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Dr. Oz: Prevent cancer with food as medicine; weight loss supplement reviews

Get health tips from Dr. Oz.
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Imagine visiting your doctor and receiving a prescription for what ails you that resembles a food shopping list. It sounds quirky, but Dr. Mehmet Oz explained how you can use food as medicine for cancer prevention on his Aug. 21 talk show. Plus: Get his views on different weight loss supplements that might help your diet goals.

Tea provides you with flavonoids. The highest levels of these cancer fighters are in green tea and oolong tea. Both of these teas also have been shown to boost weight loss.

To reduce your risk of liver cancer, drink three cups of coffee daily. You can also lower your risk for breast cancer by eating peaches. Aim for two servings a week.

Dr. Oz frequently features different diets on his show. But viewers often ask about weight loss supplements to help them shed pounds more easily.

Two over-the-counter options are FBCx and Alli. They are designed to block fat and can be used up to three months. However, if you eat too much food with fat, these pills can cause stomach problems.

Prescription options include Belviq and Qsymia. They affect your brain so that you feel full sooner. As a result, you eat less food.

A third category is known as metabolism boosters. These supplements typically are designed to help your body burn more calories. But they can be dangerous because some ingredients may result in accelerated heart rate or high blood pressure.

Problems with weight loss supplements, including false claims, constitute the highest settlement costs in the dietary supplement and functional food category, reported Insurance News Net on Aug. 20.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) must review cases and determine which advertising claims are misleading. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is seeking to take measures to help.

CRN President and CEO Steve Mister testified earlier this year at a Capitol Hill weight loss claims hearing. "There are appropriate and legal ways to market weight loss and other dietary supplement and functional food products, and then there are advertising claims that raise red flags with the FTC," he noted.

In terms of "red flags," Dr. Oz earned himself a reprimand from the Senate for his repeated claims that he had found "miracle" weight loss supplements. Products that he touted on his show, such as raspberry ketones, green coffee bean extract and yacon syrup, rarely had significant studies or clinical trials.

But because viewers saw them on the show, they were vulnerable to paying large amounts of money to the supplement companies who took advantage of the situation. Since receiving his reprimand, Dr. Oz has not produced any new miracle claims.

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