Posted by Guru
what about the thermo pack that i linked from GNC?
Well it's hard to tell without knowing the exact ingredients of the kit. I googled thermozyme and the trademarked product is actually a DNA polymerase that works at high temperatures. This would do nothing for you.
Now, I assumed that their product wasn't really the trademarked thermozyme, so I dug a little deeper. Now, i found a site that listed the main ingredients. Take these with a grain of salt because they are not necessarily the manufacturer's ingredients. However, I want to add that I find it a real lack of confidence in the product that the GNC website actually discusses the ingredients as a warning.Warning: SEE MANUFACTURER'S LABEL FOR
ADDITIONAL PRODUCT INFORMATION
AND SUPPLEMENT FACTS PANEL.
As well, they do not provide a link or file with the manufacturer's label. Not a good sign if you ask me.
Here is what I found from another site (main ingredients)
Thermozyme™ contains CutZyme™ Enzyme Blend (Amylase and Transglucosidase), Green Tea Leaves Extract, and Caffeine.
Now, to me, this product would be no different than drinking green tea and chewing your food longer (your saliva already contains amylase).amylase and transglucosidase are enzymes that help you break down carbohydrates
One more thing, if the amylase and transglucosidase are isolated from a thermophylic bacteria (as the name thermozyme implies) then their optimal working temperature would probably be 80-90 deg Celsius (your body temperature is 37 C) So you wouldn't be getting optimal activity anyways. One reason companies use thermostable enzymes is because they are typically more robust. Therefore you can purify them easier and therefore cheaper. Also, they may be more resistant to breakdown in your stomach.
Personally this product might help you, but I don't think it is worth the money. I think you'll get the same results drinking green tea and chewing your food more.
One more thing I want to mention about products that reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood. They are not necessary. Eating lots of fibre will do the same thing.