Spotlight: African Mango XD

Recently featured on NewHope360’s 13 top safe weight-management supplements, Liquid Health’s African Mango drops is this week’s product spotlight! Good things can come in small packages and the same is true about this product. These drops are in a highly absorbable liquid form, therefore they act fast to diminish cravings and in so doing reduce the amount you eat, helping you to lose weight. Today I’ll talk about the 3 main ingredients in this amazing product.

African Mango
A study done in 2005 wanted to see the effect of African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) on 40 obese participants. This double blind study lasted for one month, with some participants receiving a placebo and others receiving African Mango. At the end of the study the researchers found that the participants taking the African Mango experienced a weight loss of 5.6 ± 2.7%, while the participants taking the placebo only experienced a weight loss of 2.23 ± 1.05%. The participants taking the African Mango also saw a considerable decrease in their waist and hip measurements compared to those taking the placebo.

African Mango XD

Another study that was published in the Lipids in Health and Disease journal reported “subjects who took 150mg of this African Mango seed extract twice a day showed “significant improvements” in their body weight, body fat, and waist circumference, as well as a slew of numbers that indicate better heart health, including plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin, and leptin levels.”

Super CitriMax® Clinical Strength Garcinia cambogia extract
Liquid Health’s African Mango drops contains other remarkable ingredients shown to help increase your chances of weight loss success. One of these is Super CitriMax® Clinical Strength Garcinia cambogia Extract. Although more studies are needed, a review of available studies on Garcinia cambogia stated that “several studies have found that the administration of G. cambogia extracts is associated with body weight and fat loss in both experimental animals and humans.”

Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate)In addition to the Super CitriMax®, Liquid Health African Mango drops also contains chromium (as chromium polynicotinate). A study was done testing the relationship between chromium and carbohydrate cravings in 2005. At the end of the 8 week study the researchers found that “the CrPic group showed significant improvements from baseline” in the areas of “appetite increase, increased eating, carbohydrate craving” when compared to the placebo group. Another study of chromium polynicotinate and its effect on food intake “demonstrated that CrPic, as compared to placebo, reduced food intake, hunger levels, and fat cravings and tended to decrease body weight.”

Menopause Relief

It’s something all women will have to deal with at some point in their life. Commonly referred to as “the change”, menopause is the point in a woman’s life when her body starts to produce less estrogen and her menstrual cycle stops. Some of the most common symptoms associated with menopause include hot flashes, a decreased sex drive and bone loss.

While there are medical options available for bringing some menopause relief, Molly Maier, Senior Health & Wellness analyst for Mintel, a Chicago-based market research firm, says, “When women do treat these symptoms, some 55 percent turn to products that don’t require a prescription. The risks associated with menopausal hormone therapy have likely encouraged women to look to other sources for treatment.”

The Center for Disease Control reported that as of the 2000 census, there are 37.5 million women between the ages of 40 and 59, which is the age most woman experience menopause. That’s a lot of women suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, and bone loss, among other things. In this article I’m going to talk about some natural ways to find menopause relief, specifically for hot flashes, low sex drive and bone loss.

Menopause Relief

Hot flashes
St. John’s Wort – A 2010 double-blind study done in Iran wanted to test the use of St. John’s Wort in treating hot flashes resulting from menopause. The 100 participating women were given either St. John’s Wort or a placebo for 8 weeks. By the end of the study “the differences between groups were statistically significant.” The women receiving the St. John’s Wort reported a marked decrease in the severity, length and frequency of their hot flashes.

Omega 3 EFAs – Another double-blind study was done in Canada in 2009, this time testing the effect of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically E-EFA, on hot flashes due to menopause. This study also lasted 8 weeks with some participants receiving a placebo and others receiving ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid. When the study concluded it was found that the number of hot flashes experienced per day “decreased significantly in the E-EPA group compared with the placebo group”

Soy Isoflavones – Another source of hot flash and menopause relief is Soy Isoflavones. In 2012 there was a review done of available studies of soy isofalvones and its affect on hot flashes. The reviewed studies tested the affect of isoflavones on the frequency, severity, or composite score (frequency × severity) of hot flashes in the participants when compared to participants given a placebo. The review concluded that the “ingestion of soy isoflavones for 6 weeks to 12 months significantly reduced the frequency of hot flashes compared with placebo.” Additionally they found that “isoflavones significantly reduced hot flash severity compared with placebo.”

