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BioTrust IC-5

BioTrust IC5 is diet supplement that offers the customer advanced insulin support and carbohydrate management in order to lose fat. It benefits from a convincing looking website and an ethical image but it is hard to find a customer who has actually taken this supplement.

The bottom line with a diet pill is whether it will help you lose weight so we look into IC5 to find if it works!

BioTrust IC-5 Pros

  • Good looking website
  • Long guarantee
  • Appears to be an ethical company gives money to many childrens’ charities

BioTrust IC-5 Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Misleading information about carbohydrates
  • Creates an impression that this supplement may prevent diabetes
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BioTRUST IC-5

BioTrust IC-5 Review

BioTrust IC-5 Facts

  • Company founded by Josh Benzoni and Joel Marion
  • Company make a number of charitable donations
  • Each bottle of BioTrust IC5 contains 90 capsules

BioTrust IC5 is a diet pill produced by American company Biotrust. The company produce a range of products that are aimed at providing “honest nutrition for your ultimate body” and is run by two nutritionists Josh Benzoni and Joel Marion. IC5 is a supplement which contains five ingredients supposed to manage your insulin levels.

You would have to be made of stone not to be impressed by the Biotrust Company. It is run by two charismatic looking guys who contribute to a range of charitable concerns that help children both in the USA and overseas. In addition both the founders are nutritionists, have been on TV and their company and products features in the media including Oxygen and Men’s Fitness magazine.

This company certainly has the right look and the right credentials. In addition, Biotrust offer a year’s guarantee on each product and a charitable contribution with each purchase so it seems almost churlish to pick through the details of the Biotrust IC-5 supplement in case it is not as good as the image suggests!

As well as IC5, Biotrust market other supplements around health and weight loss. These include Absorb Max aimed at reducing food intolerances, Lepti Burn a supplement which promotes fat burning and contains Irvingia Gabonensis (mango seeds) and Pro X10 a probiotic supplement which is supposed to promote healthy bowel function. (See our investigation on probiotics).

IC5 is advertised as providing advanced insulin support and carbohydrate management in order to promote health and weight loss.

The aim of this supplement is to promote healthy insulin function and the website goes to great lengths to explain why this is important. The only thing that it doesn’t explain is that how this will really help you lose weight!

To use BioTrust IC5 take two capsules before meals containing carbohydrates. According to the website, the science will do the rest… There is a lot of information about insulin on the website. This is all a bit confusing and not helped by the 6 minutes film which uses a cartoon drawing style to explain the process.

The advertising points out that a diet of processed food and carbs, causes insulin resistance. This happens when insulin which is made in the pancreas becomes overloaded and unable to remove glucose (blood sugar) from the blood stream. Insulin resistance is a precursor for type 2 diabetes and a range of medical problems including obesity.

The IC5 advertising claims that the supplement will transform carbohydrates into being good for weight loss by improving your insulin sensitivity. Essentially this means that the body will use insulin more effectively and clear blood sugars more quickly.

When muscle tissue is sensitive to insulin, glycogen (the carbohydrates stored by the muscles) will not convert to fat but is stored by the body as muscle. When insulin is out of control, carbs will store as fat.

Low carb dietsThis supplement is supposed to help you to continue to eat carbs as part of your daily diet. It contains five ingredients that will “supercharge” your insulin levels before you eat carbohydrates.

Surprisingly the advertising does not recommend you make changes to your diet and the major problem with this (and the product) is that the difference between eating complex carbs or simple carbs is never identified. Eating carbs is essential for health because they provide the body with energy. However, carbs cannot be lumped together into one group.

Complex carbs – those that take long to break down into glucose include natural fruit, whole grains, pulses and beans. They contain fibre and starch and most Americans do not eat enough of this necessary food group.

Most food on the supermarket shelves contains refined, simple carbs with high levels of sugars and fructose. Simple carbs –provided by white flour and high levels of sugar such as cookies and sodas do not provide much nutritional benefit but add to weight gain

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/carbs.html#complex carbohydrates

We cannot see that taking a supplement and continuing to eat a diet which contains a lot of refined carbohydrates is good for health. It seems like taking a headache pill before you actually have a headache.

