In a previous article we’ve mentioned the possible side effects of both prescription diet pills and over the counter pills.
Most herbal weight loss supplements producers claim that their products are completely safe simply because they are entirely natural.
Unfortunately, not all herbals are safe for our health as there are many plants that if consumed even in the smallest quantities can cause serious health problems and even poisoning.
This doesn’t mean that all herbal weight loss supplements are poisonous but some of them can cause allergies and can interact with other types of medicine prescribed by the doctors for specific health conditions.
Herbal weight loss supplements are usually grouped into three categories according to their action. Most of the times these groups are interconnected as the supplements can act in several directions.
1. Inhibit the appetite
If most prescribed pills that inhibited the appetite were forbidden in many countries due to the severe side effects, the herbal pills are still sold especially on the Internet. These can be quite effective, but the side effects should not be ignored.
If the prescribed pills contained sibutramine, many of the herbal pills contain plant extracts that have almost the same effects. Those who have ephedra as main ingredient can work only when this substance is found in very large quantities. On the other hand, anything in large quantities can be very dangerous.
2. Stimulate the metabolism by giving extra energy
Herbal supplements that have ingredients that increase the energy level can help the organism overcome the lack of nutrients and vitamins most fad diets cause. These are usually based on plants that have the same effects as caffeine, but the side effects can be extremely severe in this case too ranging from irritability to arrhythmia and other heart and circulatory problems.
3. Burn fat faster than usually
Many of those herbal pills that promise to burn fat can actually act as laxatives and diuretics. They do manage to help people lose weight fast, but the weight loss is only temporary because the body simply dehydrates and once the patient stops taking the pills the weight gain can be significant.
Many experts say that these pills work exactly like fad diets because the person who takes them can end up with more pounds than before the diet because the organism has the tendency to accumulate nutrients and fat deposits extremely fast to protect itself from other possible deprivations.
One of the most frequently used plants is the guarana as the seeds have a diuretic effect. Unfortunately, these seeds can interact with blood thinning drugs and the patient can suffer from severe bleeding that is very difficult to control.
Not all herbal weight loss supplements can endanger our health and many of them are even prescribed by doctors. However, the best solution is to see a nutritionist or your doctor before you decide to go on a diet with herbal weight loss supplements. Remember, just because they are made from plants this doesn’t mean they are completely safe.
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