The manufacturers of 7 Days Herbal Slim claim you'll become more energetic, have younger looking skin and lose weight from your waist, buttocks, stomach and neck simply by taking their pill every morning before breakfast for one week. All this supposedly happens without side effects. However, one of the ingredients in 7 Days Herbal Slim has been linked with health problems serious enough for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a public notification in 2013 advising consumers against using any form of the product. Do not take 7 Days Herbal Slim until you've spoken to your doctor about the possible dangers.
Side Effects of Sibutramine
According to the FDA, 7 Days Herbal Slim contains sibutramine, an appetite suppressant drug that's been banned in the United States since 2010. Sibutramine may cause a sharp increase in blood pressure and an abnormally rapid heart rate. Individuals taking the drug are more likely to have strokes or heart attacks, especially if they already have a history of congestive heart failure, heart disease or arrhythmia. Other side effects of the sibutramine in 7 Days Herbal Slim may include headaches, insomnia, dizziness and fainting, seizures, vomiting, shortness of breath and personality changes.
Side Effects of Kola Nuts
Kola nut, the seed from the native African kola tree, is another ingredient in 7 Days Herbal Slim. It contains a high concentration of caffeine and the stimulant compound theobromine. A high intake of stimulants like caffeine may cause depression, anxiety, an increased heart rate, vomiting, sleep difficulty, nausea, shaking and restlessness. These side effects will be more pronounced if you take 7 Days Herbal Slim with another source of stimulants like coffee, tea or soda. Kola nut consumption may also exacerbate digestive problems and interfere with the function of medications like muscle relaxants, calcium-channel blockers and nitrates.
Side Effects of Konjac Root
In commercial diet pills like 7 Days Herbal Slim, konjac root is included as a source of the dietary fiber known as glucomannan. Glucomannan absorbs water and expands when it is ingested. Unless 7 Days Herbal Slim is consumed with plenty of water -- at least 8 ounces per serving -- it could expand and block the esophagus or digestive tract. Do not use supplements that list konjac root or glucomannan as an ingredient if you have any type of esophageal or digestive disorder. Glucomannan may also cause bloating, diarrhea, flatulence and a drop in blood sugar levels.
Side Effects of Lingzhi
Lingzhi, another 7 Days Herbal Slim ingredient, is a type of fungus also known as the reishi mushroom. Although the mushrooms may help prevent inflammation and protect the health of the kidneys, they contain compounds that act as blood thinners and may increase the risk of bleeding in people who take anticoagulant medications. Lingzhi may also inhibit the action of immunosuppressant drugs. Individuals who are allergic to mold or other types of fungi may react to supplements containing lingzhi. Severe symptoms could include hives, skin rashes, trouble breathing and facial swelling.
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- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Public Notification -- 7 Days Herbal Slim Contains Hidden Drug Ingredients
- MedlinePlus: Sibutramine
- GhanaWeb: The Pros & Cons of Kola Nuts
- MedlinePlus: Caffeine in the Diet
- University of Michigan Health System: Glucomannan
- Drugs.com: Glucomannan
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Reishi Mushroom
- HealthGuidance: Lingzhi Benefits and Side Effects