Low sex drive Maca – There was a study done in Australia in 2008 testing the effect of Maca on menopausal symptoms. This study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial where the participants were given Maca for 6 weeks and a placebo for 6 weeks. At the end of the 12 week study they found that there was no change in actual hormone levels when taking the Maca or the placebo. However, using the Greene Climacteric Scale, they found that there was a “significant reduction in scores in the areas of psychological symptoms, including the subscales for stress and depression and sexual dysfunction after Maca consumption compared with both baseline and placebo.”

Bone loss Calcium and Vitamin D, Manganese – I think we all associate calcium, vitamin d and even manganese with healthy bones, but what about menopause relief? Bone loss increases as we age and becomes even more of a problem when women enter menopause due to a decrease in estrogen levels. A 30 month study looked at the effect of calcium supplementation (with vitamin d) on bone mineral density (BMD). Dietary amounts of calcium and vitamin d were taken into account when conducting this study. When the study ended they found that “the change in total BMD in the calcium group was significantly different from that in the placebo group.”

While there are other symptoms you may experience during menopause, these are a few of the major ones most ladies find themselves suffering from. Studies seem to point to the availability of natural remedies in finding menopause relief for those looking for help managing their symptoms. As always make sure to tell your doctor of any and all supplements, vitamins and herbs you may be taking to avoid possible interactions with any prescription medications.

Problems with ORAC Testing

We get asked a lot why we don’t have ORAC testing done on our products. While ORAC scores do provide some measurable means to compare foods and antioxidant products, there are some problems with ORAC testing. I’ll do my best to address these problems in this article and explain why ORAC isn’t the definitive answer on a products antioxidant capability.

Here is a little background on ORAC testing, which was developed at the National Institute on Aging. According to Natural Products Insider “the test pits an antioxidant sample—an extract, for example—against free radicals in a test tube. The amount of oxidative stress/damage and inhibition of this oxidation is measured relative to a fluorescent tube, yielding a score that represents the antioxidant capacity of the sample.” So ORAC testing scores foods, extracts, or finished products based on the samples ability to reduce oxidation of free radicals.

One of the problems with ORAC testing is that the results are based on tests done in a test tube and lab, not in real life. It’s hard to translate the results from lab testing to the human experience, especially since each body is different and will possibly react to different antioxidants in different ways. You can’t take a standardized result, like an ORAC score, and predict the results you’ll see from a food or supplement product.

Problems with ORAC Testing

Another of the problems with ORAC testing, which has only recently been addressed, is that the original ORAC test was done in water. This means that antioxidants that are water-soluble had an advantage over their fat soluble counterparts. Even now that ORAC testing works for both types of antioxidants, it’s hard to know if those results can be accurately compared.

Yet another of the problems with ORAC testing is that it only tests for 2 of the at least 6 harmful reactive oxygen species. Sadly, because of this there are some antioxidants that have a low ORAC score, but still are extremely effective in fighting off free radicals. An example of this is carotenoids, which may not rank highly on the ORAC scale, but has proven to be effective against singlet oxygen (an ROS not tested in ORAC testing). In addition to this, there are a number of phytochemicals (like lycopene) that serve many beneficial functions, but due to the nature of the ORAC test, they generally score low.

One of the other problems with ORAC testing is the ability to enhance your samples’ ORAC score. This can be done by removing water from whatever is being tested. Wayne G. Geilman, Ph.D., a senior research scientist for Pure Fruit Technologies, has said “Dried fruits will always score higher than the same fresh fruit—the more water removed the higher ORAC score.” He also shares that changing the size of the product being tested can also affect the final ORAC score. Other things that can affect something’s ORAC score are growing conditions, soil quality and when the sample was harvested.

ORAC scores are a simplified way for consumers to compare products and try to choose which is best for them and their needs. The problem lies in the fact that some people choose to look at nothing but something’s ORAC score. There are many ways to determine how beneficial a product or food would be to you. Make sure you do your homework when trying to choose the best ways to be healthy!

Spotlight: Ultra Antioxidant

This week I’m going to spotlight our wonderful Ultra antioxidant supplement. First I’ll share a definition of antioxidant and a little explanation of why we need them from Medline Plus: “Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.”

