Katalyst is a supplements brand aimed at bodybuilders and people who work out. There is little background information to the manufacturer of Katalyst but the supplements are on sale from Nutrishop, a franchise supplements company operating predominantly in the USA.
Katalyst Diucor is a specialist supplement aimed at bodybuilders looking to dry out and lose body water and if you take part in competitions, you will know how important this process can be to results. That said dehydrating your body is not good for you. It comes with some serious health concerns and this combined with a supplement containing unknown quantities of diuretic ingredients, makes Katalyst Diucor look potentially dangerous. That said, it will probably be effective but if you use this supplement, you need to be very careful not to use for too long and to discontinue use immediately should side effects occur.
Dehydrating your body is not safe and can lead to seizures, liver damage and even death. Common side effects include thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, tachycardia, confusion, fainting, inability to sweat or urinate, weight loss or fever. Other effects may be stimulant related and include anxiety, jitteriness, tachycardia or insomnia. You should not use if pregnant because buchu and juniper can increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Cascara Sagrada is a powerful stimulant laxative that can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pains and cramps and again increase the risk of dehydration.
Amazingly for a supplement advertised online, the price of Katalyst Diucor is just not available. This supplement is only sold via the Nutrishop websites or stores and unless you join up to a Nutrishop store online, or visit a store, prices are not available to see.
We delved through many Nutrishop websites, each franchise branch has its own website, and frustratingly this information is just not available to the customer.
We do not rate Katalyst Diucor at all. This supplement comes with very little information and unless you make the commitment to join a Nutrishop shop or website, you cannot even see the price of this supplement. Perhaps this is one simple reason why Katalyst Diucor lacks much feedback.
That said Katalyst will probably work as a diuretic. It contains unknown ingredients of diuretic ingredients which will probably be effective at making you lose water. This practice of drying is not safe but it is part of the bodybuilder’s training process and some people feel that the benefits outweigh the risks. It is important to note that the only reference to Katalyst Diucor from a user saw this young woman falling sick while she was taking this supplement.
In our opinion, Katalyst Diucor will probably help you lose water weight but in an already dangerous business, a safer option would be to choose a herbal supplement with more information about ingredients.
Katalyst Diucor is a diuretic supplement based on herbal ingredients. These include some well-known diuretic plants such as Uva Ursi, nettle root extract and dandelion root. Dandelion is such a well-known diuretic that the folk name for this common garden weed is ‘wet the bed’ in the UK and the less polite ‘pissenlit’ in France so the effects of dandelion have obviously been known about for a very long time.
Other ingredients in Diucor include caffeine, yerba mate and green tea extract so as well as some enhanced energy from these particular components, they will probably reinforce the need to urinate as well.
Katalyst Diucor contains a wide variety of herbal ingredients that are all combined in a proprietary blend. The serving size of the three capsules adds up to 1.824g which seems extremely high for any supplement and the fact that the individual ingredient quantities are unknown is a concern. There are 16 different herbal extracts in the proprietary blend in unknown amounts and it seems likely that side effects may be a concern for some users.
However, Katalyst Diucor will probably have the desired effect and make you urinate more and so lose some of this water weight. You should find that it removes subcutaneous body water and helps flatten your stomach if you use it correctly.
How to Take Katalyst
Take 3 capsules 1-2 times daily with 16 oz. of water per serving.
Katalyst Diucor is a specialist supplement. It is not designed for people looking to lose weight. It is not supposed to be taken long term.
In general bodybuilders take diuretics and adjust their training and diet before a competition or photo shoot when they want to show off their hard work on their body to the best advantage. This hard-edged muscle defined look is the goal but trying to maintain this appearance permanently is not good for health or even possible.
Katalyst Diucor will certainly lead to adverse effects if used long term and even short-term use may be problematic for some users.
- The only reference we could find to this supplement was used by a woman who then fell ill during training. Was this supplement to blame?
- Contains unknown quantities of strong herbal ingredients so likely to cause side effects.
- Why can we not see the prices of Nutrishop supplements? What is this franchise company trying to hide?
Katalyst Nutraceuticals is a company that does not reveal much about its background. The smart-looking website that proclaims it has ‘its finger on the pulse of the sports nutrition industry for the past 9 years’ does not provide any real information.
The brand is sold exclusively by Nutrishop a US health store and online company with physical shops in many locations across the USA. It is focused on the body-building niche, rather than on health and weight loss.
It seems likely that this is an own brand from Nutrishop but we would have liked to have seen some background information about this. However according to the product information, Katalyst supplements are manufactured in the USA.
We have covered Katalyst supplements in previous reviews including Adicor:
We also covered Glucator and Vascalor in previous reviews.
What Does Katalyst Claim To Do?
There are no claims made in the advertising on the Katalyst website about Katalyst Diucor. Most of the limited information is written on the product container.
It is described as an ‘Advanced Formula’ that contains a proprietary blend with Uva Ursi Extract, Dandelion Root Extract and Yerba Mate extract. There is no other information to help customers. The product advertising does not mention what this supplement is supposed to do.
However some of the Nutrishop websites provide more information. According to the North Idaho branch in Coeur d’Alene, there are four key claims about this supplement.
- Improve Muscle Definition
- Reduce Bloating & Water Retention
- Remove Subcutaneous Water
- Effective for Men & Women
Does Katalyst Work?
