Herbs can have amazing properties and have been tested and used in many branches of medicine and science. Herbal extracts are used to cure illnesses, alleviate ailments, to relieve stress and to detoxify the human body, as well as to supplement the daily intake of necessary nutrients. Based on all this, why wouldn’t herbal weight loss be a possibility?
Many dietary supplements for weight loss rely on herbal extracts, some entirely and some just partially, and while some of these are simply overhyped rip off attempts by those eager to earn an easy buck from the suffering of others, there are those that actually work. There is also the danger of using certain herbal weight loss products only to find that they are jeopardizing your general health.
Some of the widely used, safe herbal weight loss products are green tea, with its powerful antioxidant, metabolism speeding and diuretic properties, seaweed extracts, with similar properties to those of green tea (though caution must be employed by thyroid sufferers), and cayenne, which will also give your metabolism a healthy boost.
The herbal weight loss supplements that you should pay attention to because of their harm causing potential are the ephedra-based ones. While the weight loss effects of this herb are known by many, the lesser publicized effects of ephedra can be very harmful to your health. These effects have caused ephedra based supplements to come to the attention of the FDA, which has taken it out of the over-the-counter category.
While herbal weight loss products have enormous benefits for our wellbeing, representing a natural way to address our problems, we must remember that some of the substances contained by these herbs are very powerful and as such, that everything in excess, including the use of a seemingly harmless herb can cause great damage to our health.