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Qnexa renamed Qsymia for Weight Loss is Approved by the FDA….FACTS and SIDE EFFECTS

Qsymia diet pill approved by FDA

QSYMIA
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Qsymia, the second new diet drug in a month, and the most effective of the weight-loss pills that the agency has considered in recent years.
Qsymia, made by Vivus Inc., receives market approval on the heels of Arena’s Belviq (lorcaserin), the diet pill cleared by the FDA in late June. Before these two new drugs, the last prescription weight-loss pill to be green-lit by the government was Roche’s Xenical (orlistat) 13 years ago, in 1999.
Diet pills have had a spotty history with the FDA, largely because of safety problems involving the heart. Other drugs — most notably fenfluramine, used in the popular weight-loss combination fen-phen — have been withdrawn from the market for such hazards, and new drugs have had to clear a high bar for consideration.
(MORE: A Brief History of Diet Pills and the FDA) The new pill, formerly known as Qnexa (the FDA asked Vivus to change the name to avoid confusion with another drug on the market), will be available by the fourth quarter of this year, according to the company’s president, Peter Tam.
Here’s what you need to know.
Who can use Qsymia? The drug is approved for obese adults with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher. It can also be used by overweight adults, with a BMI of 27 or higher, if they have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol.
How does it work? Qsymia is a combination of two existing drugs: phentermine, an appetite-suppressing stimulant that has long been used for short-term weight loss, and topiramate, an anti-seizure medication used to treat epilepsy that makes people feel fuller after eating.
Some doctors have already been prescribing the two drugs together for weight loss. Researchers say the key to Qsymia’s success is that it targets multiple brain pathways that trigger overeating. How much weight will I lose? It varies. In clinical trials, overweight and obese patients taking Qsymia for a year lost differing amounts of weight: on average, patients taking a middle dose of the drug lost 8.4% of their body weight; on a higher dose, patients lost 10.6%. Most of the weight came off in the first three months, so doctors should monitor patients at that point to see if the drug is working. The FDA notes that people who don’t lose at least 3% of their body weight by three months are unlikely to go on to lose any significant weight, so they should either be counseled to discontinue the drug or to try a higher dose (Qsymia will be available in two doses). If patients still don’t lose at least 5% of their weight after three additional months on the higher dose, they should quit taking Qsymia. The drug is designed to be used in conjunction with traditional weight-management strategies like diet and exercise. “This is not a magic pill. Patients can’t take it and think that’s all they have to do. It needs to be used with a lifestyle modification program,” W. Timothy Garvey, chair of the department of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, who studied Qsymia, told USA Today.
(MORE: The Secrets to Weight Loss: Keep a Food Journal, Don’t Skip Meals, Eat In) What if I just want to drop a few pounds? Doctors stress that because of the potential risks of the drug, dieters should not use the drug for cosmetic weight loss. “It’s not for patients who want to lose a few pounds,” Tam told USA Today. Of course, concerns remain that once the drug is on the market, doctors can prescribe it to all comers. To prevent that, Qsymia will be available only by mail order at first, so that physicians can’t dispense it from their offices. It will also be available in specialized pharmacies that register for the right to sell the drug, where pharmacists have been educated about Qsymia’s risks and can pass that information along to patients and doctors. What are the risks? Potential heart problems and birth defects. In trials, some people taking Qsymia had an increased heart rate as well as a condition called metabolic acidosis, which can lead to hyperventilation, fatigue and anorexia. One of the ingredients in Qsymia, topiramate, has also been linked in previous studies to birth defects including cleft lip and cleft palate in women who take it during pregnancy. Safety concerns led the FDA to reject Qsymia’s first bid for approval in 2010, but the agency and Vivus have now put in place strategies to reduce risk: for example, women of child-bearing age who want to take Qsymia must test negative for pregnancy before starting the drug and are expected to use contraception and take a pregnancy test once a month while on the drug. Worries remain, though: in a Vivus trial, 34 women on Qsymia became pregnant even though they were instructed to use contraception. (The company says no birth defects occurred.) Patients’ heart rate should also be monitored regularly while taking Qsymia. People with recent or unstable heart disease or stroke are not recommended to take the drug because of the potential heart risks. Vivus has also agreed to continue monitoring Qsymia users for side effects after the drug reaches market; in particular, it will conduct a long-term cardiovascular outcomes trial to assess the effect of Qsymia on major events like heart attack and stroke. (MORE: 5 Things You Need to Know About Belviq) Which is better, Qsymia or Belviq? In clinical trials, people taking Qsymia lost more weight; those taking Belviq lost 5.8% of their body weight on average after a year. Based on the side effects profiles, however, some might consider Belviq to be less risky. “The majority of obese patients wanting to try drug therapy will end up seeing both drugs, regardless of which one they take first,” Simos Simeonidis, an analyst at Cowen & Company, told the New York Times, noting that he thought Qsymia would sell better.
Why is this approval important? Because more than a third of American adults are obese — a proportion that’s growing — and there aren’t many effective weight-loss treatments out there to reverse the trend. Aside from diet and exercise or weight-loss surgery, patients have few options. The FDA’s approval of Qsymia, after such a long diet-drug drought and despite the potential safety problems that plague weight-loss pills, marks a willingness to make new solutions available.
How do you pronounce the name of this pill? Qsymia is pronounced cue-SIM-ee-uh.

