Weight Loss Support
Natural help to find your thinner self
First, a little good news: the US obesity rate isn’t increasing as fast as researchers thought. Unfortunately, it’s still expected to hit 42% by the year 2030, according to a US Centers for Disease Control study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. That means 32 million people with weight issues serious enough to threaten their well-being.
These figures help explain why shedding pounds is perhaps the most common health promise people make to themselves. But while eating less and exercising more remain the mainstays of a weight loss program, many turn to the following supplements and herbs in an effort to support their dietary and lifestyle efforts.
|Nutrient/Herb||What It Is||What It Does|
|Cacao||A small tropical tree (Theobroma cacao), the seeds of which are used to make chocolate||Contains theobromine, a mild stimulant that enables the body to shed excess water and may
promote fat burning; also helps dilate blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure
||An essential trace mineral||Helps insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar, function properly; has improved insulin sensitivity in studies
||Conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid found in meat and dairy products||Supports the breakdown of stored fat; may protect against muscle loss in older people, making exercise easier; also being studied as a treatment for Crohn’s disease, a form of bowel inflammation
||A member of the same plant family as ornamental coleus||Contains forskolin, which raises levels of cAMP, a substance that encourages fatty acid breakdown within fat cells; has promoted body fat loss in studies; may help reduce food intake
||A small, pumpkin-like fruit used in tropical Asian cooking||Contains HCA, which interferes with an enzyme that controls the transformation of carb breakdown products into the building blocks of body fat; research suggests HCA may also help to suppress appetite
||Camellia sinensis, the plant from which tea is taken||Has encouraged weight loss in studies; believed to inhibit fat absorption in the intestines; contains theanine, which counteracts stress and promotes relaxation and focus
|Guarana||Paullinia cupana, a climbing plant native to the Amazon rainforest||Provides caffeine, which has been linked with increased energy and physical endurance; intake may also be associated with reduced prevalence of metabolic syndrome, a cardiac risk factor
|Gymnema Sylvestre||An herb native to tropical India||Known in Ayurvedic medicine as “sugar destroyer” for its ability to reduce the taste buds’ ability to sense sweetness; has reduced blood sugar levels and diabetes-related dysfunction in studies
||A compound created by the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine||Helps cells use fatty acids for energy production; shown to boost muscle health in studies; may help reverse the effects of fatty liver disease, a disorder linked to obesity
|Rhodiola||An herb, R. rosea, native to mountainous regions of northern Asia and Europe||Helps the body adapt to emotional and physical stress; fights fatigue, improves endurance and mood; quenches cell-damaging free radicals
|Sea Vegetables||Edible marine plants, in particular Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus||Blocks the action of enzymes that convert starch to sugar within the digestive tract, which reduces sugar absorption; helps prevent blood sugar from surging then crashing, which leads to carb cravings
|White Bean Extract||An extract taken from Phaseolus vulgaris, the white broad bean||Acts as a carb blocker; has promoted loss of weight and body fat, along with other healthful changes in body composition, in studies|
NOTE: Always consult with a healthcare practitioner for help in designing a
supplementation program suitable to your needs.