BP Basics

Fat Burners and High Blood Pressure  

Excess weight is considered as one of the major factors that contribute to high blood pressure. The very first advice that a physician will normally provide to overweight people is to reduce their weight. Regular exercise and walking are some of the best ways to loose weigh. A lot of people are trying to take what ostensibly is the easy way out by taking medications known as fat burners.

Fat burners that are supposed to reduce weight have become the largest type of supplement that the overweight are using to get back into shape.. These products are often associated with amazing claims. They have been more popular among athletes, whereas other people have started using them recently. These fat burners are made up of components such as steroids that help to loose weight faster and easier. Another reason why fat burners have become acceptable is that they are available without a prescription.

The indiscriminate use of fat burners has become a cause of concern in medical circles. This is because of the possible and undocumented side-effects. Fat burners may cause side effects such as high blood pressure.

Fat burners are characteristically used to increase energy and stamina and also to promote thermogenesis. Creation of internal heat in the body to stimulate burning of body fats at a faster rate is known as thermogenesis.

The main and most common ingredients of a fat burner are chromium picolinate, ginseng, gotu kola, licorice root, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, bitter orange, guarana and green tea extract. These ingredients contain either caffeine or ephedrine.

Caffeine and ephedrine (or ephedra) are stimulants that increase heart rate and blood pressure. Ephedrine reduces appetite and acts as a diuretic. The side effects of fat burners may vary amongst users of such products. The use of these ingredients is a cause of concern for people with high blood pressure. Taking these medications without a doctor’s advice or diagnosis can cause undesirable side-effects such as erratic heartbeat and increased metabolic rate.

Since these formulations are not required to be tested by the FDA, there is no knowing what other side-effects they might cause.