Did not find any mention of the Calorad product by Essentially Yours Industries.

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I looked through your Q&As and did not find any mention of the Calorad product by Essentially Yours Industries. I have a brochure which states that it has “purified water, collagen hydrolysate, aloe vera, glycerin, potassium sorbate, methylparaben as a preservative, natural flavor.” It states “1 tablespoonful of Calorad at bedtime following a 3-hour interval since last snack/meal/drink (other than water) will help build lean muscle tissue and assist the body in burning fats and sugars more efficiently.”

I would like your opinion on this product and if it has any value. Thank you and keep up the good work.

There is no published medical research to support any claims for weight loss with the use of Calorad which is manufactured in Canada. I could not find a list of ingredients on the Colorad manufacturer’s website. Your ingredient list includes collagen (source not identified) which is found in connective tissue (often from beef). You can eat collagen, but since it is a protein, your body will break it down into amino acids in order to absorb protein. The collagen in this product will not increase the collagen in skin either. Collagen amino acids will be used like any other protein you eat to build lean tissue, but not necessarily collagen in your body. It would have a similar effect to eating gelatin (Jello is one example of a gelatin dessert) since gelatin is hydrolyzed collagen.

There is no ingredient in the list you provided that will cause weight loss. You would be better off spending your money on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats and healthy oils. Weight loss is achieved by eating fewer calories than your body needs to maintain your weight and exercise to build muscles.

Aloe vera contains a strong laxative and because of that laxative effect, you may not get all the label benefit claims from this mix. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), it was removed from the US market as an ingredient in dietary supplements. Diarrhea caused by using aloe vera internally may decrease the absorption of drugs, nutrients, and lower blood glucose in persons with diabetes who already use glucose-lowering medication.