New Seaweed Supplement Helps You Lose Weight, But It’s As Gross As It Sounds

Is there no end to the strange things scientists will invent to help us get skinny? Apparently not. Today we found out about a new seaweed supplement that is supposed to help you lose weight–that is, if you can swallow it without gagging.

According to a new Danish study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants lost weight when they took this supplement made from seaweed extract before meals.

For the study, 96 obese participants were divided into two groups. Half of the group was given the seaweed supplements; the other half received a placebo that looked and tasted identical. Over the course of three months, study participants drank the supplements, dissolved in two cups of water, 30 minutes before each meal. They were also told to cut back on calories.

The results? At the end, those on the real seaweed supplements lost 15 pounds, while those in the placebo group lost 11 pounds. Although, even with the potential to lose weight, 20% of the study group dropped out because they couldn’t stand the slimy texture, fishy taste and nasty side effects, like bloating.

Dr. Arne Astrup, one of the study’s authors from the University of Copenhagen, acknowledged that the taste of seaweed has been a barrier to using this as a weight-loss product:

There have been problems in the past to develop something (that tastes) acceptable.

The supplement uses the seaweed extract alginate and is touted as an appetite suppressant–like, who wouldn’t lose their appetite after swallowing seaweed juice?

Tell us, would you try this?

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    • Diana

      You eat seaweed in sushi, no?

    • Yep

      Seaweed, kelp and other sea vegetables are loaded in iodine which kills yeast. Our bodies naturally produce yeast. However, many individuals have an overgrowth of yeast in their bodies which causes sugar cravings and weight gain. The more yeast one has in their body the more sugar one craves. The more sugar you eat. The more weight you gain. That is because yeast needs sugar to survive. If you kill yeast. You kill a lot of the cravings and you loose weight. I am pre diabetic. I took a kelp supplement accompanied by seaweed snacks. A lot of my cravings for sugar were gone in one day. Day I have been taking a supplement everyday and eating seaweed with my meals and I will say I a lot, not all but a lot of my cravings for sweet snacks and junk are gone. I say, if you have diabetes and are overweight try some.

    • Yep

      I just wanted to make one more thing clear. This may be redundant, but the reason why sea vegetable kills junk cravings is because it kills the yeast that makes you crave junk food. If you don’t like sea vegetables, try a really good supplement that has 1,000 to 2,000 mcg per day. Also try Annie Chuns, roasted seaweed snack. They have one carb per serving and trust me are very, very filling. Treat obesity at the source. You can’t loose weight until you get the toxin out of your body that is causing the weight gain.