Editors’ Rating: 2.2/5 Average User Rating: 2.3/5 The good: Green tea, the main active ingredient, is proven to increase metabolism and burn fat. The bad: No studies have shown that Cuur is effective as a weight loss supplement. The bottom line: The ingredient list sure sounds great, but without clinical data to back up those [...]
Average User Rating: 2.3/5
The good: Green tea, the main active ingredient, is
The bad: No studies have shown that Cuur is effective
The bottom line: The ingredient list sure sounds great,
Price: $39.95 per month
Sweden, Cuur is extremely popular as a weight loss supplement. That popularity
is quickly moving to the United States. But, popularity does not always mean
the product will work as stated on the bottle or the website. The Cuur website
claims the product is, “different from other weight loss supplements because
it’s all natural and clinically tested.” Unfortunately, this
is only the first of several false claims on the website.
Cuur is manufactured by a Scandinavian company called Scandinavian Clinical
Nutrition. The company “is a newly established Swedish company,
focused on marketing, sales, research and development of nutraceuticals that
are clinically proven safe and effective, “ according to the Cuur website.
But we have yet to find evidence of any clinical trial or studies on Cuur.
The Cuur Makeup
A weight loss supplement will only be as effective as the ingredients placed
in the product. Cuur includes on the labeling:
- CUUR Thurmogenic Proprietary Formula 659 mg*
- Green Tea Extract (Standardized to contain active compound EGCG)
- Birch Extract Betula alba
- Yerba Mate Extract IIlex Paraguariensis
- Coleus Forskohli Extract Plectranthus barbatus
The term “proprietary” is a simpler way of stating that the total
amounts of the listed ingredients will not be expressed on the label. Upon closer
examination, the Q&A section of the site offers specifics on the amount
of ECGC in the formula, 570 mg (green tea) per 3 capsule serving.
What Does Cuur Research Offer?
According to the Cuur website, a Polish study was done on the formula but
the results have been left unpublished. If Cuur is such a great product, why
leave the results a secret?
When looking into the ingredients found in Cuur, green tea is one of the most
tested ingredients in any weight loss supplement. Green tea and extracts of
green tea have been found to help in the reduction of overall body weight and
A Study on Green Tea and Weight Loss
According to one such study, “The development of obesity is characterized
by an increase in adipose tissue mass and by concomitant and profound changes
in almost all organ functions leading to diseases such as hypertension, diabetes
mellitus and coronary heart disease. Recent data from human studies indicate
that the consumption of green tea and green tea extracts may help reduce body
weight, mainly body fat, by increasing postprandial thermogenesis and fat oxidation.
However, human studies investigating the metabolic effects of the most predominant
tea catechin, EGCG, alone are absent.”
Another ingredient, betula alba, has been tested, but not for its benefits
in a weight loss setting. Betula alba is widely known as an ingredient aimed
at soothing the skin and purifying.
Yerba mate, on the other hand, has been tested and proven effective in aiding
weight loss. The effectiveness of this supplement, however, is highly dependent
upon the presence of guarana and damiana and has never been tested as a stand
Forskolin, an up and coming supplement, has also been tested through research.
One study has lead researchers to believe the use of forshkohli in obese men
may help to manage and treat obesity. “Oral ingestion of forskolin (250
mg of 10% forskolin extract twice a day) for a 12-week period was shown to favorably
alter body composition while concurrently increasing bone mass and serum free
testosterone levels in overweight and obese men.” ((http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v13/n8/abs/oby2005162a.html))
It seems that Cuur is packing some heavy punchers in the weight loss aid supplement
category, but not unlike many weight loss aids, the product does not offer the
amounts of each supplement in their exclusive formula. These supplements are
most effective when consumed at certain levels and without that knowledge, Cuur
is just another bottle claiming to do something it can not prove.
Other important factors of Cuur include:
Marketing – Celebrity advertising including Tom Arnold who supposedly
lost 30 pounds while on Cuur.
“Secrets” – The three main pieces to the weight loss puzzle, according
to Cuur, are the Cuur supplement, a healthy diet and exercise.
Cuur Conclusive Results
While the ingredient list sure sounds great, without clinical data to back
up those claims, you should stick with a tried and true product that is willing
to lay the results out in front of your before you buy their product.