An ad for Nivea’s new Good-bye Cellulite Fast Acting Serum ($15) set off the clanging of a very distant bell. We had written about the first version of Good-bye Cellulite a couple of years and noted that the only real active in it was carnitine. But it was an addition in this new serum that caught my eye, nelumbo nucifera, and I then remembered that Marika had written about it in her review (and rejected) of IQ Derma’s cellulite gel earlier this year.

Nelumbo nucifera is lotus plant and Marika found a 2006 study found that a concentrate of lotus leaf, when given to mice, ”impaired digestion, inhibited absorption of lipids and carbohydrates, accelerated lipid metabolism and up-regulated energy expenditure”. Consequently, the lotus plant was deemed helpful for obesity.

I have just found another study (that was only published this month) that tested lotus leaf extract in combination with L-carnitine. As carnitine is the other active in Good-Bye Cellulite Serum, I was pretty excited to see this. Apparently, the two together also seem to be a potential treatment for obesity as they reduce triglyceride activity.

Since even skinny people can get cellulite, it doesn’t necessarily equate that lotus leaf extract will smooth your butt (a result that was not achieved by IQ Derma).  So my next question was whether there was a connection between triglycerides and cellulite. And by Jove there is!

Cellulite is basically localized fat deposits that present themselves as lumps and dimples. Adipocytes are the principle cells that store fat. There appears to be some evidence that breaking down triglycerides releases fatty acids that can degrade cellulite. For example, caffeine, another ingredient that is often used in anti-cellulite treatments is supposed to work by activating triglyceride lipase, an enzyme that plays a major role in the breakdown of fat in adipocytes.

So if you can breakdown triglycerides, you will in turn breakdown the fat in the adipocytes ending up with smaller fat cells and hence less visible cellulite.

In the theory, at least, Nivea and Good-bye Cellulite Serum may be on to something with an L-carnitine and nelumbo nucifera combo. I’d love to hear from anyone who has used it.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Chloride, Carnitine, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Peg/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Fragrance, Ext. Yellow 7, Red 33. Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Chloride, Carnitine, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Peg/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Fragrance, Ext. Yellow 7, Red 33.