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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