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System-Six

system-six diet pills

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Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 3.6/5 (3 votes cast)

System-Six is a non-prescription diet supplement manufactured and sold by Irwin Naturals.  For a long time, it had been widely available in terms of mention online, but that was quite difficult to purchase.  At the time, it did not have a presence or mention on the official website of its manufacturer.

System-Six Online

Since then, Irwin Naturals has added System-Six to its website, featuring it on a page of its own. On that page, the product description promises dieters that use this supplement that they will benefit from:

  • Thermogenesis
  • Energy
  • Mood
  • Metabolism
  • Carbohydrate support
  • Antioxidants

Higher Cost than the Price Tag Suggests

Upon reading the marketing materials for System-Six, it doesn’t seem to offer much in terms of unique benefits when compared to other diet pills.  At first glance, it would appear the product is extremely inexpensive on the official website, at $16.99 for a bottle of 60 pills. However, upon reading the product label, it becomes clear that 60 pills won’t last very long.

The usage directions indicate that users should take 3 liquid soft gels at a time with a meal and a full glass of water.  The first set of pills should be taken in the morning and the second set of pills should be taken in the afternoon. This means that when taken at this rate, the full bottle will last only ten days.  It would take three days to provide a full 30-day supply of the product, making the price of using it a much higher $50.97.

Changing Diet Pill Ingredients

Upon the initial writing of this review, the System-Six ingredients were listed as St. John’s Wort Extract, Advantra-Z Citrus Aurantium Extract, Guarana, Yerba Mate, 5-HTP, Betaine, Chromium Picolinate, Garcinia Cambogia, Cayenne, Ginger Root, L-Carnitine, L-Tyrosine, Green Tea Extract, Spirulina, Kola Nut Extract and Bioperine.

However, as of June 2020, the ingredients are now listed as an exceptionally long:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B12
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Choline
  • Selenium
  • Chromium
  • Fish oil
  • Garcinia
  • White tea extract
  • Green tea extract
  • Avantra Z Bitter Orange extract
  • L-Carnitine
  • Schisandra
  • L-Theanine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Inositol
  • Cayenne powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Guarana
  • Yerba mate
  • Spirulina powder
  • Bioperine Complex (black pepper extract, ginger extract)

System-Six diet pills contain a few ingredients that are known to aid weight loss. For example, citrus aurantium, guarana, yerba mate, garcinia cambogia and green tea extract are all used to enhance metabolism, which is beneficial when you are trying to lose weight. These ingredients are very common in other non-prescription diet pills.  That said, it’s important to note that this provides a high dose of stimulants which may lead to side effects or health interactions with certain users.

Can System-Six Support Your Diet?

Overall, System-Six diet pills may be beneficial in increasing your energy levels and may help to boost your alertness and focus, however verifiable positive customer reviews and reputable research are hard to come by. Moreover, one of the major drawbacks of taking these diet pills is the sheer number you need to take, requiring many bottles to be purchased to keep up with ongoing use.

Thermo-Cuts Extreme

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 1.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Thermo-Cuts Extreme is the stronger version of the Optimum Nutrition dietary supplement called Thermo Cuts. This nonprescription diet pill has a very similar (long) list of ingredients to its cousin, but also includes hydroxycitric acid (HCA) as an ingredient.

Not only are many reviewers already claiming that this product is simply another ineffective OTC diet pill, but it is also being compared to other supplements containing HCA which are being suspected of causing the side effects that have led the FDA to speak out against several different dietary supplements for weight loss.

FDA Warns About Using Certain Products

In May of 2009, the FDA released a statement that recommended that all users of Hydroxycut diet products should stop using them right away as they have a risk of liver-related side effects  that can be anywhere from mild to life-threatening.

Though Thermo-Cuts Extreme is not made by Hydroxycut (which recalled every one of their products), it does include the ingredient HCA which is suspected to be the culprit behind the many undesirable side effects that had been seen in the Hydroxycut products. These side effects include:

  • Jaundice
  • Light colored stools
  • Brown urine
  • Itching
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Other liver-related issues

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Ingredients

The Thermo-Cuts Extreme formula includes:

