Visit any natural food store or browse the Internet, you will find a plethora of 'herbal' weight loss supplements that promise remarkable benefits. Although it's tempting to try new pills, the safety concerns and possible side effects aren't usually listed. And while some of them may be promising, others can do more harm than good.
Over-the-counter 'natural' diet pills is a large portion of the $13 billion supplement business. But some claims about the supposed weight loss benefits of 'natural' appetite suppressants are very misleading. First, the scientific evidence is slim that these herbal diet pills help you to lose weight. Second, many of these herbal diet supplements are amphetamine-type stimulants, which can over-stimulate the nervous system, causing ill-health and nasty side-effects. Also, some diet supplements containing ephedra have been linked to serious side effects such as heart attacks, seizures, and death.
The pills I took were supposedly 'ephedra free' and were supposedly totally natural and safe, I don't think I ever felt so defiled and ill in my life. A year later I discovered that the FDA had banned the same herbal diet pills I had taken, and I have to wonder what it was I had put in my body.
Herbal diet pills are extremely popular today as an alternative to more traditional methods of weight loss like diet and exercise. I find it worrisome that herbal treatments are so popular for several reasons.
First of all, just about anything can be in an herbal diet pill. 'Herbs' are a loophole in the FDA system, as they are not classified as drugs and therefore do not have the rigorous standards for testing and safety that drugs normally get.
Make no mistake about it though, herbs can be every bit as potent and harmful as drugs. The difference between medicinal herbs and medicinaldrugs is vague anyway, as most perscription drugs themselves come from a kind of plant or herb.
Most of the time the 'herbal' classification doesn’t last very long; the FDA eventually calls it a drug and brings in the scientists. When that happens herbal diet pills often either become completely banned or available only with a perscription. Snooping around a little from site to site selling herbal diet pills, it is clear that the herbal pill manufactures are very familiar with the FDA.
Many sites even use it to their advantage saying things to the effect of 'buy it now before the FDA bans it!'. You have to ask yourself, if the FDA is likely going to ban a herbal diet pill you are interested in, should you be using it at all?
Anyway, just don't be fooled by the word 'herbal' in an herbal diet pill. It is better to trust a regular diet pill that is FDA approved a lot more than some herbal diet pill concoction with it's unregulated and monitored contents. The words herbal and natural are gimmicks and should never be confused with the word safe unless there has been some testing to prove it.
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