We take a look at Boots Metabolism Support to find out more.
Boots Metabolism Support is an own brand supplement that is made by Boots and on sale from High Street Boots Stores as well as online. Boots is a very well known and trusted UK pharmacy outlet. The shops are in most towns across the country selling everything from support tights to table lamps and are also operate as pharmacies, mixing and providing prescription medication. Boots also manufacture their own range of health supplements including products aimed specifically at weight loss.
Although we have not yet approved any Boots supplements, they seem safe and you can buy in confidence knowing that they are probably going to conform to manufacturing standards.
Boots Metabolism Support contains just one active ingredient which is Capsicum Extract. Capsicum is the generic name for peppers but when it comes to weight loss usually refers to the red chilli pepper. This type of pepper contains high levels of capsaicoinds a group of compounds that cause the hot effect when you eat.
Some scientific research has found that high levels of capsaicoinds increase the metabolism, burn calories, and reduces body mass and body fat as well. Capsicum appears to increase the conversion of calories into heat rather than fat and this means that you burn fat off and do not absorb it.
Boots Metabolism Support is designed to support a weight loss plan and exercise programme. The idea is that you use this supplement in combination with an exercise plan so that you maximise the amount of calories you burn off throughout your work out. However you can also use Boots Metabolism Support on non-exercise days in combination with a healthy diet.
The problem with eating more chilli peppers in your diet and trying for the metabolism boosting effect naturally is that the side effects can be unpleasant. The burning sensation as you eat the chilli, the upset stomach and burning sensation when the chilli leaves your system makes this ingredient better suited to taking in supplement form that eaten fresh.
Boots Metabolism Control seems to have thought of this side effect by using materials in the tablet that will delay the release of the active ingredients until they are in the stomach. This means the tablet is unlikely to cause a burning sensation.
On Exercise days take one tablet with liquid 30-60 mins before exercise.
On Non Exercise days, take one tablet with water before breakfast.
Capsicum has become a popular ingredient in weight loss supplements in recent years. Probably the best known of these is Capsiplex – a supplement made in Scotland and the first chilli pepper diet pill on the market.
Capsiplex had some very positive reviews when it came out in 2010 and there was a lot of hype about it. This seems to have died down now but this original supplement spawned a long list of copycat supplements.
According to the product information,
Boots Pharmaceuticals Metabolism Support supports a healthy metabolism when exercising
The supplement has four key features:
In addition, the supplement is free from:
Boots Metabolism Support only contains one active ingredient and if you are looking for a natural supplement this is not it! This supplement contains a range of chemical ingredients flavourings and colourings as well as the Capsicum Extract and the amount quantities are not provided.
This is a serious omission and we are not very impressed with this lack of information.
Another test found that capsicum might reduce plasma glucose levels and help manage insulin levels. The conclusion of a test carried out on just 12 healthy volunteers found that “5 grams of capsicum presented capsaicin levels that were associated with a decrease in plasma glucose levels and the maintenance of insulin levels.
Although capsicum extract may have health and weight loss benefits, it appear that clinical testing on humans has only been minimal. There really is no real evidence that it will increase the metabolism and work in the way as described in the advertising.
All the other ingredients in the product information relate to the construction, colour and flavouring of the tablet.
Other ingredients include: Talc, Colours (Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide), Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid and Cross-linked Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose.
Boots Metabolism Support is not looking great! There is very little scientific evidence to prove that Capsicum Extract really helps burn fat because clinical tests have been carried out on such a small number of people.
However, the results are promising and if this same testing were carried out on a wider scale, perhaps it would be more believable. Disappointingly, Boots Metabolism Support does not reveal how much Capsicum Extract is contained in this supplement.
All clinical testing has been carried out using a 5g dose. Will Boots Metabolism Support contain as much capsicum extract as this and as a result reflect the positive results of the clinical testing? In truth, this is unlikely because it seems just too much for any supplement. However, the Boots advertising should have mentioned the contents information.
The other ingredients are common factors in supplement production. We were pleased to note that this tablet does have delayed release technology to ensure that the delivery is not until the tablet is safely in stomach acid where it will cause the minimum side effects.
This supplement looks safe.
The delayed release technology of the capsule should prevent against the usual side effects of chilli pepper such as a burning sensation. It is very unlikely to cause any side effects.
You should avoid if pregnant or breast feeding (standard advice for all supplements).
Do not use if you are taking blood clotting medication such as Warfarin because it will interact.
Do not take Capsicum supplements if you are a cocaine user because it will increase side effects.
Check with your doctor first if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medication in case of interactions.
Boots Metabolism Support is only on sale via Boots and mostly will be bought over the counter. This means there is not a space for feedback. We have been unable to find any reviews for Boots Metabolism Support.
We don’t think it will work very well. There is some evidence that capsicum can increase the speed of the metabolism immediately after ingestion but it is unlikely that Boots Metabolism support contains adequate quantities to reflect clinical testing.
We would have liked to have seen some more information from Boots regarding quantities too. We like the fact that this supplement should not cause any side effects but it is possible that it won’t cause any effect at all.
You can buy Boots Metabolism Support from the Boots website or from many of the High Street stores. A packet of 30 tablets (one month’s supply) costs £19.99.
If you order online and choose to pick up in store, this costs an additional £1.95. Shipping to any UK address costs an additional £2.95.
There are also other delivery options including next day delivery (£4.99) and named day delivery(£3.99).
Boots supplements are only available to UK, Northern Ireland and BFPO addresses.
No money-back guarantee. If Boots Metabolism Support fails to work, that is just hard luck!
We feel that Boots have jumped on the Capsiplex bandwagon here with Boots Metabolism Support and have come up with their very own chilli supplement as part of their range. There are a couple of points we like about it. The supplement seems safe and it should not cause any side effects. We like that if you are in the UK you can probably pick it up from the shops.
However, the evidence for capsicum as a weight loss aid and metabolism booster is flimsy. There have only been a couple of clinical studies looking into this ingredient and although results have been positive, tests on 22 people in total are not enough to prove anything.
In addition these good results were seen on 5g servings and we have no idea how much capsicum extract is contained in Boots Metabolism Support. The product information just does not provide this basic fact, which is a serious omission.
We like Boots. We like the safety aspect of their supplements but this one does not look to be worth spending good money on.
It is an easy decision: We reject Boots Metabolism Support.
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