  • Chromium – An ingredient with conflicting clinical trial results
  • Garcinia Cambogia Extract – The source of the HCA
  • NeOptuna Extract
  • Caffeine Anhydrous – A fancy word for caffeine, a stimulant which can boost energy, though it does often lead to stimulant-related side effects such as sleeplessness, headaches, and jitters
  • Phase 2 Brand White Kidney Bean Extract – Can help with weight loss, but only in high concentrations, which is unlikely within the Thermo-Cuts Extreme formula
  • Green Tea Extract – Has the potential to be effective in very high doses that are unlikely within this pill
  • Promilin
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid – CLA can contribute to weight loss when taken in high doses, but not in the lower doses of Thermo-Cuts Extreme
    L-Carnitine
  • Grapefruit Peel Extract
  • Bioperine – Helps the body to absorb nutrients from food but has never been shown to help with weight loss
  • Vanadyl Sulfate

Other Things to Consider

Though it may look like an inexpensive product at $25.99 (at the time this Thermo-Cuts Extreme review was written) per 200 capsules, since you are required to take as many as 12 of those capsules every day, a single bottle will last only 16 days, requiring two bottles (and 400 capsules!) per month. This is neither inexpensive nor realistic considering that the ingredients do not show promise for being very effective at assisting with weight loss.

The bottom line is that due to a lack of evidence about the safety and efficacy of these ingredients and the fact that it contains HCA, it would probably best to avoid taking Thermo-Cuts Extreme.

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Update – June 2020

Thermo-Cuts Extreme is no longer available for purchase. Optimum Nutrition is still in existence and continues to sell weight management aids. However, Thermo-Cuts Extreme is not a part of the products it sells. This is most certainly for the better considering the formula contained a number of unproven ingredients as well as far too many in order for them to have the potential to be beneficial to the user.

Avoid Diet Pills with Too Many Ingredients

It is important to check out the ingredients in any diet pill formula you are considering purchasing and (more importantly) ingesting. It is not only imperative to make sure you are not allergic to any of the substances, but also to investigate the quantities of these substances and what potential benefits these ingredients can provide based on clinical research that has been conducted on them.

As a general rule, it’s typically best to avoid products like Thermo-Cuts Extreme that have a long list of ingredients (inside or outside of a blend). The reason isn’t only because this could mean the potential for a wider range of unwanted side effects, but also because, typically, the more ingredients a formula has, the less likely they are to offer you any real benefits as there won’t be enough of each ingredient included in the formula for it to make any difference to your weight loss efforts. It’s far better to spend your money on products that are actually worth your time.

Matrix Night Shredder review

Matrix Night Shredder

Matrix Night Shredder review

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Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 1.4/5 (2 votes cast)

Matrix Night Shredder is a weight loss supplement that has been designed to help to boost the rest that you receive while you sleep and to give your body an added advantage so that it will burn a larger amount of fat during the time that you’re unconscious at night. According to the webpage for this product on the official website, the ingredients in this formula have been designed to promote rapid fat burning without including any stimulants. This makes it possible to comfortably take this product at nighttime without risking sleeplessness, as is often a side effect of stimulant based diet pills.

The non-stimulant fat burners are combined with sleep promoting substances so that Matrix Night Shredder can be used not only to lose weight but also to get a better night of sleep.

At the time of the writing of this review, the ingredients identified on the official webpage included: the Nocturnal Fat Attack Complex – (Raspberry Ketone, L-Carnitine, Irvingia Gabonensis and CLA), as well as the Rest & Recoup Matrix – (Magnesium, Theanine and 5-HTP), and non-active ingredients, which are Microcrystalline Cellulose, Calcium (DC), Magnesium Stearate and Silicon Dioxide.

These ingredients are not uncommon in the diet pill industry, but the manufacturer is accurate in saying that they do not contain stimulants. At the same time, the vast majority of these ingredients are considered to be unproven by the medical community when it comes to a direct relationship between their use in supplements and the ability to lose weight.

Furthermore, the inclusion of raspberry ketone and irvingia gabonensis suggests that some of the substances in this formula were chosen more because of media hype and the fact that they were once featured on the Dr. Oz show and less for any actual solid scientific evidence that would suggest that they can be safely and effectively used for weight loss purposes.

Still, among the 42 customer reviews currently posted on the official webpage on the manufacturer’s site, the average rating is a very high 93 percent (nearly five out of five stars), which is considerably higher than the rating that has been received by a number of other Matrix products on its own website. This is worth noting as it appears as though many customers are receiving positive benefits in terms of effectiveness and value, regardless of the fact that there isn’t a large body of scientific evidence to support its use for this purpose.

Sliminex Green Coffee review

Sliminex Green Coffee

Sliminex Green Coffee review

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Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Sliminex Green Coffee is an over the counter diet supplement that was once called simply “Sliminex”, but is has recently completed an overhaul of its formula and, clearly, its name. This is a product that is sold primarily on its own website and, to a lesser extent, on some smaller supplement websites. There are very few third party sites that offer these supplements.

