Thyroid T-3 on Amazon?

Before we start jumping up and down in excitement, is this product actually what it purports to be? It's made by Absolute Nutrition and called Thyroid T-3 capsules... and is sold as an aid to dieting, claiming to speed up the metabolism...

amazon.co.uk/ABSOLUTE-NUTRI...

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  • Zephyrbear,

    It is not Liothyronine (T3). I can't read the ingredients but I doubt there is any active T4 or T3 in it.

  • I found another one too made by SAN Nutrition which actually claims to be 99% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade Z (whatever that means!). Surely, if this is not liothyronine, calling it T3 is very misleading, especially to those who are currently having their T3 withdrawn by CCGs because of expense? I thought there were trade description rules about misleading the public...

  • OK... so I looked the second one up a little more and apparently each capsule contains 20 mg of 99.9% Pure Guggulsterones (Root)... Investigating a bit further I came across this website at examine.com/supplements/gug... which stated

    'Guggul is a plant which is known for its active ingredients, the guggulsterones. It has been traditionally used for combatting ailments such as high blood lipids, liver dysfunction and obesity.

    Its most well marketed effect, that of being able to increase thyroid activity, does not occur with doses commonly found in supplements. It does, however, exert an anti-cholesterolemic effect (lowers blood cholesterol levels) and is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compound.

    It is a healthy compound, but not effective for the main means it is marketed for (fat loss).'

    So not a trace of Liothyronine in either of them then and surely a case for Trade Description Act investigation!

  • Zephyrbear,

    There are dozens of supplements with T3 or T-3 in their name. It might mislead thyroid patients who thought they were getting Liothyronine but the majority of people looking at those supplements have probably never heard of Liothyronine or T3 as thyroid medication.

  • Ah, but it isn't called t3, it's called T-3 ... just another "thyroid" supplement. Thre are loads of them and are often called T soenthign 3 in order to pull in some of the gym-goers who hear about real T3 from the bodybuilders. However, guguul is used in Ayurveda for thyroid problems.

  • From the manufacturer's website, it contains:

    Calcium Phosphate - 250 mg*

    Gum Guggul Extract (Gugglesterone 10%) - 300 mg*

    L-Tyrosine - 300 mg*

    Garcinia Cambogia - 200 mg*

    Dipotassium Phosphate - 150 mg*

    Sodium Phosphate - 75 mg*

    Disodium Phosphate - 75 mg*

    Phosphatidyl Choline - 25 mg*

    So it doesn't contain any thyroid hormone.

  • It is a grossly misleading, exploitative tactic by companies.

    I have before now reported a company to the Advertising Standards Authority - who agreed with me.

    Although the ASA is hardly an ideal body, I'd be quite happy to see every company flogging these products with misleading names get admonished by them.

    As soon as you see claims like "speed up metabolism", "aid to dieting", and so on, you can safely assume it won't be liothyronine (T3).

    Please folks, consider reporting to Amazon and the ASA - and anyone else you can think of. I have zero time for the scummy companies who do this.

  • Without even looking at the Amazon page I would hazard a guess that this is another fitness industry supplement. Gugglestrone was causing a bit of "noise" in the world of bodybuilding not so long ago. L-tyrosine is also commonly found in pre-workout powders to give "focus" in your endeavours with the art of lifting things and putting them down again!

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