Supplements for Weight Loss
There are more than thousands of supplements emerging in the market today. And there are a lot of people depending on supplements for their daily wellness. Despite government’s warnings on the possible effects of using supplements and other complementary, alternative and integrative medicines, the greater public has tried different CAM especially for existing problems of weight loss.
There isn't a lot of science backing up the claims, and some have health risks. A doctor’s prescription is best to rely on before taking any medications or herbs. Also, Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has cracked down on some weight loss supplements that had prescription drugs in them that weren't noted on the label. You can't always tell what you're getting.
The FDA does regulate dietary supplements, but it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.
The Peterson Group, a non-profit organization bringing awareness on the effects of non-scientific based and herbal medicines which are being patronized by a lot of people from all over the world, has found some common ingredients found in over-the-counter supplements and remedies for weight loss.
This is a sugar that comes from the hard outer layers of lobsters, crabs, and shrimp. It’s said to block the absorption of fats and cholesterol.
The reviews on whether it works for weight loss are mixed. Doses from 1 to 5 grams have been studied.
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database says there is “insufficient reliable evidence to rate” chitosan for weight loss. Some studies show it may help, and others show it doesn’t. And many of the studies aren’t very good. Still, cities like Jakarta, Indonesia, Taipei, Taiwan and Singapore are continuously promoting the use of chitosan with their drugs and food.
- Chromium Picolinate
Chromium is a mineral that enhances the action of insulin, a hormone critical to metabolism. Your body also needs it to store carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
There are claims that chromium supplements can:
• lower appetite
• help burn more calories
• cut body fat
• boost muscle mass
But one review of 24 studies examining the effects of 200 to 1,000 micrograms (mcg) of chromium a day found no significant benefits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database says that chromium is "possibly ineffective" for weight loss.
Rarely, chromium supplements can cause side effects such as:
Also, at least three people have developed kidney and liver damage when taking chromium. People with either kidney or liver problems should not take it.
- Beta Glucan
A concentrated soluble fiber derived from yeasts, mushrooms, and algae, beta-glucans come in many forms but all have the effect of lowering cholesterol with the additional benefits of weight loss and helping control diabetes.