I’ve read about it and it seems sketchy. It’s basically just going to wake you up and make you jittery from caffeine, Spirulina isn’t going to help, geranium, chromium and vanadium won’t either but they will potentially cause major side effects and drug interactions, and the 8mg of vitamin B6 in it is 400 times the RDA — excess B6 supplementation can cause nerve damage to the arms and legs and while often reversible if discontinued, not guaranteed.
Spirulina is also often full of contaminants, most commonly bacteria, toxic metals or microcystins. If you have an autoimmune disorder, you also should avoid Spirulina.
If you are struggling with weight loss and it’s been an issue for a long time and you have a significant amount of weight to lose to be in the “normal/healthy” BMI range for your height (I know, BMI, but with my suggestion it’s important), you should really see a doctor. There’s a new medication to help with weight loss and normally I wouldn’t go off and say “hey, new drug hit the market, try it” but I have personal reasons I’ll mention in a minute why I suggest talking to your doctor about it and it’s two medications, one is helpful with impulse control and stopping binging, it also is known to cause weight loss as a side effect when it was used as its original purpose but when used for weight loss, yay. The other is phentermine, a stimulant which raises your metabolism.
That said, I take the first medication, topiramate and in a larger dose than Qsymia (the topiramate/phentermine weight loss medication) contains, and it did stop my binging and helped me with impulse control (when that was a HUGE issue for me in many areas) and caused weight loss. I’m not on phentermine, but for ADHD, I take Adderall IR, a stimulant, though not the same class (phentermine = phenethylamine class though pharmacologically phentermine is similar to an amphetamine, Adderall = amphetamine) but they function similar and both combined have yet to cause issues and I’ve been on the combo for 4 years now. It caused weight loss, that is for sure. Obviously, you’d want to speak to your doctor about Qsymia itself if you were considering it, but if you want actual effectiveness in a weight loss medication and regulated safety, see your doctor, not the shelf at GNC or the drugstore.
You have to be overweight by a certain amount to start it, and you also are supposed to join their patient support program to help you keep track of food, give you healthy snack and meal ideas, keep track of exercise, etc., and I hope doctors are making sure their patients do this.
If you struggle with your weight and it’s a problem, treat it like one and see a doctor. 🙂 Don’t go and try to fix it yourself. I know it’s not natural and all of that and those objections, I’ve heard the objections based on big bad big pharma, but the diet pill and herbal supplement/nutracutical industry is just as slimy and is no different than “big pharma” honestly, they’re big herbal. When it comes down to it, do what you feel is the safest option. I personally prefer the route that at least has regulations and strict testing, and there are laws in place to require medications to be up to a very specific standard, so I go that way. :p