I believe these days we have become masters in scrutinizing. Every little detail, the minute of material is analyzed and appears bigger under the microscopic view. Of course, some of it leads to new discoveries and something good, but on another hand, it makes way for some unnecessary by-products too. Today we are discussing one such product on the market – PGX fiber and we are deciphering if it’s really all that great or if the bifocal lens needs to be adjusted for a truer picture.
PGX (PolyGlycopleX) is a dietary supplement available in the market and online. What it is – is a combination of 3 viscous polysaccharides (a carbohydrate made up of sugar molecules bound together like starch or cellulose). The company suggests it is made under a proprietary process called EnviroSimplex, which really, we don’t need to have too many details about. Coming to what it does or achieve the big reveal is that it is advertised to aid weight loss and is good for diabetics by helping them control their blood sugar levels. As to how it does that, it’s no magic pill, when taken with meals as suggested it expands in your stomach, making you feel satiated or full for longer periods of time and hence cuts down your calorie intake, which in turn leads to weight loss. As for aiding the glycaemic levels, some preliminary studies reveal it specifically helps control the after-meal rise on blood sugar by initiating a slow digestion process which further leads to the slower release of sugar in the blood.
It’s available in soft gel capsules form and granules form. It can be taken directly with ample water or added to your smoothies or salads. Its gluten free and so far said to be not harmful as the only known side-effects include gas, bloating or constipation.
Now really it sounds simple enough, and in the world of make-believe, it may be your answer. However, what you need to keep in mind is that these studies are only preliminary and there are a lot of ifs and buts involve. There is still a lot we don’t know about it, like if it could have any long-term side-effects, and if it can really help in maintaining the blood-sugar levels in people with diabetes. As for the weight loss part, the study that was conducted was based on people who were exercising and there was no comparison group to see if they would have achieved similar results without the use of PGX. So really the whole dissection is yet to be done.
In the end, I would say that shortcuts can help but only for so long. If you truly aim to be healthy and have a proper weight exercise and the right food is the way to go. Still, if you want to join in the test phase, you can give it a go, but people with any conditions or already on medications should once consult the doctors before doing so. Till next time take care, stay fit and work it.