Rockwell’s Weight Loss Kit and Blood Pressure
Q. I am considering using your Rockwell’s 30 Day Weight Loss Kit for me and my wife. Is there anything in there that will make my blood pressure go up? I already take medication to control my blood pressure but I want to be sure there is nothing in there that will make it go up.
A. The ingredients in the 30-Day Weight Loss Kit will most likely help improve your blood pressure, not raise it. In general, there are some medication concerns when it comes to an ingredient or two the EndoTrim™ & Thyroid Synergy products which are in the Weight Loss Support pill packets which I will list here for you & your wife.
There is Green Tea Extract, which supports glucose control and insulin performance, in the EndoTrim™, but this green tea extract has been decaffeinated and will not raise blood pressure.
EndoTrim™ contains the non-stimulating American ginseng for cortisol balance. According to one of my research databases, there have been reports from some who have taken Panax ginseng of hypotension, palpitations, headache, vertigo, and insomnia. Side effects can vary amongst individuals as to how they respond to American ginseng, but overall the response is good with our clients.
EndoTrim™ & Thyroid Synergy have Acetyl-L-Tyrosine – this helps improve mental alertness, so I would not recommend taking these packets late in the day (you can see the suggested dosing schedule we have on the webpage here: 30-Day Weight Loss Kit in Ingredients & Use).
Coleus forskohli – in the EndoTrim™ & Thyroid Synergy:
Coleus forskohli, a root extract of the perilla plant, stimulates the metabolic messenger, cyclic AMP and its active principle, forskolin, has been utilized to increase lean body mass. Designs for Health chose the only clinically researched Coleus on the market, trademarked as ForsLean®. ForsLean has been documented in 2 open field and 2 double-blind studies for management of healthy body weight and body composition.
Forskolin comes from Coleus forskohlii, an herb that has been used since ancient times to treat heart and respiratory disorders. Forskolin can cause vasodilation and significantly lower blood pressure.
Theoretically, concomitant use of forskolin and anticoagulant or antiplatelet agents might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. There is some evidence forskolin can inhibit platelet aggregation and adhesion. Some anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs include abciximab (ReoPro), anagrelide (Agrylin), antithrombin III (Thrombate III), ardeparin (Normiflo), cilostazol (Pletal), clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), danaparoid (Orgaran), dicumarol, dipyridamole (Persantine), enoxaparin (Lovenox), eptifibatide (Integrilin), heparin, lepirudin (Refludan), tirofiban (Aggrastat), and warfarin (Coumadin).
CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS:
Using forskolin with calcium channel blockers such as verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS, Verelan), nifedipine (Procardia), and diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac) might cause additive coronary vasodilatory effects.
Using forskolin with nitrates such as nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat) and isosorbide (Imdur, Isordil, Sorbitrate) might cause additive coronary vasodilatory effects.
SURGERY: Forskolin has antiplatelet effects. Forskolin might cause excessive bleeding if used perioperatively. Discontinue forskolin at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures.