CortiSlim® is a dietary supplement that allegedly controls the body's cortisol levels and reduces weight. CortiSlim's® manufacturer, Window Rock Enterprises, Inc., claims that CortiSlim eliminates cravings, controls appetite, and supports healthy cortisol levels and weight maintenance efforts. However, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued Window Rock Enterprises for deceptive advertising and unsubstantiated claims. Furthermore, the FTC demands that Window Rock Enterprises reimburse its customers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also taken regulatory action against Window Rock Enterprises. "We will take appropriate enforcement action against firms that promote dietary supplement products with unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of the products," states Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting FDA Commissioner, in a news release. "Consumers rely on the claimed benefits of the product, and we owe it to them that such claims be supported by competent and reliable evidence."
CortiSlim® contains nutrients such as chromium, vanadium, green tea extract, bitter orange peel and beta sitosterol. The manufacturer claims that these nutrients will reduce the stress hormone cortisol, lower fat storage and promote weight loss. However, the manufacturer has not published studies or conducted research on how CortiSlim reduces cortisol or causes weight loss.
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