Tejocote root is a weight loss product that is made by Alipotec, and it mainly comes from Mexico, however, there are places in the United States that offer distribution. This company sells three different products: anti-aging cream, cellulite cream, and tejocote root which is a weight loss product. In this review I will be focusing on the weight loss product. So what exactly is tejocote root? It is a small apple shaped fruit that has a very bitter taste to it, and it is yellow and orange in color.  Anyone over 65 years of age is not recommended to take this supplement, so be aware of that before any purchases are made. For one bottle of tejocote root, which includes 90 tablets, you will pay around $50.00. 
Company Contact Information:
638 Trinity St Eagle Pass Texas US 78852
Alipotec Tejocote Root Claims
“Our root is 100% natural. During cultivation no chemicals or fertilizers are used and it is carefully harvested. The seed of the fruit is removed and baked in copper containers and is subsequently packed. It is consumed as a micro dose or capsule. This root helps to reduce weight and obesity by removing fat from your body. It acts as a dilator with soft adipose tissue (fat) and muscle tissue, gradually releasing them through waste and transforming fat into energy.” 
Their recommendations for taking the supplement are: “Swallow a micro dose or capsule of Root of Tejocote. It is swallowed like a pill, with a 16 oz bottle of water or large glass of water. Drink 2-3 liters of water daily (4-8 bottles of water). Eat a banana a day. (The banana is not required but is highly recommended to balance the eventual loss of potassium.)”
When wondering about the banana and why the company recommends that, they said the following. “The effectiveness of the product is such that we lose our stored body fat and therefore lose potassium and that makes us feel different symptoms like headaches, nausea, weakness, sleepiness, fatigue, and/or cramps. To diminish these symptoms remember to eat 1 banana day.” 
Other claims are: “Eliminates constipation, colitis, decreases body fat, and lowers blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol, removes pain in the legs and feet, helps with excess weight or fluid retention, clears your face, leaving it smooth and free of oil and stains, helps with the growth of hair and nails; they grow healthy, strong, and faster; many women unable to get pregnant, now they are able to. The root can make men and women become more fertile.”
Finally, they claim that when you take this supplement you might feel sore, like you have been working out a ton. Why? “After 7 days, your body may hurt like if you worked out and are sore. This happens because your body is burning fat and separating fat from your muscles thus making them work harder. At this time your muscles are releasing a liquid called lactic acid.” 
These are all some very large claims about one small supplement. “Once you reach your weight goal, if you continue taking the product, you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. In order to maintain your weight simply take one every third day.”
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Alipotec Tejocote Root
The quote, “This root helps to reduce weight and obesity by removing fat from your body. It acts as a dilator with soft adipose tissue (fat) and muscle tissue, gradually releasing them through waste and transforming fat into energy,” is a large claim, but what does science say? There is word that this supplement takes around 6 months to start kicking in, and if you want quicker results you will need a stronger supplement.  The main weight loss properties in the berries is the roots of hawthorn and in the pieces of bone tejocote heart (better known as the hawthorn heart).
According to Omnics Online,
“Up to 2012, there are only two studies that have identified some flavonoids in extracts from “tejocote”, and analyzed its biological function determining the cardiotonic effect and in the regulation of blood pressure. The majority of studies only report the effects of the extracts by themselves, and not of individual components. The current status of the research about the type Crataegus mexicana, still leaves an extensive field of research in order to know its biochemical composition and the biological activity of its components.” 
In a nutshell, they have word of it helping prevent certain diseases, but there are very little studies done on effective weight loss making their claims very much stretched.
Regarding eating bananas to eliminate the symptoms the pill provides, when looking into this claim, there were interesting results. Not having enough potassium will most definitely give you side effects like headaches, nausea, and muscle cramps. The claim that because body fat is lost, you then will lose potassium is up in the air however.
According to the Nest,
“Potassium is the major mineral found inside your cells and is present in every fluid in the body. While this may be true, potassium is found in relatively small concentrations in the blood. Your kidneys are one of the major organs responsible for regulating potassium concentration. The kidneys filter your blood, excreting excess amounts and holding onto potassium if you don't have enough or don’t have the right amount. Potassium is generally considered to be circulating in the body, but not stored.” 
Potassium is not stored, rather it is circulated in your fluids, so either this weight loss supplement dehydrates you or their claims are misleading.
Another claim that has proven otherwise is the 7-day soreness claim, in which lactic acid is built up from the body burning fat. First of all, after a workout of any type, whether it be from actual working out or burning fat, you will get what is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
According to Dr. Parr,
“This belief that lactic acid causes DOMS has been shown to be false, since any lactic acid that is produced during exercise is cleared shortly after you finish, long before muscle soreness begins.” So what exactly causes the soreness if lactic acid build up is not the true reason? “Instead, that soreness is actually caused by tears in your muscle that occur as you exercise—especially if you’re just starting an exercise regimen: “It turns out that strenuous exercise leads to microscopic tears in the muscle, which leads to inflammation and soreness.”” 
Once you reach your weight goal, they say you can eat whatever you want and you will not gain back the weight. No amount of science needs to be conducted to know this is simply untrue and a fake representation of reality. If you eat whatever you want and take the tejocote root supplement every third day, you will for sure gain weight back. If this was true, it would be studied over and over again with hype all over the media in regards to its magical weight loss properties. This has not happened yet. As you can see, there are many large claims, and a lot of them are not entirely factual, which leads me to believe this might just be another mediocre diet pill that claims to be working slowly even though it might not ever work.
Word On The Street About Alipotec Tejocote Root
Now that we have taken a deeper look into the claims and science (or lack thereof) behind this product, what do the customers have to say about their results when taking the root? Many reviews were not good ones, as customer experienced pretty harsh side effects. From feeling like they had the flu to feeling like they had been hit by a bus, the words were disheartening. With the large claims the company makes about the pills’ effectiveness, it was almost undeniable there was going to be some scary side effects.
Jessica Snyder(5.9.17, 1 star) said,
“I'm giving it one star for now because I feel like I'm dying. I have been taking it for about a month. I've had the WORST painful runs all day every day. I'm gaining weight, and I feel like crap. My brother started taking it at the same time. He hasn't lost any weight either and has the runs still too. I'm debating whether or not to continue taking it.” 
Lisa (7.27.17, 1 star) said,
“Returned it. I am healthy individual who wanted to lose 10lbs and this was recommended to me. I ended up in the ER with advanced acute lymphadenopathy within 1 week of starting it. REALLY painful and expensive lesson learned.” 
Lynne Nooner (5.18.17, 1 star) said,
“2 weeks later, wallet $60 lighter and I'm 4 pounds heavier. I've had all the symptoms, the frequent bowel movements, the sore lumps, but so far I'm not losing I'm gaining. I feel kind of bloated. I am going to continue taking them though because I'm reading other reviews that say it takes a few weeks to see results. I'll let you know.” 
Lynne then went on to say that she stopped taking the supplement and had developed a swollen lymph gland in her neck, which was rather scary.
The Bottom Line: Is Alipotec Tejocote Root Worth A Try?
Risky. The company tries to justify nasty side effects with reasons as to why these side effects are normal and okay. Having extremely sore muscles, feeling dehydrated, or nauseous is not justifiable at all. These small side effects should clue you in to the supplement, and how it can be harmful, not helpful. With a large majority of customers experiencing terrible side effects, this really did not make tejocote root appealing. Overall, trying out this weight loss supplement may not be the best for your health, not to mention the 6 month time it takes to see any results. Yuck.
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