Many people like to enhance their weight loss naturally with herbs and nutrients. There are many weight loss products on the market, so choosing the most effective product can be daunting. So where do you start and what makes a good weight loss supplement?
There are a number of herbs and nutrients that may assist weight and fat loss in conjunction with a diet and exercise. Products containing herbs that have been standardised for their main active compounds and therapeutic doses of herbs and nutrients are all important considerations. Svetol® is a good case inpoint.
Green coffee extract (Svetol®)
Svetol® is a proprietary, standardised and clinically trialled form of unroasted Green coffee bean. Svetol® contains a unique chlorogenic acid and 5-caffeoylquinic acid profile. Contrary to popular belief, targeted studies have identified the active compounds of coffee, for weight loss, as chlorogenic acids, particularly 5-caffeoylquinic acid, rather than caffeine.
What makes this Green coffee extract so great?
The active compounds in Svetol® modify insulin secretion, improve blood sugar levels and glucose tolerance by reducing the absorption of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract, encouraging the release of fat from fat stores to be used for energy. This leads to weight loss, reduced body fat and improved body composition by improving the lean tissue (muscle) to body fat ratio.
Svetol® is the only Green coffee bean extract to be clinically trialled for weight and fat loss
It has been shown to:
- Reduce blood sugar concentration by 50%
- Reduce weight by 5.7% after 2 months
- Increase lean tissue to body fat ratio
In weight loss, the loss of fat while maintaining lean tissue mass is critical to maintaining an active metabolism, promoting further weight loss and importantly maintaining weight loss.
Other important ingredients that may assist weight and fat loss include:
- Coleus for weight and fat loss
- Green tea and Guarana together increase fat burning
- Brindleberry helps reduce appetite
- Acetyl L-Carnitine is important for an active metabolism
- Protein helps burn fat and leaves you feeling fuller after eating
Eating a variety of good foods including proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables regularly, drinking plenty of water and avoiding processed and refined foods, as well as foods containing polyunsaturated fat (e.g. canola, sunflower oil) or transfats (e.g. the label says hydrogenated), all add up to healthy eating.
You should aim to exercise around 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes. Always warm up and cool down to prevent injury. Pick an activity that you might like, not something you feel you have to do. Try walking, swimming, running, join a sporting team for added incentive, bicycling, golf, join a gym or hire a personal trainer.
Mr Vitamins recommends
Herbs of Gold nutritional supplements for Healthy Weight Loss:
- Green Power Protein
- Burn with Svetol®
- Acetyl L-Carnitine
Mr Vitamins Research and further References
Onakpoya, I, Terry, R & Ernst, E, 2010, The use of green coffee extract as a weight loss supplement: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials, Gastroenterol Res Pract, viewed 8 February 2011.
Dellalibera, O, Lemaire, B & Lafay, S, 2006, Svetol®, green coffee extract, induces weight loss and increases the lean to fat mass ratio in volunteers with an overweight problem, Phytotherapie, vol. 4, number 4, pp. 194-197.
Thom, E, 2007, The effect of chlorogenic acid enriched coffee on glucose absorption in healthy volunteers and its effect on body mass when used long term in overweight and obese people, The Journal of International Medical Research, vol. 35, number 6.
Braun, L & Cohen, M, 2010, Herbs & Natural Supplements: an evidence-based guide, Elsevier, Australia.
Pizzorno, JE & Murray, MT, 2006, Textbook of Natural Medicine, Elsevier, Missouri.