Weight Loss Support

Natural help to find your thinner self


June 2012


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
Chromium
An essential trace mineral Helps insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar, function properly; has improved insulin sensitivity in studies
CLA
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
Coleus Forskohlii
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
Garcinia Cambogia
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
Green Tea
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
L-Carnitine
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.

 

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