Apidren has become one of the hottest selling fat burners on eBay. It’s said to contain
“..clinically tested ingredients to aid weight loss“.
Even more intriguing, Apidren can
“..help you lose weight and decrease waist circumference individually!”
So.. should you buy Apidren? Does it really work as advertised?
Read on to find out more…
Firstly let’s start with the ingredient profile.
The formula is a proprietary blend named “CardiaSlim”, and the two major ingredients of Apidren are:
Sphaeranthus Indicus – One study shows that this Indian flowering plant is a promising anti-inflammatory herb .
Garnicia Mangostana – in layman terms, it’s called Mangosteen, a native fruit of southeast Asia. It has been used to treat diarrhea, thrust, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, eczema and other skin conditions. However, the evidence of the purported health benefits is lacking.
Interestingly, the Cardiaslim contains the same ingredients as Meratrim proprietary blend. Meratrim was a popular fat burner few years back.
The formula (400mg of Sphaeranthus Indicus & Garnicia Mangostana) appears to be backed by a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial:
“Efficacy and Tolerability of an Herbal Formulation for Weight Management” (refer to study here )
In the study, 100 overweight human subjects were split into two groups:
Herbal blend group: subjects in this group received 400 mg of 400mg of Sphaeranthus Indicus & Garnicia Mangostana daily.
Placebo group: subjects in this group received placebo pills instead.
Throughout the study, All subjects received three meals (total 2000kcal/day) throughout the study and walked 5 days a week for 30 min.
At the end of the 8 weeks, it was concluded that
“… significant net reductions in body weight, BMI, and waist circumference were observed in the herbal group compared with placebo.”
Specifically, the herbal blend group experienced a net weight loss of 3.8kg after 8 weeks.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the study was preliminary, and only went on for 8 weeks. The long term effectiveness of these herbs are not well studied.
Although the study is gold standard, it’s important to note that the research is funded by Interhealth, a company that produces and sells Meratrim. There may be potential conflict of interest.
Who makes Apidren?
The company behind Apidren is Advantage Nutraceuticals LLC. In 2005, the company received warning from the FDA because their products were marketing in a misleading manner. 
Elsewhere online, Apidren appears to be distributed by Nutri Pharm LLC, the company behind Abidexin.
Apidren side effects
At the date of writing, there are not reported side effects of Apidren, Sphaeranthus Indicus, or Garnicia Mangostana. These herbs are new to the western world, more studies should be conducted to validate their long term safety and to establish proper dosage.
Admittedly, Apidren may be worth experimenting. Still, it’s not a magic bullet. To make it works for you, you should add sensible diet and regular workout to your regimen.