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Carb Blocker Supps?

Today I saw products claiming to be carb blockers, limiting carb absorbtion from your meals. My first thought was no way this shit works, or else everyone would be using it and Biotest would probably be seling a similar product. What are your thoughts, any of you ever try anything like this?

I always thought they must be complete bullshit too. Though I have seen them at legitimate places such as AG-guys, so I’m not completely sure.

well on prison break (my main source of medical information) he uses a an insulin blocker to simulate diabetes. i assume this is what these products would be doing?

they do work to an extent… but they don’t just block carbs… any nutrients you had in that meal are blocked as well if I understand correctly.

I’ll take them before a cheat meal

If you want to block carbs, why not just eat less?

If you wanted to block the nutrients you eat you could just throw up after your meal. But wait…isn`t this a serious disease?

I’ve heard these things wreck your digestive system, at least temporarily. So if you like loose stools and anal leakage- go for it!

[quote]BGB wrote:
they do work to an extent… but they don’t just block carbs… any nutrients you had in that meal are blocked as well if I understand correctly.

I’ll take them before a cheat meal[/quote]

Who do they work in? Hydroxycitric acid (the original title ingredient in Hydroxy-Slut and supposed carb blocker) didn’t pan out to work in humans like it did in mice. That made the large sums of money people were paying for it (because it wasn’t cheap even when sold by itself) a complete waste of time.

So, what are these new and improved “working” supplements and who have they been shown to actually work in? Fat blockers are a completely different story…and loads of fun at parties…loads…oozing wet loads.

[quote]sikunt wrote:
If you want to block carbs, why not just eat less?[/quote]

EUREKA!!! We have a winner ladies and gentleman. If you don’t wanna boo boo don’t dive off the garage on your head.

–Tiribulus->

The majority of “carb blocking” products, that I’ve seen contain white kidney bean extract, and yes it does inhibit the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose.

This info has been known for many years.

[quote]BGB wrote:
they do work to an extent… but they don’t just block carbs… any nutrients you had in that meal are blocked as well if I understand correctly.

I’ll take them before a cheat meal[/quote]

Sorry, that isn’t correct. They work by inhibiting the enzyme alpha-amalyase. They appear to play no roles in inhibiting other enzymes.

Still doesn’t hurt before cheat meals though since there’s probably a large amount of carbs in there somewhere.

[quote] ProfessorX wrote:

Hydroxycitric acid (the original title ingredient in Hydroxy-Slut and supposed carb blocker) didn’t pan out to work in humans like it did in mice. That made the large sums of money people were paying for it (because it wasn’t cheap even when sold by itself) a complete waste of time.[/quote]

Hydroxycitric acid, or Garcinia Cambogia has (to my knowledge) always been used as an appitite surpressent.

Research suggests that it improves glucose function, but it is in no way (to my knowledge) a carb blocker.

It is a very interesting fruit that may have many great benefits. The supplement form is also very cheap.