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What is Epidril?

Published: August 13, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
What can you tell me about the substance "Epidril" in the Nutrasport Product Cutting Gel? Does it have any harmful side effects? I am already convinced that it works. And it is approved by the FDA, but so are some other harmful products. Thanks
Signed: What is Epidril?

Dear What is Epidril?,

 

"Epidril" is the name given to the combination of aminophylline within a lecithin-based gel that is found in Nutrasport Cutting Gel (these technical words will be explained below). There is surprisingly little information available about this substance, which makes TeenHealthFX a little worried about how safe it is.

Cutting Gel is a substance that supposedly goes through your skin and causes fat cells to release their stored fat molecules into the bloodstream to be burned as energy. The active ingredient in it is aminophylline, which has been used as an asthma medication for years. One or two recent studies have found that it might have the ability to make fat cells release the fat they have inside. Lecithin is a substance that supposedly directs the aminophylline to the areas where fat loss is desired.

 

Despite Internet claims, Cutting Gel is not the answer to lose weight or gain muscle definition. Eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise are the only sure-fire ways to do that. Most doctors agree that the promises of these types of quick-fix products are really just ways to get people to spend hundreds of dollars on things that cannot possibly work because of medical realities. For example, your skin is pretty tough and thick, and in order for Cutting Gel to do what it claims, it would have to get through many layers of skin to reach the fat receptors. This is a very unlikely occurrence. Also, most of the studies "proving" how effective the gel is have serious problems with them, like not examining enough people or exaggerating the positive effects of using the product.

 

In terms of side effects, the gel manufacturers say that 1-3% of the population might get a rash from the lecithin, but otherwise, there are no other associated problems. They do say that in order to burn the released fat, you have to exercise and reduce caloric intake so that the free fat gets broken down instead of restored in the body. It seems unlikely that the effects from using this expensive gel can be separated from the results obtained by increasing exercise and watching your diet. The bottle itself also says "Not for use by children less than 18 years of age," and TeenHealthFX assumes that you are a teenager, so that means you. In addition, there are no long-term studies showing its possible side effects in the future, so it could be very harmful later on in life.

 

Like most weight-loss products that can be bought without a doctor's prescription, TeenHealthFX does not think that Nutrasport Cutting Gel is approved or regulated by the FDA. All information found about it always has a disclaimer that says "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration," which basically means that the company can say what they want without the government getting involved. TeenHealthFX wants you to remember that there is no "magic potion" that will help you lose weight and gain muscle with no effort. Changing your diet and exercising might be old-fashioned, but it is the only way that has been proven to work.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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