Supplements for Weight Loss

You find many of these supplements at various merchants, such as Chemmart Pharmacy. The following is information on some common supplements and how effective they are for weight loss. Remember that you should consult with your doctor before trying any supplements. This will prevent you from accidently taking a supplement that interact with medicine you may be taking.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is derived from the leaves of green tea (Camellia sinensi). This natural herbal remedy is chockfull of antioxidant ingredients and has been used for many years to treat and cure various health problems. In recent years, green tea extract has been touted as having the ability to curb appetites and increase metabolisms. Keep in mind, however, that there is little scientific evidence to back up the weight loss claims of green tea extract. Furthermore, when taken in high doses, it can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, gas, dizziness, bloating, agitation and insomnia.


An African plant found in the Kalahari Desert, hoodia has been long used by Bushmen to decrease thirst and hunger during periods of long hunts. In recent years, hoodia has been marketed for over the counter appetite suppressant and weight loss products. Hoodia naturally contains P57, which is an ingredient that makes you feel full, thus suppressing your appetite. Unfortunately, there is not enough scientific evidence to prove these claims.

Green Coffee Extract

Green coffee extract comes from unroasted green coffee beans and is a common ingredient in over-the-counter weight loss products. It is thought that green aids in weight loss while lowering body fat. While early research has shown that green coffee extract may cause weight loss, more scientific research is needed. While most people experience no side effects, the caffeine naturally found in green coffee extract can cause upset stomach, headaches, insomnia, nervousness and abnormal heart rhythms.

Bitter Orange

Native to tropical Asia and Africa, the bitter orange tree can also grow in Florida, the Mediterranean and California. It naturally contains synephrine, which raises the number of calories you burn. Unfortunately, there is no sufficient data to determine whether or not bitter orange is an effective weight loss supplement. In addition, there isn’t much evidence on how safe bitter orange is. In fact, some studies found that bitter orange supplements can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Some serious possible side effects of bitter orange include irregular heartbeat, stroke, heart attack and death. Furthermore, people who have high blood pressure or a heart condition should avoid taking bitter orange. In fact, before you take bitter orange supplement, consult with your doctor. They will be able to determine if it is safe for you to consume this supplement.

The IE Mommy

The IE Mommy

I am a stay at home mom of three; ages 7, 6 and 1! I love doing product reviews and finding the best things to use for my family. Reading and writing have always been my passions so this allows me to incorporate them with the things that mean the most to me!
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