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Today there are more than 77,000 licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) in the U.S. alone, plus thousands more practicing in countries throughout the world. (1) As one of the most popular types of alternative treatment approaches (meaning those that are non-medical), millions of people each year seek chiropractic care.

Since its official beginning more than 100 years ago, chiropractic education and care has since come a very long way. While in the past certain medical doctors may not have spoken positively about the field of chiropractic, speculating that chiropractic adjustments weren’t necessarily as effective as treatments like drugs or surgery, today things are different. Many MD’s regularly refer their patients to Chiropractors for help with a range of symptoms, everything from migraines and joint pain, to constipation and visual problems.

Chiropractic care is considered an alternative treatment approach to taking pain-killing drugs or undergoing surgery. Many people don’t realize that similarly to medical doctors, Chiropractors spend years in training — thoroughly learning about subjects like anatomy, physiology, nutrition and holistic health.

When it comes to treating all-too-common complaints such as low back pain, organ dysfunction or other chronic disease symptoms, what is a Chiropractor capable of doing to help? Evidence shows that the influence of a chiropractic adjustment goes well beyond bad backs. Many unwanted symptoms suffered by children and adults today can be helped through the neurological influence of an adjustment.

Complementary to the adjustment, many Chiropractors today also offer their patients more than manual spinal adjustments: They are also well-versed in a variety of nutritional therapies, herbal supplementation, spinal physical therapy and stress management. They also work with other practitioners such as massage therapists or acupuncturists. Meanwhile, Chiropractors offer one of the best ways to prevent ailments, as opposed to only treating them.
What Is a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are trained doctors who specialize in detecting and reducing misalignments of the spine called vertebral subluxation that interfere with central nervous system function. Subluxations can cause inflammation of the joint and nerve root as well as lack of motion which can cause joint degeneration.
Normal vs. subluxated joint - Dr. Axe
Chiropractors work in the field of complimentary or alternative medicine, treating patients by performing hands-on chiropractic adjustments in order to help with postural restoration, spinal alignment, nervous system function and maintenance of health. Chiropractic physicians are trained to use their hands as their “instrument,” carefully adjusting the joints of the body, especially the spine.

In fact, Chiropractic is one form of alternative medicine that are considered manual therapies. Rolfing, integrative manual therapy, massage therapy and myofascial release technique are also different manual therapies.

What are a Chiropractor’s specialties?

You might think of chiropractic adjustments as only being helpful for treating problems like systematic pain (such as back pain) or a stiff neck, but that’s far from true. In many ways, Chiropractors have a “stress-centered” view of health: the underlying belief of chiropractic care surrounds the fact that the body has an innate ability to heal itself once interferences or “obstacles” (sources of stress that stand in the way of well-being) are removed. (2)

Interferences that can negatively impact the nervous system and therefore diminish overall health, including the following: poor posture, poor nutrition, physical and emotional stress, muscular tension and tightness, and illness caused by a number of issues, including poor digestive health.

What is a Chiropractor hoping to do when they perform adjustments on patients?

Restoring motion and alignment of the spine is the first step in helping the rest of the body to self-regulate, self-maintain and self-restore, due to the spine’s direct neurological influence on the rest of the body. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that ” The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, since our body structure affects our overall function.” (3)

    To simplify a complex process, they are tapping into the recuperative abilities of the body by restoring the relationship between a properly aligned spinal column and a well-functioning nervous system.
    Chiropractors are trained to carefully analyze the spine to determine the presence of vertebral subluxation, which is when a spinal bone misaligns, causing interference to the nervous system and nerve irritation. In other words, chiropractic care is beneficial because it allows for better communication throughout the body, especially between the spine and the brain, also called the Central Nervous System (CNS).
    The CNS is the controller of someone’s overall health, considering it regulates communication and coordination throughout the body that affects every organ, tissue and cell. You can think of the brain as the main commander (or control center) of the CNS and the whole body. The nervous system sends chemical messages to and from the brain via the spinal cord, which is not the actual backbone (vertebra), but the cord that runs within the bones in the back and contains threadlike nerves that branch out elsewhere.

Top 7 Benefits of Chiropractic

Does Chiropractic work? And for what ailments?

According to Dr. Dan Sullivan — Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), speaker, author and one of the most well respected holistic health experts in the country —

    One of the biggest challenges that Chiropractors face is the public’s perception of Chiropractic. Many still believe that the benefits of chiropractic adjustments are limited to back and neck pain relief. But that is just a small portion of the benefits that chiropractic care delivers. Some of the greatest evidence today shows exactly why Chiropractors have been seeing amazing results in their offices, each week, for over 120 years, with symptoms and conditions seemingly unrelated to the spine.

It all comes back to how Chiropractic positively influences the nervous system. From improved breathing and digestion, to increased immunity, better organ function, fertility and so much more, we now know from a scientific and research standpoint how adjustments can have such far-reaching benefits.

Patients who can benefit from visiting a Chiropractor include those with symptoms or diseases such as:

    Back pain (4)
    Neck pain (5)
    Migraines or frequent headaches (6)
    Asthma (7)
    Sciatica (8)
    Back pain due to pregnancy (9)
    Acid Reflux (10)
    Colic (11)
    Heart problems including high blood pressure (12, 13)
    Bell’s Palsy (14)
    Frozen shoulder (glenohumeral or acromioclavicular (AC) joint) (15)
    Joint pains and osteoarthritis (16)
    Neurological problems such as epilepsy (17)
    Brain/Central Nervous System dysfunction
    Insomnia/trouble sleeping (18)
    Injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints
    Indigestion or upset stomach
    Dental or visual problems
    Injuries due to accidents or trauma

One of the reasons why Chiropractic is tied to so many benefits is because it has been shown to help reduce inflammation, the root cause of many different diseases. (19) Another factor behind why Chiropractic can help numerous health challenges has to do with it balancing out the bodies sympathetic/parasympathetic response of the nervous system. Most people live in a sympathetic “fight or flight” response and a chiropractic adjustment in the upper cervical region and sacral region can stimulate a parasympathetic response that reduces stress and allows certain organs to function to a higher degree including the digestive and endocrine systems.

A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine done on 40 participants found after receiving a cervical adjustment, pulse rates decreased, blood pressure balanced and there was a significantly positive parasympathetic response. (20)

This systematic review shows why so many people choose to visit a Chiropractor on a regular basis even if they don’t have symptoms because they understand the benefits of decreasing ongoing stress and maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system.

