Power “Plant” Burns Fat* –
people know that eating more calories than you burn is the main
contributor to weight gain. While it is easy to understand that
caloric intake is entirely dependent on your dietary habits, you might
wonder about how the body burns those calories. Besides using energy
to allow our organs to function and muscles to contract (like when
working out and even for everyday activities like walking), it is also
spent to produce heat via a process called thermogenesis. This
literally means generation of heat, hence the term “burning” fat.
Fat is the fuel for thermogenesis, which can be
amplified by compounds that make the body produce more heat, called
thermogenic substances. The thermogenic substances like ephedra, ma
huang and guarana can cause undesired side effects, such as jitters,
increased heart rate and loss of sleep. Now research has discovered a
natural non-stimulant thermogenic compound that supports burning of
fat without these undesirable side effects. It is called fucoxanthin.
is a brown pigment found in some marine vegetables or seaweeds, such
as kombu and wakame. It belongs to the class of compounds called
carotenoids, along with beta-carotene in carrots, lycopene in tomatoes
and lutein in dark green leafy vegetables. Unlike beta-carotene, which
is metabolized into vitamin A in the body, fucoxanthin works by
affecting the function of intracellular structures called
Mitochondria are often referred to as “power plants”
of the cell. This is where fat burning takes place resulting in
generation of heat, or thermogenesis. Research shows that fucoxanthin
increases production of uncoupling protein 1(UCP1) in the
mitochondria. UCP1 is a protein that causes mitochondria to make more
energy that dissipates in the form of heat. This results in higher
metabolic and fat-burning rate in the fat cells where the fuel is
stored. This effect of a special concentrate of fucoxanthin was shown
to be further enhanced by pomegranate seed oil. Two recent human
clinical studies reviewed the effect of this fucoxanthin and
pomegranate seed oil formulation when used in conjunction with an 1800
calorie diet. In one of the human clinical studies, this proprietary
combination produced a statistically significant increase in the
energy expenditure rate of 18.2% over placebo in 16 consecutive weeks.
In the other clinical study the participants lost an average of 14.5
pounds, compared to 3 pounds in the placebo group. These studies are
being prepared for publication in peer-reviewed journals in 2007.
The exact formula that was validated through these
two different human trials is found in the all-natural weight
FucoTHIN™ by Garden of Life.
FucoTHIN is a revolutionary whole food based supplement that is
the first to contain the marine algae-derived ingredient, fucoxanthin,
with a clinically proven thermogenic effect that breaks down fat.†
Along with a nutritious diet and moderate exercise,
FucoTHIN can be an effective addition to your healthy-weight plan
and help you reach your weight management goals in 2007.
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