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Susan asks…

Green tea supplements?

So I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds lately by working out and eating better. I lost a good 30 pounds and I would like to drop a few more. My metabolism is very slow and it’s been harder now to lose weight and is taking forever. I bought green tea supplements that supposedly burn fat and speed up your metabolism. Has anyone used these? Do they work? Help! How do I get best results?

vti answers:

No, supplements are always a bad idea unless recommended by a health care professional according to the best experts in health and nutrition in the world…the US National Institute of Health. The reason is you don’t know what you’re getting in the product. The FDA does not require testing, advertising is often fraudulent, what’s on the label is often not in the package/product, and many supplements are contaminated with various toxins. For more information about supplements, go here –> http://www.cspinet.org/nah/09_07/mfj_supplement.pdf

Will green tea help you lose fat? Probably not. The truth about green tea is there are many varieties of the herb and no good scientific evidence any of them support fat loss to any significant degree. However, if you randomly surf the web you’re likely to become the victim of scammers.

Here’s an example of a very nice looking website about green tea. Note the excerpt:”If you are in search of natural means that will help you lose weight and improve your health, then green tea dietary supplements may be the perfect answer for you. Each time you take the pill, there’s a gleaming joy in your heart that you are doing something good for your body’s overall wellness.”
Ref: http://www.greenteadietsthatwork.com/green-tea-dietary-supplement/

But, is that truth or just scammers who want to sell you supplements feeding you propaganda for to get your money? If you read what the experts have to say, your conclusion will have to be that classy website article is bogus and fraudulent scammers propaganda. And, in fact, that’s an example of how scammers manipulate the buying public by saturating the web with false articles, phony blogs, bogus scientific white papers, and fake reviews.

Here’s what the US National Institute of Health, the people your doctor listens to, has to say about green tea diets. Note the excerpt: “Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for weight loss.”.
Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html

Here’s a fact sheet about green tea. Note the excerpt: “There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss”
Ref: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/greentea/D273_Herbs.pdf

Here’s another report. Note the excerpt: “Taking a specific green tea extract (EGCG) seems to help moderately overweight people lose weight. But green tea doesn’t help people keep the weight off.”
Note the phrase “seems to”.
Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html

So, why doesn’t the NIH just come right out and say green tea doesn’t work for diets? Because they only say what has been demonstrated by good scientific research. Unlike the supplement sellers who will make outlandish and ridiculous claims to get your money and the credulous and naive people who believe them, the government tells the truth as science is given to know it.

It pays to be skeptical about all supplements and especially those sold for the purposes of fat loss and muscle gain. The internet search engines only know what is popular, not what is true and correct. So, if you see it at the top of the Google or Bing search results, it means nothing. On the web, you have to dig for the truth. Be skeptical, use critical thinking, and if it sounds too good to be true…well, you know the rest.

For more information go here –> http://search.usa.gov/search?query=%22green+tea%22&USA.gov+Search.x=0&USA.gov+Search.y=0

In summation, it would seem green tea is a poor choice for dieters simply because it has no appreciable effect of fat loss. High quantities of a concentrated extract may have some slight fat loss benefit but that can only be purchased as a supplement and there is still no good science to suggest efficacy in fat loss. So, if you like green tea, drink it. If you need caffeine, however, you can get that dirt cheap by buying NoDoz pills. Of course too much caffeine is not good for your body and can increase blood pressure, cause anxiety and panic attacks, and much more.

Good luck and good health!!

Lizzie asks…

Does the FDA review and approve vitamins and dietary supplements?

I was recently told that the FDA does not review and give their approval on vitamins and dietary supplements (like stuff you’d buy at GNC)… Is this true?

vti answers:

“Manufacturers and distributors do not need FDA approval to sell their dietary supplements. This means that FDA does not keep a list of manufacturers, distributors or the dietary supplement products they sell. If you want more detailed information than the label tells you about a specific product, you may contact the manufacturer of that brand directly. The name and address of the manufacturer or distributor can be found on the label of the dietary supplement.

Vitamin products are regulated by FDA as “Dietary Supplements.” The law defines dietary supplements, in part, as products taken by mouth that contain a “dietary ingredient” intended to supplement the diet.”

Sandy asks…

How is Jack3d supplement?

I am looking for a pre-workout supplement. I read on internet that Jack3d from USPlabs is pretty good and a good source of Nitric Oxide. Any one tried it? How is it?
Thanks

vti answers:

You’ve been infected by a hypermyth because no only do preworkout supplements not work, they’re a scam invented by supplement makers to sell you more junk you don’t need. Like you can get more vascular…lol. Where all that extra blood going to be going with all those big veins? This only thing in Jack3d that will do anything is caffeine and you can get that dirt cheap. Learn the facts about supplements and if you don’t believe me, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or someone with an education in physiology.

Read my answer about supplements here –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmA35VDViBrL0y9rSkKcLknty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111001134224AANB0OV

Quacks, charlatans, and people selling worthless medications to a hapless public have been around for thousands of years. Go here for more about chicanery in selling health products –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quackery . Today, in the 21st century, the old “snake oil” salesman has been replaced by supplement sellers. They prey on the young, the naive, the credulous, and the ignorant by offering males the promise of big muscles and ripped bodies and females the hope of fast and easy fat loss, sexy abs, and bikini bodies. The fact that none of these products do what they are advertised to do does not stop the public from spending $billions on them annually in the US alone. The products are everywhere from drug store shelves to super markets to nutrition centers and health food stores. And, in the past 15 years, the internet has become the new way to peddle this junk to young minds full of impossible dreams and all sold under the banner of SUPPLEMENTS.