Because chiropractic adjustments can help decrease the stress load on the nervous system, chiropractic care sets the stage for recovery and healing. Contrary to that of most medical doctors or other healthcare providers, Chiropractors do not seek to cure or remove the symptom, ailment or condition. It is important to note that Chiropractors focus on removing interference from the nervous system so that patients can heal and function the way they were intended. (21)

Chiropractors take pride in educating their patients about how the human body is designed to heal, and that the body is programmed to be constantly striving towards health. Anyone with altered spinal alignment or movement can be helped by a Chiropractor. However, because the central nervous system directs all healing in the body, many symptoms and conditions have been proven to be helped through the influence of a chiropractic adjustment.

Below are some of the greatest benefits associated with chiropractic care:
1. Back pain

Spinal adjustments and certain other chiropractic techniques have been shown in many studies to help treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain. Back pain — particularly in the lumbar spine region or lower back — is one of the most common reasons that adults visit Chiropractors every year. Chiropractic for treatment of back pain and the lumbar spine has been so well-supported in studies that it’s no longer even considered “alternative care.”

According to the National Institute of Health,

    Spinal manipulation is one of several options — including exercise, massage and physical therapy — that can provide mild-to-moderate relief from low-back pain. Spinal manipulation appears to work as well as conventional treatments such as applying heat, using a firm mattress and taking pain-relieving medications.

2. Neck pain

Neck pain is another common problem that can be caused by factors such as injuries, trauma, stress, poor sleep, arthritis, older age and degenerative disc disease. Chiropractors employ neck manipulation and use techniques including adjustments, mobilization, massage or rehabilitative exercises to help relieve pressure placed on the neck. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found strong evidence that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal adjustments that lasted for at least 12 weeks post-treatment.
3. Migraines and Headaches

Adjustments to the spine, neck and head can be very effective for treating recurring headaches, including tension headaches and migraine headaches. Adjustments and neck manipulation can help restore posture of the head and relieve pressure and tension on nerves that contribute to headaches. A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90 percent. In this systematic review, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity. (22) Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate headache relief naturally, without the risks of taking drugs long-term, like chiropractic adjustments can.
4. TMJ

There’s evidence showing that symptoms due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, such as pain while sleeping or trouble opening up the mouth and chewing properly, can be managed with adjustments and neck manipulation that helps correct posture of the neck and jaw. One method that has been shown to be useful for TMJ is called the Activator Method, which involves making precise adjustments to the jaw with a small hand-held instrument. (23)
5. Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System

Many symptoms due to injuries affecting involving the muscles, ligaments and joints can be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractors use a variety of precise techniques like adjustments, massage therapy, stretching, exercises and weights to help relax tense muscles and improve posture. This helps to treat symptoms including muscle pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, weakness due to muscular compensations and spasms. Certain muscles that are overactive can be “turned off” while others that are under-used can be “turned on.”
6. Digestive Problems

Digestive issues can be tied to both stress and spinal misalignments, due to how both negatively affect the nervous system’s communication with the organs, glands and tissues of the digestive system. Following chiropractic treatments, the gut-brain connection can be restored in order to improve control and function of nerves and muscles in the GI tract. Chiropractic techniques aimed at evoking relaxation, improving blood flow to the digestive organs, and improving communication between the nervous system and gut are all used to treat a range of digestive problems — such as IBS, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, etc.
7. Joint Pain

According to the Arthritis Foundation, chiropractic is considered one of the safest therapies someone can use to treat joint pain. Chiropractors can help to relieve joint pain, such as those caused by osteoarthritis, by gently manipulating soft tissue and helping to improve overall functionality and posture. DCs may use active exercises and slow stretches to increase range of motion in stiff joints, as well as to relieve pressure placed on certain nerves or to stop muscle spasms that contribute to pain.
History of Chiropractic Care

The natural healing abilities attributed to chiropractic care was first developed by a man named D.D. Palmer in 1895. According to records regarding the first chiropractic treatments, it all started when Harvey Lillard — a man who was deaf in one ear — had seen Palmer for help with his condition.

Mr. Lillard was hoping that D.D. Palmer had something up his sleeve to help his deafness. When Palmer learned that Lillard suffered a head injury that preceded his hearing condition, he evaluated his spine and noticed that a vertebra in the upper back seemed wildly out of alignment. (24) According to Palmer:

    I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves, which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief — nothing ‘accidental’ or ‘crude’ about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time.

Palmer coined his manual therapy technique “chiropractic,” which comes from the two Greek words cheiros and praktikos (meaning “with hands”). While D.D Palmer is considered to be the first Chiropractor, records show that similar adjustments have been utilized to help the body heal itself dating back to the time of Hippocrates. Since the time of Palmer, millions of people across the globe have benefited from this manual therapy. In 1897, Palmer helped establish the very first chiropractic school, located in the U.S. and now called the Palmer College of Chiropractic (formerly the Palmer Chiropractic School and Cure).
Chiropractor Education & Licensure

According to the International Chiropractors Association, “Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second-largest primary healthcare profession.” There are approximately 95,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practicing around the world, and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic education in the U.S. alone.

Once their training is completed, many Chiropractors feel that they specialize in a combination of science, art and philosophy, practicing a holistic system of health that takes into account the many different aspects of their patients’ lives. Once graduated from a school of chiropractic, doctors of chiropractic can work in private practice or in clinical settings, specializing in areas including work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention, postural correction and nutritional counseling.

The formal education required to become a Chiropractor focuses on teaching practitioners to effectively locate patients’ vertebral subluxations and remove them through the use of specific adjustment techniques. Chiropractic education also emphasizes the practice’s underlying philosophy, that the body wants to and is capable of healing itself.

How many years of schooling does a Chiropractor receive?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.” DCs must complete four years of doctoral graduate school in order to qualify for exams that must be passed before becoming licensed. Prior to beginning graduate studies in chiropractic training, four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education must be completed. Undergraduate courses must include biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work.

How to become a Chiropractor

After approximately 4,620 hours of graduate classroom education, laboratory work and clinical internship, prospective DCs qualify to take exams administered by state licensing boards. As part of their training, DCs must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with patients in a treatment setting.  Exact requirements in order to practice vary by state, but usually DC licensure requires successful completion of a medical licensing or acceptance of a certificate issued by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Once a DC obtains a license in the state in which they wish to practice, they can began seeing patients in a variety of settings.

DCs must continue their education each year, completing ongoing training in order to stay up to date on the latest chiropractic treatment approaches and to maintain their licensure. Many also go on to complete training programs in other complementary approaches, such as Active Release Technique, Functional Medicine, Chiropractic Neurology, Pediatrics, Sports Chiropractic and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), a type of natural therapeutic system that has the goal of correcting learned movements and muscle functions within the body.

For help finding a qualified and licensed DC in your area, you can search by location on the International Chiropractic Association website. Additionally, you can ask your primary doctor for a recommendation or seek out referrals from friends, family members, colleagues, etc.

What are some chiropractic colleges/schools?

