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Hcg Supplement

hcg supplement

After the HCG Diet became popular last year, we shared some facts about this unhealthy diet. Now, it turns out, that the government is getting involved. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is usually sold as drops, pellets or sprays, and directs users to follow a severely restrictive diet of about 500 calories a day. HCG uses protein from the human placenta and companies claim that it helps to boost weight loss and reduce hunger. According to the FDA, there is no evidence that taking HCG helps people to lose weight. In fact, taking HCG could be dangerous. People on restrictive diets are at increased risk for side effects that include gallstone formation, an imbalance of the electrolytes that keep the body’s muscles and nerves functioning properly, and an irregular heartbeat, according to the FDA.

Diet Plan

The HCG diet plan involves changing your eating habits in addition to taking oral supplements. In the first phase, you do not need to take your HCG, but you do need to build up your fat stores. During the first couple days, you can eat whatever you want, focusing on high-fat foods. Throughout the second phase, which lasts for several weeks, you have to restrict your caloric intake to as little as 500 calories per day. In the final phase, you can slowly start to introduce more foods into your diet, upping your caloric intake. You need to take your oral HCG supplements several times per day during the second and third phases. While you might experience some weight loss on the HCG diet, taking such a drastic cut in calories is probably the main culprit for shedding pounds, according to Jennifer Nelson, a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic. More research needs to be conducted to see if HCG alone, benefits weight loss.

HCG Interactions

Tell your doctor all the medications you're taking.

This also includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitami nsand other dietary supplements (nutritional shakes, protein powders, etc.), herbal remedies and any illegal and recreational drugs.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about HCG if you're taking any medications that affect your blood. This includes:

  • Drugs for clotting disorders like coagulation factors IX and VIIa
  • Drugs that increase red blood cell production like epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit), factor VIII concentrate (Humate-P ), and darbepoetin (Aransep )
  • Cancer drugs affecting blood supply like bevacizumab (Avastin), lenalidomide (Revlimid), and thalidomide ( Thalidomid)
  • tretinoin (Atralin, Avita, Renova, Retin-A)

HCG and Alcohol

Alcohol can cause birth defects, so if you're taking HCG in hopes of getting pregnant, avoid drinking alcohol during this time.

Safety information

When used appropriately with the guidance of your doctor, hCG is safe. It shouldn’t be used by men with prostate cancer, certain brain cancers, or uncontrolled thyroid disease. Talk with your doctor about your other medical conditions before using hCG.

HCG is produced from hamster ovary cells. People with an allergy to hamster protein shouldn’t take hCG.