CaptoRedux, the device for preventing and treating excess weight
Today we’re testing CAPTOREDUX, a product advertised by its manufacturer as a medical device for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity.
An announcement which caught our attention and prompted us to present its test today.
Presentation and promises of CaptoRedux
CaptoRedux is a medical device, i.e. (according to Wikipedia’s definition): “an instrument, apparatus, equipment or software intended by its manufacturer to be used in humans for purposes including, but not limited to, the diagnosis, prevention, control, treatment, mitigation of disease or injury.”
This device was designed to combat overweight and obesity.
How does it do this? By acting on the absorption and assimilation of fats and sugars.
CaptoRedux should :
- Reduce the absorption and assimilation of fats;
- Slow down the breakdown and absorption of complex carbohydrates.
CaptoRedux would be an effective adjuvant to weight management, and is, unsurprisingly, to be combined with a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity.
The recommended dosage is 2 to 4 tablets before each main meal, to be taken with 2 large glasses of water.
In the event of a prolonged course of treatment lasting more than 30 days, it is advisable to take a break of 3 to 5 days before resuming.
Finally, drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day.
The manufacturer of CaptoRedux
Forte Pharma is one of the distributors of these slimming pills, but the Italian company SIIT srl is the manufacturer.
SIIT has been in business since 1951, specializing in the design and manufacture of innovative health products.
The company’s strengths include a research and development department that constantly creates products with innovative technologies; rigorous monitoring of manufacturing processes; and GMP, ISO 13485 and HACCP certifications.
To date, SIIT offers over 500 product references, sold throughout Europe.
Forte Pharma is a well-known company, and we have tested several of its products.
With a market presence spanning more than 15 years, Forté Pharma is considered a leader in its field.
We can only attest to the confidence shown by these two companies.
CaptoRedux is a multi-layered tablet which enables the various active ingredients in its composition to be released into the body at different times, and in targeted areas.
- 2 outer layers composed of CAPTOGLICOLIPID, an ingredient which binds to the fat in ingested food, thereby limiting the body’s assimilation of fats.
Fats are eliminated through natural channels, notably stools.
- 1 inner layer made up of CAPTOCARB, a natural intestinal-release complex which, as indicated, is only released once the tablet is in the intestine (so the active ingredients are not attacked by gastric juices and remain intact).
Captocarb is made up of locally-acting glycoproteins, which slow down the breakdown and absorption of complex carbohydrates.
But after this general information on the composition and effects of CaptoRedux slimming tablets, what do we know about the ingredients present in each of the complexes presented?
1. Captoglicolipid (600mg) :
CaptoRedux’s fat captor is none other than animal-derived chitosan, i.e. derived from crustaceans.
It limits the body’s absorption of fats, blocking their digestion in the intestine.
To find out more about the action of chitosan, read our full article dedicated to this ingredient HERE.
2. Captocarb (50mg):
Composed of bean proteins and simethicone.
- White bean protein: White beans contain phaseolamine, a substance that inhibits the action of alpha amylase.
It neutralizes the action of alpha amylase and prevents it from breaking down carbohydrates into simple sugars, allowing them to pass through the digestive system with less caloric impact.
Phaseolamine neutralizes the effect of sugars derived from starch, which is highly beneficial for people (including diabetics) wishing to reduce their carbohydrate intake.
- Simethicone is a “silicone used in gastric dressings to help evacuate intestinal gas”, a definition borrowed from Wikipedia.
It is a combination of dimethicone and silica, which has no pharmacological properties as such, since it is an inert molecule.
Simethicone acts by modifying the surface tension of gas bubbles in the intestine, and is thus used to relieve flatulence, bloating and a feeling of heaviness in the intestines.
Scientific studies on CaptoRedux
An online parapharmacy mentions a study evaluating the effect of Captoglicolipid and Captocarb complexes on carbohydrate and lipid absorption.
The study was carried out within the framework of a specific protocol simulating in vitro (i.e. in the laboratory) the functioning of the human gastrointestinal tract, SHIME (Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem).
The results of this study showed that :
- Captoglicolipid ingestion reduces the potentially absorbable fraction of dietary lipids by 20%;
- With Captocarb, the fraction of absorbed sugars fell by 43%.
Unfortunately, no reference is given for this study, which we were unable to locate despite our research. Academic referencing is a necessary condition for attesting the reliability of a study.
Side effects and contraindications of CaptoRedux
CaptoRedux is not recommended for children under 12, or for pregnant or breast-feeding women.
On the other hand, since fiber can reduce the absorption of oral medication, it is advisable to wait 2 hours after taking medication before taking CaptoRedux, and to take care when taking oral contraceptives, for example.
CaptoRedux can also stimulate the anti-coagulant effect of warfarin, a component of certain cardiovascular drugs. Take care if you are taking such drugs.
Other possible side effects include gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea and, rarely, constipation.
These effects usually disappear within a few days. If this is not the case, consult your doctor.
Finally, CaptoRedux is not recommended for people with hypersensitivity or allergy to any of its components.
If you suffer from diabetes, you should also consult your doctor before taking CaptoRedux, as it may reduce blood sugar levels and thus influence insulin secretion.
CaptoRedux user testimonials
Many people seem to have tested these slimming tablets.
As with all dietary supplements, opinions vary.
For many, CaptoRedux is effective.
For a smaller number, on the contrary, it hasn’t brought about any change. Some people find the tablets hard to swallow, and the price too high.
The overall trend is positive.
CaptoRedux price and guarantee
CaptoRedux can be found in local pharmacies and parapharmacies, or online.
The approximate price for a box of 60 tablets is 22€.
Guarantees, promotions and offers vary by retailer.
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