Different Diet Pill Ingredients, their Effectiveness and Safety

Published:October 3rd, 2012


Opting for an appropriate weight loss method can be a real big task. Many of us are reluctant regarding exercises and dieting for weight loss. Exercises often seem tiring and are a difficult option for people with tight and busy schedule. Implementing changes in diet intake such as cutting down sweets and oil and resorting to fruits, veggies and non-oily stuff, also does not sound pleasant. Some amongst us may also not respond to such weight-loss methods.

Hence, many people are in the favor of getting over-the-counter diet pills to fight away obesity and to lose significant amount of excessive weight. Many kinds of products in this regard make claims such as ‘to lose weight within days, and without side effects’. But if you are wise enough to not to follow such claims blindly and to look for the safety profile of each of its ingredient, you will have to do a little bit of research on your own. Ask your doctor if the contents in a particular diet pill product are right for your health. You can also surf the internet so as to know about the safety and the side effects of each ingredient.

Following are mentioned some of the ingredients frequently used in diet pills, their method of reducing weight and their possible side effects, which may help you to get started with your research to find an appropriate and effective weight loss pill.

Cayenne pepper

This spicy herb which is derived from chili peppers, and adds to the taste of your food, also possesses some weight reducing properties you may be keen to know about. The herb contains capsaicin, a component, which increases those proteins in our body that aim upon breaking down fat, and in this way, it is a natural and an effective way of burning excessive body calories and improving fat metabolism. The herb has also been shown to provide cardiovascular benefits by decreasing cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation.

Negative effects: Well, it might be correct to say that cayenne pepper is free of unwanted negative results. Although mild effects such as running nose, sweating, flushing and stomach irritation may occur.

African mangoes

This fruit which is native to Africa and South Asia is also an effective ingredient of many diet pills due to its weight reducing potentials. Having high fiber content, it fills the stomach and suppresses hunger pangs for a long time. African mangoes are also associated with reduction in LDL levels and an increase in HDL levels.

Side effects: Some known side effects of this diet pill ingredient may include headaches, flatulence and difficulty with sleeping.

Green tea extract

This famous and well-known ingredient is an active and popular component of several diet pills. It possesses lipid lowering as well as anti-oxidant properties. A compound named as EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), found in green tea extract has shown profound effects on the body’s metabolic rate.

Side effects: Some possible negative effects that have been reported about this ingredient are the symptoms of insomnia, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, agitation, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Sea weed

Here comes another potential ingredient that is good for appetite suppression and weight loss. Its high fiber content keeps your appetite suppressed whereas Alginate, a fiber component of sea weed is known to increase the ability of our body to absorb fat. Metabolism improvement by this weight loss ingredient is found in the fact that fibers consume more energy to digest and so, metabolism is likely to be enhanced.

Negative effects: Sea weed may produce green discoloration of stools. Other mild side effects include nausea, gas and stomach cramps.

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