Weight loss supplements may have negative side effects so before you buy, make sure you find out if it is really safe. All our lives we’ve been told safety comes first, it won’t matter if a supplement is effective if you’re not alive to reap the benefits. Another problem is that there are so many weight loss products on the market today how can anyone make a clear informed decision? I’ve got some great information from Web MD on over the counter and herbal weight loss products.
Weight Loss Supplements May Have Negative Side Effects
Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any of these over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies for weight loss, as some could be a waste of money, or worse, dangerous.
Ephedrine can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, nervousness, tremors, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. Ephedrine can also interact with many prescription and over-the-counter medications.
St John’s Wort has many potential harmful interactions with antidepressants, birth control pills, blood thinners, heart medications, and dextromethorphan (contained in various cold remedies).
5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) In larger doses, 5-HTP may have a negative effect on the liver.
Aloe: Use of this agent orally has lead to side effects such as abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and problems with the body’s mineral balance. In addition, it can interact with medications such as Lanoxin (digoxin), a medicine used to treat heart failure.
Cascara. Use of this agent orally has lead to side effects such as abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and problems with the body’s mineral balance. In addition, it can interact with medications such as Lanoxin (digoxin), a medicine used to treat heart failure.
Glucomannan-containing products have been banned in several countries due to the high incidence of gastrointestinal obstruction.
Keep in mind that herbal preparations will not provide permanent weight loss and there are multiple ingredients in herbal weight loss preparations, some of which have serious side effects and can lead to dangerous toxicities.
The diet industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry. They target people who buy various supplements that promising a body like a Victoria’s Secret model within a few months. All we supposedly have to do is take two pills a day or drink a powder based shake every morning and afternoon and before we know it, the pounds will melt away effortlessly. Sound familiar?
In reality however, this is not the case. Have any of you ever read the small print beneath these outrageous claims? If you haven’t, I’ll tell you roughly what it says; “Individual results will vary. Weight loss is subject to diet and exercise and/or individual effort.” Weight loss supplements may have negative side effects and some are downright dangerous. The bottom line is that the only safe and proven effective weight loss strategy is proper diet and exercise.