Green Coffee Bean Extract with GCA BLOCKS Calorie Absorbtion and BURNS FAT- New “PROVEN” Human Study Results!!!

This article posts the results of the latest human study on Green Coffee Bean Extract that came out June 2012. It is SO amazing and exciting! This is  NOT HYPE, I PROMISE! You already know me by now, that I am all about finding out the TRUTH! The results in the study are making me smile cheek to cheek! The facts are quite astonishing.  But not all green coffee is working. Why is THIS PRODUCT the “HERO” while others are not  working for weight loss??? Dr Oz recommended only 2 manufactures, 1 with Svetol and the other patented product with GCA.  Seems that not all chlorogenic acid from green coffee is created equal. So if your green coffee product has failed you, read on to discover why that may be, and what we now KNOW is the answer to weight loss…If you would like the name of the 2 products that Dr Oz recommends please contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com (we cannot post names on this site)To be quite frank, I  am tired of all of the HYPE and would like to know who I can trust! Between the media, various vitamin supplement companies, and Dr. Oz recommendations I am so confused at what is truthful anymore. It seems that many recommendations are being offered up to the public, but how do we KNOW that they work? This is the BIG question we are all waiting patiently for! Does Green Coffee Bean Extract REALLY WORK???

Well, today my answer came to me in my mail box from my #1 supplement company!  The FACTUAL DATA that I have been looking for is sitting right in front of me in the form of a press release about an official green coffee bean human study! Plus, although Dr Oz did not mention any specific names of manufactures he recommends, he did mention that there were ONLY 2 he would recommend. They both hold patents-trademarks on their products and one of them is the product used in this successful study.

The amazing company that conducted this live study is a non-profit organization that is focused on ending the obesity epidemic and the problems associated with it. The company has been awarded TONS of funding to conduct scientific studies to breakthrough this problem. So I am here to inform you that the results from the most recent study on Green Bean Coffee Extract WITH GCA is very positive! Here it is….

WARNING:  Now, before you run off and purchase a case of green coffee bean extract product, please note that there was a specific PATENTED BRAND of product used in this weight loss study. I don’t know about you, but I want some of this brand and not some other brand that has not been tested.  This is the truth: I found out how to get this THIS EXACT PRODUCT that was used in this study and is PROVEN TO DELIVER WEIGHT LOSS RESULTS.  If I don’t buy it up all for myself, I will share this with you. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to become a part of the weight loss statistics! I am banking my money on this product based on factual data, and not investing in other companies that are offering “hope in a bottle” by stuffing coffee mocha into a capsule. This is the REAL DEAL, readers! So smile, kick your feet up, today is the day we have all been waiting for!  Let’s celebrate and take our cover-ups off for skinner and healthier future! READ ON……

Investigation: Chlorogenic Acid COMPOUND VS Chorogenic EXTRACT from Green Coffee Beans?

