Trimspa® Review

What Should I Know About It?

Anna Nicole Smith At Passions Night Club
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Trimspa® Basics

The original Trimspa® formula contained the stimulant herb ephedra, but the product was reformulated into an ephedra-free version after concerns about the safety of ephedra (ephedra is now banned in the United States).

Anna Nicole Smith became the face of Trimspa® after trying the diet pills in 2003 and attributing her weight loss to them. The Anna Nicole Smith Trimspa commercials and television appearances showing a much slimmer Smith immediately turned Trimspa® into the latest diet pill craze.

 

Anna Nicole Smith reportedly took six pills a day, which according to the label is the maximum recommended dose of Trimspa®. But that wasn't all she took. She also told the press that she took a "colon cleanser" laxative that kept her, "on the pot all the time," and modified her diet, admitting that it wasn't just the Trimspa® diet pills that made her lose weight.

Caveats

The recommended amount is four pills a day. The retail price of a bottle of Trimspa® is $34.95, which adds up to more than $48 per month.

Trimspa® no longer individually lists the ingredients. There's no way of knowing how much of each ingredient is in a single Trimspa® capsule. Trimspa® used to list each ingredient separately, but now the label merely indicates that there are 75 micrograms of chromium and 667.5 milligrams of "x32 proprietary blend" containing glucomannan, cocoa extract, green tea extract, hoodia gordonii, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, glucosamine HCL, citrus naringin, and vanadium.

Companies do this to protect their formula, but it makes it impossible to properly evaluate it.

Trimspa® side effects may include anxiety and insomnia. Most people's cravings occur in the late afternoon and evening, however taking Trimspa® in the late afternoon and evening may be too stimulating for some people and may lead to insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, and restlessness.

Although Trimspa® no longer lists ingredients and their amounts individually, previously, each pill contained 125 mg of green tea extract. The total daily intake of four pills a day would provide 500 milligrams of green tea extract and 200 mg of caffeine, which is roughly equivalent to two 8-ounce cups of coffee. The cocoa extract can also be stimulating.

Trimspa® contains Hoodia gordonii. Hoodia is a plant native to South Africa. Hoodia has a long history of use as an appetite suppressant by the San indigenous peoples of South Africa. Although it is a tremendously popular diet pill ingredient, there are some concerns about adverse effects and whether it's even possible to obtain pure versus fake hoodia in commercial products.

Trimspa® may trigger migraines in susceptible people, due to the tyramine content.

Trimspa® shouldn't be taken with Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant drugs.

MAOI drugs include phenelzine (Nardil®), tranylcypromine (Parnate®), selegiline (Eldepryl®), and isocarboxazid (Marplan®). These drugs react with foods containing tyramine, such as cocoa, and may lead to elevations in blood pressure, as well as headache, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, possible confusion, psychotic symptoms, seizures, stroke, and coma when combined with MAOI antidepressants.

Trimspa® contains naringin, the compound in grapefruit that can interfere with the metabolism of many common prescription drugs. Naringin can increase blood levels of drugs that are metabolized by the intestinal cytochrome P450 3A4 system, raising the risk of toxicity.

Trimspa® shouldn't be taken by people with shellfish allergies as it contains glucosamine. The glucosamine in supplements is typically derived from shellfish shells.

It's important to keep in mind that supplements haven't been tested for safety and dietary supplements are largely unregulated. In some cases, the product may deliver doses that differ from the specified amount for each herb. In other cases, the product may be contaminated with other substances such as metals. Also, the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. 

Trimspa® contains glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber derived from konjac root (Amorphophallus konjac).

Like other forms of dietary fiber, glucomannan is considered a bulk-forming laxative and expands in the stomach to reduce appetite by creating a feeling of fullness.

Glucomannan, especially in pill form, needs to be taken with plenty of water, or it can cause obstruction in the esophagus or blockages further down in the digestive tract.

If you're considering using any supplement for weight loss, make sure to talk with your doctor first. Self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious consequences.

Note: This article was originally published in 2006. Supplements may be reformulated periodically. 

Source

Trimspa Website. Accessed 19 September 2006 <http://www.trimspa.com/main/information>.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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