Lipoféine Capteur de graisses, the virtues of chitosan
Today we’re testing LIPOFEINE CAPTEUR DE GRAISSES. It’s back-to-school time, of course, and the bikini season is over. But back-to-school also means back to Zumba Zumba classes, or any other physical activity that could help you lose weight! So there’s no respite for those extra kilos, no break from rebalancing your diet, and no excuses! Maintain a healthy lifestyle, and keep up the momentum towards a reshaped figure! Have you ever heard of Lipoféine Capteur de Graisses, from Arkopharma Laboratories?
These chitosan-based capsules are designed to help you lose weight by reducing fat and cholesterol absorption. So, Lipoféine Capteur de graisses, effective or not?
Visit Promises of Lipoféine Capteur de graisses
Lipoféine Capteur de Graisses slimming capsules are indicated for people who are overweight as a result of eating too much fat.
According to official website, chitosan, the main ingredient in Lipoféine Capteur de graisses, can absorb up to 800 times its weight in fat! These are some fine promises!
But will they be kept? That’s another story…
Arkopharma, Manufacturer of Lipoféine Capteur de graisses
Lipoféine Capteur de Graisses capsules come from Arkopharma Laboratories, a French laboratory specializing in phytotherapy, natural medicines and dietary supplements since 1980.
Arkopharma is one of the market leaders in natural dietary supplements. The seriousness of this company can be seen in its clear commitments.
- Compliance with current manufacturing standards;
- A laboratory dedicated to product control;
- Compliance with BNF (Good Manufacturing Practices);
- Organic certification.
Chitosan, Lipoféine’s Active Principle Fat Capturer
Lipoféine features the following ingredients: Chitosan (Polyglucosamine) at 468.75mg per capsule, calcium phosphate, corn starch, hydroxypropylmethycellulose (capsule shell).
Lipoféine Capteur de Graisses capsules are essentially composed of chitosan.
Chitosan is a polyoside substance composed of D-glucosamine and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. It can be produced from the carcasses of crustaceans, but also from the walls of certain fungi, which is why we hear of chitosan of both animal and plant origin.
Arkopharma produces the chitosan in these capsules from the latter, making them 100% plant-based and perfectly suited to vegetarians.
THE GREATNESSES OF CHITOSAN :
Chitosan is a substance that has interested scientists for some time now, and has therefore been the subject of a significant number of studies. Chitosan binds to fatty acids in the intestine, facilitating their elimination by natural means.
In fact, chitosan’s association with fatty acids prevents them from being metabolized by the body, meaning that fats can no longer be absorbed by the body, and are therefore externalized through urine and feces.
According to scientific data, chitosan has the capacity to absorb up to 15 times its weight in lipids. That’s a far cry from the 800 times claimed by the manufacturer!
At first glance, everything seems to meet our requirements for a product capable of promoting fat elimination, but it’s not all that simple! Chitosan has a number of limitations worth mentioning:
- Chitosan’s absorption capacity depends on the type of fat ingested.
In one study, researchers found that chitosan absorbed olive oil more readily than ghee (Indian butter), for example. So even if you’re not a big ghee consumer, we find it difficult to determine the exact efficacy of chitosan compared with all types of fat.
Here’s a report on an in vitro study of the chitosan/lipid combination (olive oil and ghee) published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal
(Source: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, vol 17, N° 1 January 2009).
- Chitosan is not soluble in a medium with a pH below 2.
Its efficacy would therefore be limited to the upper part of the intestine, and would otherwise be very weak, if not non-existent.
- In 2008, a review of 15 studies on chitosan was carried out to determine the effect of this ingredient on weight loss. Taking into account only those studies whose methodology was completely reliable, the authors of this review concluded that chitosan has minimal effects on weight loss.
In fact, they found a loss of 0.6kg over a period ranging from 4 weeks to 6 months of treatment. For more details on these studies, please consult the following report:
(Source: University of Auckland, Clinical Trials Research Unit, Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew B Jull, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Derrick A Bennett, Christel AE Dunshea-Mooij, Anthony Rodgers. Doi : 10.1002/14651858.CD003892.pub3. Published Online 16 Jul 2008).
Scientific studies on Lipoféine Fat Capturer
On the official website, you can see references to a study, mainly with supporting graphs. A closer look reveals that the graphs are incomplete.
In fact, on both vertical axes of the graph, the data displayed are in %. From this we can deduce that it’s certainly the % in relation to the starting weight and initial waist circumference.
Assuming that this is the case, what then of the other essential data, namely duration, which is not indicated at all? In the scientific studies section of the official Lipoféine website, no duration is mentioned, making any interpretation of this graph incomplete or even erroneous.
These graphs have no scientific value. We do not question either the scientific study mentioned or the scientific studies cited in the bibliography, but we believe that the results expressed by these graphs do not contain the information necessary for a clear understanding of the results obtained.
And to remain objective, we have consulted the official report of this study, a summary of which we present below:
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To determine the effect on weight loss of the polyglucosamine molecule contained in chitosan compared with a placebo.
STUDY CONSISTENCY: The study involved 115 volunteers who underwent standard treatment (ST) based on a low-calorie diet aimed at creating a daily calorie deficit of 500 calories and a median physical activity of 7 MET-hours per week. In addition to this standard treatment, the first group received polyglucosamine (PG) and the second a placebo (PL).
STUDY RESULTS: Over a 25-week period, the mean weight loss recorded in the first group (ST + PG) was 5.8±4.09kg and in the second group 4.0±2.94kg.
STUDY CONCLUSION: participants undergoing ST+PG recorded a significant weight loss of 1.8kg compared with the other group undergoing ST+PL.
OUR INTERPRETATION OF THE RESULTS :
Over 25 weeks and on a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity, the average weight loss recorded was 5.8kg (the maximum weight loss recorded in this study), or 0.23kg per week.
We believe that this loss can be achieved without even using this product, and we find that this loss is insignificant.
The effect of this PG is reduced, according to the same study, to 1.8kg over 25 weeks, or 0.072kg. In grams, that’s 72 grams! That’s the difference in weight loss between the two groups.
Side effects and contraindications of Lipoféine
Lipoféine is not recommended for pregnant and breast-feeding women, and is for adults only.
It is contraindicated for a BMI below 18.5 and not recommended for people allergic to any of its ingredients.
People suffering from any kind of health problem are advised to consult their doctor before taking Lipoféine.
To avoid interaction with other fat-soluble drugs, Lipoféine should be taken 4 hours after the first dose.
GOOD TO KNOWChitosan may cause constipation or loose stools. Prolonged intake may impair absorption of calcium, magnesium, selenium, vitamins A, D, E and K.
Price & Guarantee of Lipoféine
Lipoféine Capteur de Graisses is available in local pharmacies and online.
The 60-capsule bottle costs 10,90€.
The recommended dosage of Lipoféine is 2 capsules before each main meal with a large 250ml glass of water. Lipoféine can be taken 2 to 3 times a day. The bottle is normally intended for a 15-day course of treatment.
User reviews of Lipoféine Capteur de graisses
Opinions are mixed on the effectiveness of these slimming capsules. The results are not extraordinary, according to consumers of this product. Some say it works, while others question its effectiveness.
We have noted complaints of severe constipation.
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