Some supplements may suppress appetite by causing a sense of fullness when they expand and take up volume in the stomach (such as glucomannan and psyllium). Others may suppress appetite through the central nervous system, likely due to their caffeine content (such as green tea extracts). In addition, it has been speculated that the herb Gymnema may suppress appetite by influencing taste perception.
Small, short-term studies typically funded by supplement companies suggest that some of these ingredients can modestly aid in weight loss, but other studies have reported no benefit, and it is not clear if any supplement helps when used long-term. Also, there are risks associated with the use of some of these supplements, and ConsumerLab.com has found that many products do not contain the amounts of ingredients claimed on labels — particularly when an ingredient receives media attention as an appetite suppressant or weight loss aid, and companies rush to sell it.
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