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Weight-loss food supplements do not work, say scientists

Published on 14/07/2010
Food supplements designed to help people lose weight are ineffective, scientists have claimed.

A range pills on the market claim to help people shed the pounds and commonly include ingredients such as cabbage and plant extract.

But two separate studies, from Britain and Germany, have found no evidence to back up such claims.

Experts from the Peninsula Medical School at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth studied existing data on a range of supplements to come up with their conclusion.

Presenting their findings at the International Conference on Obesity in Stockholm, they wrote: "The findings from systematic reviews fail to provide sufficient evidence that any food supplement can be recommended for reducing body weight.

"While mainstream drugs for body weight reduction must demonstrate efficacy before receiving a licence, food supplements do not need to meet this requirement."

Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Gottingen gave participants a range of supposedly weight-reducing food supplements and tested them against a control group given placebos.

They found that none of the supplements could better the fake pills in aiding weight loss.

This week a study found that dieting courses from Weight Watchers are more effective in helping people lose weight than treatment issued by GPs.
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