Earlier this week, we looked at the popular claims made on the Dr. Oz Show and what he has recommended that we would endorse. But just because you see a guy wearing scrubs on TV, that doesn’t mean everything he’s going to promote is going to be the best product for you. We take a look today at some of his more flimsy recommendations, and direct you toward better alternatives.
Found in the skin of red grapes, this compound is claimed by Dr. Oz to have anti-aging effects along with cancer-reducing properties. Supporters of it point out that it’s the chemical found in red wine that’s responsible for its supposed heart-healthy effects. Some studies have even shown it to have anti-cancer properties in lab mice.
The Problem: None of those studies have been peer-reviewed, and the research behind Resveratrol simply isn’t there yet; on top of it, it hasn’t undergone nearly enough examination as a supplement to make anti-aging claims. We think it’s a bit irresponsible to promote a chemical that doesn’t have the proper studies behind it.
The Alternative: NATURE’S FUEL is a great option for anybody, not only because of its multivitamin properties that give you a well-rounded intake of nutrients you need, but because of its detox abilities. Those two characteristics, together, are great to fight the aging process. Another option, for men, is 1-XD or ANITEST. These pro-testosterone products help return your body to a state it was in when you were 17 — in growth mode, ready to build new cells and get your vitality back.
WHITE KIDNEY BEAN EXTRACT
Dr. Oz has promoted this as a carb-blocker and a helpful treatment to fight off obesity. Interesting, of course. His claim that you can take it to help ease the punishment for cheat meals, though, raises some red flags. What he’s basically saying is that you can go ahead and scarf a piece of cake, as long as you pop some white kidney bean extract, and it’ll be like you never had it. If that sounds like a too-good-to-be-true supplement, then you think like we do.
The Problem: Again, scant research. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database says there’s insufficient evidence to even rate white kidney bean extract, and the stuff that does exist on it is conflicting. None of its positives have been verified or peer-reviewed.
The Alternative: HYPERCOR, LIPOCOR, PHENADREN and ADICOR, all at NUTRISHOP, feature all-natural, research-backed ingredients that are proven to actually suppress the appetite. Let’s not kid ourselves — if you eat crappy food, you’ll pay the price. These products don’t pretend to be “bad food blockers,” but they do help you control your cravings for them. And that’s the real battle, isn’t it?
Yep, artichokes come from the earth, and you can eat them and be fine. Dr. Oz has recommended the extract supplement, though, as a gastrointestinal product that can not only improve digestion, but also have a positive effect on blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
The Problem: Almost none of the positive claims or affected ailments that come with artichoke extract have been researched or proven, including water retention, kidney problems, anemia, arthritis or liver problems. Plus, it HAS been proven to increase the production of bile, meaning an increased risk of gallstones.
The Alternative: When we talk about improving digestion, we immediately think of GLUTACOR. Glutamine’s famous for being a super-repair supplement that helps rebuild the lining of the gut, actually helping the cilia in the intestines grow for better nutritional absorption, and it also thickens the lining of the stomach.