The bottom line with a diet pill is whether it will help you lose weight so we look into IC5 to find if it works!
BioTrust IC-5 Pros
- Good looking website
- Long guarantee
- Appears to be an ethical company gives money to many childrens’ charities
BioTrust IC-5 Cons
- Fairly expensive
- Misleading information about carbohydrates
- Creates an impression that this supplement may prevent diabetes
BioTrust IC-5 Review
BioTrust IC-5 Facts
- Company founded by Josh Benzoni and Joel Marion
- Company make a number of charitable donations
- Each bottle of BioTrust IC-5 contains 120 capsules
BioTrust IC5 is a diet pill produced by American company Biotrust. The company produce a range of products that are aimed at providing “honest nutrition for your ultimate body” and is run by two nutritionists Josh Benzoni and Joel Marion. IC5 is a supplement which contains five ingredients supposed to manage your insulin levels.
You would have to be made of stone not to be impressed by the Biotrust Company. It is run by two charismatic looking guys who contribute to a range of charitable concerns that help children both in the USA and overseas. In addition both the founders are nutritionists, have been on TV and their company and products features in the media including Oxygen and Men’s Fitness magazine.
This company certainly has the right look and the right credentials. In addition, Biotrust offer a year’s guarantee on each product and a charitable contribution with each purchase so it seems almost churlish to pick through the details of the Biotrust IC-5 supplement in case it is not as good as the image suggests!
As well as IC5, Biotrust market other supplements around health and weight loss. These include Absorb Max aimed at reducing food intolerances, Lepti Burn a supplement which promotes fat burning and contains Irvingia Gabonensis (mango seeds) and Pro X10 a probiotic supplement which is supposed to promote healthy bowel function. (See our investigation on probiotics).
IC5 is advertised as providing advanced insulin support and carbohydrate management in order to promote health and weight loss.
The aim of this supplement is to promote healthy insulin function and the website goes to great lengths to explain why this is important. The only thing that it doesn’t explain is that how this will really help you lose weight!
To use BioTrust IC5 take two capsules before meals containing carbohydrates. According to the website, the science will do the rest… There is a lot of information about insulin on the website. This is all a bit confusing and not helped by the 6 minutes film which uses a cartoon drawing style to explain the process.
The advertising points out that a diet of processed food and carbs, causes insulin resistance. This happens when insulin which is made in the pancreas becomes overloaded and unable to remove glucose (blood sugar) from the blood stream. Insulin resistance is a precursor for type 2 diabetes and a range of medical problems including obesity.
The IC5 advertising claims that the supplement will transform carbohydrates into being good for weight loss by improving your insulin sensitivity. Essentially this means that the body will use insulin more effectively and clear blood sugars more quickly.
When muscle tissue is sensitive to insulin, glycogen (the carbohydrates stored by the muscles) will not convert to fat but is stored by the body as muscle. When insulin is out of control, carbs will store as fat.
This supplement is supposed to help you to continue to eat carbs as part of your daily diet. It contains five ingredients that will “supercharge” your insulin levels before you eat carbohydrates.
Surprisingly the advertising does not recommend you make changes to your diet and the major problem with this (and the product) is that the difference between eating complex carbs or simple carbs is never identified. Eating carbs is essential for health because they provide the body with energy. However, carbs cannot be lumped together into one group.
Complex carbs – those that take long to break down into glucose include natural fruit, whole grains, pulses and beans. They contain fibre and starch and most Americans do not eat enough of this necessary food group.
Most food on the supermarket shelves contains refined, simple carbs with high levels of sugars and fructose. Simple carbs –provided by white flour and high levels of sugar such as cookies and sodas do not provide much nutritional benefit but add to weight gain
We cannot see that taking a supplement and continuing to eat a diet which contains a lot of refined carbohydrates is good for health. It seems like taking a headache pill before you actually have a headache.
BioTrust IC-5 Concerns:
- No independent customer feedback
- Misleading information about carbohydrates
- You are advised you can eat MORE carbs than before and still lose weight
What Does BioTrust IC-5 Claim To Do?
The product advertising claims that taking two capsules before each meal will,
supercharge your insulin sensitivity before each carbohydrate containing meal in just a few seconds
The five ingredients are described as being;
clinically proven to increase insulin sensitivity and blood sugar management
The advertising maintains that;
going low carb for an extended period of time is a painful option
and that with the aid of this supplement;
you can enjoy even MORE carbohydrates than you currently are, while losing even more fat when you utilize this one simple solution:
At no point do the advertisers differentiate between the type of carbohydrates you eat or recommend any dietary changes. The message seems to be that you can eat what you like as long as you take the supplement beforehand. We found this very disappointing.
So What Is BioTrust IC-5 and What Are The Ingredients For BioTrust IC-5?
IC5 is a diet pill that comes with some medical looking advice around the role of insulin in the body. It contains five ingredients.
Dosage refers to serving size of two capsules.
