What You Should Know
Fucoxanthin is derived from brown seaweed. There have been clinical studies on animals that support weight loss claims, but animal metabolism and body function differs from human function, so these studies are irrelevant in the human population. Other ingredients in Vitabase Fucoxanthin Plus are proven to promote healthy weight loss, but not in the amounts included in the formula. No matter how many clinical studies support an ingredient, if too little is included in the supplement there is no weight loss benefit.
List of Ingredients
Proprietary Blend: Green Tea Extract, Certified South African Hoodia Cactus, Pomegranate Extract.
At the heart of Vitabase Fucoxanthin Plus is an extract of brown seaweed. The seaweed has been tested in animal studies for weight loss benefits. The studies show animals lose more weight when taking fucoxanthin compared to a placebo, but no human studies support these findings.
The proprietary blend includes one proven weight loss supplement, green tea. There are only 238 mg in the entire proprietary blend. The proven amount of green tea is 300 to 350 mg. This means there is no way Vitabase includes enough green tea to promote weight loss.
South African hoodia has been tested clinically and proven to have no effect on appetite. The active ingredient, P57, is metabolized during digestion. The chemical reaction required to suppress appetite never occurs because the P57 never reaches the brain.
Vitabase Fucoxanthin Plus lists several potential side effects associated with the supplement, including nausea, nervousness and sleeplessness. Dieters under the age of 18 and those suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure should not take the supplement.
Vitabase Fucoxanthin Plus sells for $18.95 per 90 capsules. As is the case with most Vitabase supplements, the price is lower than other weight loss products, but that simply reflects the lack of proven ingredients in proven amounts.
- Green tea is proven to increase weight loss and metabolism.
- Fucoxanthin is backed with animal studies.
- Ingredients are listed, with amounts in some cases, on the official website.
- The product is sold directly from the manufacturer.
- The price is lower than other supplements.
- Not enough of the single, proven ingredient.
- Fucoxanthin has not been proven in human studies.
- No before and after pictures supporting weight loss claims.
Vitabase does a couple things right when marketing supplements. The company backs supplements with a 60-day guarantee and ingredients are listed in a clear, concise format. However, Vitabase Fucoxanthin Plus is not proven to support weight loss in humans. Animal studies are a start, but large human studies need to be completed to confirm these benefits in humans. Without proper amounts of green tea, there is no benefit of taking the supplement.