New Dietary Supplements for Obesity: What We Currently Know

Curr Obes Rep. 2016 Jun;5(2):262-70. doi: 10.1007/s13679-016-0214-y.


Obesity and its associated cardiometabolic alterations currently are considered an epidemic; thus, their treatment is of major importance. The cornerstone for such treatment involves therapeutic lifestyle changes; however, the vast majority of cases fail and/or significant weight loss is maintained only in the short term because of lack of compliance. The popularity of dietary supplements for weight management has increased, and a wide variety of these products are available over the counter. However, the existing scientific evidence is insufficient to recommend their safe use. Hence, the purpose of this article is to review the clinical effects, proposed mechanism of action, and safety profile of some of the new dietary supplements, including white bean extract, Garcinia cambogia, bitter orange, Hoodia gordonii, forskolin, green coffee, glucomannan, β-glucans, chitosan, guar gum, and raspberry ketones.

Keywords: Dietary supplements; Obesity; Weight loss.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Obesity Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Appetite Depressants / therapeutic use*
  • Citrus / chemistry
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Garcinia cambogia / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plant Extracts
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss / drug effects*


  • Anti-Obesity Agents
  • Appetite Depressants
  • Plant Extracts