In 1994 the US Congress, under pressure from supplement maker lobbying, passed the DSHEA which allowed questionable supplements to be sold with NO TESTING. The “no testing” proviso allows any supplement maker to sell anything because without testing there is no way to determine what is actually being sold much less if it is safe or even if it works. The result has been the internet has become dominated by thousands of web sites selling worthless products under generic names such as “fat burners”. “bulking formulas”. “cutting formulas”, “pre-workout drinks”, “post-workout mass gainers”, “intra-workout formulas”, “weight gainers”, “N.O. Rippers”, and on and on. It’s the 21st century “snake oil” and the suckers are spending over $20 billion on them annually in the US.

For more about the DSHEA go here –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_supplement#Examples_of_Dietary_Supplements
Here’s an excerpt:”The law has left consumers without the protections surrounding the manufacture and marketing of over-the-counter or prescription medications and it became the FDA’s responsibility to prove that a supplement wasn’t safe. While pharmaceutical manufacturers must demonstrate their products are effective as well as being safe, supplement manufacturers are not required to demonstrate efficacy.”

Supplement scammers build web sites for everything so they will always be at the top of your search results and super easy to find. The use fake reviews, testimonials, news reports, technical articles, YouTube videos, science papers, and more all full of lies just to get your money. For them the internet is dirt cheap advertising that can reach the whole world and they can and do lie, lie, and lie because there is no incentive to tell the truth on the internet. They can falsify their claims and tell you anything without fear of repercussions. So, unless you want to fall victim to scammers, the burden is on you to separate the truth from fiction.

The scammers are experts at seducing the young and the clueless with cool sounding product names like “QuickFast EZ Loss Formula” or “Massabolic Supergainer Extreme XXX”. They intrigue you will great graphics of hot babes and big ripped dudes. They are so predictable that you can just look at a supplement website and know it’s a scam. Check out http://www.bodybuilding.com/ and you’ll see a good example of a scam site that pretends to be experts on bodybuilding but in reality is just a front for supplement sales. They can’t make any money telling you about how to build your body the right way because you don’t need anything but food and determination to do that. So, they use the pretense of being the “go to” website for bodybuilding to make a fortune from supplements sales. Here’s proof of their scamming –> http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm188957.htm

Here’s another scam site –> http://www.wemarket4u.net/fatfoe/index.html but it’s a good one. Click the “Submit Answers” button and you’ll see what I mean.

So, now that you know how scammers work, it’s your choice. You can be smart or you can be just another sucker pouring money into the pockets of quacks.

Good luck and good health!!

Sandra asks…

Reviews on Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner supplement?

Does it really work?
Do you need to be overweight for it to actually work?
I don’t want to buy it and find out it doesn’t do a thing.
Personal reviews would be great,
Thanks!

vti answers:

If you wanna lose weight

buy her vidoes

not her supplements

Betty asks…

How do I know if a dietary supplement has been reviewed by the FDA ?

And by dietary supplement I mean like Vitamins or minerals or herbs.

For example.. Sytronil has been reviewed by the FDA and approved, and the same goes for Choleslo.. But there’s not a section or a list on the FDA that enlists the supplements they’ve reviewed.

Is there a place where I can find such a document or report enlisting the approved or reviewed supplements ?

Thanks in advance 🙂

vti answers:

Aside from positive’s spam, there isn’t one just like there isn’t a list on their site that shows every drug that’s ever been FDA approved (and if they did, they would be rather embarrassed to point out how many have been banned for how many deaths they’ve caused). 😉 However, the laws around the FDA and supplements are such that the FDA doesn’t test any of them directly, they are more of an enforcement organization and they keep track of any problems that are reported both with drugs and supplements.

Technically, the FDA doesn’t approve or deny any supplements aside from general vitamins and minerals (those that have an RDA), so they aren’t “approved”. But if it was “FDA denied” (eg. Contaminated product, bottles not containing the right product, etc), it’s removed from the market and/or the company making it gets shuts down.
It’s already happened a number of times… One of the biggest cases I can think of is when they banned Tryptophan for around a decade because of a contaminated batch that some people died from. It was banned that long because of misinformation that came up about it and partially from media coverage that spread that got some people thinking that it was the supplement, not the company.

With all that being said, there actually are watchgroups and organizations that do regulate supplements and regularly report to the FDA for any major adverse reactions (and the supplement companies that sell them are supposed to report these as well). The GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and USP (U.S. Pharmacopoeia) are the main quality assurance organizations (USP is for the U.S., GMP is for the U.S. And worldwide).

The best thing you can do when buying a supplement from a company is to call the company and ask them to prove their quality. No, not just ask if they have good quality, but ask them to prove it. Their products should be tested/reviewed by independent 3nd party companies to verify their quality and they should be able to prove it rather easily. If they can’t prove it, I wouldn’t use their products… It’s your responsibility to know what you’re buying and to make sure the company you’re getting it from is good.
Good luck and I hope I helped!

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