FucoTHIN looks pretty good at first glance but is this initial impression accurate? And is this supplement safe?
We take an in depth look at FucoTHIN to find out more.
FucoTHIN is a weight loss supplement that contains just one ingredient- a branded product called Xanthigen. Xanthigen contains brown seaweed extract fucoxanthin combined with Punicic acid, a substance naturally found in pomegranates.
Seaweed and pomegranate may seem like an odd combination but Xanthigen has undergone clinical testing and looks very promising.
It seems to increase energy expenditure and fatty acid oxidation and it appears to target fatty white tissue (adipose fat) around the abdomen. Even better scientists monitoring clinical trials reported that Xanthigen was safe and appeared to be well tolerated.
A good point about FucoTHIN is that it will not cause stimulant side effects unlike most fat burners on the market. So if you are looking for some assistance to weight loss and don’t want to feel wired on caffeine, this supplement will probably appeal to you.
As expected US TV doctor, Dr Oz, has been quick to get in on the act and has described Xanthigen as a way to turbo charge your metabolism.
The company develop and market products to the supplements industry, which means that private individuals cannot buy direct from the manufacturer. Instead, supplement companies buy the brands for inclusion in their own products as has happened here.
As far as we can see, the most popular PoliNat brand is Xanthigen a patented protected formula.
We covered Fucoxanthin Slim, which also contains Xanthigen in a previous Watchdog review.
We have also covered numerous seaweed extract inspired supplements that look similar.
FucoTHIN comes under the Garden of Life label. This US company specialise in supplements to support a healthy lifestyle rather than just focusing on weight loss. The slogan is Empowering Extraordinary Health.
Other supplements in the range include FucoTHIN Green – which comes with added green coffee bean extract.
However Garden of Life do market detox supplements such as RAW Cleanse, which spoils an otherwise good impression. Taking laxatives and diuretics is not good for health and are linked to a wide range of side effects.
That said Garden of Life look to be a very reputable company. The company website has been in operation for 18 years and is not associated with any scam issues.
Garden of Life supplements are stocked in many stores and health food shops across the USA.
Take 1 softgel 3 times daily (3 total) with meals and 8 oz. of water.
Advanced Usage: Healthy Individuals may increase gradually to 3 softgels, 3 times daily (9 total) with food and at least 8 oz. of water.
Clinical studies indicate an average of 6 weeks of use before significant thermogenic response is experienced. Give FucoTHIN at least 8 full weeks before you can begin to notice change.
The sole ingredient Xanthigen is made by PoliNat, a Spanish supplements company based in the Canary Islands.
The FucoTHIN product information is very lengthy but the first thing you notice are the customer testimonials and impressive before and after pictures.
“I’ve lost 33lbs and dropped three dress sizes” says one customer. She looks great!
Other customers report similar success stories.
There is a lengthy explanation about Fucoxanthin the principle ingredient:
Fucoxanthin, contained in FucoTHIN, is a compound that is found in several different types of seaweed. Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid (similar to lutein and lycopene), which is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free-radical damage.
It explain how it helps weight loss:
Fucoxanthin is unique because it creates a thermogenic effect without stimulating the central nervous system
The information continues:
Fucoxanthin actually boosts your metabolism, without giving you the jitters or causing you to lose sleep. Instead of the shotgun approach of boosting your metabolism by stimulating the central nervous system, fucoxanthin breaks down fat without the increased heart rate.
Strangely, the pomegranate extract part of the formula is not mentioned in the advertising.
FucoTHIN is a stimulant free weight loss supplement that comes in soft gel capsules.
Each soft gel capsule is equal to one serving.
Xanthigen Proprietary Blend (200mg): Xanthigen is composed of two ingredients.
When taken in combination as Xanthigen, results look extremely promising. The formula has undergone 2 clinical tests on human volunteers. In the first test, the volunteers were seen to increase the speed of the metabolism by 18.2 %.
In the second test volunteers, lost 4.5 % more weight than those who were just on a diet.
However according to scientists “the mechanism remains to be fully elucidated” In other words, it appears to work but they are not sure why or how! Xanthigen requires further testing to find out why it works but the good news is that it does seem to be effective.
According to clinical studies and the product information, you will need to take this supplement for at least six weeks before you notice any effects. It is also important to combine it with a healthy eating plan and do some added exercise.
This means that you are going to be in for a long haul and for many people this will not seem worth it.
In addition, does this mean you have to commit to taking FucoTHIN forever?
