An easy to use weight management supplement that comes in shot (drink) form. SlimBiome claims it is backed by strong scientific evidence. Read the review and find out if you should purchase.
SlimBiome Review Summary: Very much targeted towards the UK with Holland and Barrett a major reseller.
With the success of rival weight loss shot product Boombom – Slimbiome is the opposite end of the scale in terms of hype.
Any weight loss supplement that contains glucomannan is worth considering as it is arguably the most clinically referenced appetite suppressant ingredient.
The feeling is SlimBiome is understrength and doesn’t really compete with the major brands.
In our opinion Trimtone is worth using if you want to experience the appetite suppressing effects of glucomannan.
SlimBiome is a weight-management drink marketed by Holland & Barrett. Each drink provides one gram of glucomannan. You take it before meals to help reduce your hunger.
Glucomannan products are very easy to obtain these days but SlimBiome differs from most of the other options because it provides several vitamins and minerals as well. In fact, it could be seen to be directly competing with Boombod—a popular brand that provides glucomannan, vitamins, and minerals.
Like Boombod, SlimBiome is packed into individual one-shot sachets. In all honesty, the biggest difference is probably the price.
If you use Boombod for a week, it will cost you around £30. Using SlimBiome will only cost you £20 per week and Holland & Barrett offers subscribe and save options that can bring down the price. However, it’s still an expensive option to choose
At the time of this review, Holland & Barrett was offering three versions of the product.
The original version combines glucomannan with chromium. It’s a weight management product that suppresses appetite and helps maintain blood sugar levels.
Appetite suppressants are great for reducing daily calorie consumption.
SlimBiome Thermo is practically the same but it contains additional ingredients to boost metabolism and improve fat oxidation.
SlimBiome Digest doesn’t boost metabolism or enhance fat burning. Instead, it provides the same benefits the original product does and has some additional ingredients to improve gut health.
Who Makes SlimBiome?
SlimBiome is Holland & Barrett’s own-label brand.
Holland & Barrett is a retailer, not a manufacturer, so the manufacturing must be outsourced to another company. However, the Holland & Barrett health food shop chain has over 1,300 stores in 16 countries. It’s respected and trusted all over the world.
How to Take SlimBiome
Regardless of which of the three options you choose, the way you take SlimBiome is always the same.
You have to tear open a sachet and combine the contents with 200 ml of water in a small glass.
The best time to take it is 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it’s best not to hang around. You need to drink it fast. If you don’t the mixture may become so thick you will need to eat it with a spoon.
SlimBiome Ingredient Profile
All three formulations provide one gram of glucomannan per sachet. They also contain the same blend of eight vitamins and minerals. The quantities involved differ slightly but not enough to make any real difference.
At the time of this review the ingredient profile for the original product (Raspberry Flavor) looked like this:
The other two options each have three additional ingredients that are unique to their particular blend. Let’s take a look at the two formulations side by side:
How the Formulations Work
SlimBiome is primarily an appetite suppressant. The vitamins and minerals in the formulations are beneficial but are best seen as a bonus.
As a product for controlling hunger, SlimBiome has instant credibility. Many studies prove glucomannan is an appetite suppressant that works.
The dose is spot-on as well. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated all the best research, confirms the ingredient’s ability to control hunger, and recommends three one-gram doses of glucomannan per day.
However, 200 ml of water may not be enough to get good results. Holland & Barrett would do well to tell its customers to follow their glucomannan shot with another glass of water. That’s what the manufacturer of Boombod does and quite rightly so.
Glucomannan is a water-soluble fiber that comes from the root of a plant. It’s highly absorbent and needs plenty of water to work.
When you take glucomannan with sufficient water, the fibers absorb the water and swell in the stomach. That’s what provides the appetite-suppressing effect. If you don’t drink enough water, the fibers will not have the opportunity to swell enough. This will reduce the appetite-suppressing effect.
The three products also offer some additional benefits.
