What Is Appemine?

May 11, 2010 by  
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Appemine is a made up name for an ingredient that is contained in a nutritional supplement that is alleged to promote weight loss.  Appemine is not a single substance but a combination of three ordinary dietary supplements; green tea extract, cinnamon twig and galangal.  This secret ingredient is what is supposed to make Right Size smoothies help people to lose weight.

The reality is that these three ingredients posses dubious weight loss pedigrees and when combined to “make” appemine, aren’t magically better. Just as 1+1+1 does not equal 10, green tea extract + cinnamon twig + galangal doesn’t equal weight loss.

Let’s look at the most ineffective ingredient first, galangal.  Do a Google search and you will learn from both the organic and sponsored links that galangal is a spice that tastes and looks kind of like ginger and is used as an ingredient in Thai foods.  I learned that galangal is used as an ingredient in a favorite food of mine, Pad Thai.  Yummy!

However, you really have to dig to find any medicinal uses for galangal.  I found that this spice is used to ward off flatulence, bad breath and diarrhea (yay!) and other kinds of intestinal and digestive distresses, but found nothing promoting this Siamese ginger as a weight loss supplement.

Cinnamon twig sounds like it would be good in tea or hot chocolate but here’s what I found about this substance.  I can’t do any better than this passage that I found on NutritionalWellness.com, “Acrid, sweet and warm. In Chinese medicine, cinnamon helps release the Exterior and Disperses Cold. Good for Kidney Yang Deficiency. This condition is characterized by intolerance to cold; cold extremities; weakness and soreness of the lower back and knees; lack of libido; polyuria; loose stools; and/or wheezing.”

If you have Kidney Yang deficiency, you’re in luck.  If you want to lose a few pounds, sorry Charlie.

The final component of appemine is green tea extract (GTE).  GTE has a great track record if you define “great” as being credited for preventing cancers, heart disease, lowering cholesterol and helping people to lose weight.  But if you require proof in the form of solid, repeatable scientific evidence before willing to assign greatness to a supplement, than GTE won’t be a nominee for the Nutritional Supplement Hall of Fame.

You see, there’s a whole lot of “maybes,” “mights” and “we thinks” attached to the benefits offered by green tea coming from the sales and marketing side, while science just isn’t as optimistic.  Where one study offers promise for GTE in the fight against cancer and other diseases, there are studies that say, “Now wait just a minute, there.”  And when it comes to weight loss, it really is a stretch to claim that green tea extract can help people lose weight.

Appemine is just a marketing tool.


One Response to “What Is Appemine?”
  1. ryan says:

    I have been taking the rightsize smoothie mix in a glass of pineapple juice three times a day, once in the morning when I get up, I then am able to skip my usual McGriddle breakfast… And then a couple of times a day when I get cravings, like late afternoon and late night and it has helped me stay away from drivethrew snacks (like a kids meal on my long drive home from work before dinner)and my usual late night Oreos, or late night bowl of cereal…
    I don’t know if it is in my head or not, but the stuff is working for me! I have lost 12 pounds in 3 weeks, and I don’t feel like I’m hungry all the time!
    I am very happy with the product!

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