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Stevia – the SWEET herb

2015 November 9 by

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Looking for a natural sweetener to use as a sugar substitute? Stevia comes from the leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana. It has a long history of use in South America where it has grown wild for centuries and been used to sweeten drinks, food & in traditional medicine. Stevia extract can be 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Nature has given us a powerful combination of a zero calorie sweetener with a plant-based origin.

Stevia extract has some unique properties:

  • It is a non-carbohydrate glycoside compound that is calorie free
  • It sweetens without triggering a rise in blood sugar
  • It won’t cause a sugar rush & crash typical of sugar addiction
  • It will increase energy and aid digestion
  • It does not cause tooth decay
  • It has a long shelf life, can tolerate high temperatures (ideal for cooking/baking) and is non-fermentative
  • It passes safety tests for human consumption with flying colours
  • It is ideal for people with blood sugar, blood pressure or weight problems

Stevia has a bright future as it becomes accepted as a natural alternative to sugar and the sweetener of the future. It is making a greater appearance in supermarkets and is being widely used in the food & beverage industry.

 

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Focus on CURCUMIN C3 COMPLEX

2015 June 22 by

Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in Ginger. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative molecule, and similar to Fish Oil it seems to be an effective metabolic syndrome band-aid. Black Pepper greatly enhances absorption.

Curcumin is the yellow pigment associated with the curry spice, Turmeric, and to a lesser extent Ginger. It is a small molecule that is the prototypical ‘curcuminoid’, and has effects similar to other polyphenols but unique in a way as it is a different class of polyphenol (relative to the other classes of ‘flavonoid’, ‘stilbene’, etc.)

It exerts potent anti-inflammatory effects, and these anti-inflammatory effects seem to be quite protective against some form of cancer progression. However, curcumin has additional anti-cancer effects that are independent of its anti-inflammatory effects and thus is a heavily researched molecule for both cancer prevention and treatment.

Other areas of interest as it pertains to curcumin are alleviating cognitive decline associated with aging, being heart healthy by both electrical means and reducing lipid and plaque levels in arteries, and both reducing the risk of diabetes and being a good treatment for the side-effects associated with diabetes.

It has a poor oral bioavailability (a low percentage of what you consume is absorbed) and thus should be enhanced with other agents such as black pepper extract, called piperine. This is unless you want the curcumin in your colon (as it is a colon anti-inflammatory and can help with digestion), in which case you wouldn’t pair it with an enhancement.

Doses up to 8g curcuminoids in humans have been shown to not be associated with much adverse effects at all, and in vitro tests suggest curcumin has quite a large safety threshold.

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Zinc As Gluconate

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Trimethylglycine

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Cetearyl Alcohol

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Polysorbate 60

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Petrolatum

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Propylene Glycol

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Diazolidinyl Urea

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Methyl Paraben

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Propyl Paraben

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Mineral Oil

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Pelargonium Sidoides

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Raftilose

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Lactobacillus Sporogenes

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Sodium Glycerophosphate

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Copper Sulphate

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Glycerol

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Curcumin C3 Complex

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Curcumin C3 Complex® (Curcuma longa) gives antioxidant support. It may assist the immune system when the body needs additional support. Wound healing is helped with the use of Curcumin C3 Complex®.

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Zinc Monomethionine

2011 May 19 by

Zinc Monomethionine is a bio-available form of the antioxidant mineral Zinc & the amino acid Methionine. It plays a role by aiding in the production of immune system cells & has been shown to nourish the skin and fight free radical damage. It has potent antioxidant properties and some studies show that it may reduce the duration and symptom severity of the common cold.

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L-Glutamine

2011 May 19 by

L-Glutamine is the amino acid that is the most important component of muscle protein. It is a major fuel/energy source. It may be used to boost the immune system and maintain cell volume and hydration.