BioTrust IC-5 Concerns:

  • No independent customer feedback
  • Misleading information about carbohydrates
  • You are advised you can eat MORE carbs than before and still lose weight

What Does BioTrust IC-5 Claim To Do?

The product advertising claims that taking two capsules before each meal will,

supercharge your insulin sensitivity before each carbohydrate containing meal in just a few seconds

The five ingredients are described as being;

clinically proven to increase insulin sensitivity and blood sugar management

The advertising maintains that;

going low carb for an extended period of time is a painful option

and that with the aid of this supplement;

you can enjoy even MORE carbohydrates than you currently are, while losing even more fat when you utilize this one simple solution:

At no point do the advertisers differentiate between the type of carbohydrates you eat or recommend any dietary changes. The message seems to be that you can eat what you like as long as you take the supplement beforehand. We found this very disappointing.

So What Is BioTrust IC-5 and What Are The Ingredients For BioTrust IC-5?

IC5 is a diet pill that comes with some medical looking advice around the role of insulin in the body. It contains five ingredients.

Dosage refers to serving size of two capsules.

  • Cinnamon Bark (250mg): There has been a lot of clinical testing carried out on this commonplace household ingredient the only conclusion has to be that results are inconclusive. Some tests have indicated, “Cinnamon reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes” This looks very promising but not all tests have yielded the same results.
    Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14633804

One clinical test carried out by the University of Maastricht indicated that cinnamon;

does not improve whole-body insulin sensitivity or oral glucose tolerance

This test was carried out on postmenopausal women.

The scientists carrying out the trial recommend that;

more research on the proposed health benefits of cinnamon supplementation is warranted before health claims should be made

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16549460

  • Berberis Aristata root bark extract, containing 97% Berberine (250mg): Berberine is a chemical found in natural plants and Berberis Aristata also known as tree turmeric, is a South Asian plant from Sri Lanka.
    Although much of the clinical testing so far has been carried out using animals, including diabetic rats, one pilot test carried out on humans indicates that Berberine;

is a potent oral hypoglycaemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism

It looks potentially good for the management of diabetes but it may cause some side effects. According to testing carried out by the Department of Endocrinology, Xinhua Hospital, 34% of subjects suffered temporary gastrointestinal side effects. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18442638

  • Pterocarpus Marsupium, Patented Silbinol extract (100mg): Trademarked extract derived from the Indian Kino a deciduous tree native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. This extract may be effective for the management of diabetes because of its high antioxidant capabilities. According to the Silbinol product information, testing has been carried out using rats and has been effective in reducing diet-induced hyperlipidemia.
    Source: http://www.silbinol.com/

  • Fenugreek extract (100mg): Fenugreek is a popular Indian spice, which is responsible for the distinctive pungent aroma of some types of curry. Fenugreek seeds have been tested for their use in the management of diabetes type 1 and proven to be effective. In one clinical trial, using 100mg of fenugreek seeds daily was found to;

significantly reduce fasting blood sugar and improve the glucose tolerance test

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2194788

  • R alpha lipoic acid (65mg): Chemical vitamin with high antioxidant levels and present in some foodstuffs including yeast, offal, green veg and potatoes. This acid is used to reduce some of the nerve related symptoms of diabetes such as the pain and numbness of limbs. In Germany, this is mainstream treatment for the management of diabetes.

So What Does All This Mean?

Some of the ingredients contained in IC-5 are used in the management of diabetes and have some proven benefits for this condition.

However, it does not necessarily follow that taking a supplement will prevent against type 2 diabetes or help you lose weight. Diet can play a contributory role in contracting diabetes but it is not the only reason.

Diabetes type 2 can be caused by a range of risk factors including:

  • Carrying too much excess fat
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Genetic reasons – if a close family member has it you may be more at risk
  • Previously suffering from gestational diabetes
  • Medication

Source: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/causes-of-type2-diabetes.html

Taking this supplement is not as good as making changes to your diet and we feel that taking IC5 may fool people into maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you fear you are at risk from diabetes, you should contact your doctor for advice.

Does BioTrust IC-5 Have Any Side Effects?

IC5 appears to be safe although it may cause temporary gastro intestinal side effects due to the Berberine content.

Biotrust do not warn against any side effects.

