Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange Synephrine: Information

The name "bitter orange" refers to a citrus tree (Citrus aurantium) and its fruit. Many varieties of bitter oranges are used for their essential oil, which is used in perfume and as a flavoring. They are also used in herbal medicine.

Health Benefits of Bitter Orange Synephrine

Bitter orange extracts are used in dietary supplements to increase metabolic rate, act as an aid to fat loss and as an appetite suppressant. Bitter orange contains synephrine, a drug with some similarities to ephedrine, acting as a beta-3 agonist to produce energizing, stimulant effects.1

Using Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange is best used as part of an overall approach to weight loss that includes dietary changes and exercise. Bitter orange is not often used as a standalone supplement, but is a very common ingredient in thermogenic formulas.

Side-effects and Cautions:

Read and follow label directions carefully. Bitter Orange supplements should be avoided or used with caution in individuals sensitive to stimulants.

1. Obes Rev. 2006 Feb;7(1):79-88.