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When selecting a weight loss supplement, it is vitally important that you choose a product containing ingredients that are safe and legal. While the most popular slimming products contain many of the same ingredients, few customers are aware of the reasoning behind their use. Please see below for a short list of common ingredients as well as a summary of their weight loss potential:

Mango, raspberry and water drink

Caffeine

Caffeine is absorbed by the body even faster than coffee and plays a vital role in the fat-burning process. As well as prolonging and heightening the effects of other compounds by acting as a catalyst, it stimulates the brain to improve focus and motivation, rapidly increases physical energy levels, acts as a powerful appetite suppressant and prevents tiredness and fatigue.  

Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry Ketone is responsible for the exuberant and luxurious aroma of red raspberries. The fruit extract is able to drastically reduce appetite and assists in the breakdown of fat molecules by encouraging the production of the protein hormone Adiponectin. It has also been praised as a natural thermogenic, meaning that it has the ability to raise body temperature and boost metabolic rate so that excess calories can be converted into heat and released by the body as thermal energy instead of being stored as fat.  

African Mango

African Mango, also known as Irvingia Gabonensis, is a rare fruit native to Cameroon that has been shown to provide considerable reductions in cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat without any changes to diet or exercise routine. The high soluble fibre content of African Mango reduces fat cell growth and supports the increased breakdown of fats while its inclusion of various protein hormones, such as Adiponectin and Leptin, allows for enhanced fat metabolism, glucose absorption and appetite restriction.  

Acai Berry

Acai Berry is a delicious little fruit indigenous to the Amazon rainforest that is thought to promote thermogenesis as well as general cardiovascular and digestive health. Often referred to as the 'super berry' because it has one of the highest nutritional values in the world and is comprised almost entirely of anti-oxidants, Acai is an incredibly rich source of amino acids, iron, fibre and a variety of important vitamins.  

Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that optimises thyroid hormone levels, speeds up the metabolism and increases the amount of energy that is delivered to the muscles. It can also be used to improve alertness, enhance cognitive function and relieve both physical and emotional stress.  

Green Tea

Not only does Green Tea capture the taste, aroma and colour of spring, it also comes with an irresistible combination of invigorating health benefits. In addition, the popular Chinese herb is able to intensifying fat oxidation without increasing heart rate, which may lead to fat loss. More specifically, Green Tea can increase the loss of visceral fat (fat that accumulates inside the abdominal cavity and surrounds the internal organs).  

Guarana Seed

An organic substance native to the Amazon basin, Guarana Seed slowly releases into the bloodstream and stimulates the central nervous system. It also has a mild diuretic effect to alleviate some of the negative effects of water retention.   Chromium Chromium is a natural compound that not only has the ability to prevent sugar and carbohydrate cravings, but can also help dieters trying to reduce body fat without losing muscle mass.

The next time you buy a weight loss supplement, you should check the ingredients and try to find out how they are going to affect your body. If you have any concerns regarding the safety or legality of a product, the best thing you can do is to avoid it altogether. It is just not worth the risk.