NeOpuntia comes from the opuntia ficus indica cactus. NeOpuntia is a patented complex of soluble and insoluble fibers that creates a lipophilic action in the intestines. In a nut shell, this lipophilic action means that the fat is bound with these fibers, causing a complex that is not able to be absorbed by the small intestine. The result: the fat/fiber complex is then passed through the gastric system. Your body doesn’t absorb the fat.
So that’s the claim, but is it backed by research? Fortunately, it is. One study found that:
“Forty-two females taking NeOpuntia with no additional hypolipemic treatment, had a pronounced reduction in LDL cholesterol, especially after day 14. At the study end, 39% of the NeOpuntia group, but only 8% of the placebo group, were no longer diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Our results indicate an advantage of using NeOpuntia in dietary supplements and functional foods because of improvement of blood lipid parameters associated with cardiovascular risks.” ((Adv Ther. 2007 Sep-Oct;24(5):1115-25.))
While we are always cautious with in-house studies, NeOpuntia has quite a bit of research on their site as well. Take it for what it’s worth.
We were suprisingly somewhat impressed with NeOpuntia. It appears to be an effective fat binder that may aid significantly in weight loss. It’s backed by some quality research. Thumbs up for NeOpuntia.