You don't have to go far to find advertisements for "miracle" weight loss supplements. They're in your email Inbox, online pop-ups and your local health food store flyers. Now a new study, however, is indicating promising results for a supplement containing mangosteen, reported Runner's World on Jan. 28.
Researchers gave study participants either two placebo pills daily, or two pills filled with a mixture of two herbs. The subjects consumed identical meals and walked 30 minutes daily. The study lasted eight weeks.
The results were impressive:
- Study participants who took placebo pills lost an average of 3.3 pounds.
- Those receiving the herbal blend lost significantly more--an average of 11.5 pounds.
- Those who took the herbal blend also lost more weight around their weight and hips, had improved blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
The herbs used for the test combined the East Indian globe thistle and the rind of the purple mangosteen. After analyzing more than 100 possible herbs, the scentists determined that "Sphaeranthus indicus [the thistle] and Garcinia mangostana [the mangosteen] appeared to have the greatest effect on fat cells."
The resulting supplement is called Meratrim, and nutritionist Judith Stern, Sc.D, a professor emeritus in the nutrition department at the University of California, Davis, feels that it offers promising results for those who want to lose weight.
“Our findings suggest that the herbal blend appears to be a well-tolerated and effective ingredient for weight management," said Judith.
Runner’s World nutrition editor Liz Applegate, Ph.D., also in the UC-Davis nutrition department, said that the research is "solid."
The studies on this supplement "delve into an interesting area of research on plant compounds that are anti-adipogenic [fat inhibiting] and lipolytic [fat burning]," added Liz, author of "Eat Smart, Play Hard: Customized Food Plans for All Your Sports and Fitness Pursuits."
Some supplement companies have started adding Meratrim to products. Check the labels to see what else the supplement contains. Meratrim itself does not contain any caffeine but some supplements have that ingredient added.
Where to find: Ask at your local health food store or look online for options, such as BioGenetic Laboratories MeraTrim Platinum plus with L-Carnitine and Green Slimming Tea. You may also need to check the labels of products that have generic titles. For example, Meratrim is one of the ingredients in Douglas Labs - Metabolic Lean (click for details).
Update: Dr. Oz featured Meratrim on his Feb. 10 show: Get the full details by clicking here.