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Probiotics

2011 May 19 by

Probiotics are live micro-organisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are beneficial to the host and this supplement contains Lactobacillus sporogenes. Probiotics increase the number of ‘good bacteria’ and may promote a healthy digestive system.

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Echinacea

2011 May 19 by

Echinacea *Studies suggest that this extract contains active substances that may enhance the activities of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have anti-viral & antioxidant effects. Echinacea can help stimulate the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. It supports your immune system so that it can deliver a more potent anti-viral activity. It is a popular remedy for respiratory illnesses.(Shah SA, Sander S, White CM et al: Evaluation of Echinacea for the prevention & treatment of the common cold: a meta-analysis, lancet Infectious Diseases 2007. Schulten B, Bulitta M, Ballering-Bruhl B, Koster U, Schafer M: Efficacy of Echinacea purpurea in patients with a common cold. A placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind clinical trial, zneittelforschung 2001)

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L-Lysine

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L-Lysine is an essential amino acid that appears to reduce the severity & frequency of herpes simplex viral infections. It may be effective in accelerating the process of recovery and reducing the frequency of fever blisters especially when used in combination with Vitamin B12 and folic acid. (Griffith RS, Walsh DE, Myrmel KH, Thompson RW, Behforooz A.: Success of Llysine therapy in frequently recurrent herpes simplex infection. Treatment and prophylaxis. Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of medicine, Indianapolis,1987.)

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Sceletium

2011 May 19 by

Sceletium (Sceletium tortuosum) may be used as a natural mood enhancer and relaxant for decreasing anxiety and tension.

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Folic acid

2011 May 19 by

Folic acid (Vitamin B₉) is important for the production, growth and maintenance of new cells.

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L-Phenylalanine

2011 May 19 by

L-Phenylalanine is an essential natural amino acid found in proteins. It may be used to enhance mood.

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Selenium SeLECT

2011 May 19 by

Selenium SeLECT® (L-Selenomethionine Pure) is a ‘high-powered antioxidant’ that may protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. It may help build up white blood cells, thereby enhancing the body’s ability to fight illness and infection, which is essential for normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland. *Clinical trials have established its role in the prevention of a number of degenerative conditions, inflammatory, cardiovascular neurological diseases, ageing amp; infections. (*Richard A.Passwater, Ph.D., World renowned expert on nutrition and nutritional supplements, and respected biochemist, Dr. Larry C. Clark, MPH.PHD, University of Arizona)

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Ginger Extract

2011 May 19 by

Ginger Extract is known for its valuable antimicrobial and anti-viral activity. As a decongestant, it can help to minimize the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.

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L-Tyrosine

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L-Tyrosine is the amino acid that triggers the production of dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine, the feel-good hormones that regulate emotions. It may increase alertness and focus along with mood.

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Siberian Ginseng

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Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) has been used as a therapy for insomnia. It is an adaptogen (may increase the body’s resistance during times of stress) and can help to return the body to a normal balance. It helps to maintain general health and vitality by giving support so the body can cope during periods of physical and psychological stress.

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Gingko biloba

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Gingko biloba can be used for the symptomatic treatment of memory deficits, disturbances in concentration and depressive emotional conditions.

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Monolaurin

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Monolaurin is a coconut oil derivative and works to protect the body’s immune system. This nutritional fatty acid may be effective against many viruses which cause infections in people with suppressed immune systems.

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Skullcap

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Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) has been used as a nerve tonic and sedative. It is thought to be an effective therapy for anxiety and nervous tension which often prevents peaceful sleep.

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Green Tea Extract

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Green Tea Extract *Research has shown that Green Tea Extract may result in a significant increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism) which can have a significant effect on fat oxidation. This has substantial benefits for weight control. Green Tea Extract has been shown to increase overall energy expenditure and thermogenesis.(*Dulloo AG et al: 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, No. 6, 1040-1045, December 1999)

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Olive Leaf Extract

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Olive Leaf Extract is purported to be a powerful disease-fighting botanical product and may be beneficial for treating conditions caused by viruses, retrovirus, bacteria, as well as protozoa.* Studies indicate that it has a wide spectrum of strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The number of published clinical trials involving olive leaf extract is sparse and often surpassed by anecdotal evidence. Scientific studies are just beginning to prove what natural healers have long believed: olive leaf extract is a potent antibacterial and antiviral substance. These properties have been well documented over the years.