There are now more than 40 chiropractic schools located throughout the world, including 20 within the U.S. In the U.S, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and its Commission on Accreditation is the national organization that is considered to be the authority when it comes to regulating the quality of training offered by different chiropractic colleges.

The CEE was established in the 1930s and is now recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and is a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (C.H.E.A.) and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (A.S.P.A.). In the 1990s, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges was established to provide support for chiropractic schools and research, in addition to helping promote chiropractic care to patients and doctors. If you’re interested in a future career as a Chiropractor, visit the CCE’s website to review information about prerequisites, lists of accredited courses and college reviews.

In the U.S., below is a list of some of the chiropractic schools/colleges that meet qualifications for the CCE include:
What is a typical Chiropractor’s salary?

When looking at Chiropractor occupations, the median income of practicing DCs is $142,729. (25) Salaries typically range between $121,288–$196,758. Salaries range considerably depending on the Chiropractor’s level of experience, exact location and specific offerings. For example, also offering nutritional support or other treatments to patients can increase a Chiropractor’s salary.

Most practicing DCs are self-employed and about 65 percent are male. Those who own their own clinics have larger incomes than those who work as associates or employees. As a comparison, physicians (MDs) earn an average salary of $195,161, dentists an average of $158,000 and podiatrists $119,000.
Straight vs. Mixer Chiropractors

While training for all Chiropractors is rooted in the same underlying philosophy and principles, today Chiropractors vary widely in terms of how they are specifically educated and how they choose to actually practice once licensed.

    Some practicing Chiropractors have a more conservative/traditional approach, sticking closely to the foundations of chiropractic care based on vertebral subluxation techniques that have been practiced for decades. Others are more “modern,” blending different treatment approaches in order to offer their patients a wider range of alternative therapies.
    Even various chiropractic colleges and institutions differ in terms of how traditional versus modern/liberal (or “straight vs. mixed) they are, which influences the types of doctors that graduate from different colleges.

To describe how different Chiropractors fall somewhere along a spectrum and to distinguish between different types (traditional vs. more modern), the labels “straight” and “mixer” are often used to:

    Straight Chiropractors range in terms of their exact beliefs and patient offerings, but generally speaking they stick to spinal adjustments as their core offering and typically stay away from using rehabilitation, nutrition and other therapies in their clinics.
    Mixer Chiropractors are more likely to work with other healthcare providers, to practice multidisciplinary care, give dietary advice, prescribe supplements, teach spinal rehabilitative exercises and do other treatment techniques including acupuncture and massage.

Chiropractic Organizations:

Large chiropractic organizations, including the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), take different stances on certain issues in chiropractic care. There are certain conflicts between the two associations, as they have different perspectives regarding how Chiropractors should practice, and generally speaking all Chiropractors will usually take one side or the other.

As Dr. Dan Sullivan explains,

    There has always been a divide in the profession between the more traditional-practicing ‘straight’ Chiropractors and the more broad-scoped ‘mixer’ Chiropractors. Both types of Chiropractors help their patients overcome health challenges and uniquely improve function for all ages through the location and correction of vertebral subluxation. And the continued advancement of the profession Chiropractic centers around the fact that the body is self-healing and that chiropractic adjustments remove interference to allow better function and health for children and adults of all ages. Both types of Chiropractors agree on this central focus. And the best part is that the scientific evidence now explains and supports the overall practice of Chiropractic like never before.

    The ICA states that they are “committed to the rights of the chiropractic practitioner and his/her patients as it was nine decades ago. ICA welcomes all Chiropractors who believe in and want: advancing chiropractic’s distinct identity as a drugless healing art, full integration of chiropractic with other health care professions —not subordination” and other benefits.
    The ACA states that they are “The largest national association in the U.S. dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession.” The ACA emphasizes the need for evidence-based research to support the field of chiropractic. They support lobbies for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, aim to promote a positive public image of chiropractic, provide ongoing professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, and offer leadership for the advancement of the profession.

In addition, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) covers Chiropractic-related news, including recent studies, events and education, among other subjects.
Chiropractors vs. Medical Doctors

Is a Chiropractor a doctor? Yes, as mentioned above, Chiropractors hold a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). (26) They are not medical doctors (MDs) because they do not write their patients prescriptions or perform surgeries. Chiropractors uniquely help their patients heal through natural means by removing interferences from the central nervous system. The education that DCs receive focuses on all basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, with special emphasis on the health and function of the spine and central nervous system.

Two of the leading alternative health care systems practiced in the U.S. and elsewhere today are osteopathy (osteopathic manipulative therapy) and chiropractic care. These two approaches are closely related and require similar training, but osteopaths do more global manipulations of the spine where Chiropractors do more specific vertebral adjustments.

    Chiropractors are holistic, non-invasive practitioners who focus on disease prevention as well as symptom management. DCs specialize in vertebral subluxation, or removing interference of the nervous system due to a misalignment and/ or abnormal motion of spinal vertebra. When vertebral subluxation is left untreated, it leads to improper communication between nerves, organs, muscles and tissues. This contributes to widespread function control problems and can lead to symptoms in any or all parts of the body.
    Chiropractic is the art of restoring the body to its natural state utilizing many different techniques, which can include manual adjustments but also stress-reduction, inflammation-reduction and dietary improvement. Rather than using medications to achieve this, DCs focus on removing irritation interference in the central nervous system (subluxations) that causes the body to break down and dysfunction.
    DCs are somewhat different from primary care physicians, or MDs, because they emphasize “a whole-person approach” to treatment and care. And rather than focusing only on relieving symptoms once a patient has already started to feel unwell, Chiropractors try to find the root cause of their patients’ problems in order to fix the underlying issue.
    DCs commonly get to know their patients well, taking their time during visits to discuss the patient’s unique symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, level of stress, diet and sleep. It’s very important for Chiropractors to really understand their patients in a holistic sense, in order to not only develop a treatment plan, but a way to help prevent symptoms from returning in the future.
    Seeing a Chiropractor is not meant to replace visits with your regular doctor. In fact, most Chiropractors have a working relationship with local Medical Doctors, co-managing the care of a patient to provide the best possible outcomes. A written referral is not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC) because they are primary care physicians. Just like seeing a MD, chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major many medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans.

Different Approaches in Chiropractic Care

DCs use hundreds of different approaches in chiropractic practice, some (but not all) involving thrust techniques. The difference between most chiropractic techniques is the degree of force applied. Most adjustments are done quickly, involving high speed to help with realignment. Sometimes an instrument besides the hands is also used.

