Does Bitter Orange Work?

A number of people may wonder, "Does bitter orange work?" Although the supplement should theoretically work for weight loss because it contains a stimulant similar to ephedra (synephrine), there have been no published studies proving the safety and effectiveness of bitter orange. It is also important to know that bitter orange has not been shown to be less dangerous than ephedra (which has been banned).

Does Bitter Orange Work for Weight Loss or Other Uses?

Bitter orange is a citrus fruit that is popular in weight-loss supplements and other herbal products. It is often used to replace ephedra in the new "ephedra-free" versions of weight-loss products (since ephedra has been banned due to safety issues).
Bitter Orange and Weight Loss
One study suggested that bitter orange (in combination with St. John's wort, caffeine, and exercise) may help with weight loss. However, other studies have shown that bitter orange may not actually be effective for weight loss.
Theoretically, bitter orange may work for weight loss because it contains synephrine, a stimulant similar to ephedra. However, it is important to note that bitter orange has not been shown to be any less dangerous than ephedra.
Bitter Orange and Other Uses
Bitter orange has been used for a wide variety of conditions, but it has not been shown to be effective for such uses. However, bitter orange does seem to work when applied directly to the skin for fungal infections, such as athlete's foot.

Final Thoughts on Bitter Orange Effectiveness

No studies have been published concerning the effectiveness of bitter orange. Although bitter orange may help some people lose a little extra weight, dangerous effects from high doses of these products limit their usefulness for weight loss.
(Click How to Lose Weight for information or BMI Calculator to find your ideal weight.)
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