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Tulsi Extract

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Tulsi Extract (Ocimum sanctum) has been helpful in the treatment of a variety of allergic, inflammatory and infectious disorders affecting the lungs and related tissues. It has strong antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-viral, adaptogenic and immune-enhancing properties that may promote general health and support the body’s natural defense against stress and diseases.

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Gymnema sylvestre

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Gymnema sylvestre is a plant native to India and known as the ‘destroyer of sugar’. It is widely used as a naturopathic treatment for diabetes. It has positive benefits for glycaemic control and may reduce blood glucose levels. It is believed to fight sugar cravings and ‘bad cholesterol’.

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Omega 3

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Omega 3, an essential fatty acid, is needed for physical and mental health. It cannot be manufactured by the body (must be supplied by food intake or through supplements). It may improve emotional state and offer positive benefits for depression.

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BioPerine

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BioPerine® is a standardized extract from the fruit of Piper nigrum L. (black pepper). It is a widely patented bio-availability enhancer” that may have the ability to increase the absorption of nutritional compounds. BioPerine® may enhance the body’s natural thermogenic activity and is therefore referred to as a natural Thermonutrient’. It may help “power up” the metabolic process and enhance the absorption of nutrients.

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Valerian Root

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Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) is a herb that is native to Europe and Asia and this age-old remedy has been in medicinal use for at least 2000 years. It is popular today as a sleep aid and anxiety fighter as it may have the ability to help relax the central nervous system.

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Hawthorn

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Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) has shown positive effects on restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS is a sleep depriving disorder in which a person has an uncontrollable compulsion to move his or her legs.

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B Vitamins

2011 May 19 by

B Vitamins contain essential water-soluble vitamins the body needs daily. They work together to help increase metabolic rate, to boost energy levels, to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone and to enhance the immune and nervous system function, as well as to promote cell growth.

B1 (Thiamine HCl) is a catalyst essential for carbohydrate metabolism.
B2 (Riboflavine) helps the body produce energy by metabolizing fats, carbs and proteins.
B3 (Nicotinamide) has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and eliminates toxins.
B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) absorbs and metabolizes amino acids, uses fats and forms red blood cells.
B12 (Cyanocobalamin) plays a role in cell division and assists the function of the nervous system.

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Passion Flower

2011 May 19 by

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) may be used to treat nervous restlessness, sleep disorders, anxiety and overcoming the difficulty in falling asleep. Its tranquilizing effect may reduce spasms and relax the central nervous system.

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Caffeine

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Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in the leaves, seeds or fruits of more than 60 plants. It is a Central Nervous System stimulant and a mild diuretic (may reduce water retention) and therefore may restore alertness & temporarily reduce tiredness by providing an energy boost and elevating mood. When combined with physical activity, caffeine may intensify performance.

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Vitamin B9

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Folic acid (Vitamin B₉) is important for the production, growth and maintenance of new cells.

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Honey

2011 May 19 by

Honey is often used as an effective treatment for coughs & may act as a demulcent and anti-inflammatory agent. It helps soothe upper respiratory tract irritation and can kill certain bacteria that cause throat infections. Its soothing qualities may help relieve sore throats & nighttime coughs and promote restful sleep.

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Peppermint leaf powder

2011 May 19 by

Peppermint leaf powder has been used for centuries to promote optimal digestive function. It can be used to relieve spastic discomfort of the stomach by soothing and calming the muscles of the gastro-intestinal tract. This antispasmodic effect may reduce cramping associated with diarrhoea and constipation. It may also relieve flatulence as it relaxes the muscles.

