Katalyst is a supplements company that is mainly focused on products for bodybuilders. Katalyst Lipocor is a supplement looking to address weight issues, so will have a wider appeal to a mainstream audience. There is little background information to the Katalyst brand. It seems to be available only from Nutrishop, a USA supplements franchise operating predominantly in the USA. There is little information about this specific product either; the ingredient quantities, the actual function, and even the price are all mysteries.
It looks healthy at first glance, but will using this supplement really help you lose weight? We take an in depth look at Katalyst Lipocor.
Katalyst Lipocor is marketed as a weight loss supplement, but in truth it is hard to tell from the advertising. As is typical with all Katalyst supplements it suffers from a lack of information about the precise ingredients, what it is supposed to do and even the price. That said, it does look safe and the omega oil fatty acid profile may have some health general health benefits.
Katalyst Lipocor is not easy to buy unless you sign up to a Nutrishop store, so unless you have one in your area or are prepared to go to the bother of signing up to one of these franchise businesses, there seems to be very little reason to bother with this supplement.
Side effects may include lowering of blood pressure, increase in potassium levels, diarrhoea, nausea, stomach cramps fatigue, intestinal gas, allergic reaction, burping and heartburn, vomiting.
It seems incredible that a supplement which is advertised online does not provide any basic information such as how much it will cost, but that is the case here.
We trawled through numerous Nutrishop websites and delved extensively online looking for this information, but it is not available.
All we know is that each bottle of Katalyst Lipocor contains 100 capsules or 50 servings. You are advised to take with meals so presumably one bottle could last only around 16 days.
Katalyst Lipocor is a weight loss supplement that unlike many on the market contains no stimulants such as caffeine. Instead it is built around omega fatty acids derived from natural oils such as flax oil and fish oil.
One of the ingredients is a branded supplement called Tonalin, which is a well-known CLA supplement often used in many other weight loss/ fat burning supplements. Although Tonalin contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) a group of fatty acids often derived from dairy and beef products, the source of the CLA in Tonalin is safflower oil.
CLA is supposed to help you reduce calorie intake and stimulate the burning of fat. It is popular with bodybuilders because it seems to reduce fat deposits but not weight, and it may play a role in strengthening the immune system.
Katalyst Lipocor contains Flaxseed oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Borage oil. These natural oils contain a range of fatty acids. Evening Primrose oil and Borage oil (two natural plants) contain Gamma Linoic Acid; an omega 6 fatty acid present in some vegetable oils and there is evidence to to suggest this may reduce inflammation and cell damage. Flaxseed oil contains ALA (alpha Linoleic acid) an essential omega 3 fatty acid that may help heart health.
The remaining ingredients are fish oil – well known for being a source of omega 3 fatty acids. It also contains Caralluma Fimbriata extract, a type of cactus that may help restrict appetite. The final component is L carnitine an amino acid that may help the fatty acids in the body produce energy.
Take 2 softgel capsules with meals.
Katalyst Nutraceuticals is a company with very little information about the company’s background and very little to help the customer regarding product information. The Katalyst website claims the company has had “its finger on the pulse of the sports nutrition industry for the past 9 years”, but does not provide any real information to customers about their products. In general, Katalyst supplements come with limited ingredients information and no explanation about what the supplements will actually do and this is the case with Lipocor.
The Katalyst brand is sold exclusively by Nutrishop, a US health franchise with physical shops in many locations across the USA. Each Nutrishop franchise has its specific website and all of these are different. However, one characteristic they share is a complete lack of product information. We combed through many Nutrishop websites searching for product details and a price for Lipocor but were unable to find this most basic information.
There is a staggering lack of information about Lipocor. We looked at the Katalyst website but could only find the same claims as made on the product container. There is no information about what this supplement is supposed to do, or how it will help you.
We learned that Lipocor is a “stimulant free formula” including a “proprietary blend” which contains “Safflower oil, Flaxseed oil and Evening Primrose oil”.
It is an “a comprehensive blend of essential and non-essential omega 3, 6 and 9 phospholipids.”
Some of the Nutrishop websites, although not all, provide a bit more information.
This Nutrishop website states that,
LIPOCOR™ is a complete, all natural, stimulant-free, comprehensive blend of essential lipids including CLA, Omega-3, Omega-6, LA, EPA, DHA, and GLA. Reduce stubborn fat. Support lean muscle. Control cravings.
It seems unlikely that it will help you lose weight. The fat loss effects of CLA (Tonalin) are not impressive and although some evidence suggests it may help fat loss, results are not conclusive.
In a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials, carried out over 6 months, a meta analysis found serious flaws in many of the research methods.
In some tests, although CLA did appear to reveal a small significant difference in fat loss favouring CLA over placebo, the effects were so small that the clinical relevance seemed uncertain.
The conclusion was that the evidence from RCTs does not convincingly show that CLA intake generates any clinically relevant effects on body composition on the long term.
Caralluma Fimbriata is a cactus extract that has shown up to have some positive appetite suppressing effects but again clinical testing is limited and still in early days.
The omega oils will have some general benefits to health but overall we cannot see that Katalyst Lipocor will help you lose much weight.
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Serving size is equal to two soft gel capsules. However the ingredients list is not satisfactory because all the components of the formula are blended together in a proprietary blend. This means we cannot see the individual ingredient quantities.
The ingredients in Lipocor seem safe but there may be side effects that affect some people.
Potential side effects mainly come from the CLA content and may include:
Other side effects may include:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your doctor first if you have an underlying medical condition or are taking prescription medication.
There are no customer reviews for Katalyst Lipocor.
There is no money-back guarantee on offer.
Katalyst Lipocor is only available via Nutrishop, a health franchise across the USA. You have to visit a Nutrishop store or sign up to one of the Nutrishop websites before you can buy.
Katalyst Lipocor is not on sale via other outlets and it does not seem to be available to customers outside the USA.
Katalyst Lipocor is an inadequate looking supplement that lacks basic information. As well as the incomplete ingredients profile that does not tell us the individual quantities contained in this supplement, the lack of product information is staggering. We cannot even find out how much it costs and the lack of customer feedback is also a matter of concern.
Looking at the information we have, Katalyst Lipocor does not look too bad as a health supplement. Increasing omega 3 oils is generally good for health and although CLA maybe not as good as it is cracked up to be, you may find it has a very slight effect upon fat burning.
The big question is, why on earth would you bother with Lipocor? There are plenty of other supplements out there which look better and are easily available and in our opinion you would do better choosing one of these rather than bothering with this mysterious and indifferent looking supplement.
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