As well as providing glucomannan, SlimBiome Original also contains chromium. It’s an ingredient you will find included in many diet pill formulations because it prevents the fluctuation in blood sugar and insulin that can cause blood sugar to crash. When blood sugar crashes, the body responds by causing you to have urges for foods that are high in sugar and carbs.
SlimBiome Thermo has three additional ingredients that are not in the original version.
- Green tea
- Garcinia Cambogia
Research shows green tea boosts metabolism and helps you to burn extra fat.
It’s one of the most common diet pill ingredients in the world.
Guarana is a berry that provides caffeine. It’s a potent source but releases the stimulant slowly. Guarana is good for boosting energy levels and doing so for quite long periods of time.
Garcinia cambogia is a fruit. It’s rind provides hydroxycitric acid (HCA).
HCA helps control appetite. It may also discourage the body from storing excess calories as fat.
SlimBiome Digest doesn’t have any green tea, guarana, or garcinia cambogia. It has three other ingredients instead.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Aloe Vera
Apple cider vinegar is associated with many health benefits. Weight-loss is one of them but it does not pack a lot of power in this regard.
Research shows it can also kill bacteria and other pathogens. It also appears to lower blood sugar and insulin levels.
Aloe vera is a laxative that can help keep you regular. It also provides amino acids, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds.
Licorice is an antioxidant. It also appears to offer anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
Some studies suggest it may help with weight loss. Others support its longstanding reputation for aiding digestion.
SlimBiome Customer Reviews
Customer reviews are a mixed bag. Some people say SlimBiome provided them with the kind of results they were hoping for, others say it let them down.
All three versions provide one gram of glucomannan and research shows it’s an effective dose. That being the case, it seems strange that so many people report poor results.
There could be many reasons for this but one of the most obvious ones is lack of water. Holland and Barrett suggests mixing the shot with 200 ml of water. This alone will not be enough to expand the glucomannan fibers enough to provide maximum appetite suppression.
The other thing that comes up a lot is the flavor. A lot of people don’t like it. Unfortunately, that’s always the case with products of this nature. We all have different tastes. Perhaps Holland & Barrett could address this problem by adding some extra flavors to its range.
Here what a few customers have to say:
Potential Side Effects and Other Health Considerations
Side effects are unlikely but, anyone who has health problems or would need to use SlimBiome alongside medication would be wise to get a doctor’s blessing before starting supplementation. The same advice is offered to women who are pregnant or nursing a child.
The Best Place to Buy SlimBiome
You can only buy this product from Holland & Barrett stores or via the company website.
There are a few flavor options and each box contains 21 (5 g) sachets. That’s enough to last for seven days.
At only £19 per box, the product initially appears quite cheap but you have to remember it’s the cost per week, not per month.
SlimBiome is certainly cheaper than Boombod but it’s still an expensive product to choose.
SlimBiome Review Conclusion
Regardless of which option you choose, SlimBiome is probably going to offer the most benefit to people who need something to control their hunger.
Although some people who have experience using the product claim it let them down, the problem was likely to be a lack of water. Holland & Barrett’s Boombod alternative is good, but the usage guidelines leave a lot to be desired. Glucomannan can only work its magic when it’s thoroughly watered. Holland & Barrett has fumbled the ball.
The price of this product is also an issue. Glucomannan is the key player in all three formulations. You don’t need to pay for an expensive product like this to take advantage of its appetite-suppressing effects. Most pharmacies will be able to provide you with a cheap, generic glucomannan pill capable of providing one gram of the fiber, three times per day.
SlimBiome Thermo offers a few additional benefits. The guarana it provides will probably provide an energy boost and the green tea will support improvements in metabolism and fat burning. The problem is, there are alternative options that can do these things too. Some of which offer a spectrum of additional benefits on top.
As for SlimBiome Digest, Holland & Barrett appears to be using it to target people seeking improvements in digestion and gut health. It may have some value in this regard but there are better ways to go and the formulation could have been greatly improved by losing one of the other ingredients and adding some ginger instead.
All three SlimBiome products have their virtues but the level of benefit customers receive is unlikely to sufficient to justify the price.