Antagolin – does it work? Unlikely.

Posted 29 October 2013

antagolin We are being bombarded on television for an advert that claims, among other, that the product can combat insulin resistance and thereby result in effective weight loss.

On the Antagolin website, a product designed by the “Medical Nutritional Institute”, the following claims are made:

  • AntaGolin™ may help to alleviate insulin resistance and assist you gain better control over your weight.
  • AntaGolin™ consists of a compilation of natural agents that have been recognised for their ability to alleviate insulin resistance. Its mechanism of action comprises the simultaneous targeting of multiple metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in glucose and fat metabolism, as well as the optimal functioning of insulin.

Notice the word, “may help”. Well it either does, or it does not. Is it fair to sell you a product that “may” help if it only works for 10% of people.

What is the truth?

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12 comments to Antagolin – does it work? Unlikely.

  • may mohamed

    i am taking antagolin for two months with a high protein diet.
    what does the antagolan do and how does it help

  • Harris

    The advertisement claims to help you lose weight. As we argue in the posting, there is no evidence that these claims are true. In other words, if you lose weight, it will be only because of you being on a diet and not because of any help from the product.

  • Annatjie

    I want to know whether you need your sugarlevels BEFORE start using antagolin My son is OVERWEIGHT which mostly around the belly?waiste

    Thank you

  • Amelda

    My sister-in-law has been using this product for the last 6 months and has lost 8kg’s in total. She is totally satisfied with it. I am going to give it a try as well, guess it depends from person to person!

    • Nessa

      Dear Amelda
      How did Antagolin work with you? How is your sister doing after using it…has she keot rhe weight off or does she still use Antagolin?

  • Travers Harris

    I have been diabetic now for more than 20 years. After 10 years tablets no longer work and I inject myself times a day with insulin. 20 years ago I was told by my doctor that it is incurable and I must start with drugs. The truth is diabetes can be reversed and healed with proper nutrition and exercise. Had I known what I know today about diabetes I would not even have visited a doctor. They do not even know what food a diabetic should eat. Antagolin will do absolutely nothing without a proper diet. Even the dietitians do not have the answers, not in SA anyway.

    • Harris

      It has been known for decades that Type II diabetes can be reversed with proper nutrition. Type I unfortunately mostly not.

  • Jason

    So it goes on and on… people getting sucked into buying more rubbish that doesn’t work…the medical industry loves the overweight people (diabetes, heart problems etc..) a customer cured is a customer lost.

    You gained the weight by what you eat, you can lose weight by what you eat.

    To all those that are saying it works, my question is..what happens when you stop taking the supplement, does it magically keep the weight off or are you going to gain it back when you stop.
    My opinion..we all want a quick fix, we all want a pill to take our worries away.
    People don’t see whats wrong with the picture here. So go ahead, waste your money.

    Jason..ACE certified trainer and Manager of Health food shop. Specializes in healthy weight gain and weight loss.

  • Paul

    First off, I’m a scientist. Secondly, I have had DM1 for 35 years. Thirdly, I have been on the Banting diet for about a year, although, being DM1, I have of course followed a low carb diet since 1980 which most normal individuals would find difficult to maintain and yet I am overweight, not massively, but overweight.
    The naive view that it’s all down to what you eat is becoming tiresome since, for the last few months, I have modified that diet even further to a small but LCHF breakfast and then nothing again, bar a meagre evening snack. Most people would become anorexic on such a starvation diet. Thanks to the original Banting diet, I lost 6Kg quite quickly however, thereafter I hit a wall. I have therefore not managed to kick start a ketotic metabolism. Even on the starvation diet (well, I wasn’t really starving as the HF component of the breakfast kept me satiated throughout the day – it is amazing how much the world overeats, no doubt largely driven by the high sugar content of food), I failed to lose more weight. It occurred to me that, apart from being DM1, I was also insulin resistant, in other words DM2.
    The problem is that, as Tim Noakes points out, it is the elevated insulin levels from high carb diets that drives insulin resistance. Weight loss is a consequence of the diet he advocates, but it is not why he suggests one should follow it but, instead, with the purpose of avoiding insulin overproduction and thereby reducing the risk of IR and DM2. However, as a DM1, my islets were, of course, not producing insulin, but the exogenous insulin that I have been dosing for 35 years is just as capable of promoting IR. Endocrinologists (I have seen a fair number) ALL do not get this. They look at HBA1c levels, draw little pharmacokinetic curves on their notepads and increase one’s insulin dose and so the vicious cycle continues. They treat the glucose, not the disease.
    I have started taking Antagolin and yes, I AM sceptical – that is the nature of a scientist – but I observed an almost immediate effect on blood sugar levels, with sustained euglycaemia despite avoiding an insulin dose I would have normally taken with my evening snack due to my caution to avoid nocturnal hypoglycaemia. Despite this, my morning blood glucose levels have been normal for the first time in a long time. It is as if my maintenance basal dose of insulin is more effective than ever before and I have started dialling this back. Of course, I haven’t yet seen weight loss – it is too early for that – and I will reserve my judgement until all the data is in. I realise this is anecdotal and not a randomised trial, but if initial results are sustained then, at least for me, I would continue with the Antagolin. Side effects are of course a main concern, but so is IR and uncontrolled blood glucose levels.

    Oh, and please, 140µg x 2 = 280µg, unless chromium avoids the laws of physics!

  • Susan Ackerman

    May I ask if it will help me control the craving for sweet things??

  • Cristen

    I have lost 10kgs with this and I am not on any diet. I would go into low blood sugar if I didn’t eat every 3 hours or so and now that never happens anymore. I am also don’t feel the extreme hunger I used to feel so this product definitely works for me

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