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Safe weight loss supplements: seaweed vs. protein

Fat-burning supplements mean big business for natural retailers. New studies back both seaweed extract and protein blends. Which would you rather take?

A supplement that helps burn fat: It’s the sought-after golden goose. Candidates for the coveted title pop up frequently many of them express-lane-ing it into mainstream attention via exposure on The Dr. Oz Show.

This week, a new study on an Oz-annointed “fat burner”—brown seaweed extract—did confirm weight loss benefits, and not for the first time.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that the 40 obese subjects who drank a seaweed-enhanced beverage three times daily for 12 weeks lost an average of 1.78 kilos more than the placebo group. Best of all, the weight lost was mostly from fat. Scientists theorized that a prebiotic effect (from 15 grams of fiber per beverage) may be partly to thank for the fat loss.

But here’s the catch: The seaweed smoothie was salty (which didn’t do wonders for that group’s blood pressure). Plus—imagine that—it had “lower palatability ratings.” More work getting this to market, apparently.

Here’s my nomination for a simpler solution that should work about as well or better. A groundbreaking new study, which my esteemed colleague Todd Runestad wrote about recently, found that a protein blend (soy, whey and casein) consumed after a workout may help build muscle—which helps, guess what, burn fat. Presented as a breakthrough in sports nutrition, I see big potential for this combination as a weight management supplement.

Almased, a top weight loss aid in Germany and Europe, has arrived at two-thirds of this formula more than 25 years ago. Its shake powder combines fermented soy, skim milk yogurt powder and honey enzymes.

Now that sounds like a much more palatable and sustainable supplement for weight loss to me. Which would you rather take? I'd welcome your comments.

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Rehan (not verified)
on Jun 26, 2012

Gud survey...Alcachofa is a weight loss supplementary made ​​from artichoke which accelerates fat afire and helps to detoxify the body. It is awful diuretic and affluent in minerals, vitamins and fiber.

Taylor Lautner (not verified)
on Aug 9, 2012

I've detected that seaweeds has additional super molecule than such things as meat, milk, chicken, and different vital super molecule sources for bodybuilders. Seaweeds contain gum, a compound that binds within the body with serious metals, environmental toxins and different chemicals inside the alimentary canal and carries them out of the body through elimination.

on May 10, 2013

Loosing weight is a difficult thing and you need to have dedication and determination. But there are certain food item that can really help in loosing weight. One of the food is seaweed that is believed to help in reducing weight. There are many edible seaweeds that can be used to loose weight and are delicious too.

buy anabolics online (not verified)
on Jul 29, 2013

what is the best protein powder i can buy from ebay that is the best?

on Nov 14, 2013

I know seaweed is one of the best ways to reduce fat from a fatty body, but we can also use some health supplements to get a muscular body within few weeks. If we measure and compare the performance of both, then I think protein powder is much better than the seaweed because it is a natural component therefore it takes more time to react. There are various supplements available which affects in a fast way like cellucor c4 fat burner, Whey protein, and casein.

on Sep 21, 2015

Seaweed products/supplements are the way to go. I used to get really sick once a year (every year) with the flu since I was a little kid. I started taking seaweed supplements about 6 years ago and I have not been sick once. The product that I take is called SK Veg. It's produced and distributed by a company named FarmaSea, Inc. (

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