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St. John’s Wort for Weight Control

Also indexed as:Hypericum perforatum, Saint John’s Wort, St. John's Wort
St. John’s Wort
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Why Do Dieters Use It?*

Some dieters say that St. John’s wort helps improve energy and alertness and relieves stress and anxiety.

What Do the Advocates Say?*

St. John’s wort is well established as a remedy for mild to moderate depression. Since depression can lead to weight gain, and since medications with actions similar to that of St. John’s wort have been used for weight loss, some people have proposed that St. John’s wort can be useful for weight loss. However, no research at all has investigated whether St. John’s wort has any value for this purpose.

*Dieters and weight-management advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.

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