The following are just a few of the incredible ingredients in this liquid antioxidant supplement:

Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate) – According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, Vitamin A “supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs”

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, citrus bioflavonoids)“Vitamin C is used most often for preventing and treating the common cold” from WebMD.com

Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopherol acetate)“Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that stops the production of ROS (reactive oxygen species) formed when fat undergoes oxidation.” – Office of Dietary Supplements

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Selenium (as amino acid chelate)“Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidant properties of selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Free radicals are natural by-products of oxygen metabolism that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.” – Office of Dietary Supplements

Elderberry Sambucus nigra (fruit) Extract – Researcher Erling Thom says, “Elderberry extract could be an “efficient and safe treatment” for flu symptoms in otherwise healthy people and for those with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly,” after conducting a study on the affect of Elderberry extract on flu symptoms.

Acai Berry Extract (Euterpe oleracea mart)“Acai contains several substances called anthocyanins and flavonoids… Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life’s stressors. They also play a role in the body’s cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body.” – WebMD.com

Coenzyme Q-10“Antioxidants fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause” – University of Maryland Medical Center

These are just some of the ingredients in this wonderful liquid vitamin supplement. If you think your body needs a little help fighting off free radicals, consider this fantastic product which not only tastes good but also absorbs better than the pills or tablets you may be thinking about.

Healthy Kids and Vitamins

I think it’s safe to say we all want to raise healthy kids. I talked about ways to do that a few months back including eating healthy, being active and taking liquid supplements for children. And while I still believe these are all important aspects to living a healthy life, today I want to focus on that last suggestion.

A study done in Jan 2012 was looking to see if “children use supplements to fill gaps in nutritionally inadequate diets or whether supplements contribute to already adequate or excessive micronutrient intakes from foods.” The part of the study that I found most interesting was that 21% of children under the age of 2 were using supplements, while 42% of children between the ages of 2-8 were also using them. So based on those numbers it seems to me that we, as parents, as trying to do all we can to ensure we’re raising healthy kids. We understand that our kids need to be getting certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients to be healthy and grow properly, so we’re giving them vitamins in the hopes that they are getting everything they need. However, based on my reading of this study, there’s more to fixing the problem than just a generic, same for everyone, multivitamin.

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So the study found that even the kids who were taking vitamins were still low on their Calcium and Vitamin D levels. The study also found that levels of some things were too high, such as iron, zinc, copper, selenium, folic acid, and vitamins A and C. This means that, for the most part, a standard multivitamin added to our kids’ diets doesn’t provide the correct balance of what they need. This is why it’s important to be actively aware of what’s going on with your kids. What are they eating? How do they spend their time? How are they feeling? These are all important aspects in the lives of healthy kids.

Now let me be clear, I am not saying we shouldn’t give our kids liquid vitamin supplements! They definitely have their place! I just think it’s important to know what you are giving your kids. Read the label and pay attention to what they are eating, and then consider the levels of vitamins between the two. If your kid is a great eater, getting lots of fruits, vegetables and other healthy, good stuff, they may not need a full multivitamin. You may want to consider some individual supplements for your kids, such as Vitamin D, Calcium, or whatever else they may be lacking. When in doubt, work with your kids’ doctor to make sure you’re making the best decisions for your kids and their health.

If you are looking for more information, or you are interested in carrying or purchasing our products, please do not hesitate to call us at 800.995.6607 or send us an e-mail at customerservice@liquidhealthinc.com.

How to Find the Best Products to Lose Weight

I’ve decided to write some additions to some of my previous articles, especially on the topics that seem to be really popular right now. One of the most popular topics these days is weight loss. How to lose weight, the best products to lose weight, tips for fast weight loss, people really want to know about these things. I know I already did an article highlighting 3 great weight loss products back in May. I’ve decided to follow that article up today by discussing what to look for in a weight loss product and the resources available to you when choosing to lose weight.

It seems like there are always new and exciting products to help you lose weight, how are you supposed to know which are the best products to lose weight? When trying to decide which weight loss product to try, I would suggest doing your research. Find a reputable company that makes quality products, be they supplements, exercise equipment, workout clothes, etc. Consider how long the company has been in business and what types of products they make. Do they only make weight loss products or a variety of other products? I would also try and read product reviews to see what kind of results and experiences other people are having with the product. I might even look up studies on the ingredients of a supplement you are considering trying.

