Glucomannan and other controversial supplements



Glucomannan is a very well known dietary supplement. It’s made from a kind of plant name Konjac plant. Its main function is to protect individuals from storing fats dissolved in foods. Mixed impressions are being found about the impact of this element.


Common side effects of glucomannan tablet-


  • Creating blockage in throat
  • Blockage in intestine
  • Blockage in esophagus (Connecting tube of throat and stomach)


Green tea extract


Green tea is a widely recognized dietary supplement around the world. It can help you to lose weight to some extent. Its consisting element caffeine would provide you some extra effectiveness to perform physical activity without much tiredness. In addition to that, it may reduce the appetite and enhance the fat burning rate by boosting the metabolism process.


Some side effects of green tea-


  • Vomiting
  • Gas-forming
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea etc.




Ephedra refers to the name of herbal supplement, which is also known as Ma Huang. It contains the ingredient named as ephedrine. It’s very much related to the man-made compounds named as pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine.


Common side effects of ephedra-


  • Arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack etc.


For the above serious side effects FDA has banned the supplement containing ephedra.


Bitter orange


Bitter orange is very well known weight loss supplement which is mainly found from the trees in Africa and tropical Asia. It is also can be found in the California, Florida and Mediterranean areas.


It’s a kind of fruit which contain synephrine, a very relevant ingredient like ephedrine. It necessarily works by burning calories from the body. But, as FDA had banned the supplements containing ephedrine, then many manufacturers were bound to switch to produce bitter orange as an alternative to the ephedrine.


Side effects of this element are very likely to the ephedra, which is mentioned in the other part of this article.


Raspberry ketone


Raspberry ketone refers to the chemical composition which is being collected from raspberry kiwifruit, apples, peaches, grapes and so forth. Although there is no reliable evidence, different studies show that it can be much influential in weight loss process.


It makes it happen by boosting the metabolism process to some extent. It also can contribute to producing a hormone inside the body, which is called as Adiponectin. This hormone can increase the fat burning process and reduce the appetite.


White kidney beans


Supplements are made from the white kidney beans extract are very familiar with its impact on weight loss process. It’s named as a starch blocker as well. It makes things happen by producing starch-digesting enzyme amylase. If it fails to do so, then it turns the starch into an absorbable compound like sugar. The impacts of kidney beans have been clinically proved by conducting several types of research in recent years.


Some common side effects of kidney beans-


  • Mild gas forming inside the stomach
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Bloating stomach etc.