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Do diet supplements like Dr. Oz's 'fat burner in a bottle' waste your money?

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Walk into a health food store: The shelves are filled with nutrition supplements, each promising to provide you with "miracle" cures ranging from weight loss to sleep. And both in the real world and online, many of these promises stem from being featured on Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show. Now, however, new research is making many experts and consumers question whether supplements are a waste of money, reported the Lake News on Jan. 18.

More than half of American adults take supplements, spending $30 billion a year on those vitamins, minerals and other over-the-counter pills. Despite that, three new studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed no benefit to any of those supplements.

Herbal supplements are equally popular, with 50 percent of all American adults gulping them down like candy. Because they're marketed as "natural" and "organic," and, in many cases, featured on the "Dr. Oz Show," those weight loss and health remedies are viewed as safe by consumers.

However, an estimated 50,000 adverse effects are reported annually associated with the use of herbal supplements, according to the Lake News. Adding to the concern for safety: They are not FDA-regulated so involve no testing.

As an example, consider raspberry ketone. It was unheard of until Dr. Oz featured it on his talk show and proclaimed it a "fat burner in a bottle." Then it skyrocketed in popularity. Find out what you need to know to decide if it's right for you.

Research has shown that raspberry ketone can boost weight loss efforts, says Dr. Oz. He cited studies showing that by extracting raspberry ketone, which is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries, scientists can create supplements that cause the fat in your body's cells to break up more efficiently. The result: You burn fat faster, claimed Dr. Oz.

He recommended doses of 100 mg per day, noting that the equivalent in whole fruit would be 90 pounds of raspberries.

And here's the "but is it worth it" question: No additional studies have recently been done confirming that it works on humans. Moreover, in terms of choosing a supplement, you can find numerous products labeled "Recommended on Dr. Oz." But on his show, Dr. Oz repeatedly warns that he does not personally endorse any such supplements.

If you want to try it, beware of products with added fillers. We compared some different ones and found several also have mega-doses while others have numerous additional ingredients. Some to consider are Teraputics Raspberry Ketones 250mg and Genetica Labs Raspberry Ketones.



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