The official website does provide a limited description of Sliminex Green Coffee, but it is clearly geared toward selling the product and not as much toward informing the user. There aren’t any studies cited that would indicate that the formula, as a whole, has ever been tested, and the research conducted by the creators of the product wasn’t identified, making it difficult to know whether the claims made about the ingredients are based on medical science or whether they are simply promises made by a company that is hoping to sell a product.

The promises with regards to Sliminex Green Coffee state that taking this pill will give a user’s body the “boost it needs for peak performance.” It identifies benefits such as increased body and lean muscle mass, as well as higher energy levels and improved cardiovascular health maintenance, on top of a reduction in body fat as the ways that this “boost” will be provided.

Overall, this means that this product would fall into the vast category of weight loss pills in the fat burner and metabolism booster categories. There are hundreds, if not thousands of pills that make similar types of claims. While some of them can be exceptionally helpful to dieters – particularly those that are following a reduced calorie and increased activity level strategy – others aren’t nearly as good as they claim to be.

For that reason, it is a good idea to understand the ingredients contained within a product such as this, before simply believing the manufacturer’s promises. It is also a very good idea to speak with a licensed physician about the use of this product and whether or not it is safe and appropriate for you.

At the time that this review was written, the ingredients that were listed in this product formula were: satiereal saffron extract, green coffee bean extract, trimethylxanthine, garcinia cambogia, raspberry ketone, green tea extract, konjac root, and L-carnitine. This makes it clear that this formula is based primarily on the effects of stimulants, and ingredients made popular by Dr. Oz, but that he has since said was a mistake to recommend.

Phentaslim review

Phentaslim

Phentaslim review

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Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Phentaslim is an over the counter weight loss supplement that is manufactured by a company named Optimum Nutra Inc. This pill has been created as a fat burner, but the official website for the product also claims that it will assist with appetite suppression, long lasting energy boosting, and an increased metabolism.

The fact that the product’s name starts with “phen” makes it evident that the marketing strategy for this product is one that would have consumers believe that this product is an alternative for the prescription diet drug called Phentermine. This would indicate that it provides similar benefits and comparable advantages to that medication, only in a nonprescription format. However, it is important to note that this is a very common strategy, so it is highly recommended that any product – regardless of its name be further investigated before assuming that it has the chance to work.

At the time that this review was written, one bottle of Phentaslim, containing 60 capsules – the equivalent to a one month supply – was on sale for $59.99 at the official website. That said, it should be noted that the same sale was spotted over a year before the review was written, so it does appear to be the regular price for these diet pills, even though it is presented as a sale price. The purchase of these supplements comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee, though there is some fine print to be considered.

At the time of the writing of this review, the ingredients listed for Phentaslim on its official website were: Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Niacin, L-Carnitine, Raspberry Ketones, L-Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Green Tea (4:1 extract), Guarana Seed, Panax Ginseng Root, and Cayenne.

While some of those ingredients have been researched, and a few of those have been shown to be helpful in assisting dieters to keep up with a healthy eating program and a regular exercise strategy (most specifically caffeine anhydrous due to its energy boosting, and there is some indication that green tea can promote more efficient fat burning), some of these ingredients (such as raspberry ketones) were clearly added because of media hype and not because they are necessarily known to work.

Moreover as there are so many stimulant ingredients in this product, it is likely that individuals with sensitivities to that type of ingredient will experience side effects such as nervousness, jitters, headache, or others.

Miracle Diet Drops reviews

Miracle Diet Drops

Miracle Diet Drops reviews

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Miracle Diet Drops are an over the counter weight loss formulation that have been designed to be administered as a liquid instead of as a pill such as a capsule or tablet. While this doesn’t change the nature of the product in terms of the type of the type of benefit that it claims to provide, it could be more appealing than pills to dieters who find it challenging to be able to swallow tablets and capsules.

The official website explains that when a dieter purchases this product, he or she doesn’t just end up with a product but he or she also gains a membership to the dieting club through the company’s website. Whether or not this is actually considered to be a feature to buying the product is up to the individual dieter, as the website is quite rough, it is not regularly updated and maintained, and portions of it are quite hard to read as the background and text colors often approach one another. The text is filled with various types of mistakes and errors, to the extent that it may be believed that it was written in another language and translated with some form of software. If that is not the case, the people who are being the writing of the content did not take much care in terms of its accuracy and they have never gone back to repair it.

The website and membership aside, what most people would want to know about Miracle Diet Drops is whether or not they will actually work to help speed up weight loss or make it easier to accomplish.

