Mayo Clinic Reviews of Common Diet Pill Ingredients

by Editor on October 15, 2013

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In response to the hundreds upon hundreds of over the counter diet pills and requests from dieters to know whether or not they should trust these products, the Mayo Clinic has published an article on their website that discusses the safety and effectiveness of some of the most common ingredients that are used in these formulas.

Though they never answered the question specifically whether or not the products actually work, they did provide some advice regarding ways to identify good quality products and to avoid those that are either not supported by science or that are likely not going to work. They also reminded readers that just because a product is sold over the counter, it doesn’t mean that it is without risk.

It is important to shop from a source that can be trusted and from a reputable manufacturer in order to help to increase the odds that a product will be both safe and effective. It is also good to be able to look into each of the ingredients in a formula in order to know what they are and whether or not it is possible for them to live up to their claims and to do so safely.

The following are some of the ingredients that the Mayo Clinic has compiled into a list based on recent data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database:

• Alli – the claim is that this substance will decrease dietary fat absorption. It has been deemed effective, but that weight loss is notably lower than in prescription strength Orlistat (Xenical). Side effects include frequent or difficult to control bowel movements, loose stools, oily spotting, rare risk of serious injury to the liver.
• Bitter Orange – the claim is that this ingredient will increase calorie burning. However, it has been deemed ineffective, even though its side effects are similar to banned ephedra in that it raises the heart rate and blood pressure.
• Chromium – the promise is that it will shrink the appetite while boosting calorie burning. It is considered to be likely ineffective with side effects including uncommon cases of insomnia, mood changes, headache, irritability, and cognitive dysfunction.
• Conjugated Linoleic Acid – claims to be able to decrease body fat. It is considered to be possibly effective, but side effects can include nausea, upset stomach and loose stool.
• Hoodia – claims to suppress the appetite. There has been insufficient scientific evidence to deem it effective or even safe to use by humans.

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