Citrus Aurantium, St John’s Wort and Caffeine for Weight Loss

Herbal treatments for weight loss have been shown to be effective when given in certain combinations or when taken as part of a healthy lifestyle. Citrus autanteum in one herb that has shown promise as a weight loss supplement because it contains synephrine, an alkaloid that may stimulate the central nervous system. When combined with caffeine, a known weight loss agent and also a stimulator of the central nervous system, synephrine may cause effective weight loss. Because weight gain may in part be caused by depressive symptoms whereby food is used as a comforting agent, antidepressants such as St John’s wort may also provide some weight loss benefits. For example, it has been shown that a combination of Citrus aurantium (975 mg per day), caffeine (528 mg per day) and St John’s Wort (900 mg per day) causes a significantly greater loss of body weight and a significantly greater loss of body fat compared to the placebo group when combined with a 1800 kcal per day diet over 6 weeks. 

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Colker, C. M., Kaiman, D. S., Torina, G. C., Perlis, T. and Street, C. 1999. Effects of Citrus aurantium extract, caffeine, and St. John’s wort on body fat loss, lipid levels, and mood states in overweight healthy adults. Current Therapeutic Research. 60(3): 145-153

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