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Playing Russian Roulette by using Fat Burners

March 7, 2017

Playing Russian Roulette by using Fat Burners

Supplement companies don’t have to test their ingredients or pills in clinical trials, which could determine unsafe interactions with other medications. The FDA will pull the fat burners off the market only if they receive several of the public who have come up with some type of side effect or deaths.

In the eyes of the FDA, Fat burners are considered safe until proven otherwise.
How does this make since, you are taking a product, putting it in your body that has no real clinical trials, and the FDA is ok with that until they get a number of people who are having serious side effect which could lead to death “really” and the person who you are getting them from have very little education in the health industry on nutrition, good luck with that.

During a weight-loss plateau or when you’re at a birthday party at work, you might even have been tempted to try these “miracle pills” yourself.

The ingredients of fat burner supplements must be scrutinized, as certain ones can be dangerous. Meanwhile, your body has its own mechanism that knows how to burn fat you just to know how to activate it by giving your body the right tools what’s cool, you will be able to keep the fat off with no side effects.

Dr. Axe explains what are supplement fat burners.

What Are Fat Burners?

Fat Burner supplements are dietary supplements that increase heat production in the body so body fat is used as energy instead.

Manufacturers claim that the supplements boost metabolism, suppress your appetite so you eat less throughout the day and encourage weight loss, helping you lose those pounds faster after hitting the gym.

The active ingredients in thermogenic supplements vary by brand, but most contain a cocktail of stimulants like caffeine, guarana, green tea extract, garcinia cambogia and ephedrine. While some of these ingredients are “natural” — for example, caffeine is often included in the form of yerba mate or guarana — the amounts they’re used in are rarely healthy.

Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit, also known as the Malabar tamarind, that appears in popular weight-loss supplements. Supposedly, it prevents your body from making fat while stalling your appetite. The active ingredient in the fruit’s rind, hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body relies on to make fat. Meanwhile, it also raises levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin and can result in less hunger. Hmm, sounds too good to be true?

The Journal of Obesity thinks so, as the group that took the supplement experienced very short-term and small weight loss, but researchers weren’t convinced that garcinia cambogia was responsible even for that and called for more studies.

This information alone should be a sign not to take dietary supplements.

Interestingly enough, dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They’re not considered drugs and, instead, are treated like special foods. So, while every drug sold in the U.S., whether it’s prescription or not, must be proven safe and effective before it’s allowed on the market, fat burner supplements don’t have to meet the same requirements.

Currently, drugs in the U.S. are treated as unsafe until proven; in the case of supplements, it’s the exact opposite. Fat burners are considered safe until proven otherwise. Manufacturers don’t have to test their ingredients or pills in clinical trials, which could determine unsafe interactions with other medications.

The FDA does have the authority to force a company to stop selling a particular supplement — after the FDA proves the product poses a serious health risk. You read that correctly — it’s not until a significant number of Americans have had an adverse reaction to a supplement that the FDA can begin to take action. Because these supplements are self-prescribed and not under doctor supervision, there’s also no organized system for people who wish to report their side effects or bad reactions.

And when it comes to fat burners, there can be many side effects if, again, you’re going with a product that contains some of the above ingredients.

After reading about the FDA why in the world would you want to take a chance with a pill or a drink that is only good for short term and has this type of risk, is your life really that bad.
Undeclared Ingredients in Some Fat Burners

The Food and Drug Administration does not evaluate and test all fat burners on the market. Unfortunately, to have an edge, some manufacturers add ingredients that are not declared on the label, which could pose a serious danger. Annually, the FDA warns the public about dangerous undeclared ingredients it finds in fat burners. In 2015, the FDA identified more than 20 fat burners that contained dangerous ingredients.

For example, one product contained sibutramine, a drug previously prescribed for obesity but removed from the market in 2010 due to increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Another contained an unapproved laxative known to increase the risk of cancer. Yet another contained a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, which is used to treat depression and can cause seizures and increase bleeding risk in people taking medications such as blood thinners.

The Risks of Taking Fat Burners with Dangerous Ingredients

1. Acute Liver Failure

As one of the largest organs in the body, the liver supports many essential metabolic functions, including transforming nutrients from the foods we eat into substances our bodies can use, processing harmful substances and breaking down fat for energy. (2) So it’s a major deal when liver failure occurs.

Certain fat burner supplements have been found to induce acute liver failure. It’s the loss of liver function that happens quickly, over days and weeks, instead of chronic liver failure, which happens slowly, over a longer period of time, such as in the case of an alcoholic.

The condition can cause serious health issues, including excessive bleeding and an increase of pressure in the brain. One 28-year-old woman with no risk factors for liver disease arrived at the hospital with fatigue, malaise and jaundice, with symptoms worsening, until she was evaluated for a liver transplant. She was taking a dietary supplement. (3)

In 2013, another fat-burning supplement, OxyElite, was pulled from store shelves after it was linked to liver failure and acute hepatitis in almost 30 people.