Caution: Avoid if pregnant or breast feeding. If you feel you at risk from diabetes take medical advice.

Any BioTrust IC-5 Reviews From Customers?

Biotrust IC5 is fairly new on the market and as yet, we cannot find one independent customer review.

So Does BioTrust IC-5 Work?

How will you be able to tell if it works or if it doesn’t? We cannot say that if you use this supplement, your chances of contracting type 2 diabetes might be reduced because this type of advice should be left to the professionals. We can only recommend that you take medical advice and make changes to your lifestyle if you are at risk.

We cannot see why IC-5 should make you lose much weight, especially if you trust it to counteract your carbohydrate intake.

Where Can I Buy BioTrust IC-5?

IC-5 is fairly costly and available direct from the Biotrust website.

One bottle of 90 capsules costs $69.00. It should last you one month if you take the recommended 2 capsule serving twice a day.

You can make savings by buying in bulk and 6 bottles costs a fairly expensive $294.

US shipping costs an added $9.95 on each order and international customers will have to contact the company to find out the overseas shipping costs.

All orders come with a free download eBook Fat Burning Smoothies and milk shakes.

What About A Guarantee

There is a money back guarantee and it is valid for one year after purchase, making this look like one of the best guarantees we are ever likely to see.

It appears that the company will refund or exchange with another Biotrust product within one year. You need to contact the company in advance for a Return Merchandise Authorization Number (RMA#) or an Exchange Merchandise Number (EMA#) and the Return Address.

Watchdog Verdict

We loved the look of the Biotrust website, the co founders Josh and Joel, their charitable concerns and the guarantee. However, we cannot say the same for this supplement.

IC5 is a confusing product and we cannot see how it will really help you lose weight.

Maybe we have missed the point but surely the way to lose weight while eating carbohydrates is to change the type of carbohydrates you eat? Josh and Joel are nutritionists so they should have pointed out the differences between the types of carbs and how these can affect your health and weight loss.

We feel that this supplement may lull people into thinking they can continue to eat unhealthily and that taking these pills will put it right. We’re not convinced by the marketing and cannot see how it can work, so for all these reasons, we have no other choice but to reject this supplement.

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14 comments to “BioTrust IC-5”

  1. Veronica says:

    I bought the product on September and am now on the third bottle and no weigh loss at all. I have sent emails to the company requesting some more information but all I get in response is a email asking to subscribe to a forum which I eventually did but my questions are not posted there. I can see some other people with questions that not have a clear reply. I got three bottles because of the promise they have about loosing between 20 to 30 pounds but nothing. I’ve requested information on how to send them back and get my money back but no reply. My advise is just no to go for them as I did just because I was impressed with the presentation. Reading this made me aware of what I had should seen before rushing into buying them just to waste money. One last thing I burning in my liver and I now think it could be associated with this as it only started a few weeks ago!

  2. milkman says:

    Those of you whom take this product? Does it do good for your Diabetes? Because that is what I thought it would work on like metformin. But, there was some books that came with the program that would show you what right carbs to eat which allows you to eat more of the good carbs. And I am not trying to argue I have diabetes and I ain’t on anything. I just watch what I eat (Type 1) Thanks for giving me the opp to ask a question Thanks

  3. John Tetreault says:

    You review is good but…. It is focusing on Diabetes and that is not at all claimed by BioTrust. I am not with the company and I am from Nova Scotia Canada. The claims Biotrust have is that it will control your blood sugar to help convert sugar to muscle not fat. I started taking this supplement in October and and i was 205. I am very active been going to the gym for years but have plateaued. now down to 185 went from size 36 to under a 32. I have worked my butt of in the gym but I really think that the IC-5 has helped me over the hump and allowed me to drop the weight.

