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The Health Benefits of Ginseng Berry

 

For over two thousand years, Chinese medicine practitioners have been using the ginseng root for a variety of health applications. More than just its roots, the ginseng plant also produces bright red berries containing a wide array of medicinal applications.

Today, researchers are ardently looking into these health properties, noting that the berry may be more appropriate than the root for a variety of health concerns such as diabetes, slow metabolism and obesity.

In fact, recent research from the Tang Center for Herbal Research at the University of Chicago confirms that the rosy-hued Ginseng berry may be a clear agent for aiding weight loss and increasing metabolism. And in a country where 61% percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, it is important to uncover natural remedies for supporting the movement back towards balance.

Let’s take a closer look into six reported health benefits of Ginseng berry, as well as the studies confirming the research.

Chemical Properties

The Ginseng berry is extremely high in ginsenoside, the same chemical found in trace amounts in the Ginseng root. This chemical is thought to be related to the plant’s medicinal abilities to increase metabolism and boost energy levels. Moreover, the chemical composition of Ginseng berry is very different than the root, a medicine that has been well-studied by Western scientists.

6 Health Benefits of Ginseng Berry:

1. Weight-Loss Aid

Ginseng berry has been shown to be effective in both the prevention and management of obesity and generalized weight gain by reducing appetite. Recent research from the medical journal, Diabetes, reported that mice injected with Ginseng berry extracts showed increases in energy levels and reduced appetites. What is more, obese mice treated with Ginseng berry extracts were able to lose 10% more body weight in twelve days than mice not treated with the berry. They also showed a 15% reduction in food intake.

2.    Metabolism Booster

In the Chicago studies, mice treated with the berry were found to be 35% more active than the placebo mice, offering promising evidence for the berry’s ability to boost metabolism and overall energy levels.

3.  Diabetes Prevention and Management

Ginseng root has often been used in traditional medicine to keep blood sugar levels stabilized. But what about the berry? A 2002 study out of the University of Chicago found that Ginseng berry had seven-times the concentration of ginsenoside than Ginseng root. Ginsenoside is the plant chemical known to aid the human body in controlling blood sugar levels. Mice receiving daily injections of 150 mg/kg of Ginseng berry extract were able to reach normal blood sugar levels very quickly. They also showed improved sensitivity to insulin. These studies offer promising evidence for the use of the berries in aiding type 1 diabetes. The evidence is so promising that many researchers believe that Ginseng berry may one day replace conventional pharmaceutical medications for diabetes.

4.      Reduction in Cholesterol Levels

Research shows that Ginseng berry can help the body in its ability to burn off harmful forms of fat. In this sense, the berry may have applications in the prevention and reduction of heart disease.

5.      Antioxidant Booster

Ginseng berry, with its striking red color is chocked full of antioxidants. Studies show that the berry holds not only clear anti-oxidant effects, but also a generalized protective action on the body. The multiple aforementioned health benefits may be related to the free-radical fighting substances inside the berry. Antioxidants help the body avoid disease and slow down the overall degenerative processes of growing old- in essence, keeping us younger, longer.

6.      Immune-Booster

Due to its antioxidant and protective action, the Ginseng berry, similar to its root, may act as an overall immune booster.


Sources

  1. Effects of American ginseng berry extract on blood glucose levels in ob/ob mice. PMID: 12230007
  2. Ginseng Berry May Benefit Diabetics. May 2002. Diabetes (Vol 51, No 6, pages 1851-1858, June 2002).
  3. Ginseng Juice Eyed as Anti-Diabetic Dietary Supplement. http://tangcenter.uchicago.edu/recent_discoveries/Ginseng_berry_juice.pdf?id=79933-ginseng-juice-diabetes-dietary-supplements
  4. Ginseng berry extract shows promise for diabetes, obesity. http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2002/20020524-ginseng.html

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Cha de Bugre

 

Although its health-promoting properties have been scientifically studied for only about ten years, the leaves and fruits of Cha de Bugre have been used in Brazil for centuries. Cha de Bugre is a rainforest herb highly regarded as an effective aid for suppressing the appetite and reducing cellulite deposits. Most commercial appetite suppressants work only for a little while, leaving you feeling hungrier than before!

With Cha de Bugre, however, you feel full after eating just a small amount of food so you end up eating less. You can reduce your overall caloric intake while also enjoying a balanced approach to curbing your appetite. Your metabolism also stays even throughout the day instead of spiking at mealtime. When your metabolism levels remain constant, you can more effectively burn calories because your system isn’t overloaded with carbs and sugars.

Main Benefits of Cha de Bugre:

  • Acts as a natural appetite suppressant
  • Promotes safe fat burning
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Boosts the metabolism to burn more calories
  • Works consistently over extended periods
  • Supports the immune system
  • Improves overall function of the kidneys, liver, and colon

The plant produces a red fruit resembling a coffee bean which can be roasted and brewed into tea as a coffee substitute. Cha de Bugre’s ability to stimulate the body and provide extra energy is caused by naturally occurring caffeine and other plant sterols within the plant. Due to this stimulatory effect, Brazilians call the herb Café de Mato which means “coffee of the woods.”

Unlike many inferior stimulants used for weight loss, Cha de Bugre is beneficial for the heart. In fact, Dr. G.L. Cruz (a leading Botanist in Brazil), stated the herb should be used as a heart tonic because it helps improve overall blood circulation. Dr. Cruz also maintains the stimulant effect of Cha de Bugre helps burn calories while preventing fatty deposits from forming.

