Get the Skinny: 5 Supplements to Help Boost Energy + Metabolism

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There’s a never-ending array of products promising to boost energy and metabolism, ranging from energy shots to pills to drink mixes.  And they’re everywhere: supplement stores, health food stores, drug stores, online, even at gas stations and convenience stores.  To help you sort through the clutter, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on 5 supplements that really may able to help boost energy and metabolism.

 

Always ask the first question:  Is it safe?

The Skinny: The vast majority of supplements marketed to help boost energy + metabolism are ineffective.               If they are effective, they often contain a combination of multiple stimulants that can impact central nervous system, including symptoms like revved-up heart rate and blood pressure, with potential adverse consequences such as heart attack, seizure, or stroke.

 

5 safe supplements to boost energy and metabolism:

As always, check with physician, pharmacist, and/or registered dietitian before beginning any supplement regime.  Even “safe” supplements can adversely interact with other supplements and/or medications, and may be contraindicated for certain medical conditions.

 

CLA:  Censor Body Toner & GNC Total Lean CLA

  • Studies have shown that CLA may improve body composition in overweight or obese individuals. In some research, however, CLA doesn’t appear to impact weight or body fat.
  • CLA may help to reduce feelings of hunger, and improve satiety and feeling of fullness.
  • Taking 2-7 grams CLA daily seems to decrease body fat & increase lean body mass in some individuals.
  • Taking 8 grams daily for 16 weeks reduced BMI in obese, postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes.
  • In overweight children aged 6-10 years, taking CLA 3 grams daily for approximately 7 months seems to reduce percent body fat, percent abdominal fat, and percent peripheral fat compared to placebo.
  • Added benefit: Taking 4.5 grams CLA daily, along with Altace (hypertension medication), reduced blood pressure more than medication alone.

 

GNC Total Lean Advanced | Tone & Define

  • Low-stimulant: 18 mg caffeine per serving
  • Blend of ingredients that may enhance body’s ability to burn fat, including guarana, garcinia cambogia, and EGCG (from decaf green tea extract).
  • Ingredients are low-risk, though research is mixed at best, regarding effectiveness.

 

 

GNC Mega Men Energy & Metabolism | Women’s Ultra Mega Energy & Metabolism

  • Good-quality multivitamin & mineral, with added boost of 100 mg caffeine per two-capsule serving, along with Green Tea Extract and Capsimax ® Capsicum Seed Extract.
  • Addition of caffeine can give energy boost equivalent to one cup of coffee

 

GNC Pro Performance AMP:

Women's Ripped Vitapak® Non-Stimulant Formula | Men's Ripped Vitapak® Non-Stimulant Formula

Good-quality, good-potency multivitamin & mineral, plus:

  • Green Coffee Bean, Garcinia Cambogia, EGCG (green tea catechins), Capsimax (capsicum) blend
  • 4,000 mg CLA
  • Natural diuretic, including B6, magnesium, potassium, fennel seed powder, and parsley herb powder

 

 

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