Nutraceutical supplements for weight loss: A systematic review

Kavita Poddar, Sanjivani Kolge, Lena Bezman, Gerard E. Mullin, Lawrence J. Cheskin

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Obesity is a global public health issue. Although the etiology of this global epidemic is multifactorial, most sufferers would be delighted to find a relatively effortless way to lose weight. Herbal "weight loss pills" can fit the bill. The authors systematically review the scientific evidence concerning various weight loss agents that are available over the counter or in food stores. The review provides a starting point to make informed choices among nutraceutical agents promoted for weight loss, as well as advice for incorporating healthy alternatives in the diet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-552
Number of pages14
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • anti-obesity agents
  • dietary supplements
  • obesity
  • weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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