A company offers an ephedra-free weight-loss product with the following ingredients and claims:
Would this be something relatively safe in your opinion?
- Forskolin - optimizes your overall body composition. Forskolin breaks down the fat in your body and actually increases lean body mass. You'll lose fat and weight while keeping and improving your muscle.
- Chromium - breaks down glucose and fatty acids more efficiently within the body; a deficiency can cause drastic increases in insulin and glucose levels and can lead to cravings for fattening sweets.
- Glucomannan - a dietary fibre that can increase to 17 times its volume, giving you a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. Clinical studies show those who take glucomannan are more likely to stick to their diet and are also more likely to lose weight.
- Green Tea Extract - a strong antioxidant (free radical fighter) that is also a thermogenic fat burner.
- Vanadium - an insulin mimic that is reported to have a favourable effect on carbohydrate metabolism and is also beneficial for thyroid function.
Unfortunately I have not heard of Forskolin and was unaware of some of the properties stated for chromium. Until I see some bona fide research regarding the benefits of the product, I would have to recommend that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not a substitute for common sense in eating behaviors and exercise.
[Editor's comment: See our section on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Diabetes. JSH]
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:42
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