How to Find the Best Products to Lose Weight

I don’t know if people looking to lose weight really realize how much help there is out there for them. The internet alone is one of the best products to lose weight simply from all the information you can gain. You can search for recipes, exercise tips, food logging programs, work out groups, and even discussion forums for support among many other things. In addition to these things you can also do your research on which vitamins, minerals, nutrients and supplements could be most helpful to you in your weight loss efforts. Again, choose reputable websites and resources with information you can trust.

Weight loss can be a tricky endeavor, and unfortunately there isn’t a one size fits all solution. What works best for one person may not be best for you. However, with a little bit of time, energy and research you can find the best products to lose weight for you and your situation. Also, consider talking with your doctor to figure out the best plan for you and your weight loss goals.

Spotlight: Hydrosoluble CoQ10

My mom told me the other day that her doctor recommended that she take a CoQ10 supplement and she asked me what CoQ10 did and I had a hard time explaining it. That’s why I decided to do this week’s spotlight on our Hydrosoluble CoQ10. This spotlight will be a little different because I’m just going to talk about CoQ10 and its importance. Our wonderful Liquid Health Hydrosoluble CoQ10 product offers 50 mg of CoQ10 per 1 ounce.

Coenzyme Q10 (as hydrosoluble udibecarenone) – CoQ10 is found in every cell in the human body. This substance is necessary for many important functions in our bodies including converting the food we eat into energy. CoQ10 also acts as an antioxidant. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center “Antioxidants fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause”

Hydrosoluble CoQ10 Liquid Supplement

People take a CoQ10 supplement for many reasons including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart failure. Another possible benefit of taking CoQ10 is increased energy. A study done in Denmark in 2010 showed that mice given CoQ10 for 4 weeks showed “a significantly prolonged exhaustive swim time” as well as “increased liver glycogen contents” in comparison to the control mice.

There are a few different ways to get CoQ10. According to WebMD.com “CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.” Other food sources include oily fish (such as salmon and tuna) and whole grains. If you feel you need a CoQ10 supplement there are various forms available to you, such as: soft gel capsules, oral spray, hard shell capsules, tablets and liquids.

Liquid supplements carry many benefits, including a higher absorption rate when compared to pills or tablets. Our Liquid Health Hydrosoluble CoQ10 product also contains Vitamins C and E, blueberry juice and goji berry extract for their antioxidant properties, as well as Hawthorne Berry Extract which has long been used as a cardiovascular regulator and for heart function support. If you’re looking for a CoQ10 supplement consider trying Liquid Health’s Hydrosoluble CoQ10 today!

Are Liquid Raspberry Ketones Better?

Web searches for liquid raspberry ketones have gone up dramatically in the last few months. Everyone is looking for help in the weight loss department and raspberry ketones is the new hot answer. So what is it about liquid raspberry ketones that everyone is so interested in? I’ll try and address that in this article.

First of all, I’m going explain what raspberry ketones actually do before addressing why liquid raspberry ketones are a good option. Lab studies showed that fat cells treated with raspberry ketones released more adiponectin in comparison with the control fat cells. According to Dr. Oz’s website “Adiponectin is a protein used by the body to regulate metabolism. Higher levels are associated with fewer fat stores.” Studies done on rats also showed that raspberry ketones helped to increase norepinephrine-induced lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat cells.

Are Liquid Raspberry Ketones Better

Since it’s clear that raspberry ketones can be helpful in a person’s weight loss efforts, lets look at why liquid raspberry ketones are the way to go! If you did a web search for a raspberry ketones supplement most of your options would be in pill or capsule form. Now, obviously, I’m a believer in using liquid supplements whenever possible and this is why, taking something in pill form reduces the amount of product your body is able to absorb. Taking a supplement in liquid form cuts the need for digestion out of the process. It’s easier on your body and you are able to gain more benefits from whatever supplement you are taking. Read more about the benefits of liquid vitamins here.

So if you combine the benefits of raspberry ketones with the benefits of taking a liquid supplement, it’s clear why liquid raspberry ketones are becoming so popular. When deciding which liquid raspberry ketones supplement to take, make sure you do your research and find a company that produces high quality products and that you can trust. Liquid Health has worked hard to produce a high quality liquid raspberry ketones supplement product that combines a handful of ingredients to help you be successful in your weight loss efforts.

