Possible CortiSlim uses include suppressing the appetite and boosting metabolism. There are several CortiSlim products available. Initially, these products were advertised to cause significant weight loss by affecting a certain "stress hormone" called cortisol. However, the FDA and FTC have disputed these claims, as no adequate research has been done to support them. Many of the ingredients in CortiSlim products are simply stimulants, which may work to control the appetite and boost metabolism.
What Is CortiSlim Used For?
CortiSlim® is a group of supplements used for weight loss. There are several different CortiSlim products available, each of which contains different blends of active ingredients.
With obesity increasing (see Obesity Statistics), many people are searching for "quick fixes" for weight loss. Although the ideal weight-loss plans focus on gradual weight loss by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity (see How to Lose Weight), many people have difficulty following such plans (or feel they need extra assistance in their efforts). Before turning to drastic measures, such as weight-loss surgery, many people consider using weight-loss pills, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity (and exercise and diet have been ineffective).
How Does CortiSlim Work?
Initially, CortiSlim products claimed to cause significant weight loss (especially loss of belly fat) by reducing the level of cortisol (a "stress hormone"). However, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) state that these claims are "false and unsubstantiated," and the makers of CortiSlim can no longer make such claims.
There is no adequate published research that shows that CortiSlim has any effect on cortisol. Many of the ingredients in CortiSlim products are simply stimulants, which may work to control the appetite or increase metabolism (but may also have dangerous side effects). All CortiSlim products (except CortiSlim Control™) contain stimulants. CortiSlim Control contains only one active ingredient, glucomannan, a natural plant fiber.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Jellin JM, editor. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Available at: http://naturaldatabase.com/. Accessed October 30, 2007.
CortiSlim Web site. Available at: http://cortislim.com. Accessed October 30, 2007.
Federal Trade Commission. FTC targets products claiming to affect the stress hormone cortisol: agency alleges that marketers of CortiSlim and CortiStress made false or usubstantiated claims (10/5/2004). FTC Web site. Available at: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2004/10/windowrock.shtm. Accessed October 30, 2007.
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