A new combo of supplements might promote weight loss in overweight adults. Life Extension, The Foundation For Longer Life, reported that the journal, Obesity has issued the results of a double-blind trial that could assist weight loss in obese and overweight women. The study used two common supplements in combination: Alpha-lipoic acid and the omega 3 fatty acid EPA (eiposapentaenoic acid).
This particular study included 77 women, between the ages of 20 and 50. They were all following a calorie-restricted diet during the study. The women were given either a placebo or a supplement combo of 130 mg of EPA and 300 mg of alpha-lipoic- acid. They were to stay on this regimen for 10 weeks.
The results were both encouraging and surprising. While both groups did lose weight, the women who were taking the combined supplement lost a greater amount of weight than the women who were taking the placebo.
Plus they also lost more in hip circumference as well as fat mass. This may be attributed to EPA’s positive effect on leptin levels (which is a protein produced by fatty tissue that regulates fat storage). It was not clear from the study how alpha-lipoic-acid impacted weight loss in combination with the EPA levels, however. The researchers do believe that further investigation is necessary at this point.
Still, this comes as wonderful news to women (and men) who have struggled with weight loss and gives a little ray of hope to a life problem that is an exasperating one.