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Do supplements and herbal remedies work for weight loss?

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When you want to drop some weight, it's tempting to look for help anywhere you can. If your thoughts turn to supplements or herbal remedies, keep in mind that research gives many of them mixed reviews. In some cases, there isn't a lot of science to back up the claims, and some have health risks. Talk with your doctor first before you try any.

From: Supplements for Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA: "Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss Dietary Supplements;" "Tainted Weight Loss Products;" "Weight Loss Fraud: Know What You're Taking;" and "Questions and Answers about FDA's Initiative Against Contaminated Weight Loss Products."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Obesity;" "7-Keto-DHEA;" "Hoodia;" "Guar Gum;" "Green Coffee Extract;" "Green Tea Extract;" "Glucomannan;" "Conjugated Linoleic Acid;" "Chromium;" and "Chitosan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Bitter Orange;" "Ephedra;" "Hoodia;" "Effects of Chromium Picolinate in People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes;" and "Green Tea."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Chromium."

National Library of Medicine: "Senna."

Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ephedra."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 9, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss Dietary Supplements;" "Tainted Weight Loss Products;" "Weight Loss Fraud: Know What You're Taking;" and "Questions and Answers about FDA's Initiative Against Contaminated Weight Loss Products."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Obesity;" "7-Keto-DHEA;" "Hoodia;" "Guar Gum;" "Green Coffee Extract;" "Green Tea Extract;" "Glucomannan;" "Conjugated Linoleic Acid;" "Chromium;" and "Chitosan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Bitter Orange;" "Ephedra;" "Hoodia;" "Effects of Chromium Picolinate in People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes;" and "Green Tea."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Chromium."

National Library of Medicine: "Senna."

Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ephedra."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 9, 2018

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