Chris Kilham, GNC Chocolate: Snake Oil or Miracle Supplement?
Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist, became interested in cocoa in the 1990s. After visiting a large cocoa plantation in the South Pacific, his interest intensified. Since then, he claims to have studied cocoa extensively in the field and in journals. Naomi Whittle, CEO of Reserveage, met Kilham at a cosmetic trade show in Paris. "She described to me her interest in putting together a line of effective cocoa-based supplements, and I thought it would be a rewarding and innovative project," shares Kilham.
There are two different brands, but each are the exact same three products with just slightly different names. Reserveage Organics ($27.99 to $29.99) are sold direct to consumers from their website with the Reserveage Organics LLC logo. CocoaWell's branded products for ResVitale ($29.99) are sold in retail stores such as GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, and other fine health food stores.
Although Cocoawell's website boasts support by science for their products' health benefits, clinical studies, with facts and complete findings, are not referenced. And a search of the Food and Drug Administration's website for "Cocoawell," "ResVitale," and "Reserveage" turned up empty. So while these thirty-dollar cocoa capsules may help keep your mind sharp and your heart beating, according to Kilham and Cocoawell, I'll take my chances and grab a Snickers.
Chris will be available in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area all day on Sunday, April 10, with the exception of 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, you may contact Joyce Burkhardt, with Dean Draznin Communications, at 641-209-3883 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.