If you’ve just started taking Herbalife to lose weight, or you’re considering it, you may be wondering if there are any Herbalife side effects. It’s a reasonable question for anyone who is unfamiliar with the program.
Herbalife has a broad product range for health, nutrition and weight loss. The core product offering is the Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix. This is a protein based shake mix designed to be used as a meal replacement. The program also includes certain herbal supplements and vitamins to target specific weight loss needs, such as supporting metabolism, reducing fluid retention, burning fat and building energy.
Herbalife Side Effects
Certain ingredients in some of the Herbalife products may cause Herbalife side effects for various people. Fortunately the USDA requires that any such warnings be included on the Herbalife product labels. Herbalife aside, you should always inspect the product label for any over the counter weight loss supplement.
Here are three ingredients that could possibly cause side effects:
- Caffeine – Some Herbalife products contain caffeine as a metabolism booster. Caffeine can cause nervousness, headaches and higher blood pressure. A typical cup of coffee has about 85mg of caffeine per cup. Per serving, Herbalife teas, tablets, and effervescent products have between 65-75 mg of caffeine per serving. If you are allergic to caffeine you should avoid the products that include caffeine. Some of these are: N-R-G Tablets and Liftoff energy drink. Check the product labels on other products for the ingredients.
- Protein and/or Soy – Some people are allergic to concentrated protein. Although the body has protein in our cells, the problem occurs when too much protein upsets the balance in the body’s ability to process protein. Again, check the product labels for each Herbalife product you are considering.
- Shellfish – According to Herbalife certain products contain shellfish, so if you are allergic to shellfish, you may want to avoid these products: Herbalifeline®, Tri-Shield®, Joint Support.
Herbalife side effects should not be confused with the normal detoxification process our bodies go through as a result of the healthy nutrients we’re now consuming. Also, consider the side effects from prescription drugs. Just listen to the end of any commercial or read the small print. It can be enough to scare you half to death! So, put any Herbalife side effects that you may experience into perspective.
Something else to consider when discussing Herbalife side effects is that especially for children and pregnant or lactating women, you should consult a physician or dietitian before considering any weight control program.
Herbalife was involved in an issue over Ephedra, a supplement that was found to have caused heart problems in some dieters. However, Herbalife adopted a new Ephedra-free formulation in 2004, after the FDA banned the use of Ephedra. Herbalife is now Ephedra-free.
Herbalife has a "Nutrition and Science Advisory Board" comprised of leading nutrition physicians including one Nobel Laureate. So rest assured that Herbalife products are scientifically formulated to produce the desired results while documenting any warnings about possible side effects as required.
Finally, when your body becomes dehydrated, it can cause numerous side effects. As with any weight loss program, it is important that your body does not become dehydrated, so as you begin your weight loss program, it is important to consume enough water throughout the day.