What are Hydroxycut's active ingredients?

Hydroxycut may no longer contain ephedra, but it still claims to reduce weight through thermogenisis.

So what else is in it?

Besides oodles of caffeine, a lot of other stimulants, including green tea extract, guarana extract and Garcinia cambogia.

The makers of Hydroxycut have taken a page out of the ancient Chinese medicinal handbook as well as some South American and Indian ones as well. Made from the dried leaves of an evergreen shrub, green tea is high in caffeine content and has been used in China for centuries in ceremonies and to stay awake during lengthy meditations.

Guarana is also made from a shrub, this one from Venezuela. It has seeds that contain twice as much caffeine as coffee beans. Just to the east of Venezuela, the Brazilians use guarana in cola drinks.

Large amounts of caffeine raise your body temperature and blood pressure, allowing you to burn more calories.
But there is another ingredient that may be dangerous.

Culled from a fruit found in India that resembles a small pumpkin, garcinia cambogia's rind contains hydroxcitirc acid (HCA). In theory, HCA inhibits an enzyme that turns additional carbohydrates into fat. Consumer Reports indicate that HCA could be to blame for serious liver-related health problems.

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Dietary Supplements

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d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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