Fat burners have long been linked to case reports of liver damage due to these products. In 2014, an outbreak occurred that the FDA linked to one particular fat burner, which it subsequently removed from the market. The supplement caused nearly 100 cases of hepatitis — liver inflammation — across the United States, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2014. The supplement led to 47 hospitalizations, with three patients requiring liver transplants. Information has not been released on whether the remaining hospitalizations resulted in permanent damage. In addition, one death was linked to this particular supplement. A substance called aegeline is suspected of causing these adverse effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Aegeline also appears on labels under its scientific name, N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide.This compound is extracted from leaves of an Indian plant called Marmelos Correa and has not been tested in humans for fat loss or exercise performance.

2. Caffeine Overdose

In part because of its ubiquity, it’s simple to forget that caffeine is actually a drug. And because of the super high levels of caffeine often included in certain thermogenic supplements, it’s not uncommon for people to suffer a caffeine overdose. When this occurs, individuals can experience an increase in insomnia, nervousness, jitteriness and even vomiting.

It doesn’t take much for that to happen, either. Most supplements instruct users to take several pills a day. Combine that with a morning cup of coffee, some late afternoon tea and that’s a whole lot of caffeine in one person’s system.

Causing or increasing anxiety is also a major side effect of too much caffeine in the body. If you’re someone who suffers from stress or nervousness, caffeine can heighten those feeling and add anxiety to the mix. And if you are a naturally anxious person already, it’s likely you’ll experience increases in symptoms like fear, heart palpitations and tremors.

3. Chest Pain

Certain other active ingredients in particular thermogenic supplements can also cause adverse effects. Bitter orange, for example, is an herb made from the bitter orange tree. The extracts from bitter orange peel often appear in weight-loss supplements, but it’s now linked to such serious symptoms as chest pain, anxiety and even death.
The Mayo Clinic states that “while some research studies suggest that bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) can help with modest weight loss when combined with diet and exercise, it’s probably not worth the risk.”

Negative Heart Effects Linked to Fat Burners

Many fat burners contain substances such as bitter orange, which may increase blood pressure and heart rate to levels that are not safe. Known by its botanical name Citrus aurantium, bitter orange contains synephrine alkaloids, which are stimulants found as main ingredients in fat burners sold over-the-counter and on the Internet. The National Institutes of Health report that heart attack and stroke are linked to bitter orange in healthy people with no obvious risk factors. In one case report published in the Texas Heart Institute Journal in 2009, a 24-year-old active, healthy man taking a synephrine-containing supplement experienced a blood clot in a main artery that supplies blood to the heart. He was successfully treated in the hospital and recovered. The researchers linked the adverse effect to the fat burner supplement.

Certain Fat Burners Raise Risk of Overheating

Whether or not a fat burner the potential to raise your metabolism depends on the active ingredient. Some ingredients may do this, while others lack scientific support. For example, certain ingredients such as 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) that is found in some fat burners that are marketed on the Internet do raise metabolism. There’s no way to know exactly how far above normal a person’s metabolism will rise when taking fat burners because it depends on the active ingredient and individual differences in one’s body’s biochemistry. However, the ingredient 2,4-dinitrophenol is linked to overheating and other dangerous effects, according to the Medical Journal of Toxicology. A review of the overheating dangers of DNP published in 2011 listed profuse sweating and erratic or rapid heart beat as possible side effects. The report indicates that as of 2011, there have been 62 deaths linked to DNP.

4. Increases in Heart Rate & Blood Pressure
Another popular ingredient in weight-loss supplements is hoodia, a succulent African plant. Supposedly, the substance can trick your brain into thinking you’re full, but scant scientific evidence exists. Instead, it’s known to cause significant increases in heart rate and blood pressure, plus can also impair liver function and cause headaches, dizziness and nausea.

5. Experiencing the “Unknown Cocktail” Effect
I hope you’ve never had a Long Island Iced Tea. A very alcoholic cocktail, it mixes several hard liquors together with a splash of Coke. For many, such a drink does not go down very well. The same can be said for many thermogenic supplements that combine these active, dangerous ingredients together. Dosage levels are too high to begin with, but then combining these potentially reckless ingredients together?

It also can be tough to isolate which ingredient a person will have a reaction to. Indeed, ingredients are often mixed up on labels or not even on the ingredients list; people could ingest something they’re allergic to unknowingly.
The risks that are involved in taking fat burners for short term weight loss is not worth it, learn how to activate your own bodies fat burner the natural way there are no side effects and you will keep the weight off.

The simplest and easiest way to get your body bumped started to lose body fat is to change the type of water you are drinking to hydrogen rich water, it has the ability to detox you daily and it is therapeutic to the body.

Msg me if you would like to do a two week free trail.

Bill & Emily Mabry 6A
Wellness Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach/CMHS
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