There is much contention and argument about what the best weight loss supplements really are. In this article, I’ll review a number of different supplements and their respective pros and cons.

Hoodia Gordonii

Hoodia gordonii is a plant that has gained a lot of attention in the past few years, mainly because it has been touted as one of several new groundbreaking weight loss supplements.

Hoodia gordonii is a plant native to Southern Africa and has long been used by natives as an appetite suppressant. It is available in many forms such as in a capsule, as a tincture, a tea and many others.

There are no conclusive clinical studies showing that Hoodia gordonii is effective for weight loss. Like many other supplements with huge marketing campaigns behind them, there is no logical reason to take them. Do not be swayed by the marketing.


Ephedrine is a stimulant chemical that is found naturally in some plants and herbs. As a stimulant, it causes an increase in metabolism and other body processes - as a result, your body burns more energy.

Ephedrine 30 mg definitely helps to burn more energy and this has been proven conclusively. It was once available in capsule form in many countries but has now since been banned in most of them.

The major side effect of any stimulant, ephedrine included, is that there is a cost for working your body harder than normal and you normally pay for it by the need to sleep for longer in order to recover.

Comparison Between Drugs And Herbal Supplements

The best weight loss supplements have thermogenic properties and raise your metabolism. The same can be achieved with exercise or by eating less in the first place but many people are looking for the convenience of a single pill. Any supplement that works especially well will have all the common side effects of a strong stimulant: in the short term you will feel tired and irritable and in the long term you risk damage to your cardiovascular system. It is for this reason that the best stimulants are classified as drugs (illegal or pharmaceutical). Any others that are legal are nowhere near as effective.

It would be great if people could lose weight simply by taking pills. For the most part, this is simply not possible, nor is it advisable. Supplements can help but should never be considered alone and should only be taken as part of a structure, long term weight loss program.