ZetaCap: “The World’s First & Only Gastric Bypass Pill!”. An outrageous claim – yet it hasn’t stopped over 200,000 people from using the product.ZetaCap is one of a multitude of pills sold by Selmedica Healthcare. The pill works by filling your stomach with a ‘gelatinous glob’ – thus reducing appetite.
The ZetaCap website fails to provide nutritional information for their product – but many speculate that it is simply a fiber supplement. Of course, you could get a similar effect by eating low-calorie fiber-dense foods – or even a fiber supplement such as Metamucil (psyllium husk) at about one-seventh of the price.
The issue with many supplements such as ZetaCap is not necessarily the product – but the completely over-the-top claims and exorbitant prices. Many such supplements are simple herbal blends – but they are sold and marketed as if they were miracle treatments.
Positive testimonials for ZetaCap are a dime a dozen – as well as many complaints of bloating and constipation. One month’s supply (delivered) costs around $75.00 – a lot of money for some fiber.
A Familiar Story
Reading the fine print tells the real story. Customers who made testimonials were compensated with free product. Some of the photographs are paid models. The only link on the ZetaCap site pointing to “documented research” returned an error. Not a good sign. Selmedica also has a rather substantial complaint file at the Better Business Bureau.
If those 200,000 customers purchased just a single bottle – that’s 13.4 million dollars of revenue for Selmedica. Not bad for hosting a 3 page website and selling a fiber supplement.
Be careful with the snake oil salesmen – spend your money on good nutritious food, and learning how to make lifelong changes to improve your health and fitness.