Is Lipovarin Safe?


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The Mayo Clinic reports that there is no clinical evidence that Lipovarin promotes weight loss, but there is evidence that it may pose a serious health risk. It contains synephrine, which is a chemical found in bitter oranges. Synephrine is very similar to ephedrine and poses the same risk of stroke and heart attack.

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According to the manufacturer, Lipovarin contains citrus aurantium (bitter orange), caffeine and several other ingredients.

WebMD warns against taking a combination of bitter orange and caffeine. Together, they pose a significant risk for heart attacks and strokes. In combination, they may increase heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels. Individuals with high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias or long QT syndrome should avoid the combination of bitter orange and caffeine because it can cause serious adverse effects. Bitter orange can cause headaches and worsen glaucoma, and it can cause the skin to become very sensitive to the sun.

After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned ephedra in 2004 for causing serious health problems, many manufacturers of weight-loss products simply substituted bitter orange for the banned product. Synephrine acts very similarly to ephedra. WebMD explains that there is no evidence to indicate that synephrine is any safer than ephedra.

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