Stimulant-Free Diet Pills are weight loss products that do not contain stimulants such as caffeine or ephedra. Stimulant-Free diet pills are best suited for people who are sensitive to stimulants or who want to avoid the “jitters” that are often associated with the consumption of stimulants.
As the name suggests, stimulants are a class of drugs that enhance brain activity – they cause an increase in alertness, attention, and energy that is accompanied by elevated blood pressure and increased heart rate and respiration. Stimulants were used historically to treat asthma and other respiratory problems, obesity, neurological disorders, and a variety of other ailments.
Today, stimulants are commonly used as appetite suppressants for short-term treatment of obesity. In fact, stimulant-based appetite suppressants work by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Just like how a cup of coffee helps curb your appetite because of the caffeine, these diet pills work in a similar manner.
Common stimulants found in diet pills include:
- Caffeine – also called guaranine when found in guarana, mateine when found in mate, and theine when found in tea, although these terms are not considered valid chemical names. It is found in the leaves and beans of the coffee plant, in tea, yerba mate, and guarana berries, the kola nut, the Yaupon Holly, and in small quantities in cocoa.
- Ephedra (Ma Huang) and Ephedrine Alkaloids – traditionally used by Chinese herbalists to treat a variety of respiratory ailments, Ephedra and Ephedrine Alkaloids are the most common stimulants found in diet pills. The sale of diet pills containing either Ephedra or ephedrine alkaloids has been banned in the U.S. after ephedra was linked to heart problems and other serious side effects.
- Green Tea – also known as Camellia sinensis
- Guarana – made from the seeds of a plant native to Brazil, this is a strong stimulant that has a high amount of caffeine. Side effects from guarana may include nausea, dizziness, insomnia, anxiousness, etc.
- Yerba Maté (also known as Paraguay tea) – a strong central nervous system stimulant that acts very much like caffeine. It has not been proven to aid in weight loss but can cause high blood pressure, insomnia, and other side effects associated with stimulants.
- Kola Nut – the seed kernel of a large African tree, this is the active ingredient in Coca Cola and contains caffeine.
- Bitter Orange (Synephrine) – the active ingredient is called synephrine, which is similar to ephedrine.
Any diet pill that claims to boost energy or increase metabolism contains at least one type of stimulant. Some stimulants, such as caffeine, are fairly harmless when consumed in reasonable amounts. Other stimulants, such as ephedra, are potentially dangerous. It is also possible to have a severe reaction to any type of stimulant; common side effects include headaches, mood problems, sleep problems, and elevated blood pressure.
Stimulant-free diet pills are effective for weight loss. Of course, as with all types of diet pills, there is great variation in quality and effectiveness. Before purchasing a stimulant-free diet pill it is recommended that you review its nutritional information (ingredients) to ensure that it is in fact free of stimulants.
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