Garcinia fruit (Garcinia Cambogia (Gaertn) Desr.) dry extract, Green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze) dry extract, Guarana seeds (Paullinia cupana Kunt) dry extract, Fucus thallus (Fucus vesiculosus L.) dry extract.
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), the principle constituent (10-50%) of the dried fruit rind of Garcinia cambogia, has been assessed for its potential to cause weight loss. In late 2012, a United States television personality, Dr. Oz, promoted Garcinia cambogia extract as “an exciting breakthrough in natural weight loss”. Dr. Oz’s endorsements of dietary supplements having no little scientific evidence of efficacy have often led to a substantial increase in consumer purchases of the promoted products. However, medical evidence is lacking, and the results of clinical trials do not strongly support claims that extracts derived from Garcinia cambogia are effective weight loss aids. Meta-analyses of clinical trials offers evidence for limited short-term weight loss with increases of up to two-fold in adverse events. A 1998 randomized, controlled trial, looked at the effects of hydroxycitric acid, the purported active component in Garcinia gummi-gutta, as a potential antiobesity agent in 135 people.
Tea is traditionally consumed as a beverage. Evidence from clinical trials suggests that green tea plays a role in metabolic syndrome because it may have an impact on body weight, glucose homeostasis, and other cardiovascular risk factors.
Also known as Guaranà, it is a fruit bearing tree, the seed of which are ground into powder and used in traditional Amazonian medicine. It is used primarily for its stimulant properties, containing xanthines, like caffeine, catechins, tannins and procyanidins. Though, the individual effects of these compounds are known, more research is needed to determine how they interact in guaranà. Though guaranà is a high caffeine content, the average guaranà dose is low enough to prevent the caffeine from playing an active role. Guaranà extract has been shown to inhibit aggregation of platelets following either parenteral or oral administration, possibly due to inhibition of platelet thromboxane synthesis.
Some researchers claim that part of the revitalizing effects of guaranà may result from its antioxidant action. The appetite suppressant and energy-inducing effects are related to the caffeine content. Numerous investigational studies have shown the sympathetic stimulant ephedrine, when combined with caffeine, to have a synergistic effect on increasing metabolic rates with subsequent increased energy expenditure (thermogenesis), and to have lipolytic actions. These effects have resulted in statistically significant weight loss in animal and human trials when combined with diet.
The kelp has a stimulating action of the metabolism, it promotes thyroid function in case of hypothyroidism. For this reason it is used as a slimming (great starter diets to reduce overweight) in the treatment of cellulite and obesity. In fact, the mucilage of which it is composed, once reached the stomach, tend to absorb water up to five times it own weight, transforming into a gelled mass its volume, contributing to the sense of satiety, thus decreasing the stimulus of hunger and allowing a lower caloric intake. Furthermore, the arisen mass acts as a stimulant of peristalsis, which promotes intestinal transit: it is in fact a mechanical laxative that can be used in case of constipation.
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