It’s baa-ackk – the HCG diet. Every spring, people try the HCG diet to try to lose a few pounds. We’ll discuss whether or not this is healthy in a later post, but if you are buying HCG drops off the internet then you may wonder what those numbers with the big Xs after them on the ingredient list mean. I was recently asked this by someone after they purchased the drops, and they were surprised by the answer and even felt scammed. Read on to find out what is really in those bottles of liquid HCG drops sold on the internet, so you know what you are paying for.
What is Really in Those HCG Diet Drops?
The good news is that if you are taking HCG drops you bought off the internet, then there is likely nothing in them that will harm your health. What is in them? Homeopathic HCG. If you believe in homeopathic medicine and know those drops are homeopathic, then there is no need to read more. However, if you think you are taking the actual HCG hormone or are not sure what homeopathic really means, then you are in for a big surprise.
Look at the ingredient list on your bottle or package of your HCG drops. Do you see a number that has a big “X” next to it after the word HCG or the words Human Chorionic Gonadotropin? Does it say 12X 60X 30X or any other number followed with an X? If you see a number like that, then you are taking homeopathic HCG, whether the bottle says the word “homeopathic” or not.
If you already know what homeopathic medicine is all about, then now you know what you are taking. If you are unfamiliar with this field of medicine, then here is a short explanation of it and what those numbers with the big X s after them on your HCG drop bottles mean.
What Does 12X 30X 60X Mean in Homeopathic Medicine?
You can read more about homeopathic medicine principals here. However, the concepts are a bit complicated, so we’ll explain it how it relates to those drops you are buying. First, take a look at the number on your bottle. If it says 6X, for example, then that means that that for every one drop of real HCG that was in the main batch of product it was dispensed from, there were a million drops of water in it. So, your product contains 1/1,000,000 HCG.
If it says 60X, then that means that contains less real HCG and not more. The higher the number before the X (or sometimes C) in homeopathic medicine, the more diluted the final product is. When a homeopathic medication is labeled 60X, it means that you would have to administer “two billion doses per second to six billion people for 4 billion years to deliver a single molecule of the original material.”
In layman’s terms, it is very, very, very diluted.
If you take homeopathic HCG diet drops, know they are homeopathic, and know what homeopathic means, then great! You are getting the product you knowingly paid for and hopefully you hit your weight loss goals and improve your health.
However, if you bought HCG drops that were not labeled as “homeopathic”, but they just have those 12X 60X 30X numbers after the ingredients on the list and you didn’t know what they meant (like I have heard so many people don’t), then now you know.
Did you get scammed? If your drops were not labeled as homeopathic and you thought you were taking a product with real HCG hormone in it, then it can be easy to see why you would feel scammed. Did the seller break the law? The truth is that there are no laws requiring a homeopathic product to actually have the word “homeopathic” on the label, so technically, no laws were broken when they sold them. However, if you asked the maker directly if the product was homeopathic and they said “no,” or then that would be a case of deceptive advertisement.