Star Caps Diet System, a weight loss program on the market with Hollywood glitter Nikki Haskell smile, was frowned on by the FDA. The capsules, which was marked as a natural supplement, apparently had a secret ingredient. Producer in Peru conveniently failed to keep up bumetanide, a strong diuretic substance, which caused the FDA to take action against the diet capsules
Star Caps was not really an “all-natural blend”
A voluntary recall of Star Caps diet capsules was announced by Balanced Health Products and the FDA December 1, 2008, because they were found to contain a substance called bumetanide. The main ingredients of papaya and garlic was not a problem, but the FDA took issue with strong diuretic drug, bumetanide.
Diuretics cause the body to get rid of the water faster than normal. FDA felt that this was dangerous for those who took the Star Caps. This diuretic is usually prescribed by doctors for the relief of water retention in patients with congestive heart failure, liver disease or kidney disease.
The use of diuretics to rid the body of liquid to show a weight loss is not a proper dieting technique. It poses clearly a danger for the consumer to continue to take Star Caps and unwittingly suffer ill effects from dehydration.
Star Caps were produced in Peru, but there are many diet capsules on the market made in other foreign countries which also contain substances that pose a health hazard to the consumer. Except dieter not lose body fat, was health experts fear that there may be other problems caused by bumetanide, such as increased blood pressure or seizures. The bumetanide may also have adverse reactions with other medications dieter may be taking.
How Star Caps’ secret ingredient remained secret
Star Caps was marketed as a weight loss supplement, which meant that they did not need FDA approval before they were put on the shelves in the United States. FDA declared supplement illegally when they discovered black ingredient in the drug bumetanide.
Nikki Haskell, one Beverly Hills socialite and “Diet Queen of the stars,” selling Star Caps as part of her Diet to the Stars program. She claimed that the supplement worked based on a blend of all natural ingredients, like papaya and garlic from the Peruvian Andes. The label claims Star Caps help “metabolize protein, eliminate bloat and detoxify the system” and melt off 10-125 pounds.
Although bumetanide was not on the list of ingredients, there was a warning that the supplement was not recommended for anyone with heart disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, anemia or diabetes.
If you have unused Star Caps, you can return them to the store you bought them, even if you do not have a receipt, for a full refund. Alternatively, mail the unused portion of the product to Balanced Health Products, 215 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065. Consumers can call the company at (212) 794-9793, Monday through Friday, 10: 30-16: 00 with any questions.