Siberian ginseng

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Botanically speaking, Siberian ginseng is not a true ginseng; however, it has similar properties to ginseng. Ginseng: Also known as Panax Ginseng (Asiatic ginseng) and Panax quinquefolium (American Ginseng), ginseng may increase energy levels, ease stress and enhances immune function. It is often used in weight loss supplements for the energy benefits and mood calming […]

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Synephrine HCL

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Synephrine is a drug used as an alternative to ephedrine. Just like ephedrine, synephrine has an effect on the cardiovascular system (increased heart rate, blood pressure). It is used in diet products to stimulate metabolism and control appetite. When diet pill companies combine or “stack” synephrine with other stimulants such as caffeine, this increases the […]

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Red Clover Leaf

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Red clover leaf has a cleansing effect on the body. It can fight infection and purify blood. It may even relieve menopause symptoms, mainly hot flashes. It can relax spasms brought on by IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It may be used in weight loss pills for its ability to suppress appetite. Amount needed: Around 4 […]

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Resveratrol

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Main phytochemical in purple fruits such as red grapes and especially in red wine. Studies: Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard University was looking for a compound that would turn on the anti-aging gene, sirtunin. Resveratrol did just this and further studies concluded that a strong resveratrol supplement was capable of keeping overweight mice healthy despite […]

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Psyllium Husk

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Psyllium husk is an excellent source of fiber and is often included in colon cleansers. This is a good thing because it is a great way to clean out a colon suffering from years of poor diet and digestion issues. HOWEVER, when psyllium husk is used in a diet pill, it will promote quick weight […]

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Potassium Gluconate

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Potassium is an electrolyte that we need in trace amounts. Potassium gluconate is used to boost blood levels of potassium. Potassium, sodium and chloride all work together in the body to regulate things like fluid levels and heart beat. Why would someone put potassium gluconate in a diet pill? One of the most common side […]

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Phenylethylamine

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Ah, the reason behind chocolate’s aphrodisiac qualities… or is it? Phenylethylamine is an “aromatic amine” that humans (and most mammalians and other organisms) produce. It’s a byproduct of some specific chemical reactions in the central nervous system. Though phenylethylamine is responsible for the release of dopamine and norepinephrine (pleasure hormone). Levels of phenylethylamine are low […]

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Parsley

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Ever wonder why parsley is used as a plate garnishment? You’re supposed to eat it when you are done with your meal. It cleanses your teeth and if you had a big enough chunk of it, it would aid in digestion. Faster digestion means better removal of toxins, cholesterol and fat as well as better […]

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Poria Cocos

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Fungus used in Chinese medicine as a diuretic and sedative. Used in weight loss products for diuretic properties that can alleviate fluid retention and reduce weight by reducing water weight. Studies: Western studies are lacking. There are some suggestions that it may have anti-leukemic abilities. The only effect in weight loss would be the water […]

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Oat Bran Fiber

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More fiber! The good thing about oat fiber is that it contains more soluble fiber than most grain sources. So, you are getting the best of both worlds. Oat bran fiber can lower cholesterol and boost your weight loss efforts. However, if you are taking a supplement that has a myriad of laxatives, diuretics and […]

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