A new herbal supplement may be a way to get rid of belly fat.
Researchers say the herb called Natura contains “sugar” that will give you energy and boost metabolism.
The supplement is being marketed as a weight-loss food, as it’s supposed to improve digestion, appetite and sleep, and is often sold in supermarkets and online.
“It’s basically a sugar pill, it’s a weight loss food,” said Dr Catherine O’Donnell, a medical nutritionist from Cork, who conducted a study in the Netherlands.
“So it’s kind of a sugar-based supplement that you can take with a meal.”
Dr O’Neill said that, like other weight loss drugs, Naturas efficacy was partly dependent on the type of supplement the person was taking.
“The type of fat is very important, because if you have a lot of fat it will make the pill a little bit easier to take,” she said.
“But the fact that it’s sugar-free and it’s also not a fat burner, that’s the real key.”
The supplement can be taken in pill form or in capsule form.
Dr O-Donnell said the product was also known as “diet soda” or “water soda”.
“It contains all the nutrients that you need, but it’s just a sugar bomb,” she explained.
“When you add in a little caffeine it’s quite tasty.”
Natura supplements can also be used as a diet supplement, and the amount of sugar in each pill was measured.
Dr Elizabeth Ayliffe from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who also studied the supplement, said it was not known whether Naturals effectiveness was linked to its fat content.
“This is not a sugar drug,” she told the Irish Times.
“Naturas is not sugar and it is not caffeine.”
Dr Ayliff said the study did not demonstrate that Naturais effectiveness was comparable to other weight-management pills on the market.
“We did not measure it, so it’s hard to say,” she added.
“What we did see is that this product does not seem to be as effective as other weight management pills.”
In terms of its effectiveness in reducing belly fat, there is no clear evidence that this is superior to other supplements.
“Dr Nesbitt said the research was “an important first step in this research”.”
I think it’s important to look at all these different types of dietary supplements that we’re looking at, because this one may be able to provide some benefit to a lot more people than the other,” he said.