One of the more recent fads out there for weight loss are Hokkaido pills. These pills are meant to help people lose weight, but like most diet pills, you have to take a close look at them to ensure that they are safe and that they are able to help achieve the weight loss results that are safe and within reason.
Ingredients of Hokkaido Pills
Of course, when you are looking at safety and effectiveness, you actually need to know what is inside of the pill first. So let’s take a look at the five main ingredients that they list, first.
- Dill Extract – which is probably the ingredient that makes the least sense here. There is no research that it helps with weight loss; it doesn’t really do anything related to your body. The only thing that could make sense is that dill, when put in a supplement form, can act as the water base would for other parts of the supplement.
- Chinese Rose Extract – I looked around quite a bit and could not find any information about this at all, especially because there are several types of Chinese rose out there. So, this is another part of the diet pill that we just aren’t sure as to why it is there.
- Trumpet Creeper Extract – A trumpet creeper is better known as “cow itch;” it’s a plant that commonly causes rashes in cows, horses, pigs, and other farm animals when they come into contact with it. It is in the same family as poison ivy is. Trumpet Creeper extract does have limited research on the possibility of helping with weight loss, but it’s not even close to substantial enough to make a general statement about how much of an impact it can make.
- Evening Primrose Extract – This extract, also known as gamma-linolenic acid, is also up in the air in terms of weight loss. There are even certain studies you can find that disprove that it helps with weight loss at all.
- Lotus – The only ingredient that has any sort of scientific backing that it can play a role in weight loss, but it is based on reducing the buildup when injected into fat cells, which have a lot less structure than the rest of your body. So, this has cause for skepticism too.
What Are The Risks
There are a number of risks that are associated with Hokkaido diet pills just on the basis of what they list. First, dill has the potential to be dangerous for women who are pregnant, because it is thought to increase menstrual bleeding, which shouldn’t even be happening during pregnancy. In small amounts, dill is fine, but more research needs to be done on larger amounts.
Another risk is in the evening primrose oil. This extract actually has an effect on blood clotting, which means that if you are someone that is prone to clotting and/or you are taking blood thinners, it may be in your best interest to avoid Hokkaido diet pills entirely. There are also a number of studies that were done with its effects on breast cancer, which have mixed results but could increase the production of cancer cells.
Lastly, the FDA actually discovered that there is actually a drug in the pills that is not listed on the ingredients, which is dangerous as it is. The drug is known as sibutramine, and has been taken off of the market in the United States for years because it increases blood pressure and can cause a number of life-threatening complications in relation to cardiovascular disease.
So, as you would expect, the answer to the question asked in the title of this article is, no. Hokkaido is absolutely not safe for people to be taking, if not for the evening primrose oil risks, for the risks that the banned diet drug hidden inside has to potential customers.