Harmful Weight Loss Supplements

Ephedra ma huang

Harmful Weight Loss Supplements

There are many very good weight loss supplements available in today’s weight loss market. All natural supplements can be extremely helpful in anyone trying to lose weight. However, as with all good things come the bad.

Trying to figure out which weight loss supplements are safe and which are not? In the arena of weight loss supplements, there are some key ingredients and factors you can be on the lookout for.

Harmful weight loss supplements include those with ephedra.
Harmful weight loss supplements include those with ephedra.

Ephedra is the biggest villain. Many over-the-counter and prescription weight loss supplements contain ephedrine alkaloids. This is an amphetamine type compound with potentially lethal stimulant effects on the central nervous system and heart.

This type of pill does stimulates your body to raise your heart rate. This creates an effect that will cause your body to burn more calories just to keep your heart rate elevated. This is how it helps you lose weight. But  what is this doing to your heart?

Most cases of injury and even death reported to the FDA in relation to these supplements involved heart attacks or high blood pressure. Some led to bleeding in the brain or stroke. Possible adverse effects of ephedrine range from:

  • Heart attack.
  • Stroke.
  • Seizures.
  • Psychosis.
  • Death.

Clinically less significant effects that could indicate potential for more serious effects include:

  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Gastrointestinal distress.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Heart palpitations.

Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredient panels on these products may list things such as ma huang, Chinese ephedra, ma huang extract, ephedra, ephedra sinica, ephedra extract, ephedra herb powder, or epitonin. All of these indicate a source of ephedrine.
Some of the more popular ephedra fat burners you may have tried or heard of include:

  • Twin Lab’s Ripped Fuel.
  • Xenadrine.
  • Stacker 2 and 3.
  • Muscle Tech’s Hydroxycut.
  • Pro Lab’s Thermothyrolean.

Unless the fat burner explicitly says ephedra free then it more than likely contains ephedra. Instead of these dangerous weight loss supplements, consider truly all natural ones such as:

Acai Berry (pronounced “ah-sigh-ee”)

ACAI Fat Burn is safe. It contains no stimulants. No jittery, nervous feeling often associated with diet pills. Acai is  quick acting and requires no prescription. It also acts as an effective and gentle colon cleanser.

The Acai berry is a small grape-sized berry that grows in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil.  Doctors, scientists, nutritionists and countless media outlets rave about its nutritional qualities and health benefits.

Hoodia Gordonii

Studies were conducted by scientists at the South African Center for Scientific and Industrial Research. Hoodia gordonii contains an amazing molecule that kills the appetite and attacks obesity. It is organic, and has no known side effects. The previously unknown molecule, named P.57, is up to 100,000 times more powerful than glucose in ‘fooling’ the brain into believing you are full. It can even stop you from thinking about food! Recommended: Super Hoodia

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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