After consulting with a doctor, the next thing that a dieter should do is look at the ingredients that make up the formulation. Although it took some searching on the website, the list of ingredients was finally located in the FAQ section. They appear to have been added as a kind of afterthought, as the entire format of their entry is different from the rest of the site.

At the time that this review was written, they were listed as: l-Carnitine, L-Omithine, L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, Tryosine, Tryptophan, Beta-Alanine, Green Tea Leaf Extract Panax Ginseng, Ginger Root, Garcinia, Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), Capsicum, and Raspberry Ketone.

No research was cited in order to help to back up the claims that are made about these ingredients and any ability that they might have to make fat loss faster and easier. All of these substances are found quite commonly in the over the counter weight loss industry, but only some have been researched with weight loss in mind. Among them, only a small few have shown positive results in promoting weight loss in limited research.

Phentarmine Tablets review

Phentarmine Tablets

Phentarmine Tablets review

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Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Phentarmine Tablets are an over the counter weight loss pill that are made and manufactured by a company called GS Labs. This product is advertised as being nutraceutical, and that it is an appetite suppressant that will also speed up the user’s rate of weight loss. The facility and conditions under which this product is created meets the rigid GMP standards.

The formula that makes up the Phentarmine Tablets were chosen to promote thermogenesis in the body. This is meant to help improve the breakdown of the cells, reduce stress, improve blood circulation, control blood glucose levels, increase energy levels, and provide improved metabolic regulation.

Those ingredients include: L-Phenylalanine, Synephrine HCL, Theobromine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Copper Sulfate, 7-Keto (DHEA), L-Carnitine, and L-Taurine. Those are all combined into a white and blue speck pill. Clearly, this formula is greatly based on stimulants, particularly in the form of synephrine and caffeine. Those two stimulants are quite powerful and while caffeine can be used safely, even on a regular basis, the same cannot necessarily be said about synephrine.

Synephrine is a substance that is commonly found in weight loss supplements, despite the fact that the FDA has specifically issued a warning to caution consumers against its use for this purpose. It not only comes with the risk of potential dangerous side effects for certain users, but those risks skyrocket when it is combined with caffeine, just as has been done in the formula for Phentarmine Tablets.

Synephrine –particularly when combined with caffeine – can raise the risk of issues relating to increased blood pressure and can put a user at a greater risk of stroke or heart attack.

At the time of the writing of this review, a one month supply of these diet pills would cost $87 when purchased from the official website of the manufacturer.

Even though the marketing for this product suggests that there is a great deal of benefit to its use, there are no clinical studies to show that the formula is effective and safe. Some of the ingredients have indeed been studied individually, but not all of them have been found to be helpful for dieters or even necessarily safe to use.

Among the potential side effects of using Phentarmine are mood changes, headache, jitters, sleep struggles and insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and others. It is important that anyone who uses this product should not do so after 4pm as it will increase the risk of overnight restlessness and problems sleeping.

Drop Away Diet Drops review

Drop Away Diet Drops

Drop Away Diet Drops review

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Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
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Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Drop Away Diet Drops are a type of weight loss supplement that is made in the form of a drop instead of a pill, to provide dieters with an alternative to tablets and capsules. This can be appealing to many people who struggle to be able to swallow pills, or who simply would prefer a different format.

That said, the most notable thing about Drop Away Diet Drops likely isn’t the fact that it is made in the form of a liquid instead of a pill – particularly as this type of option is becoming increasingly popular within this market. What is very interesting is that at the time of this review, there were a total of 22 ingredients that made up this formulation. This is considerably higher than the standard pill and is usually seen as an indicator that there is a decreased chance that the product will actually be effective. That said, just because these drops have a common warning sign against them, it doesn’t mean that they will not be effective or useful. It is important to look more closely at a product before making this type of assumption.

Typically speaking, one of the first steps to take – aside from consulting with a doctor – in terms of looking into weight loss products is to examine the ingredients and determine whether or not they have been scientifically proven to be both safe and effective. This could present quite a challenge when it comes to a product containing 22 ingredients. That said, the official website for Drop Away Diet Drops unfortunately does not provide a complete list of its ingredients. It lists only the first eight, and then simply says “and much more!”, so that the consumer would need to blindly trust the company and the fact that the remaining ingredients would not only be safe and effective, but that they would also not be something to which they could potentially be allergic.

The ingredients that are listed are: L-Carnitine, L-Ornithine, L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, Tyrosine,
Beta-alanine, Chromium, and Blue Green Algae (Aphanizomenon flosaquae). These are all ingredients that are commonly seen in the nonprescription weight loss industry, despite the fact that none of them have actually been proven to provide measurable weight loss in humans.

