C9-T11: Miracle Supplement or Marketing Ploy?

Have you seen ads for a "breakthrough" supplement called C9-T11? Is there any truth to the hype of this product?

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The Ad & Website
We spotted an ad for C9-T11 the other day which promoted “Shocking Muscle Growth” and claimed “Rare plant increases muscle growth 700% – Should it be banned?” and linked to Hconfidential.com. This website was merely a one-page sales pitch which takes you to c9t11.com, where more claims of astonishing muscle gains, testimonials, and of course risk of the product being sold out. The entire website has all of the hallmarks of the standard one-page rambling sales pitch.

The ingredients of C9-T11 aren’t as rare as they’d like you to believe.

C9-T11 = CLA
The primary ingredient in C9-T11 is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, known as CLA. This is a relatively common supplement  that has been sold under various names for many years. Most vendors offer this supplement for a much lower cost than the C9-T11 brand.

It should also be noted that the ad claimed that C9-T11 is related to a “rare plant” when in fact CLA is derived primarily from dairy products, not plants.

So we have already determined that C9-T11 is not some rare, new plant extract, but a common supplement known as CLA, being packaged under a fancy brand name. Now let’s take a look at the price of C9-T11 compared to other CLA products.

Cost Comparison
Their website, as of this writing, offers a “sale” of 4 bottles (buy 3, get one free) of sixty 1000mg capsules for $111, with a retail price of $319.80. That equates to a price of $27.75 per bottle at this “sale” price, or $79.95 retail price each.

At GNC, we found 90 1000mg softgels for $19.99 per bottle, retailing for $25.99 – and no requirement to buy 4. At Amazon, we found many bottles of CLA, ranging from 800-1200mg doses, all for under $20 – again, with no requirement to buy 4 bottles.

The Good and The Bad of CLA
There have been studies that do in fact show some promise of CLA in battling overall fat mass, as well as possibly containing anticancer properties. There are also possible adverse effects, particularly with an increased risk of developing diabetes, particularly for overweight people. It has also been claimed that taking CLA without lifting weights can lead to weight gain.

See our full article on the side effects of CLA here.

Bottom Line
C9-T11 appears to be no more than a fancy repackaging of a common, inexpensive supplement known as CLA.

We want to hear from you. What are your experiences with CLA or C9-T11?

C9-T11 Ad

This is a recent ad for C9-T11.

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Further Reading

Article updated February 6, 2013

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103 Comments on C9-T11: Miracle Supplement or Marketing Ploy?

  1. I took CLA for about 8 months. The only thing I noticed was rapid weight loss. It did not get me ripped or yoked. I exercise every day.

  2. can i get c9-T11 into Australia

  3. Do not purchase over one bottle until you notice any growth.You would think with taking a bottle and eating well and working out and protein that you would at least see 1pd of muscle;NOT…Its your money do what you want somebodys out there getting rich.

  4. http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Conjugated-Linoleic-Acid.aspx

    Found this link that discusses the diferent strains of CLA. I had just read the article and wanted to find out how to find a CLA brand that was the c9 t11 vs the t10 c12. One can lower cholesterol and the other can raise cholesterol. Also CLA effects the level of DHA in the heart and other areas, again the difference in these 2 types of CLA can dramatically affect your heart. I have taken CLA for over 2 years and I can attest to it’s ability to alter fat deposited around the waistline. You have to take 4 pills a day to see benefits.

    • Hello….I did not know that you had to take 4 a day I have been taking 1 a day…I’ll increase the dosage

      • just started taking today…1 in the morning and 1 ltr in the afternoon,
        5’11 32w 175lbs….mid/build…see how it works.

    • Dianne,

      I am 41 years old, 6’2 and 270lbs. I am trying to lose about 30lbs
      and put on 2 or 3 more inches on my arms. I am pretty healthy
      and my dad passed away 22 yrs ago from a heart attack. I read your
      response and I noticed that you said that CLA can effect the heart.
      I was going to try this product for a month but after reading want you said I am skeptical. How will this product effect the heart?

      Thanks,

      Jay

  5. Wow! What does one say about another waste of time and money.

  6. At the end of the day, you can waste your money on whatever the F*€# you want to!

  7. I have taken the supplement for over six months now. I have noticed quick muscle gain/growth and fat loss. I work out extremely hard and I do it everyday. C9-T11 is like any other supplement, you have to work out very hard and keep a constant schedule when doing so. You will not just gain muscle by just taking it. The only advantage of this brand of CLA is that it is a very easy pill to take and it does not upset my stomach when taking it with an empty stomach. Results are noticeable within the second week of when you take it if you train hard.

  8. DARKKNIGHT // July 25, 2013 at 10:06 am // Reply

    CIS9-T11 IS THE SAME AS CLA. SO WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANT TO BUY SOMETHING THAT COSTS A FORTUNE WHEN YOU CAN BUY CLA AT A GREAT PRICE. I LOST 5 INCHES OFF MY STOMACH AND GAINED 4 INCHES ON MY ARMS HAVE A 54 INCH CHEST ALREADY JUST STICK WITH THE CLA AT LEAST IT WORKS AND YOU WON’T GET RIPPED OFF.

  9. C9-T11 to CLA is like Gala apples to all apples. C9-T11 is a particular isomer of conjugated linoleic acid (cis arrangement in position 9 and trans arrangement in position 11 along the molecular structure). There are other isomers of CLA, like C10-T12 (one of the best known). Making CLA supplement with only one isomer (like C9T11) is much more expensive than just having natural mixture of CLA isomers isolated and purified from food – thats why C9T11 supplement is much more expensive than typical CLA over-the-counter stuff. Different companies might use different isolation and purification processes so some CLA supplements might work better than others, since the former might have more C9T11 isomer. Just do more research before buying…

  10. How about stacking this CLA with a test booster or maybe a deer antler spray? Better results or a waste of time and money?

  11. I started taking 1 a day with a meal, and it’s been only 4 days, but I now have a diabolical cough that started 2 nights ago. Iam really hoping that the c9 t 11 didn’t contribute to my cough. Anyone else had or experienced anything like coughing ?
    Cheers

  12. how many cla pills are we meant to take a day?

  13. Christian Isaac // January 10, 2014 at 7:56 am // Reply

    I have been using ct-911 for 10 weeks and training 5 times a week.
    No lose of weight or muscle growth.
    No side effects.
    No notice of anything.
    I used many other supplements before and all the same.
    Best advice is
    1. Train regularly
    2. Eat healthy
    3. Drink only water
    4. Sleep 8 hours
    5. Don’t wait for result
    All = healthy lifestyle and cheap too

    • Great advice Christian. Thanks for your comment.

      • diamond willi // April 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm // Reply

        yes great advice.. however, i believe you’ve plateaued, even without any supplements at all, you’re suppose to get some kinda muscle gain or lose some fat after a whole 2 months. So it could be just you.

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