FücoTHIN™ Fat Burner Review: A Seaweed & Pomegranate Weight Loss Connection?
The FucoTHIN™ fat burner consists of two ingredients—fucoxanthin, a carotenoid (present in seaweed and other marine vegetables) and punicic acid (a conjugated linolenic acid) which can be derived from pomegranate seed oil.
If you’ve been researching FucoTHIN™ on the net, you’ll no doubt have encountered sales material that touts its ability to boost the metabolism, and consequently, elevate the body’s ability to burn fat. Thus, the sales material concludes, FucoTHIN™ eliminates body fat and promotes weight loss without jitters or side effects.
You’ve probably also read that it’s been widely studied. The web site I reviewed stated…
“(FücoTHIN™) …has been studied by leading scientists for many years and is the only formula that human clinical research confirms aids in the breakdown of fat.”
It’s certainly true that a human study on Xanthigen (a proprietary blend of fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil) was published in 2010. Performed in Russia, the study looked at weight loss and energy expenditure in a group of obese, pre-menopausal women – many of whom had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The researchers found that women taking 600mg/day Xanthigen while on a modestly calorie-reduced diet lost significantly more weight and liver fat than those taking a placebo.
This would have a lot more impact if the “research” was performed by either North American or European clinicians. There are often large inconsistencies between studies performed in Russia and the old Soviet bloc (although things may be improving these days) and comparable studies performed in the west. This is likely a result of many reasons — including lack of clinical funding, flawed methodology and widespread corruption.
There are other positive weight loss studies on fucoxanthin and/or Xanthigen, as well, but they’re all on cell-cultures or rodents (see, for example Biotechnol J. 2010 Sep;5(9):961-9, J Food Sci. 2011 Jan-Feb;76(1):H2-6, J Agric Food Chem. 2007 May 2;55(9):3741-8. Epub 2007 Mar 30). Other studies suggest that fucoxanthin is also a potentially healthful compound, with antioxidant and anti-cancer activities.
So what’s the bottom line ?
FücoTHIN™ contains two ingredients for which preliminary clinical data shows a propensity for weight loss in mice and rats. The study touted by the retailers shows fucoxanthin supplementation can lead to a significant reduction in liver fat, body fat and body weight.
So do the ingredients in FücoTHIN™, SeaThin, Lipoxathin™ or any fucoxanthin-based fat burner really lead to weight loss in humans?
Beyond the studies, we have only anecdotal reports to go on. The ones I’ve seen trend positive, but are definitely mixed: some love it, while others have seen no results at all. The comments on Real-Customer-Comments.com are representative.
If you’ve used a fucoxanthin product (one of the above, or others currently on the market), feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.