What Really Helps You Lose Weight: Part Two

Weight loss is a big thing these days. It seems everyone is looking for the best, easiest and quickest way to lose weight. While I wish there was a magic pill that would make the weight just melt off, I have to believe that what really helps you lose weight is good ole’ fashioned exercise and healthy eating. I know I’ve already talked about this before, but I thought I’d throw out some tips for getting started on your weight loss journey.

I’ll start with what might be the hardest thing of all: making the decision to change. Whether that means changing your eating habits or changing your activity level, it’s different for everyone. Losing weight (especially if you have a lot to lose) has to be about more than a short term fix, it has to be a lifestyle transformation. People can go on crazy diets and exercise until they bleed to lose weight, but if they don’t keep that going the weight will just creep back on! So deciding to change your behaviors from here on out is what really helps you lose weight because it sets you on the right path to be successful!

Once you’ve made the decision, try finding little ways you can increase your activity level. Examples of these little ways are taking the stairs instead of an escalator or elevators, parking your car further away from the store entrance, bringing your groceries in one bag at a time. Anything you can do to add steps to your daily activity is what really helps you lose weight. Yes, I know these things won’t amount to huge weight loss, but they will increase your activity level and overall fitness which will make it easier to do the longer, harder and more intense workouts that will bring you more success!

What Really Helps You Lose Weight

Next I would recommend cleaning out your refrigerator. We just got back from a 3 week vacation to a nearly empty fridge and it felt so good to go to the store and buy a bunch of fresh produce and healthy foods to stock it back up. It’s much easier to eat healthy when you have healthy foods within reach. When you want a snack and you open your fridge and see strawberries, Greek yogurt or celery it’s nice to know you can’t really make a bad choice. While a complete overhaul of your food supply may not be possible for everyone, try to make better food choices each time you go to the store starting today. What really helps you lose weight is eating for fruits and vegetables and less sugars and starches.

Another way to kick off your weight loss is to find little ways to tweak your eating habits. My aunt told me once that she lost 5 lbs over the span of a year just from changing the milk she used in her coffee from 2% to skim. While 5 lbs over the course of a year isn’t huge, if you made a bunch of little changes like that, the pounds would start adding up. Little changes you can make include replacing 1 soda each day with a glass of water, using ground turkey in a recipe that calls for ground beef, and choosing the light versions of mayo, cream cheese, sour cream whenever possible. At the end of the day what really helps you lose weight is consuming fewer calories than you burn, so find ways to reduce your caloric intake.

Another important aspect of your weight loss journey is to not do it alone. Find someone you can trust and count on to support you. Find someone to work out with, share recipes with, go grocery shopping with, talk to when you’re having a hard day, and celebrate with when you reach a goal. It’s helpful during all these times to have someone to lean on, but mostly what really helps you lose weight is to have someone who will hold you accountable and help you when you struggle. We all have hard times when trying to lose weight, what makes it easier is having someone to share the experience with.

Deciding to lose weight and making the changes necessary to reach that goal is a big deal. If you start making healthier choices you will be rewarded with a healthier body, but it will take work and time. While these tips will certainly help you to get there, don’t get discouraged if the weight doesn’t fall right off from day 1. What really helps you lose weight is being consistent and committed to your long term goals. Stay strong and don’t give up!

The Basics of Pet Nutrition

I’ve talked a lot about eating a healthy and balanced diet in previous articles. I’ve also discussed the need for exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. This article will be no different, except I won’t be talking about humans living a healthy lifestyle; I’ll be talking about our four-legged friends! We hear all about the benefits of living a healthy life for ourselves, but what about for our pets? Jennifer Coates, a vet for PetMD.com has said that proper and balanced pet nutrition can act as a “preventative medicine” for our pets.

So what constitutes healthy lifestyle choices for our pets? ZooToo.com had an article discussing some of the myths of pet nutrition. One of these myths is that pets don’t require the same balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients as humans, essentially it doesn’t matter what they eat. ZooToo explains that this is just not true, they say, “Cats require 33 percent protein and 25 percent fat in their diet as adults. When it comes to dogs, they need less protein, averaging about 25 percent of their daily intake. So if you feed a cat dog food, you’re going to wind up with a sick cat, devoid of the protein that it desires.”