Spinal adjustments are among many chiropractic techniques, but not the only types that are offered. Below you’ll find a brief description of some of the most common chiropractic treatment techniques that evolved over the past several decades, which address abnormalities in the spine, neck, head, pelvis, joints and muscles. When you visit a chiropractor, you might be treated with any number or combination of techniques, depending on your specific anatomy and needs:

        Activator: A hand held instrument that applies an impulse and is used to help release joint and muscle tension. Done quickly with a gentle, low force, making it suitable for patients who are sensitive.
        Applied Kinesiology: Helps to assess the nervous system by utilizing changes in muscular strength as different sensory stimuli are applied to the body. This allows for the DC to determine which nerves are “speaking” most to muscles. Often used to help determine which treatments are needed.
        Atlas Orthogonal [AOT]: Aims to restore structural integrity from cervical vertebral malposition. Uses a percussion instrument to correct postural restoration without manipulation or surgery. Focuses attention on the the Atlas, the top vertebrae of the spine that supports the head. Involves very gentle touch, reducing cervical spine misalignment and its related symptomatology.
        Blair Technique: Adjusts the upper cervical area, focusing on correcting misalignments in the first bone of the spine (Atlas) where it connects to the head (Occiput).
        Chiropractic Biophysics [CBP]: Corrects improper curvatures of the spine using a combination of traditional chiropractic manipulation, rehabilitation exercises, spinal traction and stretches to remodel tissues of the spine.
        Cox Flexion Distraction: Utilizes an adjusting table that has movable parts, along with a rocking motion, in order to stretch and decompress tissue surrounding the spine (spinal decompression).
        Diversified: Involves manual thrusts focused on restoring normal biomechanical function, including those in the extremity joints.
        Gonstead: Specific method of analysis by the use of nervoscopes, full spine x-rays and precise adjusting techniques. Helps to correct torquing of the spine in order to take pressure off of certain intervertebral discs.
        Motion Palpation: A method that helps to locate joint dysfunction within the spinal column and extremities. Palpation is the most frequently used diagnostic tool in chiropractic, allowing the DC to feel for subluxations in the vertebrae. In motion palpation the patient’s joints are mobilized, bending and flexing, or moving in different planes of motion to test range of motion.
        Network Chiropractic: Also called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), this method involves regarding the body as a whole, integrated system. Light touch is used over the spinal cord to help activate receptors and increase the ability of the nerves and the spinal cord to communicate clearly. This is associated with improvements in gut-brain connection, increased self-awareness and reduced tension.
        Pettibon: Uses specially designed head, shoulder and hip weights that patients wear for up to 20 minutes daily until the spine is corrected, along with specific exercises.  Weights help alter the head, spine and pelvis’s alignment, correcting sensory input to the nervous system and forming new muscle patterns.
        Sacral Occipital Technique [SOT]: Focuses on the relationship of between the sacrum and occiput (back of the skull) and is a form of Cranial Sacral therapy. This technique pays close attention to the the cranial bones and sacrum working to normalize cerebral spinal fluid flow and improve organ function.
        CLEAR Scoliosis Correction: A technique that combines adjustments, spinal exercises and vibration treatments to reduce scoliotic curves of the spine. 5–10 percent of the population has scoliosis and this condition can cause pain, joint degeneration and organic malfunction if it is not managed correctly.
        Thompson: Involves the use of an adjusting table with a weighing mechanism, helping to add precise amount of tension and keep the patient in an exact up position before the thrust is given.
        Torque Release: Directs attention to the source of spinal tension by testing posture starting from the feet up. Helps to determine which treatments are needed to relieve tension in the spine and spinal cord, which causes abnormal muscular patterns. Uses relatively small force corrections to achieve alterations in the spine and correct structural distortions using mechanical devices including the“Integrator” and the “Activator.”
        Toggle Recoil: A technique in which the hands are placed lightly on the area of joint restriction and then a fast, light thrust is applied. The hands are quickly removed from the contact point.
        Upper Cervical Chiropractic: Focuses on the relationship between the upper cervical spine (neck) and its influence on the central nervous system. Uses x-rays of the head and neck to determine which types of precise, non-invasive, gentle touch will help return the bones of the neck to a normal position.
        Webster: Involves sacral analysis and diversified adjustments used to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. Aims to improve neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis in order to reduce tension and tightness throughout the torso. Often used throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth and recovery.

Safety of Chiropractic Care

Is visiting a Chiropractor safe? The short answer is yes, very safe. You might be thinking that chiropractic adjustments sound risky, considering how sensitive the spine and spinal cord are to overall health and function. But in fact, chiropractic has been shown to be one of the safest treatment approaches in healthcare today. Chiropractic adjustments are very precise and careful, which is why DCs need to receive extensive training to ensure safety.

According to The National Institute of Health, “A 2007 study of treatment outcomes for 19,722 chiropractic patients in the United Kingdom concluded that minor side effects (such as temporary soreness similar to that which can be experienced after a workout) after cervical spine manipulation were relatively common, but that the risk of a serious adverse event was ‘low to very low’ immediately or up to 7 days after treatment.” Another study found that “there was no evidence that visiting a Chiropractor put people at greater risk than visiting a primary care physician.” (27)

While chiropractic treatment is overall very safe, it’s still possible to experience some potential adverse effects. The risks are low, but may include some temporary soreness, stiffness or tenderness following adjustments. Mild side effects typically go away on their own within about 24 hours.

Also keep in mind that a major advantage of visiting of a Chiropractor for help with pain or other symptoms is that you won’t be treated with drugs, which often cause a number of side effects. You may also be able to avoid having unnecessary surgery, which isn’t always effective and can pose its own risks.

In recent years, there’s been some concern in the media over whether chiropractic care could increase the risk of more serious side effects, such as stroke, neurological problems, internal bleeding or vertebral artery dissection. A number of studies have found no evidence that there is any link between chiropractic adjustments and suffering from a stroke.

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As you know, I’m not a huge fan of “miracle” supplements, even a fiber supplement, that make grandiose claims and have little to no evidence to back up their praises.

Lipozene, a popular weight loss supplement, is a purported “weight loss supplement“ that’s been on the market for well over a decade, like other weight loss pills. The major selling point seems to be the fact that the only active ingredient in Lipozene is glucomannan, a plant-extracted fiber that comes from the konjac plant, aka elephant yam. Glucomannan absorbs water and has some potential health benefits.

But does Lipozene work? Let’s look at the facts, the customer Lipozene reviews, what science has to say, and whether or not you should consider Lipozene in your supplement regimen.
What Is Lipozene?

This brand-name weight loss supplement, also known as Amorphophallus Konjac, is actually made with a fiber, glucomannan, derived from the konjac root found in parts of east Asia.

