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Alternative Medicine SCAMWATCH

Cortislim Review
by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine, medical professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author

Welcome to the latest scam from more of humanity's best and brightest... I actually predicted this when the problems of ephedra happened.

Here's my Cortislim review: Cortislim is the new fad overhyped scam fat burner.

The following saying applies to most highly marketed supplements: "A fool and his money are soon parted."

Before we get into the details, know that the Federal Trade Commission is suing Cortislim's makers for their false claims. That's the FTC's cortislim review. :-)

Cortislim features several common ephedra-free fat burner ingredients. Cortislim apparently works by controlling weight gain and accelerating fat burning by negating the effects of the hormone cortisol.

What's cortisol? Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone, required for many purposes: proper glucose metabolism, blood pressure, immune function and inflammatory response. Stress, either mental or physical, can produce lots of cortisol.

At these levels, cortisol can hurt your cognitive performance, suppress thyroid function, foster blood sugar imbalances and the subsequent deposition of body fat, decrease bone density, etc. Athletes don't want cortisol, because it's catabolic, muscle-wasting, not anabolic, muscle building.

Excess cortisol levels may be partly responsible for excess fat deposition and weight gain.

But does Cortislim work? Can it cause weight loss by dealing with high cortisol levels tied from everyday stress? To answer that, let's look at a few of the ingredients in Cortislim... The most important ingredient in this compilation is Magnolia bark, standardized for honokiol.

According to Supplement Watch, "a small dose of honokiol, or a magnolia bark extract standardized for honokiol content, can help to "de-stress" you without making you sleepy, while a larger dose might have the effect of knocking you out. When compared to pharmaceutical agents such as Valium (diazepam), honokiol appears to be as effective in its anti-anxiety activity, yet not nearly as powerful in its sedative ability."For more see...

This anti-anxiety effect appears to be backed up by numerous animal studies. The other major ingredients in this formulation (chromium, green tea, banaba leaf, and vanadyl) stabilize blood sugar levels and moderate insulin's effect on the same.

Citrus Aurauntium (bitter orange, the Chinese herb zhi shi) standardized for synephrine -- ephedra's kinder, gentler cousin. For more on this, see my now old but still ignored press release warning about non-ephedra weight loss supplements.

Cortislim may reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol through the effects of Magnolia bark contained in its formulation. But that doesn't mean you're going to lose weight. Most people don't gain weight because they're stressed, but because we're inactive and consume too many calories.

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