The Basics of Pet Nutrition

There is more to a healthy lifestyle than pet nutrition; we also need to consider the activity levels of our pets. According to vetbalance.com, “next to weight, activity is the second most important factor in determining dietary needs for a healthy pet.” However, there isn’t a set rule when it comes to the amount of activity your pet needs. The level of activity needed by your pet will depend on its type (dog, cat, etc.), breed, age, etc. Getting proper amounts of activity can help your pet maintain a healthy weight and hopefully avoid injuries as they get older (same as for humans, crazy, huh?)

So when it all comes down to it, the ways to keep our pets healthy and happy are the same ways we can stay happy and healthy: diet and exercise. Granted the specifics of these two things are very different for pet and owner, but the principle is the same. There are many tools online that can help you to know what your specific pet’s needs are, but trying to make sure they get proper pet nutrition through a healthy diet and possible vitamin supplementation is a good start.

Spotlight: Mental Boost

Sometimes we all feel a little sluggish and like we’re in a bit of a fog. Liquid Health Mental Boost, which is intended to increase alertness and mental health, contains many ingredients known to help in these areas. Today I’ll share information on some of this wonderful products ingredients and why they are so helpful for those looking for a little enhancement to their mental faculties!

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyrodoxine), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), Folic Acid – Psychology Today says B Vitamins are “necessary for production of neurotransmitters, which regulate mood and conduct messages through the brain.”

DMAE (2-dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate) – A 2003 study posted on the US National Library of Medicine said that subjects who took a vitamin-mineral drug combination containing dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) experienced “increased vigilance and attention” as well as “a better mood for the active drug group”

Mental Boost Brain Health Focus Supplement

Ginkgo Biloba (24/6%) – According to Medline Plus “Taking ginkgo leaf extract by mouth seems to improve some thinking skills in healthy young to middle-aged people. Ginkgo might modestly improve memory and speed of mental processing in people without memory loss.”

Phosphatidyl Serine“Several studies involving phosphatidylserine indicate a benefit — improved cognitive abilities and behaviors.” Glenn Smith, Ph.D. on Mayo Clinic website

Phosphatidyl Choline“The body makes a brain chemical called acetylcholine from phosphatidylcholine. Acetylcholine is important for memory and other bodily functions.” – WebMD.com

Linoleic Acid and Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) – From the University of Maryland Medical Center: “EFAs are important to normal brain and behavioral function.”

Huperzine A 5% – WebMD.com says, “it (Huperzine A) causes an increase in the levels of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is one of the chemicals that our nerves use to communicate in the brain, muscles, and other areas.”

Metabolism Boosters for Quick Weight Loss

We are all looking for secrets for quick weight loss, but really there’s no secret. If you burn more calories than you eat, you’ll lose weight. So if you increase your metabolism (your body’s ability to burn calories) you’ll be able to lose weight more easily. There are many ways to increase your metabolism, here are 4 suggestions to help you get started!

Build Muscle
One reason to add strength training to your workout routine is that, according to Spark People, “if you don’t strength train regularly, up to 30% of the weight you lose could be muscle tissue.” According to WebMD.com, a pound of muscle burns 6 calories a day while a pound of fat burns only 2 calories a day – calculate that difference over time and you’ll see why building muscle can help you to lose more weight!

Step Up Your Workout
Chris Melby, Dr.P.H. says “Research has clearly shown that energy expenditure does not return to pre-exercise resting baseline levels immediately following exercise. The amount of this post-exercise elevation of energy expenditure depends primarily on how hard you exercise (i.e., intensity) and to a lesser degree on how long you exercise (i.e., duration).”

Metabolism Boosters for Quick Weight Loss

Fuel Up with Water
A study discussed on WebMD.com states “After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes… The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds.”

Avoid Crash Diets
According to Epigee Women’s Health website, there are many risks to crash dieting, including: mental health problems (when we don’t see the results we are hoping for), nutritional deficiency (because we aren’t eating enough), vital organ damage (when we don’t provide our body with the fuel it needs, our organs can’t perform their necessary functions), osteoporosis (by limiting your dairy intake you leave yourself susceptible to being deficient in calcium) – lastly when you participate in a crash diet you are almost definitely going to gain back any weight you lose on the diet, and possibly more.