    • GRACIENNE MYERS says:

      IF THE IC-5 IS SO GOOD, WHY THEY MAKE SO MANY OTHER WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS????? DON’T YOU THINK THEY WILL ONLY BE MAKING IC-5????? PLUS CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE KEY TO ANY COMPANY THAT WANTS TO BE SUCESS, IF VERONICA IS SAYING THAT THEY ARE NOT RESPONDING TO HER REQUEST OF REFUND I WOULDN’T BUY ANYTHING FROM A COMPANY LIKE THIS. PEOPLE ARE SO DESPERATE TO FIND A MIRACLE PILL SO THEY CAN TAKE IT AND CONTINUE EATING THE JUNK THAT THEY ALWAYS EAT, THAT THEY BECOME SO VULNERABLE TO COMPANIES LIKE THIS ONE, I RECOMMEND MAKING BETTER CHOICES WHEN EATING, MY GRANDMOTHER USE TO TELL ME: PEOPLE DIE THROUGH THEIR MOUTH JUST LIKE FISH! AND IT’S SO TRUE. I STARTED JUICING BREAKFAST AND DINNER 4 DAYS A WEEK, I LIKE BECAUSE I CAN STILL EAT REGULAR LUNCH THIS IS HOW I LOST SOME WEIGHT, DIET DOSEN’T WORK AND PILLS ARE CHEMICALS THAT YOU ARE PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY, ANYTHING THAT IS MADE IN A LAB TO ME IS DANGEROUS, MY ADVICE IS GO TO THE MOST NATURAL SOURCE. HUMAN ARE STUPID IN SO MANY WAYS. FOR EXAMPLE: IN FLORIDA YOU SEE ORANGES, MANGOS, COCONUT GROWING IN THEIR BACK YARD BUT THEY CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MARKET AND BUY THE SAME ONES FULL OF PESTICIDES AND HORMONES. PEOPLE LOST CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH WHEN THEY LOST CONTACT WITH NATURE, REMEMBER THAT ALL MEDICINE THE MAIN INGREDIENTS COME FROM NATURE BUT NOT IN THE NATURAL WAY, SO IF MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBES A PILL SO I CAN SLEEP BETTER YOU KNOW WHAT I DO???? I GO AND GET SOME FRESH CAMOMILE AND MAKE MY TEA SO PEOPLE START TAKING ADVANTAGE OF WHAT NATURE IS GIVING YOU AND STOP LETTING COMPANIES THAT DON’T GIVE CRAP ABOUT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR WEAKNESS. HOPE MY WORDS WERE NOT TOO ROUGH BUT I ALWAYS LIKE TO SAY THINGS RAW.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Can’t find a real customer review of Bio Trust products? Here’s one: I bought the IC 5 product and the Leptoburn, getting reeled in by the carb science. I’m polycystic, and carbs hate me.I’m also a food addict. But the science made sense. So I crossed my fingers, pulled out my debit card and bought IC5 and Leptoburn. I began taking both products immediately, as directed and four weeks into it, I actually found I was gaining weight. Now to be fair, I had two vacations during that time, and a few too many naughty food moments…and I may have made it to the gym three times? But….I know my body…what it takes to lose weight (no carbs and live in the gym) and how I respond to those occasional food binges. In short–I was stumped and angry at spending over $140 for nothing!! Worse–I had purchased the cookies as well, and to get the special offer on them, I signed up for auto ship of IC5 and Leptoburn, thinking I’d cancel the next week. Yes, I was being sneaky. So you can imagine my frustration when the 2nd shipment of IC5 and Leptoburn came, because I forgot to cancel auto ship, and I was gaining weight. I called the customer support number, was asked if I was actually following the plan, and how long id been on it.
    Ok, truth time: I was inconsistent in taking the pills twice a day…80% of the time I only took the pills in the morning, and I misread the Leptoburn directions, taking it at the same time as the IC5–and eating within 15 minutes. Of course I didn’t tell the Bio-trust rep that, after all, in wanted my money back. She asked me to continue taking the product till the 2nd bottles were gone, promising me a refund if I didn’t begin seeing results. I agreed to continue.
    After re-reading the directions, I realized I was taking the Leptoburn incorrectly, and began taking it as directed. But I still kept forgetting the afternoon dose, so was only taking the morning one. Within about 10 days, I noticed I was losing weight…but not changing anything else. Another week went by and I lost two more pounds. I only wanted to lose 7–10 pounds, and had lost 5 lbs in about three weeks. I then stabilized, gaining one to two pounds if I was naughty ( I LOVE food, but as I said, carbs hate me), but on the product, I would lose it within a day or two. I’m 45, and my ability to lose weight has decreased, BIG time, so this was great. It’s now been two and a half months, and I’m down 6 lbs, (if I behave better, I will lose a few extra pounds, making my size 6 nice and roomy),having not changed anything. I feel fairly confident that if I resume going to the gym two to three days a week, and make a few easy changes in my eating, I will easily lose the full ten, giving me room for those bad days, when stress makes me an eating monster.
    I just started my third bottles, and I have to say baring any coincidental reasons for the weight loss, it seems the product works for me. I am not going to analyze this any further. The IC5 seems to help me metabolize carbs better, and the Leptoburn does raise my metabolism, I feel it, but it’s not a jittery, horrible feeling. As long as I can afford the product, and it remains helpful, I’ll keep taking it–though as soon as I’m fully back into a workout regime and I see my weight stabilized, I will go to every other day on it, then maybe three times a week. I’m playing it by ear.
    This product has gotten me over a depressive hump–and I recognize that it may be stupid for someone who’s 45, 5’7, and only 10 lbs over weight being depressed about her weight, but I’m a singer/songwriter, and image matters. Weight matters. I’m grateful this product seems to have helped me lose weight and manage the results of my occasional food naughtiness, but I am not happy with not doing my part, and getting back into working out and eating a bit healthier…I’m actually excited to see what happens when I do. I’ll review again when I do. Soooo…for what it’s worth, the products worked for me. I’m grateful, and wish it worked for everyone…we all deserve to feel better about ourselves, and sometimes it takes a bit of a kick-start to get us motivated. I’m motivated now, and ready to make better choices for myself :)

