increased nutrient absorption and improved gut function. However, these results do suggest that this probiotic isn’t a good option for those seeking to lose weight.
In assessing the efficacy of the probiotic strains that BioFit selected, one challenge is that they only reported the general probiotic species and not the specific strain used.
BioFit probably isn’t even aware of this, as they seem totally incompetent, but there is a medical distinction between a probiotic species (e.g. bifidobacterium longum) and a probiotic strain (e.g. bifidobacterium longum APC1472). This probiotic resource page put together by the NIH is a great source of information for those who want to learn more about the science behind probiotics.
So while we can locate some data suggesting that certain strains of probiotics may be effective for obesity (bifidobacterium longum APC1472 was found to be effective in one medical study), this doesn’t translate to stating that all bifidobacterium longum strains generally are effective.
Basically, BioFit has not provided enough information in their ingredients list to determine the efficacy of the product. Since at least one of the probiotic species used has been strongly associated with weight gain, we doubt the product overall will be effective for weight loss.
Further, since the company doesn’t even have the medical knowledge to publish the specific strains of probiotics used in their formulation, we find it highly unlikely that they have competent enough formulators to put together an effective weight loss probiotic backed by medical studies.
No Public Team
BioFit has no public team on their website, nor does parent company Vitalina. This is a red flag in our opinion, because companies with actual doctors and credentialed researchers would seek to highlight this on their website.
The fact that BioFit has no public team leads us to believe there is no one medically credentialed at all putting together their supplements.
In past reviews, like our SeroVital review, we have noted that supplement companies with no public team tend to have underwhelming formulations, and that trend holds true in this case.
We recommend that consumers buy supplements from companies with actual medical professionals involved in their formulations. You don’t want to be ingesting consumable products with exotic ingredients formulated by Joe in his basement in Utah, who has a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
No Published Test Results
Unsurprisingly, given all of the red flags about this company that we’ve already reported on, BioFit publishes zero test results of their products.
Inaccurately labeled products and supplement contamination are both huge issues in the U.S. because there is no pre-approval process for supplement manufacturers. This means that anyone can go to market with any product, and if it causes harm consumers will only find out after the fact.
For this reason, we recommend only purchasing supplements from companies that publish test results proving that their products are accurately labeled and low in contaminants.