• Let Us Meet The Most Promoted Herbal Weight Management Remedies

    The word ‘herbal’ has a great mass appeal to it. People tend to throng at the stores for products labeled as herbal or natural. Then it is quite a blockbuster if we add it to one of the most sought-after natural remedies among the adults: solutions to reduce weight or obesity and achieve a toned body. The weight management products tap this very emotional sensitivity as a marketing strategy to promote their weight management products, obtained from plants. We can meet three of the most celebrated candidates here.

    Garcinia cambogia

    How many of you have tasted the characteristic mouth-watering flavor of the regional fish curry along the Malabar Coast? The culinary has a very specific sour taste, attributed to the addition of a black, tough and curvy type of tamarind. Has anyone seen the glamorous, plump and brightly colored ripe fruit of the same? It is called Garcinia cambogia and is quite popular as a weight reducing agent.
    Along with weight management, the fruit is also in demand for managing diabetes, cholesterol and for improving cardiovascular health.

    The main active ingredient in the fruit is Hydroxy citric acid (HCA), which is extracted and enriched into formulations for weight management such as powder, pills and drinks. The main method of action is thought to be the easy attaining of satiety, thereby reducing the amount of food intake. HCA supposedly blocks the enzyme citrate lyase and enhances the production of serotonin hormone. Citrate lyase is the enzyme acting in the body to produce fat from carbohydrates and when it is inhibited, fat production is also inhibited. This may also help in the better utilization of glucose by the body for other energy-requiring pathways. HCA sends signals to the brain through 5-hydroxytryptophan to produce serotonin. Serotonin, in turn, reduces the feeling of hunger and thus, tendency to take food is reduced.

    The popularity of Garcinia may have severed a blow when reports of its hepatotoxic effects surfaced. Does Garcinia Cambogia Work In Weight Loss The negative claim sure is having substantial clinical backup through preclinical studies and several clinical and preclinical studies are underway to differentiate its weight management effects and hepatotoxic effect.


  • Coleus forskohlii

    These plants are believed to have the 'magic roots' and among the most decorated Ayurvedic remedies for weight management and a healthy cardiovascular system for thousands of years. Popularly, recommended for weight loss particularly, in men. Diluted eye drops of Coleus forskohlii is a recommended cure for reducing eye pressure while treating glaucoma. It is also considered for treating allergies and as a bronchodilator due to its anti-histaminic effect.

    The extracts from the plant roots aid in breaking down the fatty adipose tissue from human muscles and inhibit further production of the same. The principal active compound in the extract is forskolin, a diterpenoid. It stimulates the enzyme adenylate cyclase, thereby up-regulating cellular levels of cyclic AMP (Adenosine Monophosphate), and the substrate for producing the energy molecules of ATP in the body. CAMP increases the rate of fat metabolism or lipolysis in the body.

    An additional benefit of the herb is that it can regulate the level of thyroid hormones in the body, which are also strong controllers of metabolism. The overall effect is that body metabolism and intestinal nutrient absorption are promoted. Clinical evidence shows that forskolin slows down weight gain and helps in increasing lean body mass (LBM), the dream target of weight loss programmes. It is no wonder that this wonder herb is an essential ingredient in most dietary formulations and sports supplements for its miraculous metabolic effects.

    Phaseolus vulgaris

    This is simply our common kidney bean. The protein extract from the bean is a potent blocker of alpha-amylase enzyme which is involved in the digestion of starch in the body. Starch digestion is inhibited as a result and so does the conversion of excess carbohydrates into storage lipids. This 'starch-blocking' effect is beneficial to people with glucose tolerance by increasing their carbohydrate tolerance after meals. The starch-blocker binds to the active site of the alpha-amylase, preventing it from exerting its metabolic activity. Although, there are numerous controversial data for the weight-reducing effects of these compounds, the huge number of old and new products highlighting them and their historical significance account for a safe trial at least. They do have clinical support as well, just like the two sides of a coin.

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