About Appetite Suppressants
An appetite suppressant is any drug or dietary supplement that helps to curb the desire for food and thereby aid in weight loss. In the past, naturally occurring appetite suppressants such as green tea and apples have been popular, but more recently, demand has created a market for many different types of natural and synthetic appetite suppressants in the form of pills, tablets, capsules, gums, and even inhalers.
There are a number of safe to use and prescription-free solutions for appetite suppression using recognised pharmaceutical compounds. However, as always, it pays to look into the active ingredients and possible side effects of any dietary supplement in order to make sure they are right for you. Many good dieting aids have helped people to lose weight, and their results are often backed by sound clinical research.
5-HTP has a number of applications, including as an antidepressant and sleep aid. It is thought to work by promoting the production of the so-called "happy chemical" serotonin and, since this happens mainly in the gut, there is a strong link between serotonin and digestion. Generally speaking, the higher your serotonin levels, the lower will be your appetite.
Capsules containing herbal or mineral extracts, such as green tea or seaweed may also be useful. Chromium and hoodia, which are found in a number of different capsules have also been found to be effective.
Chewing gums containing plant extracts such as acai berry are common, although there is limited information on how they might work. Meanwhile, inhalers containing fragrant essential oils have an historical basis in folk medicine.