I know what you’re thinking–DIY weight loss pills?! Is that even a thing? Is this girl CRAZY? I know this because I thought it, too. When this video from Ela Gale popped up in my ‘What to Watch’ suggestions on YouTube, I was intrigued. While I’m not a diet pill advocate by any means, a DIY guide to creating your own ‘weight loss’ supplements merited an almost-instant viewing on sheer curiosity alone. There’s nothing crazy in these pills, either, just three metabolism-boosting ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen:
Cayenne, turmeric, and cinnamon.
…I’ll break down the potential benefits of each.
- Cayenne: Boosts metabolism, increases rate of digestion, improves blood flow, promotes heart health, and creates a warming sensation. If you’re sensitive to spicy food, cayenne can cause similar discomfort and heartburn. It has also been said to stimulate appetite with longterm use.
- Turmeric: Turmeric, a spice that creates the yellow color in mustard and curry, contains the antioxidant powerhouse curcumin. It decreases inflammation, reduces blood sugar in diabetics, improves digestion, and functions as an antiseptic. It may also help to lower cholesterol.
- Cinnamon: Helps to control insulin levels, decreases blood sugar, lowers bad cholesterol, boosts metabolism of carbohydrates, and can help to curb appetite. Note: If you’re planning on DIY-ing these supplements, make sure to purchase Ceylon Cinnamon, not Cassia. Here’s why.
Seems legit, right? Each of these ingredients likely make regular appearances in your food, and are components in natural “detox” products–Into the Gloss, for example, recommends combining them with ginger, lemon, hot water, and honey for a sort of morning detox tea. Each ingredient touts a myriad of health benefits, and many of these benefits could support or enhance weight loss. As you can see from the video linked above, making your own supplements is super easy and inexpensive. It also puts you in total control of what ingredients are going into your body, and in what amounts…which brings us to our discussion of store-bought dietary supplements.
Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers of dietary supplements to do much more than have their facilities registered before producing and/or selling supplements? Yeah. This means that manufacturers and distributors have no responsibility to tell the consumers OR the FDA what evidence they have about their product’s safety, or evidence to back up their product’s claims. There are no rules governing ingredient serving sizes, and the manufacturers aren’t required to tell you just how much of a certain ingredient is in the product that you’re potentially about to ingest, just that it’s *~there~*. The FDA also isn’t responsible for insuring that a supplement is safe–that’s on the manufacturers, too. At least until there are reports that would indicate serious adverse events associated with the use of said supplement after hitting the market–then the FDA gets involved.
So yeah–dietary supplements are super shady. They don’t have to tell you what’s in it, they don’t have to prove it’s safe, and they don’t have to work. But I mean, they tell you that right there on the packaging. Go to the supplement aisle in any store and check the label on the back of any diet pill–it will ALWAYS say, “these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” Bummer. If you’re curious, you can learn more about health claims and labeling requirements HERE.
So do these YouTube-sourced pills work? I’m not sure. But if you’re curious about taking any sort of weight loss supplement, at the very least, this option puts YOU in total control.
And of course, just as an added reminder, information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should always consult a medical professional before taking any new supplements.
How do you feel about weight loss supplements? Would you create your own?