FBCx is alpha-cyclodextrin (α-cyclodextrin), a soluble fiber derived from corn starch.
FBCx does not contain gluten. FBCx is vegan and contains no lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.
The crops used to produce the starch starting material are not verified as organic or non-GMO. However, FBCx is produced by an enzymatic process and purified. In the resulting fiber, GMO DNA is below the limit of detection (i.e., less than 0.1%))
FBCx does not contain stimulants.
No. FBCx does not contain gluten.
FBCx does not contain gluten, lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. FBCx is enzymatically derived from corn starch. People allergic to corn should not take FBCx.
Yes. FBCx is suitable for vegans.
FBCx is certified Kosher and Halal.
Alpha-cyclodextrin was discovered in 1891. The weight management benefit of FBCx (alpha-cyclodextrin) was discovered by two professors from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Department of Pathology, of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
They discovered the effects of FBCx (alpha-cyclodextrin) on weight and serum lipids while doing studies as faculty at Wayne State University. A pure research project to satisfy the curious minds of scholars turned out to be much more exciting than they had dreamed. The original research project with an obese animal model identified that one gram of FBCx binds dietary fat at a high ratio, preventing absorption of the fat calories. It also showed the beneficial effects of FBCx on body weight management. These beneficial effects have been further supported by clinical trials in humans.
Take FBCx with your meals, or with snacks 3 times daily.
It is not recommended to be taken with meals or snacks low in fat.
Whilst fat is an essential part of a balanced nutritious diet, for most of us the average daily fat intake is about 100 grams and most meals contain fat.
Fat containing meals that would be most appropriate to accompany with FBCx would be those containing foods such as butter, milk, cheese, ice cream and other full-fat dairy products; beef, pork, veal, chicken fat, or other non-lean meats; and other fat-containing snacks including some crackers, cookies, shortening, potato chips, some frozen foods, doughnuts, cake and candy.
FBCx works best when combined with a healthy diet. FBCx is not a license to overeat, nor is it a ‘magic bullet’.
Even though FBCx can bind and help reduce fat absorbed from food, an animal study conducted by professors at the University of Minnesota demonstrated that FBCx preferentially binds with saturated fat.
Yes. You don’t need to take it with every meal if you have a normal weight. However, when you splurge or enjoy holiday meals and overeating is anticipated, you can take FBCx to reduce absorption of the extra fats you consumed.
FBCx supports healthy metabolism of blood lipids, such as triglycerides.*
FBCx may help promote gastrointestinal (GI) regularity.*
FBCx is a dietary fiber with superior fat-binding properties. If you take too much or take it with a meal or snack that does not contain fat you may experience intestinal upset or flatulence. No negative effects have been reported when 2 grams are taken with fat-containing meals/snacks three times a day.
Constipation, bloating, flatulence or diarrhea may occur if taken when no dietary fat is present in the meal or snack.
Unlike other weight loss ingredients FBCx binds to the fat from food so that it will not be digested by the enzymes in your small intestine. No messy side effects such as diarrhea or anal leakage, which are the common with some pharmaceutical products, have been observed in clinical studies with FBCx.
If a meal contains no fat, then there is no need to take FBCx. Otherwise there may be intestinal upset or flatulence.
FBCx α-cyclodextrin is listed with the FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) as an ingredient in foods, beverages and supplements.
Although FBCx has not been subjected to long-term studies, as a dietary fiber, most of FBCx is not absorbed and there are no concerns about toxicity or tolerance. If you reach your weight management goals, you may wish to lower your intake or just take it during dietary indiscretions, like holiday meals.
The FDA does not approve dietary supplements. FBCx is a food supplement ingredient and is compliant with FDA regulations.
We recommend that you save it for your next -meal or snack (containing fat).
We are not aware of any reports of adverse events from taking FBCx with prescription drugs. If you have concerns you should talk to your health professional.
FBCx has not been evaluated specifically for its effects on blood pressure. No adverse effects on blood pressure were observed in clinical trials of FBCx.
We do not recommend pregnant or nursing women take FBCx.
The answer to this is not known. In early laboratory studies, alpha-cyclodextrin did not to bind to any significant extent with fat-soluble vitamins. FBCx is intended to be used to reduce the burden of unhealthy fats in the diet. It is not intended to be taken at the same time as fat-soluble dietary supplements, or meals containing high-levels of desirable fats, such as Omega-3 EFAs. This is strictly precautionary advice, as no adverse effects on beneficial fats have been observed with FBCx.
There is no need to avoid a high-fiber diet.
Yes, FBCx can be counted as part of the daily fiber intake. The majority of us consume only about half of the recommended daily fiber intake.
There is an ongoing commitment to clinical trials for FBCx.