Know Your Supplements Before Taking Them!

Weight loss goals

Everyone wants to achieve a slimmer self! Hence, weight loss is a booming industry. There are many different ways to achieve permanent weight loss and using medication and supplements is one of them. You will find a lot of options of such supplements that are available in health stores. You could also purchase these online. However even if you are in a hurry to achieve your weight loss goals, picking up just any medication and supplements can prove harmful.  You need to understand the pros and cons of these supplements before you start consuming them.

Types of supplements

There are many medication and supplements that are available off the shelf. Below enlisted are few facts regarding two popular ones in the market:

Herbal supplement Hoodia – Hoodia is a popular herbal supplement. This works by suppressing the appetite in a natural manner. As a result, it claims to make you lose your desire to eat and thus aids in your weight loss process. Hoodia can be found in the form of liquid, capsule, tea or powder in stores and online. There are many companies that sell this supplement, but an estimated 50% out of these are fakes. Since its results on actual weight loss in humans are not proved, we suggest you be careful while choosing Hoodia.

Mineral supplement Chromium – Amongst many medication and supplements advocated for weight loss, chromium is one. It is actively promoted as a supplement aiding in building muscle and contributing towards weight loss. There are some studies that do relate the intake of chromium to weight loss, however certain recent studies, negate this. But, since chromium helps insulin to move the glucose particles into blood cells, it should not be taken by diabetics without professional consultation. It is also not advisable for people with anxiety, depression or other psychiatric conditions.