Question from a fellow cellulite sleuth:
I recently heard of a supplement called Celluscience. It is supposedly all natural and claims to remove cellulite. It is sold by GNC. Can you tell me if this supplement actually helps/cures cellulite as it claims? Is it safe to consume? Thanks.
A pill to treat cellulite sounds too good to be true. Is it?
CelluScience is sold by Santica Research Labs in Boca Raton, Fl. The company, founded in 2004, has been selling the product in Europe and just brought it to the U.S. market in February of this year. It is available at select GNC stores or can be ordered online.
The formula for CelluScience is an all-natural, proprietary blend of herbs and other nutrients. Judging from the ingredient list, CelluScience seems to be a promising product.
Fish Oil, Borage Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba extract, Gotu Kola extract, Yellow Sweet clover, Butchers Broom Extract, Olive extract, Bladderwrack Extract, Vitamin E, Orange Essentional Oil, Rosemary Oil, Vitamin B6, Lipoic Acid, Folic Acid, KI, Selenium, Gelantin, Glycerol, Soybean, Lecithin, and Glyceryl Monostearate.
CelluScience is packed with proven cellulite-busting ingredients. Fish oil is all the rage in health food stores these days. Borage oil is high in gamma-linolenic acid. The authors of Cellulite Solutions include a whole chapter on the herb gotu kola and its ability to improve blood flow. We’ve already talked about the lymph healing properties of essential oils like orange and rosemary.
Clients are instructed to take three pills a day on an empty stomach. The severity of the cellulite determines the length of the regimen. For stage two cellulite, women are advised to take three capsules a day for 90 days, followed by a ‘maintenance regimen’ of one capsule a day for 90 days. They are then instructed to repeat the 90-day cycle with three pills a day. Of course, stages three and four cellulite require more intensive treatments.
[The CelluScience website provides a helpful guide for determining the stage of your cellulite.]
A three-month supply of CelluScience is billed in three payments of $69.33 each, for a total of $208. By my calculations, to treat stage 2 cellulite, it would cost over $475 for the first 9 months. They recommend the Beaute’ Intensive Regimen (3 pills/day for 90 days) be repeated twice a year with the maintenance program in between. This adds up to another $475 per year.
Does CelluScience eliminate or prevent cellulite? The manufacturers are clear that the answer is no. CelluScience is claimed to reduce cellulite, not cure it completely. Not surprisingly, the CelluScience website offers a collection of impressive written and video testimonials of women who are thrilled with the results they saw from taking the product. But would you expect anything less?
CelluScience was tested by an editor at Marie Claire magazine. She confirms seeing fewer dimples in a matter of weeks, but also suffered severe cramping which she attributed to the supplement.
According to an article in French beauty magazine, Clin D’Oeil, five international studies (ordered by the manufacturer) were conducted on the product. They concluded that the daily ingestion of these supplements significantly reduces cellulite by an average of 45 percent in 47 days. The French author goes on to point out that the reliability of these studies, as well as the long term effect of the product, are unknown.
I like that CelluScience is an all-natural product. I also like that it uses herbs and other ingredients with proven anti-cellulite properties. But as much as I would love to be able to treat cellulite with a pill, I can’t recommend this product. Here’s why.
When a manufacturer lumps together a bunch of supplements in this way, you are taking the risk that every ingredient is right for you. Bladder wrack, for example, is high in iodine and therefore not suitable for women who are hyperthyroid. Do you know the current state of your thyroid? Most women don’t. You would be better off introducing these ingredients one at a time so you could observe any effects, either positive or negative. This way, you have more control over the quality of the ingredients, too.
[Have you heard about the safety concerns associated with most brands of fish oil?]
The manufacturer advises that you check with your doctor before starting on CelluScience, but most doctors don’t have an effective understanding of herbal and nutritional remedies. A better option is to consult a licensed health care practitioner who is trained in the traditional use of herbs, such as an acupuncturist or a physician who specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
CelluScience uses a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treating cellulite. Yet as we are starting to discover here at CI, cellulite is more of an individual issue. Each woman’s cellulite has its own distinct causes and, thereby, its own distinct cure. If we don’t address the true causes, then we won’t find true healing. This is why a pill like CelluScience cannot eliminate cellulite or prevent it from recurring.
Save your money on CelluScience and use it to buy a quality cod liver oil, gotu kola tea, or a consultation with a licensed health care practitioner who is experienced in herbal remedies.
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