Accelis Fat Burner Review — Does Accelis Work?
Accelis claims to be “a revolutionary stimulant-free weight-loss supplement that can help you lose an average of 10.65 pounds fast.”
The retailers even claim to have a clinical study backing up their claims. However, although they are quick to trumpet the positive outcome of this study, they don’t actually tell us which journal this study was published in… unless it wasn’t in any, of course. While I did find some interesting (and promising) research on the main ingredient, I didn’t find anything as revolutionary as they are claiming.
Anyhow, let’s take a look at the main ingredients in the Accelis fat burner…
Sidebar: All ingredients are part of a proprietary blend providing a mere 30 mg of active ingredients. With the low dosages present in such a blend, I’m doubtful there’s enough of anything in this formula to exhibit any effect.
1. Lagerstroemia speciosa l. extract (also known as Banaba): Traditionally, Banaba was used as a natural cure for diabetes in the Philippines. To date, several credible studies validate Banaba’s ability to lower blood glucose levels, therefore providing some benefit to those with non-insulin dependent diabetes, as well as overweight or obese individuals. (Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2006 Aug;73(2):174-7. Epub 2006 Mar 23 , J Ethnopharmacol. 2003 Jul;87(1):115-7 , J Nutr. 2001 Sep;131(9):2242-7)
There’s also some early preliminary evidence to suggest another chemical component of Banaba (called valoneaic acid dilactone) may be a potent alpha-amylase inhibitor (Yakugaku Zasshi. 2003 Jul;123(7):599-605.) Amylase is the enzyme required for the proper break-down of carbohydrates into glucose. If Banaba were indeed an effective amylase inhibitor, it would also give it “carb blocking” properties as well.
Another study (J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) 1999;45;791-5) shows that banaba suppresses weight gain in genetically diabetic obese mice. However, there is no data validating this effect in non-diabetic animals or humans.
2. Caffeine-free teas: green tea and other teas rich in EGCG are generally good ingredients in any fat burner (I discuss green tea in detail here).
However, while it’s nice to see a fat burner that is not jam-packed with caffeine, caffeine is a thermogenic, and does play a role in the effectiveness of green tea as a fat burner. In other words, decaffeinated teas won’t offer the full fat burning benefits of those that remain caffeinated.
3. Chamomile extract: a mild sedative, a full review of chamomile is available here!
4. Passionflower extract: useful as a sedative, a full review of passionflower is available here!
5. Soy phospholipids: A familiar name for “soy phospholipids” is “lecithin.” This common food additive has been touted for years as weight loss aid, despite zero scientific support.
I’m a fan of green tea, and I do think corosolic acid is a promising supplement. However, any data indicating effectiveness is very preliminary — new, peer-reviewed clinical research needs to be performed to validate most supplement company’s claims in regard to this ingredient.
Certainly the US Federal Trade Commission thinks so. In 2010, the manufacturer of Accelis, Iovate Health Sciences was fined 5.5 million for deceptive claims concerning its product (as well as 4 other products).
I also feel that with a mere 30 mg of active ingredients per serving, there’s unlikely to be much of an effect with the Accelis fat burner. However, maybe some of you who have used Accelis can set me straight — if you have used this product, please let me know what you think…