Hot Weight Loss Supplements: Worthy or only hype?

There are some supplements which are considered as hot weight loss supplements or should I say they are promoted in every health information site. So are they worth the promotion or any other weight loss supplement.

Supplements made from the acai berries, green coffee bean extracts are the much popular and highest selling “weight loss cures”. The featured show from Dr OZ, easily available over the internet or you nearby place medicine store- these products are very much appealing in the market promising fast weight loss with minimal efforts. But do you really buy due to the much hype or you should go for criteria’s which need to considered at the time of buying a bottle filled with pills to lose weight.

Acai Berry Dietary Supplements

Acai Berry available in capsules, pills, patches and powder form and one of the main supplements to help in lose weight. It even makes your body perfect stated by a prime company. You can see many results if you just type acai berry over the internet.

Acai berry is basically from acai palm tree, can be found in Tropical central and South America. There are mainly packed with variety of nutrients like fiber, Omega-9 fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber and also vitamin A.  According to a journal “101 foods that can save your life” by David Grotto, RD, LDN acai berry is consumed with whole fruit or juice form. It also consists of antioxidants, powerful plant chemicals which help in protecting the body cells from the damage caused by harmful free radicals (substances such as smoke and other pollutants that circulate in the environment and in the body). Acai berries are rich in anthocyanins, plant chemicals which are proved good for healthy heart, increasing the cognition, reducing the inflammation and also help in preventing cancer.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a part of National Institutes of Health, there is no scientific evidence or proven fact in human bodies that acai berries helps in losing weight. Another thing which is not even taken into consideration that there is no accuracy levels from the supplement manufacturers. As of now, there isn’t any study published in peer-reviewed journals that claims to support the efficacy of acai berry supplements in reducing weight.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Basically green coffee bean extract is derived from the green coffee beans (unroasted) and hyped to burn fat faster and easy. Day by day the popularity of green coffee is getting higher. It is very rich in two substances which are good for weight loss that includes caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant and chlorogenic acid, a basic antioxidant which is good in safety and effective in reducing weight.

In the year 2012, study published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity which is funded by a supplement manufacturer. A study has been done over 16 overweight adults. They were given a low dose of green coffee bean extract or a high dose of the supplement, or a sample dosage daily for six weeks each (with a two week period in-between each treatment period). During the study, participants were encouraged to maintain their normal planned diet, and asked to be physically active.

Subjects who took the extract lost an average weight of 18 pounds without any side effects which is 10% of the actual body weight. Another review article published in 2011 in Gastroenterology Research and Practice found that green coffee bean extracts are most effective supplements in reducing body weight. Than the author noted the poor quality of those studies and asked for more evidence regarding the subject.  

There is a bit adverse effect that consuming too much of chlorogenic acid from green coffee bean extracts or any such other sources may increase the levels of amino acid homocysteine that can influence the risk of heart disease.

Some of the verdicts

According to Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), supplement manufacturers are liable for making sure that the products are safe before they’re being marketed—and there is no need to prove that the products are  safe or effective or get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before making available to consumers. It is more beneficiary to consult your dietitian or doctors before going for any such supplements for weight loss.

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