People in China, Japan and other parts of southeast Asia have used konjac root products for centuries as part of traditional Chinese medicine to detoxify the body, suppress tumors, achieve blood stasis (a tenet of many diseases, according to ancient practices, that involves the proper movement of blood through the body), eliminate phlegm, treat asthma and cough, correct skin disorders and burns, treat hernia, and reduce breast pain. (1)

Since being introduced in the 1990s to western countries, glucomannan products are used for resolving constipation, regulating cholesterol, treating insulin resistance, managing type II diabetes, weight loss, diverticular disease, treating hypoglycemia and naturally solving type I diabetes. (2)

By developing Lipozene using only this one active ingredient, Obesity Research Institute LLC claims that customers can naturally lose weight (proven by clinical studies!) without changing lifestyle habits or eating different foods. This fat burner has, according to the Lipozene website, sold over 25 million bottles. Lipozene hosts many late-night infomercials to share the “incredible” results.

The company name is a bit misleading, however, as this “research institute” is not known to conduct any actual research and functions only as a sales organization for two products: Lipozene and MetaboUP Plus.

In addition to glucomannan, Lipozene tablets contain inactive ingredients composed of gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium silicate, stearic acid, titanium dioxide and FD&C Blue No. 1. (3)

The recommended dosage of Lipozene is two capsules, 30 minutes before meals, up to three times per day. This equals 4.5 grams of glucomannan, which is slightly higher than the tolerable daily dosage of the root. (4)

How does Lipozene work? Well, glucomannan is an insoluble fermentable dietary fiber, in contrast to a soluble fermentable fiber or soluble fiber, that travels through the stomach without breaking down. More than most other high-fiber products, glucomannan has an astounding ability to thicken substances. When Lipozene tablets hit the stomach, they expand stomach contents and suppress appetite, resulting in a “full” feeling after a very small meal.

As the product travels through your digestive system, it activates the bowels to move more rapidly, another method by which Lipozene can result in a loss of pounds.

Because of its health-related claims, Obesity Research Institute has been the brunt of various federal warnings and class action lawsuits.

In 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined the company for false advertising to the tune of $1.5 million for claims made about FiberThin and Propolene, both of which are other glucomannan-based weight loss supplements previously sold by the Obesity Research Institute. The main violations involved are known as “Red Flag” claims, which refer to unsubstantiated assertions that a product results in major weight loss without dietary or lifestyle changes. (5)

A group of customers successfully sued the makers of Lipozene in 2011 for false advertising with no real results, resulting in a $5 million payout. (6) Another lawsuit was filed in 2016 claiming Lipozene is still violating the 2005 court order by the FTC by continuing to falsely market its products to have unproven results. (7)

Two manufacturers received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, one due to improper labeling that would classify Lipozene as a “drug” (since glucomannan is not an FDA-approved medicinal ingredient) and the other about insufficient testing methods. (8, 9)
What the Customer Lipozene Reviews Say

Depending where you look, customers are all over the board when it comes to Lipozene. On its own website, Lipozene boasts the hundreds of four- and five-star Lipozene reviews, alongside which are a few low ratings. Customers claim everything from three-digit weight loss numbers to the ability to eliminate medications for diabetes, as well as complaints on occasion about little to no results or poor customer service. (10)

It’s a bit of a different story on Amazon, where the Lipozene review rating is only 2.5/5. The majority (49 percent) of Lipozene reviews are one-star, with 19 percent of reviews giving it five stars and a smattering of the in-between ratings.

Some of the negative Lipozene reviews call it a “waste of money” and “very disappointing,” warning customers not to order it based on bad customer service experiences and a lack of effectiveness. More than 200 positive reviews rave about losing 10 pounds in just a week, immediate results, a total loss of over 100 pounds and a lot of general praise. (11)

Two independent review sites also claim to record customer thoughts about Lipozene.

Skinny Betty writes a scathing article about her extremely poor experience while taking Lipozene and displays reported claims from over 12,000 users over a three-month period from her own website. According to Betty, 84.2 percent of people said the product did not work, 12.4 said it worked while they took the product, 1.6 percent claimed “horrible side effects,” and the remaining 1.8 percent gave unusable data. (12)

Another source, Consumer Health Digest, shows an 81 percent positive rating for Lipozene reviews. (13)

Other retailer websites have a mixture of positive and negative feedback about Lipozene, which is not uncommon for most weight loss supplements, due to how each person’s body reacts differently to substances.
What the Science Lipozene Reviews Say

OK, so the customers aren’t exactly in agreement, but there seems to be at least a good number of Lipozene review sources with positive results. But does Lipozene work, according to science?

To be honest, these results are mixed here as well. Another complication of parsing through all the studies out there is that they are specific to glucomannan, which you can purchase in supplement form for up to half the cost of brand-name Lipozene (and not all of which contain the same inactive additives).

Overall, a review of available data on glucomannan and weight loss conducted in 2015 found that there is some evidence that supplementary glucomannan might reduce body weight in “otherwise healthy overweight or obese adults,” although these results did not extend to reducing BMI. (14)

A study in Norway tested glucomannan for weight loss and found it resulted in an approximate loss of 0.8 kilograms/week (about 1.76 pounds) versus placebo. (15) In 2008, Spanish researchers also discovered a weight loss correlation, as well as a reduction in LDL cholesterol and improved satiety (the feeling of being full). (16)

However, other results conflict with these results. Rush University conducted a study including 53 participants that found glucomannan to be well-tolerated but not to result in any significant weight loss versus placebo. (17) A review of nine studies in 2014 came to the same conclusion. (18)
Does Lipozene Work?

That’s really the million-dollar question, isn’t it? (Or, based on Lipozene’s payouts to date, the $6.5 million question.)

Ultimately, there is no sufficient evidence to suggest Lipozene works any better or worse than dietary and lifestyle adjustments alone would to stimulate weight loss.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times about Lipozene claims, Vladimir Vuksan, a nutritional sciences professor at the University of Toronto, explains that through two decades of researching glucomannan and other nutritional fibers, he has found the small doses in Lipozene have shown no evidence of “significant weight loss.” (19)

According to Vuksan, it would take between 20 and 30 grams of glucomannan each day to lose substantial amounts of weight — an amount that would cause your gut to “explode,” in his words.

Is fiber an integral part of losing weight for many people? Yes.

Does one fiber have the ability to drain fat off your body? No.

The bottom line here is that Lipozene alone likely does not have the immediate results of weight loss that the makers insist. When asking, “Does Lipozene work?” remember that there truly is not one single thing that will truly aid in safe, lasting weight loss. Rather, losing weight by eating whole, life-giving foods and exercising wisely, combined, is the only really effective way to do it.
Lipozene Reviews: Is Lipozene Safe?

Compared to many of the dangerous weight loss supplements on the market, Lipozene is relatively safe. However, there are some minor issues to consider.

Because glucomannan expands in liquid (the dosage instructions include taking Lipozene with at least eight ounces of water, 30 minutes before meals), one danger it poses is a choking hazard. Dry-swallowing Lipozene can result (and has) in choking over expanding fiber.

