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I Don't Buy It: Bitter Orange for Weight Loss

I Don't Buy It: Bitter Orange for Weight Loss

While I am a true believer in some herbal supplements, like Valerian root as a sleep aid, there are some herbal supplements that just seem fishy to me. Then again, the whole weight loss through a pill method of dieting doesn't really sit well with me either. A few people have asked me recently about bitter orange herbal supplements for weight loss. Since ephedra has been banned, bitter orange is the new "go to" ingredient in many "ephedra free" products. However, according to the Mayo Clinic many of the health risks associated with ephedra are most likely true for bitter orange as well. Ephedra and bitter orange contain similar chemicals that can cause high blood pressure and irregular heart beats. Both herbs can interfere with metabolizing other forms of medication.

In addition to being considered unsafe, most studies of bitter orange have not found it to be an effective weight loss aid. You know what is considered effective for weight loss? Diet and exercise. There is no magic pill and that is the bitter truth about bitter orange.

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Mouni Mouni 5 years
I import dried bitter orange peels and I love them myself... they are great to snack on because they only have 35 calories in 9 strips.
yes-jess yes-jess 9 years
I've eaten bitter orange before and it is pretty good (it was really sour and yummy)...I wonder if it's bad for you if you just eat it...
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I just don't like putting weird things in my body...the only thing I take is a multi-vitamin!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Why risk causing problems for your body...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
chsistinexcore you took the words right outt my mouth! Eating good and excerise are they only way!
christinexcore christinexcore 9 years
I doubt this works. The only way, in my opinion, to lose weight and really keep it off is diet and excercise. These quick fixes just don't work, and damage your body.
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