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Chamomile

2011 May 19 by

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) can help treat insomnia. This plant contains substances which may promote relaxation, reduce nervous irritability and create a mildly sedative effect. By calming the body, it makes it easier for the patient to fall asleep naturally. It is thought to be one of the world’s most soothing plants.

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Vitamin E

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Vitamin E plays a key role in DNA repair, immune function, as well as keeping the skin, heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells healthy.

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Isphagula

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Isphagula (also known as Psyllium Husk) is the covering of the seeds grown on the Plantago plant. It is a rich source of dietary fibre and is usually associated with improving digestion. This ingredient may promote colon health and can be used as a gentle laxative.

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Potassium Glycerophosphate

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Potassium Glycerophosphate is a mineral that plays a key role in the functions of nerve firing and muscular contraction. It helps ensure that the body’s fluid levels are regulated and that the pH of the body is balanced.

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Chromium Polynicotinate

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Chromium Polynicotinate is an essential trace mineral that can be used to regulate blood sugar. It helps turn protein into muscle and converts sugar into energy. It is crucial to the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and proteins. Chromium Polynicotinate ensures greater utilization of stored fat and can have a thermogenic effect. It binds to Vitamin B (niacin) which is more readily absorbed by the body. It may support healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.

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Yerba mate

2011 May 19 by

WHAT IS YERBA MATÉ?

Yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis) is a small evergreen tree (a member of the holly family) that is native to South America. It is indigenous to the subtropical forests of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. It has been used for centuries by the native Guarani Indians and is often referred to as “The Drink of the Gods” and “The Green Gold of the Indios”. These indigenous people have been using the leaves of this plant as a common cure for many ailments making good use of its nutritional and medicinal properties. They use it to boost immunity, cleanse and detoxify the blood, tone the nervous system, restore youthful hair colour, retard aging, combat fatigue, stimulate the mind, control the appetite,reduce the effects of debilitating disease, reduce stress, and for insomnia.

Traditionally, Yerba maté tea is drunk from a gourd (called a mate) in which it is prepared. The processed dried Yerba maté leaves are steeped in hot, but not boiling, water. It is then sipped through a metal straw (called a bombilla) which has holes in it so that the liquid comes through,but the leaves are filtered out. In modern South America, Yerba maté is the national drink and the drinking of this tea has become ritualized and consumed like coffee and green tea are in Western and Eastern countries.

Scientific research done over the last two decades is revealing and verifying this plant’s many health benefits and therapeutic properties.Yerba maté has won many admirers throughout the world and is being recognised as a safe and effective stimulant with few side effects and many health benefits. Every person interested in optimum health should see this plant as nature’s most balanced stimulant – “An invigorator of the mind and body, a natural source of nutrition, and a health promoter.”

Yerba maté contains 196 active compounds and has 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and contains high antioxidant levels. The 196 active compounds it contains invigorate body and mind while being a natural source of nutrition. Research provides data about the wealth of life-sustaining vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are abundant in Yerba maté. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: Yerba maté, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, Yerba maté triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.

  • Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
  • Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals,
  • Antioxidants,Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
  • Theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine

Yerba maté may serve as a 12-in-1functional herb. This stimulating herbal beverage can be used as a whole body tonic and a healthy alternative to coffee

These 12 powerful benefits are as follows:

  • Suppresses appetite
  • Burns fat
  • Stimulates the heart
  • Sustains energy levels and reduces fatigue
  • Activates the metabolic process
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Is an effective anti-oxidant
  • Encourages cleansing and detoxifying
  • Is a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals
  • Provides a mild diuretic effect
  • Boosts the immune system
  • May enhance alertness and mental acuity and improve mood

*None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA or other agencies. Scientists say more research is still needed