Overdosing on Lipozene could potentially cause intestinal blockages, although no public reports exist where this has occurred.

Anecdotal reports include complaints of migraines, nausea, extreme dizziness, heartburn and stomach discomfort when taking glucomannan supplements (not necessarily Lipozene). (20) At least one person has reported internal bleeding.

Because of the way glucomannan expands and inhibits appetite, one real concern I have for people taking these supplements is a lack of nutrition. Appetite suppression can serve some people who regularly overeat unhealthy foods, but taking Lipozene along with a healthy diet could actually result in less absorption of valuable vitamins and other nutrients, as well as under-eating.

Don’t forget, eating the right, nutrient-dense foods is much more important than eating less calories, especially if the “less calories” you’re eating still include empty foods like french fries and processed sugars.

One last reason I believe Lipozene may not be safe, particularly over a long period of time, is that one inactive ingredient Lipozene contains is FD&C Blue No. 1. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database of cosmetics ingredients rates FC&C Blue No. 1 as moderately worthy of concern because of the risks of biotoxicity, accumulation in the body and an incomplete body of evidence about carcinogenicity. (21)
Lipozene Reviews: Pros and Cons
Potential Health Benefits of Lipozene

When it comes to Lipozene, there are some benefits to note, as well as possible side effects. It’s very important to remember here that the benefits listed all refer to Lipozene’s only active ingredient, glucomannan. There are no listed studies that investigate Lipozene tablets specifically, and other methods of consuming glucomannan will afford the same results (potentially without the added side effects).

1. Constipation Relief

It’s possible that glucomannan, like that found in Lipozene, might relieve constipation. A variety of studies show it has the ability to encourage bowel movements and release stubborn waste. (22, 23, 24)

This seems true for both adults and children, though I do not recommend providing Lipozene pills to children in any case — or adults for that matter. (25)

2. Lowered Heart Disease Risk

Limited evidence has found that glucomannan products have the ability to positively alter some heart disease risk factors. One study found that glucomannan supplementation lowered LDL cholesterol and high triglycerides. (26)

Another report suggests that glucomannan might improve gut health and improve metabolic syndrome factors. (27)

This might be because of the way glucomannan can potentially increase the activity of an antioxidant in the body known as glutathione peroxidase. This antioxidant protects from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and may improve heart disease, cancer and other disease risk. (28)

3. Improved Diabetes Symptoms

A well-documented feature of glucomannan is its ability to improve diabetes symptoms and risk factors. In addition to lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, glucomannan has been found to lower fasting blood sugar levels, according to research. (29)

In general, it’s acceptable to assume glucomannan might have mild to moderate benefits for those suffering from diabetes, including high-risk patients. (30)

4. Weight Loss

Some of the above studies have also found minor weight loss benefits by using glucomannan products like Lipozene. This is most likely due to two factors.

For one, Lipozene does increase satiety, the feeling you get when you’re full of food, without actually eating as much as it would normally take. (31) Like I mentioned above, this is not always a great way to lose weight because it doesn’t involve eating better food, just a smaller amount.

The other weight loss factor is that some evidence finds glucomannan causes some fat and protein not to digest entirely but pass through the system unprocessed. This means that if you eat, say, 1,000 calories in a meal, you may not absorb all the protein and fat, only getting 700 of those calories (in this arbitrary example). (32)

Again, there are better and more lasting ways to lose weight that involve eating the kind of protein, fat and other nutrients you want to absorb.

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Side Effects of Lipozene

1. Constipation

Yes, you read that right. While glucomannan products tend to have a constipation relief effect, other individuals find the opposite. In Skinny Betty’s Lipozene review above, she also recounts her own personal story of severe constipation resulting in anal fissures after a month of Lipozene supplements.

If that sounds awful, it’s because it is. While this severe of a reaction is not experienced by the majority of people taking Lipozene, it may be a risk.

2. Diarrhea

Generally another common issue with too much fiber, diarrhea can occur when your body produces the water necessary to remove the excess fiber, resulting in painful diarrhea.

Among the online customer Lipozene reviews, diarrhea was one of the most common complaints, with some people insisting they were unable to attend work or other normal activities because it was so constant.

3. Choking

Dry-swallowing Lipozene or other glucomannan supplements can often result in choking as the liquid in the throat causes the major expansion of this fiber.

Dosage instructions always include drinking the tablets/capsules with an eight-ounce glass of water, which not only helps the fiber absorb in your stomach and curb appetite, but also ensures enough hydration for the pills to reach the stomach without expanding.

4. Abdominal Discomfort

Another recorded side effect of Lipozene is abdominal discomfort, including everything from excess flatulence to potential intestinal blockage from expanding fiber.

5. Dizziness

A few anecdotal reports show complaints of vertigo within short time periods of beginning a Lipozene regimen. While there is no evidence to determine why this might happen, it’s possible a lack of nutrition could lead to that lightheaded feeling.

6. Unhealthy Weight Loss

Above all, my biggest concern with Lipozene is the way it encourages you to curb eating altogether. Several individual customers said in their Lipozene reviews that they were excited because they had been able to go “X” number of days without food.

Starving the body is not a good way to lose weight. Yes, you may shed pounds, but it’s not the way to go about it. Weight loss by starving yourself is not sustainable, nor helpful in reducing your risk for illness and disease.
Should You Take Lipozene?

I see no reason to recommend Lipozene. It might be a way to lose weight fast, but diet pills are generally just not the way to do it if you actually want to keep weight off.

While I do believe occasionally consuming glucomannan as a powder or flour (mixed into smoothies is one great method) can be beneficial for a few reasons, I recommend staying away from capsule and tablet versions of glucomannan, including Lipozene.

If you’re interested in the ingredient but are wary of supplements, you can try shirataki noodles, made with glucomannan.
Better Alternatives to Lipozene

Want to burn fat the healthy way? There are some incredible nutrients and supplementary items you can add into your diet and lifestyle, proven to make a difference.

    Fat-Burning Foods — Let’s be honest, losing weight has a great deal to do with the food you eat, far more than some “magic” pill. Try consuming apple cider vinegar, bone broth, chia seeds, chicken, coconut oil and other great fat-burning foods.
    Conjugated Linoleic Acid — The name sounds a bit intimidating, but conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a polyunsaturated fat that the body can’t produce on its own and must receive in the diet. Great sources of CLA include full-fat dairy, beef and butter.
    Grapefruit Essential Oil — Using grapefruit essential oil can boost metabolism, reduce appetite cravings safely and gently increase energy levels.
    Herbal Teas — Teas, like matcha green tea, roobios tea and yerba mate, contain antioxidants helpful for weight loss as well as anti-aging.
    Probiotics — Quality probiotic supplements and foods promote proper bacteria in the gut and are associated with better weight loss and lowered risk of obesity. (33)
    Chromium — At the proper doses, chromium supplements can increase lean muscle, reduce food intake and promote fat loss.