Moreover, as there is no complete ingredients list provided and the quantities of these first eight ingredients are not offered on the official website, it is impossible to know if there are any specific combinations that could be considered effective. As 22 ingredients are all meant to be dispensed in the form of liquid drops, even if all of these substances were effective, it would be unlikely that there would be enough in them to actually provide the desired results.

Lipo 13 review

Lipo 13

Lipo 13 review

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Lipo 13 is an over the counter supplement that has been designed to help dieters to be able to achieve faster and easier weight loss. It is manufactured by Ecopharma, which is a company that is headquartered in Belgium. Originally, this product was sold under the label “Lipo XR”, but Ecopharma has now changed the name of these diet pills, and the ingredients have been slightly changed within the formula from what they had been under the old brand name.

According to the manufacturer, each of the ingredients within the formula for Lipo 13 has been clinically tested. That said, while it did say that testing occurred, it did not actually reveal the results of those tests on the website. This leaves the visitor to assume that the results were positive in terms of effectiveness and safety, though it never specifically says this. This could be a matter of either sloppy or careful wording on the website, neither of which reflects very well on the product.

This impression is made worse by the fact that Lipo XR had been sold with a 14 day money back guarantee. This may be a very short guarantee, but at least it was there. At the time of this review, no mention of that guarantee could be found on the official website.

To gain a better understanding of Lipo 13, it is a good idea to examine the formula for this product, which claims to be clinically tested. The ingredients listed on the official website at the time of this review are: citrin HCA, green tea, forslean, guarana, yerba mate, bioperine, L-carnitine, choline bitartrate, magnesium, L-tyrosine, zinc, vitamin B6, and chromium.

This list makes it very clear that while these ingredients may have been clinically tested, they are not proven and that the wording on the website was strategic and not careless. This problem could be identified with the chromium, alone. The Mayo Clinic, a highly reputable medical organization, has included chromium among the ingredients that it has labeled inadequately studied when it comes to the claims being made for use in a diet pill.

Moreover, it is clear that this formula is highly based on powerful stimulants. The citrin HCA, green tea, guarana, and yerba mate are examples of powerful stimulants on their own, but even more powerful when combined. This may seem appealing because stimulants are known for helping to reduce the appetite and boost energy levels and fat burning, except that when they are combined to a very powerful degree, then any benefits may be negated by the risk of unwanted and unpleasant side effects such as sleeplessness, jitters, anxiety, headaches, and more.

SlimKick Chilli Daytime Slimming Pills review

SlimKick Chilli Daytime Slimming Pills

SlimKick Chilli Daytime Slimming Pills review

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

SlimKick Chilli Slimming Pills are an over the counter weight loss supplement meant for female dieters to use to help them to reduce their fat levels more easily than they would be able to achieve on their own. These pills come in forms for both the day and the night that can be used either on their own or in combination for a full 24 hour effect. The marketers recommend using both products in order to be able to experience the most complete benefit. For the purposes of this review, however, the spotlight will be on the daytime version, alone.

At the time that this review was written, the official website for the product was listing one bottle of SlimKick Chilli Slimming Pills for $67. However, at the same time, it was being offered on that site for a sale price of 25% off, which came to a total of $51 per month’s supply. However, as affordable as that might sound, it is only a good value if the product actually lives up to its manufacturers’ claims and provides the safe and easy weight loss that it suggests is possible.

To discover this, the first step is to look at the ingredients that make up the formula. In this case, the daytime formulation includes: caffeine, green tea extract, L-carnitine, L-tartrate, cayenne extract, niacin (vitamin B3), and black pepper extract. To take this capsule, the directions on the website recommend that one to two of the product be taken on an empty stomach before eating breakfast. It doesn’t say specifically how much time needs to pass between swallowing the pills and being allowed to start eating. This is the only time in which the daytime pills should be taken.

The website does caution potential users that the product contains caffeine. It also warns them that as it is a thermogenic product, it could cause a rise in body temperature and recommends that the user drinks a lot of water. This is because thermogenesis can increase the risk of dehydration in dieters. These are some responsible warnings and recommendations that many companies fail to make when they sell products within this category.

Some of these ingredients do have some clinical evidence to show that they can support faster weight loss. Without knowing the specific quantities of these ingredients, it is impossible to know how effective they might be or what kind of side effects can be expected. That said it is likely that some improvement in weight loss will occur and that the same side effects expected from taking other powerful stimulants will result from its use.