CUUR gets a few points for having at least one good ingredient in a decent dose, but loses points for their price and ‘free trial offer’. The official CUUR site shows lots of celebrities holding boxes of CUUR, but it’s important to note that these celebrities, for the most part, are simply holding free-giveaways they were handed at events. Stars are constantly receiving free stuff from all kinds of sources, but it doesn’t mean they endorse the product or have ever used it.
CUUR is marketed as “an all-natural, clinically tested weight-loss supplement consisting of four botanical extracts, designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals”. The site mentions an unpublished double-blind placebo controlled trial conducted in Poland on CUUR, but doesn’t even say what they results were. That seems a little odd. If the results were any good, they’d surely be announcing them, but it seems that they’re hoping you’ll just be wowed by the fact that any kind of test was done at all.
The most entertaining aspect of the website however are the outrageous testimonials with comments like “CUUR helped me get a husbandâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¶” (WOW, who knew a simple green tea supplement was the trick behind finding your soul mate.) But seriously, Cuur should be able to market its diet pill based solely upon the ingredients and the clinical study. It is interesting why they dance around that issue.
A 3-capsule daily serving contains 570 mg of EGCG (one of the green tea catechins thought to be most beneficial for weight loss) and 150 mg of caffeine (50 mg per capsule). That’s about an average sized “decent dose.” However, the other ingredients, yerba mate, coleus forskohlii and betula alba are likely little more than label dressing since they are in undisclosed amounts, and with the amount of green tea in the pill there isn’t much room left for the other ingredients.
Green tea is an effective weight loss ingredient. It has been clinically proven to promote weight loss when used in conjunction with Caffeine. There is no caffein in Cuur, though Yerba Mate has similar effects as caffeine.
Yerba mate contains alkaloids in the same family as caffeine, but there is no research showing that it is effective as a weight loss agent. Some studies suggest it may be effective in combination with certain other ingredients, which do not happen to be present in CUUR.
Coleus forskohlii is a member of the mint and lavender family, which grows in the mountains of Asia. Limited recent research has shown that the active ingredient in coleus is forskolin may increase fat-burning activity, but more study is needed to know for sure how effective it is. It could well turn out to be a good weight loss promoting ingredient, but as mentioned there probably isn’t much of it in CUUR anyway.
Betula alba is suggested to have a soothing affect on skin, and is commonly used in skin creams. There is no research to suggest it has any effect on weight loss.
“The Swedish Secret” suggests that Swedes are thinner than Americans because of CUUR- never mind the fact that most people in Sweden have never heard of CUUR! (I know this because I lived in Sweden for over two years, and I can say with 100% confidence that Swedes are thinner than Americans because they eat healthier and tend to be more physically active than your average American not because they’re all taking this particular diet pill!)
Their “Try it before you buy it” offer is something you’ll want to avoid unless you’re sure you want the product since you’ll end up paying for it either way. The FREE 21 day trial is not actually free. You pay s/h, and after 21 days you’ll be charged the regular price for it. If you go for the free trial, you are automatically enrolled in their autoshipment program (whether you want to be signed up or not) that “delivers CUUR to your doorstep every 30 days” unless you go through the hassle of cancelling the autoshipment that you never signed up for in the first place.
If you don’t opt for the auto-ship, you can definitely find Cuur at a huge discount just by searching the web. I was able to find it for just over $25 at VitaminTree.com.
At $40 a bottle you get 90 pills, which is a 30-day supply. While that may not sound like too bad of a price compared to some diet pills, it’s worth keeping in mind that the only thing you’re getting in a decent dose is green tea, and you can buy that for 1/4 the price in the supplement section of most grocery stores. Cuur is being sold online for around $25, a way better deal than their out-ship program.
CUUR comes with only a 30-day money back guarantee, less shipping and handling, if you call and get a return authorization number. 30-days is not nearly a long enough guarantee, in our opinion, but at least they let you return partially used bottles, which is a plus. (Many diet pill companies do not.)
CUUR comes with a diet plan called “The Cuur Plan” that tells you to eat 5 smaller meals per day, limit starchy carbs, drink lots of water, eat more fiber and exercise regularly. Almost anyone who is overweight who follows that plan is going to lose weight whether they take a supplement or not, and I just shared it with you for free.
Bottom line is that CUUR is a green-tea based fat burner. Green tea is decent weight loss ingredient. However, $40 seems like a bit much to pay for Green Tea. Will Cuur help you lose weight? Probably. How much should you pay for Cuur? The most I would be willing to pay for this diet pill would be $25, which is the price you pay at VitaminTree.com. I would never sign up for any free trial. Check out our “recommended” section to find a better alternative to CUUR (…unless you are looking to get married, and you’re a sucker for those cheesy testimonials).