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What are carb blocker or some call them starch blocker pills?
Just pop into any pharmacy or supermarket and you will see many brands of carb blockers pills and capsules packed in different forms and labels for sale. The carb blocker pills or more technically, starch blocker pills are supposed to block carbohydrate absorption from the carbs you have eaten for weight management and weight loss purposes. Manufacturers are reporting millions and millions of bottles are being sold and the carb blockers are literally flying off the shelves.
Carb blocker pills are generally made from bean and wheat germ extracts, usually from white kidney beans. Carb blocker pills when taken are supposed inhibit the release of a digestive enzyme called alpha amylase that breaks down starchy carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta, noodles, cakes etc. This then prevent carbohydrates or starch from converting into glucose and then becoming body fat if not quickly used up quickly as an energy source. The unabsorbed carbs are then passed through the intestinal tracts and subsequently excreted as waste product.
Are there any side effects from taking carb blockers pills or capsules?
There are many documented complaints that some people suffer from various minor side effects and discomforts such stomach bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after consuming the carb blocker pills. However, carb blocker manufacturers consistently claim that these syptoms are actually manisfestation that carb blocker pills or capsules are working well.
Do carb blocker pills or capsules really work?
Do the pills block carbs from being absorbed by the body Are carb blocker pills and capsules effective in blocking carbohydrate absorption help people to lose weight? Early reports and researches are not very convincing. However, recent studies at the Mayo Clinic seem to suggest that much higher doses than those found in most commercial carb blocker pills or capsules did slow down carbohydrate absorption but was not proven that they could help people to lose weigh in their weight loss programs.
What is my take on carb blocker pills?
Well, if it is just as simple as popping some magical pills or capsules and you will lose weight and manage your weight successfully, then the world most obese nation, America, should be able to solve its obesity problems easily along with many obesity related diseases siince people will be losing or maintaining their weight easily by using carb blocking pills and capsules. Apparently this is not the case, isn't it?
So from this simple fact, you can draw your own conclusion as to whether carb blocker pills and capsules indeed do work or not. Write to me and tell me what you think or your experiences with carb blocker pills or capsules in your weight loss program.
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