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Pyruvate unproven according to the late Dr. Maxwell
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 7:26 am Email this article
"There is no evidence that the pyruvate products currently being sold cause weight loss," according to the late Dr. Morton Maxwell, co-director of UCLA's Obesity Center.
“They contain only 6 grams [6,000 mg] of pyruvate per day plus some herbs, yet the studies have used a minimum of 15 grams per day and subjects are also usually given large doses of dihydroxyacetone [which is converted to pyruvate in the body].”
“From the available evidence, it would appear that taking 6 grams of pyruvate a day for weight loss is a waste of time and money.”
Dr. Maxwell told me this in June of 1997. He has since died. He was a great guy. He was one researcher that spoke his mind and was willing to say if he did not think that something was effective.
I have spoken to other researchers who sound more like salesmen for the drug company that they have done research for rather than scientists in search of the truth, but this was not the case with Dr. Maxwell. Dr. Maxwell will be missed.
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