Bethel is a company that produces various nutritional supplements and their product “S30” is a part of their weight loss line. Bethel S30 is actually a liquid that is administered under the tongue. There are pills available as well marketed under the name Bethel 30. The Bethel S30 drops claim that you can lose 26 pounds in 26 days by taking their product and following a low calorie diet. Their company website also states that the product helps remove fat from the body, suppresses appetite, and increases physical performance. The active ingredient in this supplement is listed as Citrus sinensis which is “orange” - not to be confused with another chemical known as bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), also sometimes used in supplements.
There doesn’t appear to be sufficient scientific evidence at this time that would support the claim that that this product produces weight loss. However following a low calorie diet, regardless of supplementation usage, will most likely result in weight reduction. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it’s best to stay away from diet pills and products that make claims of rapid weight loss as slower more steady loss is safer and more likely to be sustained (AND, 2012).
A safe rate of weight loss is generally 1-2 pounds per week and if an individual is losing more than that on a consistent basis, chances are they are losing components beyond fat- namely water, muscle and even bone tissue.
It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and using them may interfere with medications you’re currently taking for existing medical conditions (FDA, 2006). So, before you decide to begin any supplement regime, it’s a great idea to talk with your medical provider.
Bethel Nutritional Consulting, http://www.bethel30.com/bethels-liquid-drops-with-free-senna-1300-p-148.html
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Staying Away From Fad Diets, http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6851, November 2012.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration: Dietary Supplements; What You Need To Know;
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/UCM240978.pdf, May 2006.