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New studies due to be presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) this week prove that there is not enough evidence to link diet and herbal supplements to weight loss. which makes the product difficult to justify for people looking to lose weight.
Herbal supplements, which are part of a £ 29 billion global industry, can include green tea, white beans, licorice root, and yerba mate. Much like diet products and weight loss shakes, herbal supplements have a questionable reputation when it comes to safe weight loss.
“Even though most supplements appear safe for short-term consumption, they will not lead to clinically meaningful weight loss,” said lead author Erica Bessell of the University of Sydney of the results due to be presented this week. .
Researchers at the University of Sydney used a systematic review of 54 previous randomized trials that measured the effectiveness and impact of weight loss supplements compared to placebos. Over the 54 trials, 4,331 healthy, overweight and obese people were monitored, with the results ultimately showing that a single herbal ingredient, white beans, provided more significant signs of weight loss than the placebo.
“Herbal and dietary supplements may seem like a quick fix for weight problems, but people need to be aware of how little we actually know about them,” Bessell said. “Very few high-quality studies have been done on certain supplements, with little data on long-term effectiveness.”
“Additionally, many trials are small and poorly designed, and some do not capture the makeup of the supplements under study. The enormous growth in the industry and the popularity of these products underscore the urgent need for further research. larger and more rigorous studies to have reasonable assurance of their safety and effectiveness in weight loss.
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