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Title: Determination of the Ingredients of the Most Popular International Slimming Tea in Kuwait
Authors: عالية علي الحربان 
Supervisor: د. لمياء حياة
Keywords: slimming tea
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: besity is a rapidly growing epidemic worldwide, presenting an increase in the risk of morbidity and mortality in many countries across the world. The popularity of alternative medicine in the State of Kuwait and the ambition to lose weight with as little effort as possible is a dream of all overweight people in Kuwait. This is the reason behind the increase in the consumption of natural health products specifically dietary supplements and herbal slimming teas. Remedies from natural origin are often perceived as harmless and carry no risks. This belief is not true, because some medicinal plants are inherently toxic and can cause many different side effects due to the active ingredients, contaminants, or interactions with other consumed drugs. Since these herbal slimming teas are being used by many women and men in the State of Kuwait. It is a necessary obligation to test these herbal slimming products and see if they are all natural like the manufacture claims, especially that these herbal slimming teas, and pills are also not controlled by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Commerce, and the Ministry of Municipality in the State of Kuwait. As the number of the overweight people using the herbal slimming teas, and pills under investigation increased exponentially. It had been reported by several specialist that by taking these herbal supplements adulterated with the diet drug Sibutramine some major side effects developed that lead to severe mental and psychological problems. This observation encouraged us to develop simple and fast techniques to detect the components that caused these side effects. The result of this research as it stands should ring some cautionary bells to the concern to take the right actions to control and make certain that the new generations not to be victimized by banned pharmaceutical drugs under the name of natural herbal teas.
Appears in Programs:0496 Biochemistry

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