The use of the word natural seems to make most people believe a product with that name is safe to use. However, there are other factors to be considered when using weight loss herbal remedies.
Most herbal products for losing weight are appetite suppressants. They work by making the body think it is not hungry. However, long-term use can lead to addiction and may cause other health problems.
Be sure to talk to your doctor or health professional before taking any over-the-counter drugs or weight loss herbal remedies because some could be dangerous to your health.
Here are Some Commonly Used Drugs and Appetite Suppressants for losing weight:
Ephedra and its active ingredient ephedrine were commonly found in herbal dietary supplements used for weight loss. Ephedrine is used to treat asthma and to make methamphetamine, more commonly known on the street as speed. It can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. The FDA has banned its use in dietary supplements.
St. John’s Wort is primarily used as an antidepressant. Using St. John’s wort for losing weight is potentially very dangerous. There are no clinical studies to support the use of it for losing weight.
Chitosan is a dietary supplement made from chitin, a starch found in the skeleton of shrimp, crab, and other shellfish. Several studies indicate it does not promote a loss of weight any more than from a sugar pill.
Cascara is a common ingredient used in weight loss products. One of the few herbs approved as an over-the-counter drug by the FDA, it is a strong stimulant laxative and may interact with medications including diuretics which are water pills used to treat hypertension. This is one of many weight loss herbal remedies to avoid.
Dandelion is a natural diuretic. It has been known to cause some loss of weight by decreasing body water. However, it can also cause allergic reactions and heartburn.
Yerba Mate, also known as Paraguay tea, is a strong brain stimulant. Side effects are excessive stimulation and high blood pressure.
There are many varieties of Herbal Diuretics that are commonly found in over-the-counter products. Most are derived from caffeine. They do not provide enough water loss to be considered effective in losing weight.
The bottom line: Weight loss herbal remedies, due to the risks involved should be avoided. Don’t give up your goal of losing weight in a safe and healthy way. Talk with your doctor or health professional for other healthy methods of shedding extra pounds.