YERBA MATÉ FOR INCREASED ENERGY & FAT BURNING

Yerba maté is not only a balanced stimulant, but it is also gaining popularity in the performance-nutrition market. It may help you feel good but may also improve your health and help promote safe, effective fat loss.
Two ways to reduce body fat: reduce food intake or enhance energy expenditure.
Performance benefits of Yerba maté: It may enhance fat loss by triggering a process called thermogenesis (the metabolic rate is elevated, the body generates more heat (energy), the rate the body burns calories is increased and the fat-burning process is enhanced.) Yerba maté extracts release xanthines, which trigger the lipolytic process (the first step of thermogenesis). When fat particles are broken down, they are converted into sugar, which creates energy. The elevated sugar level is recognized by the brain, which sends a message to the body that suppresses the appetite and boosts energy. An important chemical in Yerba maté is mateine – a xanthine alkaloid that seems to possess the best combination of properties. It stimulates the central nervous system but it doesn’t appear to be addictive and doesn’t cause the nervousness & jitters typical of caffeine use. Mateine stimulates the metabolism and converts more calories into energy without the side effects associated with other popular stimulants. It therefore produces a balanced, long-lasting physical and mental stimulation. This makes Yerba maté an ideal agent in the fight against unwanted body fat.

Most research concludes that a dosage of 500 to 1,500 mg daily of Yerba maté is most effective for this powerful fat loss benefit to be achieved.

RESEARCH

Latest trial on the fat loss benefits of Yerba maté: 16 Dec. 2011
EFFECT OF GREEN MATÉ IN OVERWEIGHT VOLUNTEERS: A RANDOMIZED PLACEBO-CONTROLLED HUMAN STUDY
Hwa Jung Kim, Jeongah Ko, Charlotte Storni, Hong Ji Song, Young Gyu Cho Overweight and obesity have become a global epidemic and they may impair health. Traditional use and growing evidence indicate that mate (Ilex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil.) may be helpful in losing excessive weight and fat. The present randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated efficacy and safety of an extract from green mate in 60 overweight subjects aged 20–39 years during 6-weeks. Body composition was measured by Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) at baseline and after 6 weeks. Body weight, body mass index (BMI) waist circumference (WC) and various safety parameters were monitored. After 6 weeks, subjects taking mate experienced a significantly greater reduction of percent of body fat (−0.3% vs. +0.6%, p = 0.04) and fat mass (−0.5 kg vs. +0.2 kg, p = 0.04) than placebo. No significant differences were observed in other measurements.  No adverse events occurred and all safety parameters were within normal ranges during the study in both groups. Thus, taking green mate extract reduced body fat after 6 weeks, while the treatment was safe and well tolerated.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464611001113

Other research references:
Approved herb; Commission E Monograph, Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.

Thermogenic effects of commercially available plant preparations aimed at treating human obesity, Martinet, A., et al. Phytomedicine. 1999; 6(4): 231–38.

Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): a comprehensive review on chemistry, health implications, and technological considerations, Heck CI, de Mejia EG. J Food Sci. 2007 Nov; 72(9):R138-51. Review.

Yerba maté is the active ingredient in our weight loss and energy formulations. It is in the easiSLIM TONIC, easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC and the THERMOCUT TONIC & CAPSULES.

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Ivy Leaf Extract

2011 May 19 by

Ivy Leaf Extract (Hedera helix) has been used for centuries to naturally support optimal lung and bronchial passageway health. It may help the body fight the symptoms of bronchitis by loosening mucus, relieving cough and improving airflow into the lungs. This effective secretolytic is suitable for patients with bronchitis and asthma. It is extremely well tolerated without any known side-effects.

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Prebiotics

2011 May 19 by

Prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrates and easiHEALTH COLON™ contains oligofructose. Prebiotics can stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria (bifidobacteria & lactobacillus) and add healthy flora to the gut. They feed and maintain ‘good bacteria’ and help keep the immune system at a healthy level.

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