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These are the supplements/foods that make my list for valuable and safe ways to enhance weight loss and weight management. Unless otherwise stated, I source them from Dr. Ron’s Ultrapure as he has one of the purest and best researched product lines that I have found to date.
Supplement with organic extra virgin, cold pressed unrefined coconut oil whenever possible. It is a medium chain fatty acid which means that it does not store as fat in the body, but is used almost entirely as energy. It is also good for the brain and eyes. When combined with exercise, coconut oil is the only thing that has been shown to stop the course of Alzheimer’s.
It is delicious on vegetables, is a great tenderizer for meats and poultry, and is great for baking. It actually may help to reduce cellulite. For the same reason, don’t use it to fry fish……it creates fish mush as it breaks down the fat in fish. Since fish is mostly fat, it over tenderizes it. For everything else, it is delicious. It does not cause the foods you cook in it to taste like coconut oil. Find excuses to use it whenever possible.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Alpha lipoic acid enhances our ability to convert food into energy and is therefore a benefit to those trying to lose weight.
It is often referred to as ‘the universal antioxidant,” It is also a potent anti-inflammatory. For the obese individual, this is vitally important, as they often suffer from chronic inflammation, which makes fitness training painful.
ALA is a unique antioxidant because it is both fat and water soluble. This means it can go to all parts of the cell, including the lipid (fat) portions, where unwanted chemicals may reside. Most supplements are water-soluble and cannot help with the chemicals that reside in the fat portions of our cells. Again, this is particularly important for the obese individual.
Carnitine and its derivative, acetyl L-carnitine, are two of the most important nutrients for weight loss. Carnitine is critical for energy formation and an active metabolism. Carnitine takes fatty acids from our blood and transports them into the cell for energy. For carnitine to have optimum effect, we must have adequate essential fatty acids, such as the omega 3’s, present in the diet. The best sources of Omega 3s are Krill oil, walnuts, and flax seed. The recommended “dose” of nuts per day is ¼ cup. Be sure to get Antarctic Krill Oil. Dr. Ron’s is a good source. Learn more HERE.
Acetyl L-carnitine acts as an antioxidant and a natural anti-inflammatory that enhances the affects of the other antioxidant systems within the body. These anti-inflammatory properties protect the cell membrane. Although exercise will naturally increase our levels of acetyl L-carnitine, it will not help enough if we are obese, over thirty years of age or have other health problems, such as a leaky gut. This makes supplementation a necessity.
Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q-10, also called ubiquinone, is a powerful antioxidant/anti-inflammatory with many benefits for treating and preventing obesity. It acts like acetyl L-carnitine in that it assists in energy production within the cell. CoQ10 also enhances the metabolism, giving us greater energy and endurance, a greater ability to lose body fat, preventing the energy decline seen in aging cells. CoQ10 also maximizes the burning of foods for fuel, helping to normalize fats in our blood. Many of Dr. Ron’s facial and body care products contain CoQ10, such that it can also be used topically.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated linoleic acid is a fatty acid found in many of the foods we eat. At one time, beef and lamb were exceptional sources; however when their diet was changed from grass to grain, levels of CLA dramatically decreased in our meat and dairy products.
CLA decreases body fat, especially in the area of the abdomen and helps block the absorption of fat and sugar into fat cells (adipocytes) in general. It also helps the insulin receptors remain intact, thus increasing insulin sensitivity. This is important in terms of Type 2 Diabetes, in as much as such individuals have become insulin resistant because their blood sugar levels are chronically elevated.
CLA is a medium chain omega 3 fatty acid, with some of the same benefits as coconut oil, one of which is that it converts to muscle and not fat. CLA has the added benefit of being a powerful antioxidant/anti-inflammatory. NEVER BUY CLA IN SUPPLEMENT FORM, IT IS DANGEROUS. Obtain your CLA from grass-fed animal protein and raw dairy. (Raw dairy should be from Jersey 100% grass-fed cows)
Because Chromium is an essential nutrient for normal sugar and fat metabolism, it is critical for anyone trying to control and reduce excess body fat. Chromium supplementation effectively lowers blood sugar and insulin levels and can also increase levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This lowers total cholesterol and triglycerides, playing a key role in regulating appetite, reducing sugar cravings, and lowering body fat.
Maitake Mushroom Extract
Studies show that maitake mushroom extract enhances insulin sensitivity, which helps to control blood sugar levels and may serve as a safe and reliable weight loss supplement. High blood sugar levels cause weight gain. It is a powerful tool for preventing a condition that leads to cardiovascular disease and diabetes called Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome consists of high blood pressure, elevated levels of insulin, excess weight (especially around the abdomen), and dyslipidemia or low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, and high levels of triglycerides.
A concentrated soluble fiber derived from yeasts, mushrooms, and algae, beta-glucans come in many forms but all have the effect of lowering cholesterol with the additional benefits of weight loss and helping control diabetes. They are long chain polysaccharides that also have very positive effects on the immune system.
One of the best sources of Beta glucans are mushrooms. There are three mushrooms that are good sources and are also renowned for their wonderful flavors. They are: Maitake, Agaricus and Cordyceps. A powder made from these mushrooms can be purchased from Dr. Ron’s, who recommends making a paste to baste on steaks and fish. Yum!
Maca is truly a super food and one that aids in weight management. Just one teaspoon in your smoothie once or twice a day can do amazing things. Here are just a few of the things you can expect maca to help with:
- Blood Sugar: Maca boosts the work your pancreas does in keeping your blood sugar levels even. This is important from a weight management perspective, because blood sugar levels play an important role in fat storage, i.e. when they are high, the body stores more fat. Maca also helps to prevent pancreatic cancer.
- Energy: Most people feel their mood and energy level lift almost instantly when they use Maca. Users report their energy, stamina and endurance improve, which helps with weight management.
- Maca helps balance the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, which is important for weight management. Maca also helps restore balance to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands – the body’s master gland system. These hormones can impact nutrient utilization, eating behaviors, fat storage, food cravings, and food addictions.
- Immune Booster: Maca’s 22 fatty acids function both as a fungicide and as a local antiseptic. These actions, along with the natural Vitamin C and zinc are believed to help aid in overall immunity enhancement. This means that Maca helps with a leaky gut.
- Stress Reduction: For people with adrenal stress from work, disease, exercise or PTSD, maca can reduce the effects of cortisol on the adrenal glands and other organs so impacted by a “Type A”, high pressure lifestyle or job. High cortisol lead to increased fat storage. In other words, stress is fattening.
- Thyroid Support : The Thyroid gland controls the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients. The more efficient it is, the less tendency we have to gain unwanted weight. Maca aids the thyroid in this metabolic process, giving us healthier intestines, better functioning kidneys and stronger bones
Mango Seed Fiber
Mango seed extract increases the production of certain enzymes that help lower body fat. It also removes dangerous toxins from the body. Indeed, it’s most common use in Africa is as a natural antibiotic and pain reliever. It is currently being studied for weight loss, diabetes and cholesterol reduction.
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