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Why You Need to Be Extra Careful With Weight Loss Supplements

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Beware of “Formulas”

As well as “proprietary blends” and “complexes” When a supplement company doesn’t want you to know exactly what’s in a product, it will use these words because, legally, it allows them to withhold information from you The only real secret behind many of these “proprietary” formulas is that they allow manufacturers to put in only a fraction of the standard dose or to use cheap, substandard ingredients

For example, if you were looking for a garcinia cambogia extract herbal supplement, a properly labeled product would list the specific amount per serving (such as 1,000 mg), the part of the plant used (fruit rind), and, ideally, the amount or percentage of active compound in the extract, such as 600 mg or 60% of hydroxycitric acid (or HCA) But, when a manufacture wants to hide these details from you, it will only tell you the total amount of the formula, not of specific ingredients

If you see an ingredient listed without an amount right next to it, that's a signal that the product may not contain what you expect

Know Exactly What You Need

Before you buy a supplement, be sure there is clinical evidence behind it because, if there is, there should also be information available describing the type and amount of ingredient that works You need to know what this is before you buy a supplement because the law is loose: Supplement companies are pretty much allowed to sell you any dose they wish This is different from over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs for which effective and safe dosing is specified by the FDA

As we saw in the recent tests of products for Dr Oz, labels may show images and use words that suggest “weight management” while the amount of ingredient is far less than is typically used for that purpose Why? An unscrupulous supplement company can save money by giving you less than an effective dose -- particularly if it's an expensive ingredient So take charge: If the ingredient, serving size or suggested daily serving listed on a bottle doesn’t closely match what’s been shown to work, walk away

You need to do a little homework to know what to look for each ingredient ConsumerLabcom provides this information in its online reports, along with results of product tests The site requires subscription, but you can check some of our reports using the free pass for Dr Oz viewers You can also look at other reputable sources, such as the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements

Sold Only On the Web? Beware

To find out more about the supplements you’re taking, ConsumerLab is offering a 24-hour free pass to Dr Oz viewers Visit ConsumerLabcom/DoctorOz now and get immediate access to ConsumerLabcom’s unbiased testing of garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean supplements and protein powders and shakes

Article written by Tod Cooperman, MD

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