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Hydroxycut Supplements

Hydroxycut has been recalled by the FDA Hydroxycut is an over the counter weight-loss and dieting drug. It has been sold at GNC, Wal-Mart and online. The manufacturer's claim is that they work for weight-loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names. 1

Because it is a supplement, when it was released it was not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many people have taken this over-the-counter drug hoping for a quicky fix. At least 9 million packages of Hydroxycut were sold last year

However, the FDA just released a warning and recall on this 'quick fix' because people were getting hurt. The probelm with the supplement industry is that they cannot be regulated until accients happen. After the damage is done.

There have been 23 reports of liver problems as a result of this supplement. There has also been the reported death of a 19-year-old boy living in the Southwest. Many people have complained of yellowing of the skin, a sign for jaundice or liver failure. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.2

These people were otherwise healthy and their problems began after they started using Hydroxycut.

Public health researcher Ano Lobb, who has studied Hydroxycut and other dietary supplements for Consumer Reports, said the problem may be an ingredient called hydroxycitric acid. Derived from a tropical fruit, it's been linked to liver problems in at least one medical journal study. Lobb said it's likely that other supplements containing the same ingredient remain on the market.

It is likly that the probelm stems from a tropical fruit in the supplement. It is likly added at high dosages which may be why it becomes dangerous to the liver. Public health researcher Ano Lobb is the researcher who has studied Hydroxycut and other dietary supplements for Consumer Reports.

She said, "You really have to be careful about dietary supplements, especially weight-loss pills," said Lobb. "People believe that the FDA has verified that these products are at least safe and effective, and that's really not the case. When you see fantastic claims - that's generally what they are."3

Hydroxycut is a perfect example of why fad diets and pills do not work. There is a natural and safe way to lose weight.

Learn More

  1. http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW02006.html
  2. http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/hydroxycut/
  3. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090501/ap_on_he_me/us_med_diet_pill_recall

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