“ Type: Homeopathic Medicines & Remedies „
Tesco Slimming Aid: Bladderwrack:
As I said I would in my weight loss review I am continuing to review all the products I am using to get into shape. This is one of those products.
I saw Tesco's Bladderwrack tablets on offer for around £3.50 for a pot of 60 pills which works out at 20 to 60 days supply depending on how you use them. I decided they would be worth a go to help boost my own efforts.
*** What is Bladderwrack? ***
Bladderwrack is a form of kelp, (seaweed), which is very high in iodine. Bladderwrack stimulates your thyroid gland and boosts your metabolism which makes you more active which in turn helps you loose more weight. The effects of a faster metabolism are wide spread including breaking down certain compounds in your body and helping with digestion. To be honest I couldn't possibly learn enough about them to educate you guys so check out the wikipedia page for plenty of very scientific information. Needless to say that, to a point, a faster metabolism is a good thing.
*** What's in the Pills? ***
The pills, (which are about medium size and a grey-green colour), contain 32mg of extract of Bladderwrack, 200mg Bladderwrack, sucrose, acacia, maize starch, maltodextrin, sodium starch glycollate, purified talc, magnesium stearate and colloidal anhydrous silica. Only the Bladderwrack is 'active'.
*** How Do I Use Bladderwrack Pills? ***
The recommended dose on the tub is 'upto 3 tablets per day after meals', as I am currently only 'eating' Slimfast during the day I just take one after my evening meal. This means that a pot will last me 60 days, or about 2 months, so they work out at really great value for money. You take them like most other pills; simply swallow the pill whole with water and don't chew.
*** Other Stuff ***
Please do not sniff these pills as they absolutely stink in the vilest way! I know now that I've said that you will just have to sniff them but at least you have been warned in advance about how awful they smell. The smell is kind of like wet, mouldy grass but it makes me gag, not pleasant.
Luckily they don't taste so long as you swallow them quickly. I suggest taking a swig of water first and then popping the pill into your mouth after. I haven't yet had one stick in my throat so luckily I don't know if they taste bad but after the smell I don't want to risk it!
The Bladderwrack pills are not recommended for children, (if your child needs to loose weight you really should seek advice from your GP), but they are suitable for adults and the elderly. Obviously you should not exceed the stated dose and if you do you should seek medical help straight away. The tablets should only be taken after food. Also you shouldn't take them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, (again if you want to loose weight when you are pregnant/breastfeeding you should see your GP), or if you have been told by your doctor to avoid certain sugars, (they contain sucrose). Lastly you should not take them if you have a thyroid disorder.
*** My Opinion ***
Obviously I can't really tell if these pills are working or not without having all sorts of unnecessary and probably expensive tests so I just have to take Tesco's word for it! Since taking them I have definitely been way more energetic and I have been taking them for about 3 weeks. I am more active which is a great thing and I do think I can feel the difference if I miss them out. Of course it may just be a placebo effect but for £3.50 every 2 months I don't really care. I will certainly be buying Bladderwrack again, (although probably not from Tesco), as long I am still feeling the benefit.
Bladderwrack, a seaweed, is often used for thyroid or iodine deficiencies.