  5. solara says:

    Pretty sure fruit is a simple carb and not a complex one as the review states.

  6. Johnson says:

    Quote, “Eating carbs is essential for health” There is not a ESSENTIAL Carb!!! Gluconeogenesis!!

  7. Faye says:

    BIO TRUST IC-5 and Leptiburn. My husband was taking this for 4 weeks. He went by the directions to a “T” plus followed his doctor and nutritionists advice to eat healthy foods and no process foods, drink 13 cups of water (since he is 210lb), exercise for 30 to and hour by using a combo weights/walking/speed walk/jogging/jump rope/chin ups/push ups 5 days a week. He stopped taking the pills after a month to see if that was the culprit, it turns out that both the IC-5 and Leptiburn pills caused the dizziness, feelings of weakness, off balance and tired even though he drank plenty of water and ate healthy (more raw fruits and veggies less carbs, less sugar and low salt) . He reported this to his doctor and threw both pills out.
    He got weighed every 2 weeks and there wasn’t much change in weight loss. To be honest it is an expensive waste of money. Please do not fall for this hocus-pocus crap. If it is too good to be true, then it is.

    I don’t take anything diet wise. I walk 2 to 3 miles a day 5 days a week mixing it up between standard walk, semi jog, and fast walk ( takes an hour and a half). I lose weight that way and keep it off along with healthy eating and lots of water and Daily complete 240 vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

  8. Rita says:

    I decided to do a month long review on YouTube because I could find NO review by anyone that didn’t look like an advertisement for BioTrust. I lost no weight, Tobit eventually did get my money back. I was really hoping it would work. You can search on YouTube.

  9. Ram says:

    It’s not about diabetes…

  10. Marty says:

    I have been using for about 3 months an dthe results have been great. I did not buy for weight loss but because I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and was starting to feel lethergic all the time and having probelms with gout and other ailments. Since I have been taking the product I have more energy, I am no longer lethargic and do have the aches and pains I have before. I have difficulty controlling my carb intake so this product has been a big help. In some cases I forget to take 15 minutes before but I still notice a benefit when taking duing the meal. I have forgotten to take the pills on occasion. One time is not a big change, but have noticed a change when missing across several days. I work out, have not lost weight, but feel msucle mass is better along with stamina when exercising. I have tried various medications to control cholesterol and triglcerides so I am awaiting to see what effect IC -5 will have in these areas.

  11. Carol says:

    I’m going on my third week with IC-5 and no change in weight or energy or blood sugar levels. I juice twice a day and exercise every day, but feel discouraged with this product. I’m undecided whether I should finish the bottle or stop.

  12. terri smith says:

    I was about to order ic-5 and glad I didnt after reading all these messages. Think I will just eat right and exercise

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