The statistics are grim. Over eighty percent of women over the age of eighteen have at least some degree of cellulite. Although there’s no shortage of “treatments” and “magical cures” for this common condition, few have proven to be effective. One product that’s received publicity is an herbal product for cellulite removal known as Cellasene. Should you buy Cellasene for treatment of cellulite or is it another example of a product that doesn’t live up to its claims?
Cellasene is a product composed of herbs and plant extracts marketed by a network marketing company called Rexall. They describe their product as an effective all-natural remedy for cellulite removal. In fact, they report their product has a ninety percent success rate, although they refused to allow the results of their in-house trials to be published in scientific journals for fear of revealing the quantities of each ingredient in their magic formula. Even after they later published the results of their studies, the study designs appeared to be flawed. An independent study conducted in 1999 showed that Cellasene was ineffective for cellulite removal.
The ingredients in Cellasene are numerous and include borage seed oil, fish oil, gingko, sweet clover, evening primrose oil, alpha lipoic acid, and grape seed extract among others. Although most of these ingredients are not known to be harmful, there’s no evidence that they do what the company reports which is to increase circulation and reduce fluid build-up to make cellulite appear less apparent. In fact, one ingredient in Cellasene cream for cellulite removal may be harmful. Cellasene contains bladderwrack, a seaweed which is high in iodine. If you suffer from thyroid disease or are sensitive to the effects of iodine, it could be risky using Cellasene.
The reality is that there’s no evidence that Cellasene works for cellulite removal and may be harmful to those who are sensitive to the effects of iodine. This cream also contains ingredients that may interact with other medications, particularly blood thinners, potentially causing adverse reactions. There has been several awsuits filed against the company for false advertising and misrepresenting Cellasene as an effective product for cellulite removal.
The bottom line? So far, no magical cream has emerged for cellulite removal. Although not curative, an exercise program to increase circulation and a healthy, low calorie, low fat diet to promote weight loss in those who are overweight can modestly improve the appearance of cellulite although it may take several months to see results. When it comes to cellulite removal creams, save your money.