It seems that stories related to weight issues never stop making headlines. The surge in obesity rates is the fundamental reason for our weight loss obsession. The number of people concerned about their weight is continuously growing, which has led to the introduction of diet pills, both the over-the-counter variety and prescription medications. The most potent of the medications are quite expensive and have undesired side effects, and some can be dangerous if used the wrong way.
The kinds of side effects associated with prescription diet pills include stomach problems, painful urination, dry mouth, sleeplessness, depressed sex drive, and neurological impairment. Prescription diet pills can still pose a threat even under the supervision of a medical professional. Think of how badly prescription pain medications have treated patients in the recent past.
Fortunately, there are several non-prescription, all-natural herbal medications and supplements that aid your weight loss efforts. Here are some of the most important one to take into consideration:
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC), is a fatty acid oxidizer that speeds up the process of burning fat. Oxidation refers to the chemical process through which the body breaks down fatty acids (which are an important source of energy), into usable energy. Fatty acids by themselves are not capable of entering the membrane that surrounds the mitochondria in the cells of the body, where they are burned. The role of L-Carnitine is to transport the fatty acids through the membrane and make sure that they are converted into energy efficiently.
Beyond the important role that L-Carnitine plays in the metabolism of fatty acids, it has numerous other benefits to offer. It also fights against depression, reduces the effects of the process of ageing, slows down cataract formation in the eyes, and promotes healthy and fast metabolism. L-Carnitine makes it easier to perform bodily functions that are energy-hungry, which means that it can help boost mental performance and deliver higher amounts of energy to the brain.
Tea is more critical to good health than food according to ancient Chinese folk wisdom. In fact, going without tea in ancient China was considered a hardship greater than fasting. Green tea has been linked to positive developments in the treatment of multiple health conditions including immune-system disorders, infections, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and cancer.
The remarkable health benefits of green tea come from several different compounds, mainly the catechin polyphenols. Epigallocatechin gallate is one of the most important of the compounds. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has powerful antioxidant effects. It helps inhibit the growth of new cancer cells and can help get rid of the harmful ones. The compound also helps prevent blood clots from forming and moderate LDL cholesterol. The final benefit is particularly important if you consider the fact that the most severe cardiovascular incidents (i.e. heart attacks and strokes) are a result of thrombosis or the abnormal clotting of blood.
It is a neurological enhancer that can help accelerate the thermogenic processes in the body and helps it burn unwanted fat and calories at a higher rate.
Camellia Sensis is full of active phenol groups that are very good in neutralizing unwanted oxidizers and free radicals. According to studies, it could be as much as 200 times more potent than vitamin E when used to regulate the breakdown of the lipid chain that pro-oxidants such as free radicals cause. It is also 20 times more effective than vitamin E with regards to preventing the formation of mutagenic peroxides in rancid fats.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
ALA or Alpha Lipoic Acid is yet another important contributor in the metabolic energy production system of the body. The body can produce its own ALA in enough quantities to keep the production of energy going within the cellular mitochondria. The excess ALA that circulates in the cells of the body in a free state acts as a powerful antioxidant with major health benefits. Boosting the supply of the free ALA requires the use of supplements, the quantities made by the body are not sufficient and the quantity that a normal diet supply is minuscule. ALA is a very important antioxidant since it has a very broad spectrum effect. It helps deactivate many of the free radicals present throughout the body.
Bioperine & Piper Nigrum
In modern supplementation, Bioperine is very important since its ability to make other compounds easier for the body to absorb and more bio-available. When it is added to supplements containing minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins, the efficiency of the supplements overall is boosted significantly, and more beneficial compounds are delivered.
When Bioperine is combined with Piper Nigrum, it can help boost the metabolism in the body by promoting thermogenesis. This would be an additional benefit far beyond the proven ability of the combination to enhance the ability of the body to better absorb nutrients.
Biotin is a component of the vitamin B complex and is sometimes referred to as vitamin H. It is a strong energy booster that has positive neurological effects. It also keeps hair healthy and promotes better skin health, preventing premature greying and baldness. It also plays an important role in the metabolic chain of vitamin B3 (niacin) and helps the body produce fatty acids, digestive enzymes, and antibodies.
(Important Note: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional medical advice. The statements contained here might not be FDA-approved.)