Yes, Katalyst will probably have the desired diuretic effect. With the high quantity of well-known herbal ingredients that cause this function, we cannot see how it will fail.
In bodybuilding competitions, a lean hard and dry look that shows off plenty of muscle definition is the one that gets the winning place so as a result, most competition athletes choose a variety of ways to reduce water.
Other ways include, cardio training in heavy clothing, drinking lots of water and then reducing intake, medicinal diuretics, cutting out sodium and taking herbal supplements like this one.
None of these practices are safe. Causing your body to become dehydrated can lead to side effects and can result in hospitalisation and even death.
Katalyst Diucor does not provide much information regarding their true ingredients so you will need to be careful when you use this supplement especially if you carry out any other dehydrating activities.
What Are The Ingredients of Katalyst?
Katalyst Diucor is a diuretic supplement taken to improve muscle definition by removing water.
Serving size is equal to three capsules.
Diucor Proprietary Blend (1.824g)
- Uva Ursi Leaf Extract Powder: Natural plant extract is believed to be effective for urinary tract disorders and kidney infections. Has a diuretic effect and lacks evidence regarding long-term safety. May interact with medication and can cause gastrointestinal side effects. It can also induce labour so should not be used if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
- Dandelion Root Extract: Taraxacum is a commonplace garden weed acts and diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more. In fact, its folk name in the UK is ‘wet the bed’.
- Nettle Root Extract: Plant extract with many potential effects. It is a diuretic but it may have other medicinal benefits including as a treatment for prostate issues.
- Parsley Extract: Well known culinary herb believed to have a detox effect.
- Green Tea Extract: High in antioxidants, according to some clinical investigation, Green tea combined with resistance training may lead to a decrease in body fat. Other clinical research suggests it combines well with caffeine.
- Yerba Mate Leaf Extract: Plant extract often used as a tea in its native South America. It contains caffeine so has a stimulant effect but it is also high in vitamins and other nutrients. Some evidence suggests it can improve leptin function – the hormone that signals hunger, so it may help reduce snacking.
- Anhydrous Caffeine: Same as the ordinary caffeine you ingest in coffee but here in crystallised form for supplement use.
- Buchu Leaf Extract: Herbal extract from South Africa that is used as a treatment for cystitis and urinary tract infections. Increases urine output.
- Horsetail Leaf Extract: Plant extract that has a diuretic effect. It is sometimes taken to treat urinary tract infections or water retention.
- Juniper Berry Powder: best known as the flavouring in gin, juniper berries have been used traditionally as a female birth control because they can bring on miscarriage.
- Cayenne Powder: Hot peppers may have general health benefits.
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): Chemical found in plants that may add sulphur to the body. It seems to help repair muscle damage following exercise.
- Cascara Sagrada: Natural extract that has a very strong laxative effect. It is classified as a stimulant laxative and can cause dehydration and your potassium levels to drop. All medical advice is to take for no longer than two weeks.
- Chlorella Powder: Extract derived from algae that grow in freshwater. It has a nutritionally varied composition but lacks any evidence that it will have any specific medical benefits. It can cause diarrhoea as a common side effect.
There are 72 trace minerals (1.95 mg) to help the maintenance of the body’s electrolytes (body salts) which are lost by dehydration.
Katalyst Diucor contains a range of vitamins and minerals :
- Vitamin C (30 mg)
- Niacin (15 mg)
- Vitamin B6 (18 mg)
- Magnesium (75 mg)
- Chloride (52 mg)
- Potassium (57 mg)
Does Katalyst Have Any Side Effects?
Katalyst Diucor may cause side effects and it is important to remember that ‘drying’ your body is not safe. Trying to remove water from your body can lead to dehydration and potentially liver damage and seizure.
There have been cases of bodybuilders dying or becoming hospitalised due to extreme dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Other common symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Inability to sweat or urinate
- Abdominal pain
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. Avoid if you are taking prescription medication or suffer from underlying health issues. Some of the ingredients may cause drug interactions or cause medication to become ineffective. Speak to your doctor before use.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Katalyst?
Katalyst Diucor is sold only via Nutrishop a US supplements franchise and there is no place for customers to leave reviews on individual supplements on any of the franchise websites.
However we have found Diucor mentioned on some bodybuilder forums. One woman used Diucor in preparation for a photo shoot.
She started training a week before the date of the shoot. She wrote:
Cutting out protein shakes and bars, sticking to only whole foods (chx, asparagus, banana…). Drinking a TON of water (1-2 gallons). And starting Herbal Diuretics (Katalyst’s Diucor). Still taking other supplements (BCAA, Glutacor, vitamins and fat burners) and working out normally. I’m sick and I am in my very important “contest prep phase”… What should I do? How much is this going to take a toll on my body and the way it looks for Saturday’s shoot? I really, really need to get rid of some water and slim down a bit more… Oh and my throat is itchy and has mucus. Like the glands on the side of my neck and swollen… Could this have happened because of all the crap I’m doing to my body?
We don’t know whether her training or the supplement caused the illness but it seems likely that her body’s resistance may have been struggling with this punishing regime.
Does Katalyst Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
There is no money-back guarantee on offer.
Where Can I Buy Katalyst?
Katalyst Diucor only seems to be available via Nutrishop, a health franchise across the USA as well as an online outlet. You have to sign up with an account before you can see supplement prices and buy. Katalyst Diucor is not on sale via other outlets and it does not seem to be available to customers outside the USA.