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Does bitter orange help with weight loss?

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Bitter orange fruit rind has synephrine, a stimulant related to ephedrine. It supposedly works by helping you burn more calories. After the FDA banned weight loss products with ephedra, many makers switched to bitter orange, but it's not clear if it's safer, and there's not enough evidence to know if it works for weight loss.

The FDA says bitter orange may not be safe to use as a dietary supplement. You should especially avoid it if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, or other medical problem.

From: Supplements for Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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