Justice Wolff

Searching for help with slimming down? Help that goes beyond the usual lifestyle changes, piece control advice and workouts? Weight-loss products selling names like 'fat-burner' and 'thermo max' may be tempting. But do they work? And even more important, in the aftermath of the Meals and Drug Administration's current ban on ephedra, are they safe?

In this article, Environmental Nutrition supplies a snapshot of 10 of the most popular ingredients currently in products for weight reduction.


Made from the shells of lobsters, shrimp and other shellfish, chitosan is definitely an indigestible fiber. It is purported to help weight reduction by joining using the fat you eat, blocking its absorption. But, studies do not support this claim. Side effects include constipation and gas. Individuals with seafood allergies should beware.


Frequently present as chromium picolinate, it's been promoted to decrease body fat and boost lean mass. An analysis of many reports recently concluded that supplementing with 200 to 400 micrograms of chromium picolinate can result in of a 2.5-pound weight loss each week in certain people, although study results have been pending. Other studies are finding a loss of body fat and a growth in muscle tissues, with no change in weight. Still the others have found no effect at all. A significant number of human studies suggest it is safe, though some laboratory studies have raised safety problems.

Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange)

This herbal extract is an all-natural supply of synephrine (an element similar to ephedrine) and the supplement industry's recent reply to the ephedra ban. But there are no published reports to exhibit it's a powerful product for weight loss. And like ephedra, its side effects include an increase in body pressure; Environmental Nutrition advises avoiding it.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

Both animal and human research hints at a possible position for CLA in lowering body fat and increasing lean body mass, nonetheless it is not quite ready for prime-time. None of the human studies have already been long-term. CLA is being studied in conjunction with chromium picolinate. CLA is located naturally in beef and dairy foods and is usually considered safe.

Garcinia Cambogia

The extract from Garcinia cambogia fresh fruit rind contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which supposedly curbs food intake, we