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Monday
Jan142013

Becareful about QuickTrim if you are on certain medications.

One of my New Years' Resolutions was to lose 10kg and that led me to go down to a local pharmacy and look at some weight loss products to help me lose some weight. I came across QuickTrim with a picture of Kim Kardashian on it and I decided to do some research on its ingredients and whether its effective as a weight loss supplement before buying and I came across this great website called  QuickTrim Research Based Weight Loss Review on http://supplement-geek.com/quicktrim-weight-loss-review-kim-kardashian-side-effects/ .

It pointed out a lot of misspellings with their ingredient names and also the potential to interact with people's medicines who are on certain blood thinning medications such as Resveratrol which is one of the compounds of Polygonum cuspidatum and it has blood thinner effects so in theory it may interact with other blood thinning medications and Polygonum Cuspidatum seems to have some estrogen-lke activity so women with a history of breast cancer or other cancers should see their doctor first.

Another ingredient of interest is the White Willow Bark which is basically aspirin and aspirin can thin the blood too so it may affect your blood thinning medications too and also care is needed if you have kidney problems too.

Another ingredient Banaba leaf extract (misspelled as bnaba on its website label) was shown to potentially lower blood sugar in mice in a couple of studies with type 2 diabetes and so in theory it might interact with diabetes medicines and supplements that affect blood sugar.

Another ingredient Mucuna Pruriens (or Cowhage) contains levodopa (or L-dopa) which is used to treat Parkinson's disease and in high levels L-dopa may lower blood pressure and reduce blood sugar levels. So speak to your doctor if you have any mental illness first before using as L dopa is a brain chemical.

Another ingredient worth mentioning is Sclareolide (or clary sage) has some antidepressant effects in rats but unsure in humans however its hard to say if its safe so speak to your doctor first if you are taking antidepressants or sleeping medications.

And lastly Acetyl-L-carnitine which is a popular ingredient in weight loss supplements as it moves the fat to the mitochondria (a part of the cell) where the fat is burned for fuel. But it can cause several drug interactions including blood thinners as well as those on thyroid supplements or has hypothyroidism (low in thyroid hormone) as more than 1 study has showed that carnitine inhibits thyroid hormones and that can lead to weight gain. In theory it can cause seizures in people with history of seizures or interact with their seizure medications.

So what do you all think about that? We need to research our products more before buying.

The weight loss industry is a multibillion industry by putting in ingredients that are not well researched and not as beneficial for us. Before Kim Kardashian's wedding she has TWO personal trainers so QuickTrim is not really as effective as she says (but to be honest we all know she says it as she endorses them).