Hydroxycut is a weight loss product developed in 2002 by the MuscleTech Research and Development company headquartered in Canada. Since that time, hydroxycut caused many controversies because of its ingredients and side effects. The manufacturer changed the formulation of this product several times before it got its current form.
Composition of Hydroxycut
Hydroxycut now contains extracts of five herbs: Alchemilla vulgaris, Olea europaea, Mentha longifolia, Cuminum cyminum, and Coffea canephora robusta. They excluded ephedra in 2004 when the FDA prohibited its use, and because of side effects related to liver damage, they excluded a few more substances in 2009.
Effects on Weight Loss
Hydroxycut is still among the most popular dietary products for weight loss. In two studies investigating the effects of hydroxycut on weight loss, it was shown very useful and the participants taking hydroxycut lost significantly more weight than the placebo group. However, both studies were funded by the above mentioned manufacturer of hydroxycut, so there is a chance of bias.
Side Effects of Hydroxycut
Before 2009, a great number of patients experienced serious side effects from using hydroxycut, so researchers conducted studies to investigate the relation of these side effects with hydroxycut. The results were shocking, as this product was shown to induce hepatitis and heart problems. It was hardly expected as almost all the ingredients of this product were natural herb extracts. However, after excluding problematic substances, the question still remains whether hydroxycut is safe to use.
This supplement should not be used by persons under the age of 18, and any unusual symptoms should be referred to a doctor if noticed. Those are the only two warnings on the label of hydroxycut. What many people don't know is that manufacturers of dietary products and supplements are not obliged to prove the safety and effectiveness of their products.
Therefore, consider that you are using these products at your own risk. Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, need to be proven safe and effective on certain amount of patients in order to be distributed.
Hydroxycut is still a popular product, although the number of customers reduced since the discovery of its side effects. We cannot say for sure that it is effective as there are no big, randomized, placebo-controlled studies to support that statement. As for side effects, from the current point of view, we can say that there are no obvious reasons to consider hydroxycut harmful for health in its current formulation.
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