Cylaris Fat Burner Review and Information
Cylaris, according to the Web site I visited, “is being heralded as the world’s strongest weight-loss formula.”
Yeah, yeah. If I had a dime for every time I heard that one.
Sure, Cylaris is being heralded as a weight loss miracle… by the folks trying to sell you the stuff. The Food and Drug Administration or the Federal Trade Commission might have other ideas.
OK… regardless of the usual “over-the-top advertising spiel”, I have to be fair and say that Cylaris does bode a closer look.
According to the product advertising, the crux of the product’s effectiveness lies with something called “Cissus quadrangularis”, also known as “veld grape.” It’s a plant indigenous to India, and used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Research has shown it may have some benefit for bone healing and fracture repair.
Until a recently performed study, there was no data showing veld grape had any positive effects on weight loss.
And what about the study, referenced heavily in the Cylaris advertising literature?
The good news is that a couple of studies performed at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon do validate this ingredient’s effectiveness for weight loss. It also appears to be helpful for lowering blood sugar levels, decreasing serum lipids and “improving cardiovascular risk factors.” (See Lipids Health Dis. 2007 Feb 4;6:4, Lipids Health Dis. 2006 Sep 2;5:24.).
There are a couple of “downsides” to these positive studies though.
First, Cylaris is a proprietary blend of ingredients. So we can’t be sure if a daily dose contains the 300 mg of the Cissus quadrangularis extract found to be helpful in the studies. It’s certainly possible, since this is a 522 mg blend. However, only a trip to the lab can confirm this for sure.
Additionally, the lead author of these studies, Julius E Oben, has a patent on Cissus quadrangularis as a fat loss agent. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the results of these studies are not legitimate, it certainly calls their “objectivity” into question. There certainly appears to be a conflict of interest here.
I also have some additional concerns…
First of all, Cylaris advertising makes much ado over the Cissus quadrangularis contained in its compilation. The truth is that the study was performed on the Cylaris formulation (which also contains green tea, chromium, soy extract, selenium, caffeine, B vitamins and folic acid). Therefore it’s impossible to tell whether it was the…
- Cissus quadrangularis itself
- Combination of Cissus quadrangularis with the other ingredients in the formulation
- Any of the other ingredients — either in isolation or in combination with any other single or combination of ingredients
… that caused the weight loss (you can read the complete details of the study here!)
This issue is even further compounded by the fact that several of the ingredients in the Cylaris compilation — green tea and caffeine, for instance, have already been demonstrated to encourage weight loss (Obes Res. 2005 Jul; 13(7): 1195-204).
So does Cissus quadrangularis have beneficial effects for weight loss? Only a study on it alone can verify its effectiveness.
Bottom line on Cylaris?
Conflict of interest aside, this formulation does show some promise. But it will take more research, and several follow-up studies to really confirm Cissus quadrangularis’ effect on weight loss (1 small, solitary positive study is never enough to state anything with authority about this compilation).
Of course, even if Cylaris is helpful , don’t expect it to be a magic pill — it’s unlikely to do much for you unless you make the appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle.