Let’s talk about homeopathic HCG also referred to as HCG drops. These are homeopathic supplements that are used for weight loss. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotrophin, a hormone made when when a woman is pregnant. The original HCG diet has been around for several decades. The HCG program that uses HCG drops is a relative newcomer to the weight loss arena but is extremely popular in some circles.
This HCG drops program review is a follow up to my first review of the HCG Diet where I discussed the clinical studies performed on the original program. In this HCG review will I will only address homeopathic HCG supplements which are taken under the tongue – usually in an eye dropper.
How The HCG Diet Works
The HCG diet is basically the same as the original version used by Dr Albert Simeons. It basically consists of:
- Taking HCG and
- Eating only 500 calories per day
According to people who sell HCG, the hormone reduces appetite and helps you lose weight while helping you keep your muscle. But, I could not locate any proof that people taking sublingual HCG keep muscle while they lose weight.
Let me be clear, the HCG diet WILL cause weight loss. But, the weight people lose on this diet is NOT because of HCG . Rather people lose weight with the HCG diet because they are only eating 500 calories per day. I'm going to prove why HCG drops don’t help weight loss so keep reading.
Many websites that sell homeopathic HCG drops speak about the work of Dr Simeons but they usually don’t tell you is that Dr Simeons used injections of HCG – not HCG drops.
Because homeopathic HCG may contain small amounts of alcohol, recovering alcoholics should not use these products if they believe it may interfere with their recovery.
Remember. The people who sell homeopathic HCG drops love to tell you about Dr. Simeons and his HCG research. BUT Dr Simeons, did not use homeopathic HCG drops.
Let's discuss 3 reasons why Dr. Simeons did not use homeopathic HCG and by doing so you will know why this HCG program cannot possibly work.
1. What Are Homeopathic HCG Drops?
Homeoapathy literally means taking a substance (in this case HCG) and diluting it over and over with water. This dilution continues until the final dilution contains none (zero) of the original substance.
This means that homeopathic HCG has no HCG. Rather, HCG drops are just water (sometimes other things like vitamin B12 are added but this other stuff usually has no weight loss effect). Here is my review of vitamin B12 and weight loss if you want more info.
Some people say that homeopathic HCG stings when its placed under the tongue. This may be because of the alcohol or other ingredients in homeopathic HCG.
The final homeopathic dilution is said to contain the “memory” of the original substance. The “memory” of the substance is what is supposed to be the active ingredient in homeopathic preparations.
How can an inert substance like water contain a memory? This makes no sense from a scientific point of view. Fact. Nobody who sells HCG drops can show you clinical proof that their product has a memory of HCG. Ask them and you will see that I am right.
2. What Is HCG Made Of?
HCG is a hormone that is made of protein. When we eat food that is made of protein – like chicken – the protein in the food is broken down into the amino acids that make up that protein.
This is why chicken isn’t absorbed in the body as chicken. The same is true for HCG drops. When you take HCG by mouth, the protein that makes up the HCG is digested and absorbed as individual amino acids.
Those amino acids are used to do whatever the body needs to get done. The body does not reassemble those amino acids back into HCG after they are absorbed.
3. Any Proof For Homeopathic HCG Drops?
I wanted to see if there was any proof for homeopathic HCG drops so I searched the National Library of Medicine, a list of millions of studies from around the world. I searched this database using these terms
- HCG drops
- HCG drops and weight loss
- Oral HCG
- HCG supplements
- homeopathic HCG
- Homeopathic human chorionic gonadotrophin
- Human chorionic gonadotrophin drops
- Human chorionic gonadotrophin supplements
None of these terms or phrases revealed any clinical studies. The only studies I did see where for the original HCG diet that I reviewed previously.
Websites that market sublingual HCG drops often talk about how they are “FDA Approved” but this doesn't mean the FDA says homeopathic HCG drops cause weight loss.
The FDA Approved statement only means that the company has met the homeopathic medication requirements that the FDA stipulates. These requirements include listing the dilution, instructions for safety and purity of the product. Here is more on FDA conditions for homeopathic medications.
On March 9, 2011 the TV show Nightline, did a story on homeopathic HCG and weight loss. They made a good point when they revealed that the FDA requires HCG labels to state that several clinical trials since the 1970s have shown HCG does not help weight loss.
As I revealed in my review of HCG injections, the research actually goes back to the 1950s and ALL of that research is on injections of HCG. There is no clinical research on homeopathic HCG diets.
HCG Supplements Sold In Stores
Update. 10/28/11. I was in Walmart today and discovered that even they are now selling HCG supplements. In case you were wondering, I took a look at these weight loss aids discovered that they contain more than you think. In addition to homeopathic HCG (that they may or may not actually contain) they also have mixtures of other things. For example, the HCG products I saw at in Walmart also contained familiar ingredients like caffeine, arginine, green tea, chromium and African Mango.
So here is my question: if HCG drops really are so great, then how come these store bought HCG supplements have all that other stuff? One product called HGC Platnum X 14 had a picture of Carmen Electra on the front of the box with the bold claim that it was the “Top Selling Brand” – but why? When I looked at Platinum X 14 HCG, there was nothing special in it. Just a bunch run of the mill ingredients that I've seen in many other weight loss supplements.
And what's up with Carmen Electra? Is there ANYTHING that girl won't try to sell us? Since I just ruined my chances with Carmen Electra, I will say that I think these HCG supplements are bogus and a waste of your hard earned money. Money is tight these days. Don't waste it on this stuff.
How Does The HCG Diet Work?
Logic proves that people lose weight with HCG drops because they are only eating 500 calories per day.
Even if you don't believe any of the facts I am telling you, before you spend your $40 – $60 a month on HCG drops, ask the person selling the stuff if they have any clinical proof that homeopathic HCG drops – plus eating 500 calories per day – causes more weight loss than ONLY eating 500 calories per day.
Don't accept the work of Dr. Albert Simeons because he didn't use HCG drops. Ask for published clinical trials on homeopathic HCG. I can’t find this proof. Can you?
What do you think?