Lipozene Reviews: Healthier Ways to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Long-term weight loss is more of a marathon than a sprint — we’ve all heard phrases similar to this one, but are we taking them to heart?

Although it can be difficult to take that first step, the best way to begin is the look at the habits you have that are behind your weight gain.

Do you eat fast food? Are you loading up on refined carbohydrates and sugar on a regular basis? Do you drink diet soda, thinking the lack of calories will help you lose weight? Have you introduced whole, life-giving foods like fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and grass-fed meats into your diet? Do you cook most of your food at home? Do you exercise?

Herein lies a major reason it’s so hard to get rid of stubborn fat — a lot of changes at once becomes overwhelming.

Instead of staring at an endless list of things you have to change, start with one. Kick the soda (or diet soda), and replace it with filtered water and some kombucha for the fizz you might miss. Give yourself small goals to reach, like only going out to eat once a week if you normally go out three times. Thoughtfully purchase groceries and cook at home, considering the things that you know to do but tend not to follow through.

By slowly changing your lifestyle, rather than crashing through diet after diet, you’ll be able to lose weight and keep it off. I’ve seen it happen many times. As you begin making these small changes, you begin to recognize how much better you feel and then want to continue changing the habits that still weigh you down.

Lipozene Reviews: Precautions

If you choose to use Lipozene, you should be aware of a few precautions.

Lipozene may interact with Starlix and other medications for diabetes because they may low already lower blood sugar. If you are taking medications for diabetes or regularly have low blood sugar, consult your physician regarding the interactions of these medications and supplements. (34)

In fact, the way that glucomannan can inhibit the stomach from fully breaking down nutrients and other substances means any oral medication may not be able to totally break down and absorb into your system. Again, you should always consult your doctor before beginning any new supplements, such as Lipozene, to confirm how it could interact with your medications and personal body chemistry.

No studies have been conducted on the safety of Lipozene for pregnant or nursing mothers. If you are pregnant, nursing or intend to become pregnant, it’s best to avoid Lipozene altogether.
Final Thoughts on Lipozene Reviews

Lipozene is a weight loss supplement sold by Obesity Research Institute LLC. Its only active ingredient is glucomannan, a fiber of the konjac root, commonly used in ancient Chinese medicine. While there are pure glucomannan supplements on the market, Lipozene markets and sells its products for 50 percent to 200 percent more of the price of these other products.

Customer Lipozene reviews are all over the place, with some people insisting it’s a miracle, while other Lipozene reviews see no weight loss whatsoever. Still others experience side effects that they lay out in their Lipozene reviews.

The science supports a potentially moderate amount of weight loss when using glucomannan supplements, as well as a few benefits for diabetes and heart disease risk factors. However, no individual studies have been done on Lipozene itself.

While Lipozene side effects aren’t as dire as many weight loss supplements on the market, they still cause reason for some concern. These side effects can include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and intestinal blockage, choking, and improper nutrient absorption.

Does Lipozene work? Possibly, in proper doses, for some people, Lipozene might encourage marginally more weight loss than previously experienced. However, there are healthier ways to lose weight and keep it off. If you want to try glucomannan, there are alternative ways to consume it through your diet, including powder, flour and shirataki noodles.
Take a look at the ingredients label of just about any energy-boosting supplement and you may just spot guarana on the list. Derived from an Amazonian fruit, guarana has long been revered for its incredible effects on health. It has been used to treat a variety of ailments throughout history.

More recently, studies show that adding guarana to your routine could come with a pretty long list of benefits. It may help optimize memory, fight fatigue, improve heart health and do even more to keep you feeling your best. Here’s what you need to know about this ingredient and how it can impact your health.
What Is Guarana?

Guarana, also known by its scientific name Paullinia cupana, is a type of climbing plant that is native to the Amazon. This plant is prized for the seeds from its powerful fruit. It belongs to the soapberry family of plants and is closely related to longan fruit (also known as “dragon eye fruit”) as well as other fruit varieties like lychee and ackee.

The plant itself has large leaves and produces clusters of flowers. It also produces small fruits that are about the same size as a coffee bean and range in color from red to brown. The fruit contains black seeds that are covered by white arils, giving them a unique appearance that closely resembles an eye.

The seeds are very high in caffeine. They are often used as an additive in energy drinks or guarana soda brands like Guarana Antarctica. Because of the guarana seed caffeine content, the seeds may come with other health benefits besides boosting energy levels. In fact, studies show that guarana could do everything from enhance skin health to increase weight loss and more.
Potential Guarana Benefits

1. Boosts Brain Power

Studies show that guarana can have a powerful impact on focus and memory. In fact, one study out of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at Northumbria University in the U.K. showed that low doses were able to improve both memory performance and alertness compared to a control group. (1) Similarly, another study conducted at Northumbria University compared the effects of guarana and ginseng and reported that guarana seed extract was able to significantly enhance task performance and attention to a greater extent than ginseng. (2)
2. High in Antioxidants

Guarana fruit contains a wide range of potent antioxidants, including caffeine, tannins, saponins, theobromine and catechins. (3) Antioxidants are beneficial compounds that can help fight free radical formation and prevent oxidative damage to cells. Not only that, but some research suggests that antioxidants can even protect against chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. (4)
3. Fights Fatigue

Guarana is loaded with caffeine, with the seeds packing in a higher concentration of caffeine than even coffee beans. Caffeine acts as a stimulant and affects the activity of certain neurotransmitters in your brain to amp up energy levels. This is why beverages like coffee and energy drinks are often used as a quick fix for low energy and fatigue.

In addition to fighting physical fatigue, some research indicates that guarana can help reduce mental fatigue as well. One study published in the journal Appetite showed that taking it was able to decrease mental fatigue associated with sustained mental effort in participants. (5)
4. Promotes Regularity

Guarana has long been used as a natural remedy for both constipation and diarrhea. It helps promote regularity and soothe digestive distress. It’s high in caffeine, a compound that can help stimulate movement in the digestive tract to relieve constipation. (6) Plus, it’s also rich in tannins. Tannins are plant compounds that can prevent excess water from being excreted into the bowels to stop diarrhea fast. (7)
5. Enhances Heart Health

Research shows that the guarana seed benefits heart health in several different ways. It can help prevent blood clots to reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke, according to research out of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. (8) Not only that, but it can also decrease the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the blood. This can control the buildup of plaque in the arteries to prevent atherosclerosis. (9)
6. Keeps Skin Glowing

Guarana makes a great addition to any natural skin care routine thanks to its content of both caffeine and antioxidants. Caffeine helps protect the skin against UV radiation. It also slows down photoaging of the skin and promotes circulation and blood flow. (10) One study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed that cosmetics containing guarana helped reduce skin sagging and minimized wrinkles underneath and around the eyes. (11)
7. May Help Reduce Cancer Growth

