14 Feb '11, 10pm

In pursuit of beauty:

Pueraria mirifica is a common ingredient in many bust-enhancement products. The plant-based oestrogen mimics human female hormones, explained Dr Kevin Teh of Singapore Lipo, Body and Face Centre. "Theoretically, the phyto-estrogen will act like real human oestrogen and stimulate secondary female characteristics such as breast growth. The problem is that there are few scientific studies that show any significant correlation with their use and size enhancement," he said. As pueraria mirifica has only at most 1 per cent of the effect of real human estrogen, Dr Teh said "any change noticed is likely to be a placebo effect only". Dr Jane Lim of NUH warned that prolonged usage may even be associated with cancer. Dr Daniel Wai of SGH said slimming products generally contain either "fat-blockers" or "fat burners" containing high dose caffeine, or herbs like ephedra - stimulants th...

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