About Opti-Core by 1st Phorm
Opti-Core by 1st Phorm is a nutritional supplement that promises to help you fall asleep easier, reach a deeper sleep, and wake up feeling more refreshed. How’s it work?
According to 1st Phorm, Opti-Core is formulated to work on multiple levels. First, it can help you unwind, reduce stress, and get a relaxing night’s sleep, which will “dramatically” reduce your cortisol levels (more about this soon).
While you’re asleep, we’re told Opti-Core’s blend of enzymes will also aid in digestion and nutrient assimilation, putting “you in an optimal fat burning state immediately upon waking.” In other words, they claim you’ll be primed to burn more fat.
In order to accomplish this, 1st Phorm tells us you only need to take three capsules of Opti-Core with 16-20oz of water about 45-60 minutes before you want to fall asleep.
Is there any truth to this? In other words, will Opti-Core deliver on all the benefits promoted by 1st Phorm? Or, will you lie awake at night wondering why you ever placed your order in the first place?
In this review, we’ll outline everything we learned during our research, all aimed at helping you become a professional consumer.
What Is Cortisol? How Does It Affect Your Body?
Produced in the adrenal gland, cortisol is a hormone that has many different functions related to overall health.
For example, it helps control blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation, plays a meaningful role in memory, and regulates metabolism. It also helps control the balance of salt and water, regulate blood pressure, and supports fetus development.
Cortisol, along with adrenaline, is also released during the natural flight-or-fight instinct in response to a perceived threat.
However, our body can’t distinguish between a genuine threat (such as a ferocious animal charging you) and one based on an imagined scenario (such as your boss yelling at you because you missed a deadline).
So, whenever we get stressed, our body releases the same levels of adrenaline and cortisol as if our life was in danger.
And if we’re continuously exposed to elevated cortisol levels caused by chronic stress, it can lead to side effects like anxiety, depression, sleep problems, weight gain (much of which is stored in the midsection), and more.
Given this, is there anything contained in Opti-Core that will help you sleep better or otherwise balance out your cortisol levels?
Which Ingredients Will You Find In Opti-Core?
According to the label listed on 1st Phorm’s website, Opti-Core contains the following ingredients:
- Zinc Chelate 30mg
- Magnesium Aspartate 450mg
- Vitamin B6 10.5mg
- AdrenaCort Recovery™ 1,500mg: GABA, Valerian Root, Kava Kava, 5 HTP, Alpha GPC, Melatonin
- Lipozyme Optimizer™ 250mg: Digestive Enzyme complex (Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, and Lactase), Bromelain, and Black Cherry
WebMD lists 120mg to 900mg of valerian as possibly effective for insomnia, although they note that it doesn’t appear to be as effective as sleeping pills and that it may take several days to build up in the system.
Kava may help lower anxiety, which “might work as well as some prescription anti-anxiety medications.” However, WebMD notes that it may take as long as 5 weeks to notice any benefits, and it seems to be more effective in those with severe (versus mild-to-moderate) anxiety.
Similarly, 5-HTP might be equally as effective for treating depression as some prescription medications, although you may need to take 150-3,000mg per day for 2-4 weeks before experiencing any benefits.
According to WebMD, melatonin seems to be most effective for patients diagnosed with specific sleep conditions, such as delayed sleep phase syndrome and sleep-wake cycle disturbances.
For insomnia not otherwise related to a medical condition, 2-3mg of melatonin may shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, but only by about 12 minutes.
However, they note that it doesn’t appear to increase the amount of time a person spends sleeping.
Finally, while some of the digestive enzymes found in Opti-Core’s Lipozyme Optimizer might improve digestion, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll help you lose weight or sleep better.
Outside of this, WebMD’s summarization of the clinical evidence didn’t indicate that any of Opti-Core’s other ingredients will deliver any benefits related to sleep, stress reduction, or more balanced cortisol levels.
What About Opti-Core’s Side Effects?
1st Phorm tells us that Opti-Core shouldn’t be taken if you’re under 18 years of age, pregnant, nursing, contemplating pregnancy, or “have any medical conditions or you are currently using any prescription medications.”
They also note that you should have at least 8 full hours to devote to sleep before taking Opti-Core.
In some cases, WebMD notes that valerian can lead to headache, excitability, and uneasiness. For kava, they warn:
“Kava is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Don't use it. Serious illness, including liver damage, has occurred even with short-term use of normal doses. The use of kava for as little as one to three months has resulted in the need for liver transplants, and even death. Early symptoms of liver damage include yellowed eyes and skin (jaundice), fatigue, and dark urine. If you decide to take kava, despite warnings to the contrary, be sure to get frequent liver function tests.”
This rather alarming warning aside, how much will you pay for a bottle of Opti-Core?
How Much Does Opti-Core Cost?
One bottle (60 capsules) of Opti-Core is priced at $49.99, plus $6.95 for Priority Mail shipping. Faster options are available for additional charges.
Important note: Since we’re told you’ll need to take 3 capsules of Opti-Core and there are 60 capsules in a bottle, this means you’ll only have enough for 20 doses.
All 1st Phorm supplements come with a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee, which you can request by calling customer service at 800-409-9732.
The company also notes that if you’re not seeing results, “we have a team of N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainers and Fitness Nutrition Specialists on hand that are fully available to you free of charge. We can assist you with dosage of the product, coaching, meal planning, exercise, and any other factor that goes into reaching your goal.”
Are There Any Opti-Core Reviews From Customers?
We didn’t encounter any online customer feedback for Opti-Core at the time of our research, which is fairly common since we tend to investigate many supplements soon after they hit the market.
From a company perspective, though, 1st Phorm, based out of St. Louis, MO, manufactures dozens of different supplements and multi-vitamins, including Master Brain. They had an A- BBB rating and zero closed complaints as of 10/6/16.
Taking all of this together, should you place an order for Opti-Core?
Will Opti-Core by 1st Phorm Help You Sleep Better & Lose Weight?
Look, there’s no doubt that regularly getting a good night’s sleep can provide many important health benefits, including better learning, boosted immune function, improved metabolism, and more.
The problem is that there can be hundreds (perhaps thousands) of different causes of poor sleep, including too much stress, not getting enough exercise, consuming a poor diet, lifestyle factors like tobacco and alcohol use, chronic pain, snoring, improper pillows, some medications, and much more.
With this said, it’s positive that many of the ingredients found in Opti-Core have clinical evidence behind them showing they’re perhaps effective for some aspects of sleep.
However, all of these ingredients are contained in a proprietary blend, so we can’t be sure if there’s enough to deliver results.
And even if they weren’t part of this blend, whether or not these ingredients will deliver any results is largely based on what’s causing your lack of sleep—which is something only your doctor can diagnose.
More importantly, based on what we learned from WebMD about kava’s potentially severe side effects, it’s inclusion in Opti-Core might be enough of a reason alone to speak with your doctor before placing an order.