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The Good Housekeeping Institute investigated several diet supplements with negative results. The diet supplement Relacore purports to help patients develop a feeling of well-being and more energy as well as less anxiety. This is supposed to reduce the production of cortisol brought on by stress and thus reduce fat storage. There is little evidence to support the products efficacy. Another product called Estrin-D aims to assist weight loss in menopausal women but 7 of its 14 ingredients are caffeine and other similar stimulants. The recommended dose equated to 11 cups of coffee but the manufacturer claims that this is just the energizing this group of women need. Yet another diet solution called The Grapefruit Solution which comes in a capsule claimed to help 25 overweight people lose an average of 2.4 pounds in 12 weeks. However, other subjects on real grapefruit diets lost an extra pound over the same time period. Grapefruits are believed to lower insulin levels and thus control weight.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by NBC 17
About: Diet supplements may not be as good as they claim
Date: 4 January 2005
Source: NBC 17
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