Weight-loss product QuickTrim purports to burn calories by day and cleanse by night. But what is it?
The morning and afternoon supplements contain a “thermogenic complex,” two doses of which provide a total of 400 milligrams of caffeine — the equivalent of four cups of coffee. The supplements also contain piperine (black pepper) and white willow bark extract, both of which increase the potency of caffeine. If the person who takes it drinks coffee as well, they could get caffeine poisoning, which can cause heart arrhythmias.
The evening supplements contain a combination of stimulant laxatives and bulk laxatives. This could lead to diarrhea, which can cause dehydration and a loss of vital nutrients. Stimulant laxatives can also cause your intestines to become dependent on them for stimulation, causing constipation if you stop.
It also comes with a variety of diuretics, and several of these — including juniper berry, uva ursi, and horsetail extract — shouldn’t be taken over long periods of time because they can be toxic. There are also possible health risks involved with severe water loss, such as fainting from the loss of electrolytes, kidney stones, even full-blown kidney malfunction.
In a nutshell, QuickTrim elixirs have some pretty powerful stimulants, laxatives, and diuretics. The package material advises checking with a doctor before using the products, but most people probably don’t.