Hydroxycut: to take or not to take

Hydroxycut is a dietary supplement that increases weight loss when used in conjunction with exercise. Hydroxycut is a thermogenic weight loss supplement continuing hydroxycitric acid, L-Carnitine, green tea extract, ma huang (herbal form of Ephedrine), guarana (herbal form of Caffeine), and willow bark (herbal form of Aspirin). These ingredients make an effect stack to suppress appetite and burn off fat. It contains ingredients that have been documented in scientific study to dramatically increase the metabolic rate, decrease appetite, improved stamina and speed-up fat-burning! These herbal ingredients are the equivalent of the famous Ephedrine-Caffeine-Aspirin stack, which has been effectively shown to accelerate fat-burning. With this product, you can successfully lose bodyfat with or without diet or exercise!


The FDA has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported to the FDA. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.


Liver injury, although rare, was reported by patients at the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.


"The FDA urges consumers to discontinue use of Hydroxycut products in order to avoid any undue risk. Adverse events are rare, but exist. Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products," said Linda Katz, M.D., interim chief medical officer of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (1 May ,2009).


Although the FDA has not received reports of serious liver-related adverse reactions for all Hydroxycut products, the manufacturer has agreed to recall all the products. Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall. Consumers who have any of the products involved in the recall are advised to stop using them and to return them to the place of purchase. The agency has not yet determined which ingredients, dosages, or other health-related factors may be associated with risks related to these Hydroxycut products. The products contain a variety of ingredients and herbal extracts.



Hydroxycut Side Effects:


Some Hydroxycut users may not experience any symptoms while other may complain one of the symptoms indicated below:

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Headaches, the user may experience some insomnia and dizziness.

  • Increased sweating

  • Loss of appetite

  • Feel restless

  • Feel Jittery

Some of the side effects can be cut by taking vitamins on a daily basis in conjunction with this product. It has been reported that by taking Vitamin C, this can help your immune system and stop any general illness feelings. Also, by taking Vitamin B-12 can drastically reduce any headaches.


Note: Click on the link provided for FDA press release, http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm149575.htm

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