Pyruvate for Weight Control
Why Do Dieters Use It?*
Some dieters say that pyruvate helps them lose inches and also boosts metabolism and improves energy levels.
What Do the Advocates Say?*
Pyruvate appears to promote weight loss by increasing the metabolic rate. There is good research based on human studies showing that pyruvate helps to promote weight loss in overweight people on low-fat diets.
Although pyruvate promotes weight loss, which is good for heart health, it is important to monitor cholesterol levels as it may reduce HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Dosage & Side Effects
How Much Is Usually Taken by Dieters?
Pyruvate, a compound that occurs naturally in the body, might aid weight-loss efforts.1 A controlled trial found that pyruvate supplements (22 to 44 grams per day) enhanced weight loss and resulted in a greater reduction of body fat in overweight adults consuming a low-fat diet.2 Three controlled trials combining 6 to 10 grams per day of pyruvate with an exercise program reported greater effects on weight loss and body fat than that seen with a placebo plus the exercise program.3 , 4 , 5 Animal studies suggest that pyruvate supplementation leads to weight loss by increasing the resting metabolic rate.6
Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds
Interactions with Medicines
Where to Find It
Pyruvate is formed in the body as a byproduct of the normal metabolism of carbohydrates and protein and is present in several foods, including red apples, cheese, dark beer, and red wine. Dietary supplements of pyruvate are also available.
Last Review: 08-17-2011
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