I remember hearing one of my girlfriends in high school talking about how she went to the local drugstore to purchase Dexatrim because she wanted to lose weight. As my kids would be quick to point out, that shows you how long this stuff has been on the market. Dexatrim has been around for well over 25 years, and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. But does it work? And what’s in it that is supposed to help us lose unwanted pounds?
Actually, to look at what Dexatrim contains and has contained over the years requires a rather exhausting attention to research and detail. As The Diet Channel website put it, “Dexatrim is one diet supplement that changes like a chameleon. It seems a new mix of supposedly effective weight loss ingredients is concocted into an all new ‘proprietor’s blend’ formulation every few years.”
For example, in 2001 Dexatrim was recalled because it contained phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, an ingredient that was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because it increased the risk of stroke. A year later, Dexatrim had to change its formula yet again because some of its products contained ephedra, which was recalled by the FDA.
There are different types of Dexatrim you can buy, depending on how much of a weight loss boost you want, etc. The Diet Channel looked at Dexatrim Results Ephedra Free and listed what it contains in an article about the product. The first group of ingredients is all vitamins and minerals like vitamins C, E and B6, and calcium, zinc, chromium, and others. These are all things you are probably getting from your diet already and/or a multivitamin. No rocket science here, at least not yet.
Next, this product contains what it calls a “Proprietary Herbal Blend #1,” which includes things like bitter orange, which contains natural chemicals that are similar to ephedra, and may even come with the same unfortunate side effects like heart issues, yohimbe bark (which may cause high blood pressure), licorice root, rutin, kelp, and fenugreek seed.