- Cinnamon Bark (250mg): There has been a lot of clinical testing carried out on this commonplace household ingredient the only conclusion has to be that results are inconclusive. Some tests have indicated, “Cinnamon reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes” This looks very promising but not all tests have yielded the same results.
One clinical test carried out by the University of Maastricht indicated that cinnamon;
does not improve whole-body insulin sensitivity or oral glucose tolerance
This test was carried out on postmenopausal women.
The scientists carrying out the trial recommend that;
more research on the proposed health benefits of cinnamon supplementation is warranted before health claims should be made
- Berberis Aristata root bark extract, containing 97% Berberine (250mg): Berberine is a chemical found in natural plants and Berberis Aristata also known as tree turmeric, is a South Asian plant from Sri Lanka.
Although much of the clinical testing so far has been carried out using animals, including diabetic rats, one pilot test carried out on humans indicates that Berberine;
is a potent oral hypoglycaemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism
It looks potentially good for the management of diabetes but it may cause some side effects. According to testing carried out by the Department of Endocrinology, Xinhua Hospital, 34% of subjects suffered temporary gastrointestinal side effects. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18442638
- Pterocarpus Marsupium, Patented Silbinol extract (100mg): Trademarked extract derived from the Indian Kino a deciduous tree native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. This extract may be effective for the management of diabetes because of its high antioxidant capabilities. According to the Silbinol product information, testing has been carried out using rats and has been effective in reducing diet-induced hyperlipidemia.
- Fenugreek extract (100mg): Fenugreek is a popular Indian spice, which is responsible for the distinctive pungent aroma of some types of curry. Fenugreek seeds have been tested for their use in the management of diabetes type 1 and proven to be effective. In one clinical trial, using 100mg of fenugreek seeds daily was found to;
significantly reduce fasting blood sugar and improve the glucose tolerance test
- R alpha lipoic acid (65mg): Chemical vitamin with high antioxidant levels and present in some foodstuffs including yeast, offal, green veg and potatoes. This acid is used to reduce some of the nerve related symptoms of diabetes such as the pain and numbness of limbs. In Germany, this is mainstream treatment for the management of diabetes.
So What Does All This Mean?
Some of the ingredients contained in IC-5 are used in the management of diabetes and have some proven benefits for this condition.
However, it does not necessarily follow that taking a supplement will prevent against type 2 diabetes or help you lose weight. Diet can play a contributory role in contracting diabetes but it is not the only reason.
Diabetes type 2 can be caused by a range of risk factors including:
- Carrying too much excess fat
- High blood pressure or cholesterol
- Genetic reasons – if a close family member has it you may be more at risk
- Previously suffering from gestational diabetes
Taking this supplement is not as good as making changes to your diet and we feel that taking IC5 may fool people into maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you fear you are at risk from diabetes, you should contact your doctor for advice.
Does BioTrust IC-5 Have Any Side Effects?
IC5 appears to be safe although it may cause temporary gastro intestinal side effects due to the Berberine content.
Biotrust do not warn against any side effects.
Caution: Avoid if pregnant or breast feeding. If you feel you at risk from diabetes take medical advice.
Any BioTrust IC-5 Reviews From Customers?
Biotrust IC5 is fairly new on the market and as yet, we cannot find one independent customer review.
So Does BioTrust IC-5 Work?
How will you be able to tell if it works or if it doesn’t? We cannot say that if you use this supplement, your chances of contracting type 2 diabetes might be reduced because this type of advice should be left to the professionals. We can only recommend that you take medical advice and make changes to your lifestyle if you are at risk.
We cannot see why IC-5 should make you lose much weight, especially if you trust it to counteract your carbohydrate intake.
Where Can I Buy BioTrust IC-5?
IC-5 is fairly costly and available direct from the Biotrust website.
One bottle of 90 capsules costs $69.00. It should last you one month if you take the recommended 2 capsule serving twice a day.
You can make savings by buying in bulk and 6 bottles costs a fairly expensive $294.
US shipping costs an added $9.95 on each order and international customers will have to contact the company to find out the overseas shipping costs.
All orders come with a free download eBook Fat Burning Smoothies and milk shakes.
What About A Guarantee
There is a money back guarantee and it is valid for one year after purchase, making this look like one of the best guarantees we are ever likely to see.
It appears that the company will refund or exchange with another Biotrust product within one year. You need to contact the company in advance for a Return Merchandise Authorization Number (RMA#) or an Exchange Merchandise Number (EMA#) and the Return Address.
We loved the look of the Biotrust website, the co founders Josh and Joel, their charitable concerns and the guarantee. However, we cannot say the same for this supplement.
IC5 is a confusing product and we cannot see how it will really help you lose weight.
Maybe we have missed the point but surely the way to lose weight while eating carbohydrates is to change the type of carbohydrates you eat? Josh and Joel are nutritionists so they should have pointed out the differences between the types of carbs and how these can affect your health and weight loss.
We feel that this supplement may lull people into thinking they can continue to eat unhealthily and that taking these pills will put it right. We’re not convinced by the marketing and cannot see how it can work, so for all these reasons, we have no other choice but to reject this supplement.