Diet and weight loss supplements and super foods such as the Garcinia extract, the green coffee bean extract and the raspberry ketones became very popular in recent years among people who struggle with extra weight.
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But since no prescriptions are required for their use, are consumers really aware of their side effects and potential dangers?
Several popular supplements were already banned due to different compounds in them found to damage the liver. Some of them are the bitter orange (used for weight loss), chapparal (natural antioxidant), comfrey (reduces inflammation), germander (weight loss), niacin (lowers cholesterol). As you can see seemingly health-beneficial substances at some point were reported harmful, and now many people begin to ask themselves about the possible dangers and side effects of new dietary supplements. Let’s look at three particular natural compounds and compare their benefits and harms.
Raspberry ketones have never been scientifically observed in humans, so there is no way that experts can determine possible harms or side effects caused by the supplement. Natural raspberry ketone is extremely expensive because its abundance in nature is very low. So we should consider most of the raspberry ketone supplements not natural, but chemically synthesized and draw conclusions about their safety. The only concern about natural raspberry ketone so far has been about its chemical relation to a stimulant called synephrine. If it has the similar effects, it’s supposed to cause anxiety and rapid heartbeat, as well as increase blood pressure. Some patients report unrested stomach.
The Garcinia extract is believed to be perfectly safe, as it is used for centuries as food and spice in Southeast Asia. The most common effect of consuming the extract is suppressing appetite, and according to some specialists it might prevent fat storage. Garcinia can cause in some people nausea, digestive tract discomfort and in some cases headache, but the overall effects are good.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
The extract of green coffee beans appears to be safe based on the limited research that has been done in people so far. But it contains caffeine so if you have problems taking caffeine, the extract is not appropriate for you. Its side effects can be summarized as similar to coffee – insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, increased heart rate and stomach upset.
No matter which of the three you purchased, the most important thing is whether you take a 100% natural product or a supplement with additional ingredients. If there are other ingredients, or you are not certain of the origin and the quality of the product, you should stop taking it. Make sure the supplement is verified, safety should be the first aspect of your diet plan. So if you take these into account, there should be no problem with the three natural supplements, as there is no scientific evidence of any damage caused by them.