"Detox" Products Useless? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/5/09

"Detox" Products Useless?

Buyer beware; if you're looking for something at the drug store to help you burn off those Christmas pounds, you can spend a lot of money on products that claims to cleanse your system but may not really do anything. That warning comes from the Independent Centers for Science, a consumer group, that studied a wide range of products that uses the word "detox" in food supplements and patches.

Scientist, Dr. Daniella Muallem, says, "There really isn't any scientific meaning to the word "detox".  Each product has a different definition.  In fact, when we contacted them they didn't even know themselves what they meant by "detox" and then the claims that they made. None of the products were able to provide evidence that these claims are true".

Dr. Muallem adds that the body is built to cleanse itself and all it really takes to help make that happen is a glass of water and a good night's sleep, both of which are free. The Independent Centers for Science suggests instead of buying into "detox" pills, just cut back a little now to make up for any Christmas excess.

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