CortiBloc™ is a one-of-a-kind natural cortisol inhibitor that can help with weight loss and regulate cortisol and blood glucose metabolism. The main ingredient in CortiBloc™ is emodin, an anthraquinone compound isolated mainly from the root and rhizome of polygonum cuspitatum, which acts as an 11βhydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1(11β-HSD1) inhibitor. This enzyme, located in your liver and fat cells is responsible for the conversion of cortisone(the inactive glucocorticoid) into cortisol(the active form).
Glucocorticoids like cortisol can have deleterious effects on your body if levels get too high. Research has shown that elevated levels of glucocorticoids like cortisol can inhibit glucose uptake in skeletal muscle and can lead to fat gain, obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, dyslipidemia and type-2 diabetes. Cortisol, which is produced in your adrenal glands in response to stress is good in small quantities and at the right time. However, long term elevated levels can have serious health implications, as mentioned earlier. Emodin can stop elevated cortisol levels right at the source. Emodin is a selective inhibitor of 11β-HSD1 only, not 11β-HSD2 which is found in your kidneys. Inhibiting this enzyme can cause major health effects such as sodium/potassium absorption/elimination, buildup of excess mineralocorticoids, interfere with aldosterone and affect kidney function.
Emodin inhibits 11β-HSD1 by blocking the enzyme site from sending a hydride from NADP to cortisone to produce cortisol. Studies show emodin inhibits the enzyme by up to 46% in adipose tissue(fat cells) which means your body is producing almost half of the cortisol it normally would. This can lead to fat loss, reduction in stress, decreased insulin resistance and increased insulin sensitivity. Emodin also reduced fasting blood glucose levels by 77% after taken orally for 7 days, as well as overall plasma insulin levels by 66% relative to the control. In another study, emodin was shown to reduce appetite and bodyweight in mice(13.9% reduction in bodyweight).
As you can see, emodin is a very powerful ingredient for inhibiting cortisol and insulin-induced weight gain. Unfortunately, the oral bioavailability is very low. In order to fix this issue, we added a large dose of piperine, commonly known as black pepper extract. In a study combining emodin with piperine showed a marked increase in bioavailability via inhibiting glucuronidation. This is the process where a glucose molecule is attached to emodin to make it more water soluble and easy to expel from the body. By stopping this process, the piperine allows emodin to maximally be absorbed and inhibit the formation of cortisol and help you meet and exceed your weight loss goals. This product can be taken by both men and women and works especially well for high-intensity athletes and fitness competitors.