Fitness & Fat Loss

New Fat Loss Pill Combos Becoming Popular: But Are They Safe?

Weight loss formulaNews releases about new fat loss (weight loss if you like) “super-pills” is all over the Internet. Some even claim these are so powerful and effective that some doctors are calling for their regulation – something that seems not easy to verify. The pills are made by combining two or more fat loss supplements into one. But are they safe?

One popular combo consists of two weight loss supplements that caused excitement in the health circles, as each was reported to aid in fat loss without significant change of lifestyle. These are green coffee bean extract and garcinia cambogia.

Garcinia cambogia supplements sales exploded after being mentioned on, you guessed it, The Dr Oz Show. Suddenly this was like the holy grail of natural weight loss. Well, virtually every ultra-popular supplement in recent times has become so after appearing on this show, including the aforementioned green coffee bean extract.[1]

Another combo that seems to be gaining popularity is coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones (the latter also at least once featured on the Dr Oz Show). Yet another is African mango extract and garcinia cambogia.

Okay, to cut a long story short, there are virtually all manner of combos you can think of involving the top-selling diet pills on the market. The question that remains is their safety.

Frankly, there is no such thing as a weight loss wonder pill. Also, nothing works the same way for everybody: what works for you may not necessarily work for me. But some do seem to work better than others. That the above, each on its own, continue to sell and get positive reviews after the initial excitement has since cooled down indicates there may be something to them.

As with any other hot-selling item, scam products are out there to cash in. Even Dr. Oz has offered advice on avoiding some of these scams. You can see his advice on green coffee bean scams.

Now, not all powerful supplement combos work well together. For example, combining yohimbe (also known as yohimbine) and ephedrine (or ephedra, now banned in the US), resulted in increased blood pressure while negatively affecting the heart’s efficiency in pumping blood. Yet ephedrine and caffeine had no such effect.[2]

So, Are Diet Pill Combos Safe?

Unlike ephedrine/yohimbe combo above, pretty few diet pill combos have been scientifically tested. We cannot comment on their safety in the absence of real tests. We have to take it in good faith that the makers know enough about the compounds in each to avoid possible interaction or counteraction. Of course, interaction with medications is always a possibility, so do not start taking these or any supplement without first consulting your doctor.

Talking to a healthcare professional would be the best way to go before starting on any of these supplements, combo or not. Trying to combine two or more of the supplements on your own is not advised.


References:

[1] Dr OZ: Green Coffee Bean Extract: The Fat Burner That Works!

[2] NIH: Cardiovascular effects of ephedrine, caffeine and yohimbine


Information provided on this page is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease nor substitute advice from your healthcare professional. Consult a licensed medical practitioner before starting on a new supplement especially if you are pregnant, nursing, on medication, or have a medical condition.

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