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Abgone slimming supplement doesn't work at all

We'd never heard of Abgone, a slimming supplement that the US company Biotech Research has been selling through crafty Internet campaigns. So initially we were also not particularly interested in a recently published scientific study, which showed that Abgone has no noticeable effect. So why are we devoting attention to it now? Because the Abgone affair shows that a certain category of supplements manufacturers are out to lighten your purse.

Abgone slimming supplement doesn't work at all


Abgone was launched on the market about eight years ago. The capsules contain an unspecified mix of BCAAs, green tea, CLA and caffeine. Tried and tested, you'd say. But the dosage was extremely meagre. If you took the daily-recommended dose of 4 caps, you'd ingest 99 mg caffeine and a total of 1510 mg green tea, CLA and BCAAs daily.

And that's ridiculous. You need at least 2-3 g a day of CLA alone if you want to see some effect, and BCAAs only start to have an effect at much higher doses.

In July 2014 the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition published a study in which 22 obese, inactive adults took part as subjects. Their average BMI was 34. Half of them were given a placebo; the other half took the recommended daily dose of Abgone.

The figure below shows the effect of the supplement over the 8-week period on the subjects' lean body mass and fat mass. Nothing at all, nada.

Abgone slimming supplement doesn't work at all

The only variable that Abgone had any effect on was the subjects' feeling of hunger, which increased.

Abgone slimming supplement doesn't work at all

The study is based on the graduate thesis of Shweta Rawal at Florida State University, which was published in October 2013. [Rawal, Shweta, "The Impact of a Multi-Ingredient Dietary Supplement Taken for 8 Weeks on Body Composition and Health in Overweight Men and Women" (2013). Electronic Theses, Treatises and Dissertations. Paper 8625.]

The thesis makes no mention of exactly which supplement was used. This information is included in the article published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. The product was manufactured by Suarez Corporation Industries, you can read in the article. And with this information it takes just a couple of seconds of Googling to learn that the product Rawal studied was Abgone.

Suarez Corporation Industries
If you continue Googling you'll come across press releases from January 2014 saying that the state of California had filed a lawsuit against Suarez Corporation Industries. The company sells all sorts of things and operates under dozens of different names. One of these is Biotech Research the name under which the Suarez Corporation launched Abgone and other supplements on the market. The claims they made were unfounded, and Suarez Corporation ended up paying a 1.8 million dollar fine. [ Jan 30, 2014]

J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2014 Jul 26;11:37.

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