The Herbalean formula has been designed by its manufacturers to be used as a weight loss and energy supplement. This drug contains a number of extremely powerful ingredients that, while they have been known to assist in weight loss, are also very well known to cause potentially dangerous side effects. In the case of ephedra, for example, the ingredient has been banned outright by national health organizations such as the FDA and Health Canada, making it illegal to produce, buy, or sell in those and many other countries. This being said, while Herbalean does contain illegal and unsafe ingredients, it can still be purchased online.
The ingredients of Herbalean include Chromium, Ma Huang extract, Paullinia sorbilis extract, Lotus root extract, Hoodia Gordonii, Garcinia Cambogia, White willow bark, Citrus bigardia extract, Konjac root, Uva Usi, Ginger root, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Bee pollen, Green tea, Pyruvate, and 77 trace minerals.
To take a closer look at some of the primary ingredients in the product, let us start at the beginning. Though Chromium has been researched using many studies, the results have been highly conflicting and therefore there has been no true conclusion as to whether or not it has any impact on weight loss at all. That being said, the Mayo Clinic states that it is likely harmless.
Ma Huang, on the other hand, is included for its ephedra content. Though it may help with weight loss, it can also be highly dangerous to the health and is banned by the FDA.
Hoodia Gordonii, though popularly believed to help with weight loss has never been shown in any reliable clinical studies to have any statistically significant impact on a dieter’s ability to lose weight.
Garcinia Cambogia is an ingredient used for its hydroxycitric acid (HCA) content. This ingredient has been shown to be able to help with weight loss but it also has the potential to be exceptionally hazardous to the health. So much so that in May of 2009, the FDA issued a warning against another brand of pills called Hydroxycut, which had produced 23 reports to the FDA over health concerns related to the liver which are suspected to be linked to the HCA ingredient in the drug. The manufacturer of that drug voluntarily recalled its product and many responsible websites no longer carry any product that contains HCA.
Green tea can help with weight loss when taken at a dose of at least 300mg per day. Though the precise concentration is not provided, its place on the ingredient list suggests that there is not enough green tea in this product to make any difference.
The cost of Herbalean is rather steep at $49.95 per 60-capsule bottle, especially considering the number of health risks and the fact that one of its ingredients has been banned in many countries.
Therefore, this review of Herbalean finds that the supplement provides too many dangerous ingredients combined with too many ineffective or inadequately concentrated ingredients to be worth using for weight loss.