The amazing Lipofuzion™ formula contains Cha de Bugre because of its effectiveness. Cha de Bugre is also a natural diuretic. As such, the herb helps remove toxins from your body along with the excess water. This flushing effect is part of the reason why the herb helps reduce cellulite within your body. These many health benefits make it clear why Lipofuzion™ contains Cha de Bugre as a key component for boosting its weight management performance!

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Green Tea Extract

 

Green Tea Extract commands a long history of providing health benefits to people who consume it, including aiding in weight loss. Archeological evidence suggests green tea has been used for nearly 5,000 years in China, Japan, India, and Thailand. In each of these countries, the extract of green tea has traditionally been used to help regulate blood sugar and promote digestion, both of which can support weight loss efforts.

The Kissa Yojoki (which translates as “The Book of Tea”) was written by a Zen priest in 1191. This book discusses several benefits of consuming green tea such as preventing fatigue, acting as a stimulant, and improving urinary function. As a healthy alternative to colas and coffee, green tea has experienced a surge in popularity as a beverage of choice (especially with tapioca bubbles added) among college students in recent years.

Other Benefits of Green Tea Extract:

  • Reduces fatigue so you can increase your exercise time.
  • The controlled, mild stimulation helps you burn calories.
  • The diuretic1 effect helps remove toxins.
  • Helps raise metabolic rates for continued activity.
  • Increases the oxidation of fat cells.

Research conducted at the University of Geneva in Switzerland found green tea extract helps raise metabolic rates while increasing the oxidation of fat cells. This study also examined caffeine (which is found naturally in GTE) but found that consuming caffeine by itself did not provide the same effects. Nonetheless, in tandem with the catechins 2 found in green tea, the 10 to 80 mg of caffeine per cup work together to increase thermogenesis. 3

Thermogenesis occurs naturally in “flight or fight” scenarios but only for a short while. An enzyme usually signals when it’s time to “turn off” production of those emergency chemicals. However, green tea inhibits that enzyme so you keep manufacturing the energy chemicals needed for exercise or stressful situations. Basically, by consuming green tea, you allow your body to generate more energy for physical activity.

According to similar research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 4 individuals consuming Green Tea Extract experienced a four percent increase in energy expenditure during a 24-hour period. However, since this energy expenditure took place during the day, this actually translated to an overall increase of 35 to 43 % more energy during waking hours! 5 Green tea extract is also far less likely to burn out the adrenal glands. Unlike the anhydrous USP caffeine found in coffee and colas, the natural form in green tea contains tannin compounds that cause the caffeine to be released slowly.

Furthermore, the polyphenols 6 in green tea inhibit the production of the enzyme amylase which in turns limits the amount of sugar absorbed into the bloodstream. Although, a definitive study has yet to be conducted, these factors may hold promise for helping to prevent Type II Diabetes.

Overall, Green Tea Extract displays several remarkable qualities that can help your weight loss efforts. With increased energy, amplified internal heat, and the ability to flush out more toxins, you can be well on your way to exercising more often and thus burning more calories. Green Tea Extract perfectly complements the other components of Lipofuzion™ in Slimirex to help you manage your weight safely and effectively!


1Diuretic: Any substance that increases the body’s urinary function.2 Catechins: Special antioxidant flavonoids (polyphenol compounds) that have been found to be beneficial for reducing arteriosclerosis.

3 Thermogenesis: The natural heat-producing potential of various mammals. An increase in the body’s core temperature can also be achieved artificially to promote increased metabolic function.

4 Dulloo, A. G., Duret, C., Rohrer, D., Girardier, L., Mensi, N. Fathi, M., Chantre, P. and J. Vandermander. “Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 70, Issue 6. (1040-5). Pub. Dec 1999. Online. Accessed: 25 July 2007. Available: http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/70/6/1040

5 Polyphenols: A powerful class of antioxidants (200 times stronger than Vitamin E) found in green tea.

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Fennel Seed

 

By Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM

Fennel Seed has a long and celebrated history of cultivation as a weight loss herb. The ancient Greeks called the herb marathon meaning “to grow thin.” Similarly, ancient Roman women took the herb to help prevent obesity. During the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, people used Fennel Seed to suppress their appetite during periods of fasting or just to manage their weight.

Fennel Seed promotes weight loss in several ways. Fennel Seed is purported to actually remove fat cells and mucus from the digestive tract. Second, Fennel Seed mildly stimulates the metabolism. This stimulation helps “activate” the digestive system so the body burns more calories.

Benefits of Fennel Seed

  • Inhibits spasms within the intestinal muscles
  • Reduces bloating, indigestion, cramps, and excess gas
  • Stimulates the metabolism for increased caloric activity
  • Works as an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Acts as a mild diuretic to flush excess water and toxins from the body

Since Fennel Seed is also a form of dietary fiber, it binds with waste to help it move through the intestines more efficiently. By encouraging the digestive system to work at a faster rate, food is digested promptly and removed from the body before all the calories can be absorbed.

A chemical compound within Fennel Seed (terpenoid anethole) inhibits muscle spasms so hunger pangs are less likely to develop. Fennel Seed also increases overall energy levels. This extra energy promotes endurance so you can burn more calories while working out. As you know, diet is just half the equation for losing weight, with the other half to become more active!

As with anything you ingest, herbs may present contraindications so conduct your own research about anything you’re planning to put in your body.

Contraindications for Fennel Seed

  • Not recommended for use while taking the antibiotic Cipro® 1
  • Not recommended for use if pregnant or nursing
  • The essential oil should not be ingested (swallowed) as it may cause nausea, vomiting, and/or seizures even in small amounts
  • Fennel may increase estrogen levels in the blood and should not be used by women with breast cancer, uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, or uterine cancer
  • Should not be taken by people with blood or liver disorders

1 Cipro® is a registered trademark of Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Available: http://www.cipro.com/en/home.html

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