Not everyone will want to commit to taking 9 capsules a day for months on end and although it is important not be impatient with weight loss, it is also important to remember that the weight loss results have not been fully evaluated and are only based on two small human clinical trials.
The long term safety of Xanthigen has not been studied but that said, this supplement looks safe for most people and customers have not mentioned any major associated side effects
However, brown seaweed can contain varying levels of iodine, which could be a problem if you suffer from a thyroid related medical condition.
In addition, Pomegranate oil can occasionally cause an allergic reaction with symptoms including runny nose, itching and breathing difficulties.
There are rising concerns about the safety of taking kelp and seaweed supplements because of the risk of contamination from the pollutants in the sea. According to a breast cancer information resource, seaweed can no longer be considered as healthy because of the risk of pollution.
However according to the product information, Xanthigen contains seaweed which is grown in “large cultivation tanks filled with pristine deep sea water,” making it look like one of the safer options on the market.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your doctor before taking if you suffer from an existing medical condition or are taking prescription medication.
There are plenty of customer reviews for FucoTHIN and as ever, it is a mixed bag of opinion.
Many customers have been pleased. This customer reported:
Very pleased when taken with a good diet. I saw improved results once I started Fuco Thin.
My stomach is shrinking! I’ve been taking 3 capsules per day for about 6 weeks now. I am losing about one pound per week but what I love is the fact that my muffin top is shrinking.
Some customers have used for years and are satisfied. As this consumer said:
Been using these on and off for years, had great weight loss results without any side effects.
Some customer have noticed results but have needed to take it for a long time to see any effect:
I used three bottles of this product for weight loss but I only lost about 5 pounds. However, that weight did stay off….. I know weight loss is more than just taking a pill. It has to be a change in nutrition and lifestyle as well. I did lose some weight so I am satisfied with using Fuco Thin.
Some customers are not satisfied.
This customer felt it just wasn’t worth it:
This is a costly product that I took for five months….. I saw absolutely no appreciable benefit when I used this product in conjunction with wise dietary intake and exercise vs. just proper diet and activity alone.
Other consumers have the same opinion. As this consumer pointed out:
I did not like this product at all First off, 9 pills is a lot for 3x a day. You have to go through at least 2-3 bottles to see a very small weight loss. I went through 1 bottle with no change.
Many people have reported similar experiences.
Some people think that FucoTHIN is helping their weight loss but it obviously is not working for everyone and the fact that you have to take it for such a long time is off putting.
There is no magic pill for weight loss. We all know that you have to put some effort in and work with a supplement. You can’t sit back and wait for results. That said, many customers are making efforts to lose weight and the weight loss hardly seems more than could be expected from a normal weight loss diet and exercise plan.
In addition, although the scientific evidence looks promising, the claims about weight loss remain unproven. The FDA warn that there is insufficient research into fucoxanthin to draw any firm conclusions.
You can find FucoTHIN on sale from some health food shops and supplement stores across the USA and Canada. You cannot buy FucoTHIN direct from the product page or the Garden of Life website, which is linked to it.
If you live in the USA or Canada, you can use the FucoTHIN store locater to find the nearest store to your address.
FucoTHIN is also available online from a wide choice of online retailers including Vitamin Shoppe, eBay, Lucky Vitamin, Amazon and iherb.
We found FucoTHIN on sale from Amazon US
1 bottle of 90 capsules (10 days supply) costs $33.66
1 bottle of 180 capsules (20 days supply) costs $43.56.
You can also buy FucoTHIN via Amazon UK.
1 bottle of 90 capsules (10 days supply) costs £20.00 including delivery.
FucoTHIN is not covered by a money back guarantee.
FucoTHIN looks to be a good quality supplement that you can buy from a range of outlets so if you wanted to try seaweed for weight loss, it may be a good choice. According to the product information, the seaweed is cultivated in pristine waters so is less likely to be contaminated by pollution unlike so many others on the market.
In addition, the branded ingredient Xanthigen has been clinically tested and results are promising.
In our opinion, this is a good quality supplement that if you take long term may have benefits for health and for weight loss. Many customers are satisfied.
That said we are not sure we would bother taking it ourselves. Taking 9 capsules a day for at least 6 weeks sounds inconvenient and expensive and even many of the positive customer reviews have only reported minimal weight loss.
This is not surprising. The clinical investigation did show some positive benefits but scientists still do not fully understand how Fucoxanthin works which is troubling. This ingredient needs further testing before we can really say one way or another.
This leads us to only one verdict. Yes, it may work for you but in our opinion, the likely results are unlikely to justify the price tag for most people. This gives us no other option but to reject FucoTHIN.
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