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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 136097, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/136097
Research Article

Safety Evaluation of Local Weight-Gain Formulas in the Saudi Arabian Markets

1Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia

Received 23 December 2014; Accepted 12 February 2015

Academic Editor: Romeu Rodrigues de Souza

Copyright © 2015 Nora Abdullah ALFaris et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. The utilization of herbal formulas is continuously increasing on the global level. However, assessment of contamination and impurities is the leading challenge in the use of herbal medicines. Objective. Assessment of therapeutic application in relation to herbal formulas usage for reducing weight is the objective for this investigation. Results. Reduced dietary fibers and fats are common outcomes of herbal usage. 9.8% of the mixtures were contaminated because of lead. However, investigation has indicated <10 microbial counts in herbal products. Increased levels of calcium, minerals, fibers, and lead traces have been identified in the herbals; however, products lacked nicotinamide, riboflavin, and vitamin C. Conclusion. It was concluded that majority of herbal products were pure and uncontaminated in order to reduce the complications of obesity efficiently.