Although current research is mostly limited to in vitro studies and animal models, preliminary evidence suggests that guarana could help effectively reduce the growth and spread of certain types of cancer cells. For instance, one animal study showed that administering it to mice reduced liver cancer proliferation by 58 percent and increased cancer cell death by nearly fivefold. (12)

Other studies have had similar findings. Results show it may help decrease the growth of colon and breast cancer cells as well. What’s more, it may also enhance the activity of chemotherapy agents to help kill off cancer cells even more effectively. (13, 14)
8. Increases Weight Loss

Guarana is often used as a weight loss aid. In fact, there are many guarana weight loss products, pills and supplements to help ramp up fat-burning and shed extra pounds. This is partly due to its content of caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to boost metabolism by up to 11 percent over a 12-hour period in research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (15) Plus, several in vitro studies also show that guarana may slow and inhibit the production of fat cells to help decrease body fat. (16, 17)

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Guarana Side Effects and Dangers

Low doses of guarana are generally safe and come with minimal risk of adverse side effects. In fact, multiple animal models have found that it has a low toxicity, even when consumed regularly. (18, 19, 20)

However, because of its caffeine content, it’s absolutely vital to keep intake in moderation. Not only is caffeine highly addictive, but it can cause several negative effects on health. It can even contribute to a caffeine overdose when consumed in large amounts.

Some of the most common side effects associated with guarana include symptoms like:
If you notice these or any other side effects after consuming guarana, consider decreasing your dosage or discontinuing use altogether.

Women who are pregnant should limit or avoid guarana-containing products. Increased caffeine consumption may be linked to a higher risk of birth defects and preterm delivery. (21)

Additionally, guarana is often used as an additive for unhealthy beverages. These include guarana energy drinks or guarana alcohol products. Drinks that this are often pumped full of unhealthy added sugar and extra ingredients. These products essentially negate any health benefits of guarana. They can actually do more harm than good when it comes to your health.
Guarana vs. Taurine vs. Adderall vs. Caffeine Pills

Guarana, taurine, Adderall and caffeine pills are all known for their ability to increase energy levels, boost fat-burning and fine-tune focus. How do these ingredients compare? What sets them apart from one another?

Taurine is a type of amino acid that is found in the tissues throughout the body. It can also be produced in small amounts. It is available in certain foods, including meat, dairy products and seafood. It’s often added to energy drinks and supplements. It is believed to be associated with a number of health benefits, such as increased fat-burning during exercise and improved heart health. (22, 23)

Adderall, on the other hand, is a type of prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It’s known for its beneficial effects on attention and focus. When abused or taken in high doses for prolonged periods of time, it may also cause addiction and trigger withdrawal symptoms, similar to caffeine.

Finally, caffeine pills are gaining widespread popularity among consumers looking for a quick burst of energy, especially among those who simply don’t like coffee or other caffeinated beverages and prefer getting a quick dose of caffeine in supplement form instead. Caffeine pills boast all the same benefits of caffeine, such as reduced constipation and increased energy levels. However, they also come with the same set of side effects, which can include anxiety, restlessness and headaches.
Guarana vs. Coffee vs. Green Tea

There are plenty of similarities between guarana, coffee and green tea, three popular ingredients that are enjoyed for their health-promoting properties and energizing effects.

All three are rich in caffeine and antioxidants. Both of those are associated with a number of potential health benefits. Additionally, they are all commonly consumed to help increase weight loss, maximize focus and help fight off fatigue.

Coffee and green tea can be enjoyed as is, but guarana is typically found in supplement form or processed guarana drink products, such as guarana soda.

In terms of caffeine content, guarana extract is significantly higher in caffeine than coffee. Some studies indicate that the seeds contain four to six times as much caffeine than coffee beans. (24) Green tea is the lowest in caffeine among the three. It has just 35 milligrams in a single eight-ounce serving. That is nearly one-third of the amount found in coffee.
Guarana Supplement Uses, Dosage and Precautions

Guarana supplements are available in many different forms, ranging from guarana tea to guarana extract and beyond. Guarana seed powder is also often added to beverages and products advertised to help naturally boost energy levels. It’s often alongside a blend of other herbs and plants containing thermogenic properties.

Although there are no official guarana dosage guidelines available at present, most research shows that doses between 50–70 milligrams may be the most beneficial. Stick to this dosage to maximize the potential health benefits and minimize the risk of adverse side effects.

It’s generally recommended that pregnant women limit caffeine consumption to less than 200 milligrams per day. For this reason, it’s best for pregnant women to limit or avoid guarana and products that contain it.

Finally, if you experience any negative side effects, such as heart palpitations, anxiety or headaches, consider scaling back your dosage or discontinuing use.
Natural Alternatives for Burning Fat

Guarana is well-known for its ability to bump up fat-burning and aid in weight loss. However, there are plenty of other natural fat-burners out there if you’re looking for an easy alternative to help amplify results.

Here are a few of the top ingredients to help boost fat-burning even more:

    Conjugated linoleic acid: This type of fatty acid is found in foods like grass-fed butter, beef, whole milk and cheese. It has been shown to both impact metabolism and fat cell formation to help naturally increase fat-burning. (25)
    Probiotics: Taking a probiotic supplement or filling up on fermented foods can optimize the beneficial bacteria in your gut. This could offer protection against weight gain and obesity. (26)
    Green tea: Rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, adding green tea to your daily diet can increase fat breakdown to help keep your waistline in check. (27)
    Spicy foods: Ingredients like cayenne pepper and other spicy foods are high in capsaicin. Capsaicin is a compound that can increase metabolism, inhibit the synthesis of fat cells and reduce appetite to aid in weight control. (28)
    Apple cider vinegar: This powerful ingredient helps support satiety and stabilize blood sugar levels to reduce hunger and increase weight loss. (29)
    Bone broth: High in an array of essential amino acids, protein made from bone broth can help promote muscle recovery and repair. Plus, it can increase metabolism to kick up fat-burning.


The word “guarana” is derived from the Guarani word guara-ná, which comes from another word that basically translates to “fruit like the eyes of the people.”

The fruit has a long history. It is deeply rooted in the mythology and culture of several indigenous South American groups. According to legend, the cultivation of this plant began after a deity killed one of the children from the village. In an effort to console the people, the deity then plucked out the left eye of the child and planted it in the forest. This is where wild guarana is believed to have first originated.

Today, it is found in a number of commercial products and supplements. It’s also well-known as a staple ingredient in Guarana Antarctica. This is a popular soft drink that originates in Brazil. It is sold around the world in areas like Europe, Canada, the United States and certain parts of Asia.

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