Many people are wondering if herbal supplements used to suppress appetite can really help them lose weight. These products are widely available as over-the-counter products, and there are even more that are available online.
Diet pills and other forms of weight loss products often contain a combination of herbs and chemicals that are believed to help you lose weight by suppressing the appetite. These ingredients include ephedra, ginseng, ginger root, green tea, bitter orange, Garcinia cambogia, licorice root, and many more.
Ephedra, also known as ma huang, is an herb that contains chemical stimulants such as ephedrine, which is often used to relieve nasal congestion. However, it can also reduce appetite, and is therefore included in many diet pills. Although it is a common ingredient in Chinese herbal remedies, it has been banned by the US FDA after it was found to be associated with serious side effects such as heart rhythm irregularities, heart attacks, seizures and even death. The FDA also states that although it may help lead to short-term weight reductions, its health risks are far greater than its benefits.
One product that is currently being used as a nasal decongestant and a diet pill as well, is called Proenzi 99, which is also believed to boost energy, metabolism and mental function. Advertisements claim that it reduces fat and converts fat to lean muscle mass. It contains a large combination of herbal extracts, including ephedra. Aside from the side effects linked to ephedra, the substance is known to have the potential for abuse. It is banned for use in the US and Canada. Other health supplements containing ephedra are also prohibited in the US.
There are some studies that suggest that herbal extracts have health benefits, including weight loss. However, health experts believe that there is insufficient evidence to prove these effects over a long term, because there are very few scientific studies that have been done to support these claims. On the other hand, it is well known that herbal extracts may have serious side effects, especially when used in high doses or in combination. Furthermore, they may interact with medications such as blood thinners, heart medications, antidepressants, and drugs used to treat high blood pressure. It is therefore advisable to consult a doctor before you start using them, instead of relying on testimonials, advertisements, or internet research.
Nutritionists, doctors and other health experts also recommend eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that is low in fat, sugar and calories, but rich in nutrients and fibers to lose weight. When combined with regular exercise, a low calorie diet will be more effective in losing weight than relying on diet pills. Lifestyle changes, including getting enough sleep, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, and being more active, are also important in improving weight problems.
Aside from these, doctors may prescribe medications for weight-loss, which are approved by the FDA, based on scientific evidence. These drugs are recommended for obese individuals or overweight people who are at risk of developing chronic disease related to overweight. These diseases include diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Talk to your doctor about taking weight loss pills if you cannot lose weight by dieting and exercise alone.
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