Beware: HCG drops may or may not contain hCG. The product label must indicate the amount of hCG in International Units (IU). If not, it is a sham. Here is what you must know..
HCG Drops Without hCG
Here is an infamous ‘hCG’ product, in its old form and its new, miraculously transformed form. It had been sold based on such wild claims about weight loss that the FDA sent the company a cease and desist letter to stop marketing it.
Here is the list of the ingredients. It never should have been even remotely claimed to have anything to do with hCG. It even says ‘Hormone-Free’ and ‘Natural HCG Alternatative’ on the front of the box. Of course, it contains no hCG, and there is no such thing as an alternative to hCG.
Proprietary Complex: L-Arginine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, L-Ornithine, L-Lysine, Chaste Tree Berry, Dong Quai Root, Wild Yam Root, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Yerba Mate Extract, Black Cohosh Root.
Unfortunately, the product with the original label is still, as of today, available from other vendors, including Amazon.
Here is another one: HCG Platinum, which is the lead ‘hCG’ product at GNC stores.
Here are the ingredients:
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotopin) 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x, L-Arginine 3x, 12x, 30x, Ayctel L-Carnitine 3x, 12x, 30x, L-Omithine 3x, 12x, 30x
Ignore for the moment that the label that I found online contains a glaring misspelling (Ayctel=Acetyl). Where is the hCG? There are no International Units. This is a homeopathic product, exactly the kind of product that is bringing the wrath of the FDA down on this industry. The numbers – 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x – refer to dilutions. A 6x dilution means a million-fold dilution; 12x means a trillion-fold dilution. Words don’t describe 30x or 60x dilutions. They are, respectively, dilutions of 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (30 zeroes) and 1/1,(+60 zeroes). There is almost no chance that these dilutions contain even a single molecule of hCG.
All you have to do is find the ingredients list and see what it says. Sometimes this is a little challenging, since they are often hidden or hard to find online.
HCG Drops With hCG
This is something that I’ve said a million times, and it still bears repeating. Any real hCG product, whether it be drops, pellets, nasal spray, or transdermal patches, MUST contain the real hormone for it to be a legitimate product.
HCG comes in many different kinds of packages. HCG for hCG drops should always be in powder form, to be mixed with the appropriate amount of liquid just prior to use.
A legitimate hCG product may just be labeled as hCG, with the total amount of hormone in IUs on the container. A typical number would be 12,000 IU. Or it may have the brand name of hCG. Many companies manufacture hCG. The most commonly available brand name is Pregnyl.
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