Top 7 Herbal Diet Pills

herbal-diet-pillsMost people who have been attempting to lose weight for a long time will inevitably look at diet pills at some point in their journey. Most people think that any product that claims to be “herbal” is a good product. In some cases, that’s true. But it isn’t always. That’s why it’s important to research what you’re going to take before you actually take it and proceed cautiously. You don’t want to end up mistakenly taking something that contains ephedra, a drug known to have serious heart health consequences.

Today, there are dozens of new weight loss medications flooding the consumer market. And because of that, there is a great deal of controversy in many cases. Just try looking at the plethora of weight loss products carried by your local health food store and you will almost certainly be completely overwhelmed. There are so many choices and so many labels to read, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. How do you make a distinction between those products that will really work and the ones that won’t. And how do you know which products are really safe to use?

Most naturopathic doctors will consult a highly reputable database known as the Natural Standard. In there, they find all the information about the latest research which has been carried out on these natural products. Among the most reputable are:

  1. Hydroxycitrate, Hydroxycitric Acid or HCA
    • This product comes from a salt which is made from the rinds of certain dried fruits, in particular the brindal berry and also something called the Garcinia Cambogia. Both of these fruits come from Southeast Asia. They have long been used in traditional Indian medicine and can now be found in Western drug stores and health food stores. They are sold under a variety of different names among them Citrilite and PhyriMax. Scientific research has concluded that HCA helps reduce fat absorption as well as increasing a person’s ability to metabolize fat. It has also been shown to inhibit appetite and lower LDL cholesterol.
  2. Chitosan
    • When you actually sit down to read about where Chitosan comes from it will probably gross you out pretty much. It certainly did me. This natural product comes from something called chitin which is what makes up shells of crustaceans and insects. It has been widely recommended by holistic medical practitioners to reduce cholesterol levels. It is also widely recommended to use as a dietary fiber supplement because it has been shown to reduce a body’s ability to absorb fat.
  3. Whey protein
    • Whey protein has been touted by sports equipment stores and health stores for many years because it has been shown to build lean muscle. Lean muscle helps you burn fat. It is also known to inhibit appetite which helps you eat less and lose weight more quickly. Whey protein is derived entirely from the whey which is produced from milk.It is, therefore, an extremely easy to digest form of protein.If you use this product you will also be adding the amino acid cystein to your diet.
  4. Beta Glucan
    • Beta glucan comes from mushrooms, different yeasts and algae. It is a highly concentrated soluble fiber and is known to help lower cholesterol levels. This will not only help you lose weight, it will also help control Type II diabetes.
  5. Omega-3 fatty acids (CLA)
    • Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely helpful for a wide variety of reasons. They help your brain and also help your heart. They are also believed to help with weight loss in addition to having many cancer fighting properties. It is found primarily in fatty fish such as salmon and anchovies and sardines. It can also be found in beef and dairy products so most people who practice a vegan diet are likely deficient in this.
    • Research studies have shown mixed results in terms of the way in which CLA helps reduce body fat. It has proven to be very effective in animal studies but has only received mixed reviews in the human studies.
  6. Glucomannan
    • This substance comes from a plant called the Konjac which is from Asia. It is a fiber which has been shown to be very helpful when it comes to controlling Type II diabetes. This is in addition to it’s ability to help with weight loss. Many people who use this in the traditional way will consume it either baked, fried or in the form of some kind of candy. This fiber helps the body to absorb water within the digestive tract which, in turn, helps reduce cholesterol and the absorption of carbohydrates. Research studies have shown that its role in the fight against obesity is a good one.
  7. Mango Seed Fiber
    • This fiber is derived from an African mango tree’s seeds and is a traditional weight loss component in Africa. It can easily be combined with other dietary supplements. In Africa, mango seed fiber is also used as a natural pain reliever and an antibiotic. At present, it is being subjected to rigorous study to determine its efficacy for weight loss and helping people with Type II diabetes.

In summation, most of these natural foods which are all available in diet pill format are made up of compounds are are pretty inert. They may not help you, but they certainly won’t hurt you either.

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