When recovering from illness, your body is working extra hard to repair and rebuild itself. Any type of illness can cause low energy and a loss of appetite, leading to depleted nutrients and weight loss. So choosing foods and supplement that give you the right nutrients and building blocks for healing is essential for returning to good health.
By taking right supplement or blood tonic with multivitamins, there’s an increased chance that your body will have all the nutrients it needs to function properly. This can impact upon your weight because of its effect on the metabolism, which is assisted by a wide variety of nutrients. Here is a list of tonics that can help you gain weight in Ghana:
Apetamin is a vitamin syrup that’s marketed as a weight gain supplement. It was developed by TIL Healthcare PVT, a pharmaceutical company based in India.
According to manufacturing labels, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Apetamin syrup contains:
- Cyproheptadine hydrochloride: 2 mg
- L-lysine hydrochloride: 150 mg
- Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) hydrochloride: 1 mg
- Thiamine (vitamin B1) hydrochloride: 2 mg
- Nicotinamide (vitamin B3): 15 mg
- Dexpanthenol (an alternative form of vitamin B5): 4.5 mg
However, cyproheptadine hydrochloride is mainly used as an antihistamine, a type of drug that eases allergy symptoms like runny nose, itching, hives, and watery eyes by blocking histamine, a substance your body makes when it has an allergic reaction
Apetamin is available in syrup and tablet form. The syrup generally contains vitamins and lysine, whereas the tablets only include cyproheptadine hydrochloride.
The supplement is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to safety and effectiveness concerns, and it’s illegal to sell it in the United States and many other countries.
Weight gain+ syrup
Weight gain syrup is very popular in Ghana. According to its promoters, it is carefully made from organic products that give weight naturally in few days of constant consumption. According to them it gives 70% of general body weight and 30% of hips and butts for ladies, and builds men. In addition they claim
It does not make you sleep,rather boosts your appetite for food and naturally gives weight. These claims have not been scientifically verified but anecdotal evidence suggest that this product has some weight gain effects.
Acypron is a brand of Cyproheptadine hydrochloride in Ghana. It is a histamine and serotonin antagonist, which according to a study when compared with placebo for effectiveness in producing appetite stimulation and weight gain in healthy, underweight, adults. Increase in appetite and weight was significantly greater statistically in those who received cyproheptadine.
Risk of Unhealthy Weight Gain
Overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you are pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child.
In Ghana, the work by Albert Amoah and his team in urban and rural Accra showed that the overall crude prevalence of overweight and obesity was 23.4 and 14.1% respectively among adults aged 25 years and above4. The rates were higher in females than in men. So before you start taking any supplement weigh the risk !!!!
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