To investigate the weight-reducing effect that had been shown in roasted and brewed coffee, scientists turned to compounds extracted directly from green coffee beans. The green coffee beans contain higher amounts of chlorogenic acid and other polyphenol compounds that are substantially lost during the roasting   process that turns them brown.

Investigators tested two agents first on mice: The 1st agent was chlorogenic acid  from green coffee bean “COMPOUND” and 2nd was another agent, green coffee bean “EXTRACT”. They found that chlorogenic acid COMPOUND alone showed a moderate weight-reducing effect. However, the green coffee bean EXTRACT with GCA  produced much greater weight loss.13 This was attributed to its ability to inhibit the absorption of fats from the intestine and enhance fat metabolism in the liver.1

 Compelling Weight-Loss Results with “CROSSOVER STUDY”

To determine conclusively that green coffee bean EXTRACT has a potent anti-obesity benefit, scientists set up a study of rigorous design: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover study on humans.

In a crossover study,  participants are cycled through different phases of treatment and placebo. In this case, subjects took a high dose of green coffee bean extract with GCA patented product for 6 weeks, a lower dose green coffee bean extract for 6 weeks, and a placebo for 6 weeks in a randomized, double-blind manner.  Between phases, there was a 2-week “washout” period, making the entire study 22 weeks long.

Crossover studies are considered sound,  because each person in the test group serves as his or her own control. This improves the chances of getting an accurate result, because it eliminates the possibility of the outcome reflecting a difference between the active and control groups.  Instead, any difference in results can be attributed with much greater  confidence to the different supplements taken.

To ensure the findings were more representative, the investigation enlisted both men and women.

Participants were restricted to those who were classified by their BMI as obese or pre-obese, because those who have these conditions are subject to obesity’s metabolic effects and find weight loss difficult to achieve.

To avoid any confounding effect from drugs, subjects were excluded if they had taken any medications known to influence weight during the previous 6 months.

To further ensure that any effect on weight, body fat or BMI could be solely attributed to the extract, there were no significant changes in dietary calories or in the dietary percentages of carbohydrates, fat, and proteins at any time during the study. There were also no significant changes in exercise.  The daily capsules were the only intervention, although in a non-study situation, people seeking weight reduction would ideally combine this intervention with lower calorie consumption and greater physical activity to   promote maximum weight loss.

During the high-dose phase, subjects took 400 mg of green coffee bean extract, three times daily. The lower dose phase included 400 mg of extract, taken twice daily. The placebo phase involved a 400 mg dose three times daily of an inert capsule containing an inactive substance.

If you would like more information green coffee bean extract with GCA the subjects were given contact  beckylgould@gmail.com

In June 2012, the scientists reported the   striking results.

Although there were no changes in calorie intake or exercise over the 22-week trial, the investigators found that all subjects experienced an impressive reduction in  body weight, BMI, and body fat during both the high-dose and low-dose phases of the study, but not in the placebo phase!After just 12 weeks  of administering 400 mg green coffee bean extract GCA three times a day over the course of the 22-week study, the scientists found that:

  • Weight decreased by over 17.6 pounds on average—with some subjects losing more than 22.7 pounds!
  • BMI decreased by an average of 2.92!
  • Body fat decreased by an average 4.44%, with some subjects losing 6.44% of their body fat!
  • Heart rate decreased by a significant average of 2.56 beats per minute!

The substantial anti-obesity impact was clearly reflected in the finding that a remarkable 37% of participants who were assessed as having pre-obesity (25-30 BMI) at the start of the study had their condition reversed to the  normal-weight range!

A study follow-up showed that, contrasting with food-restriction diets, a surprising 87.5% of the test subjects were able to maintain their weight loss after completing the study. No side effects were observed.

If you would more information on Green Coffee Bean Extract GCA product used in this study contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Exploring the Biochemical Mechanisms

Research into exactly how green coffee bean extract produces its dramatic pound-shedding effect is in its early stages. However, existing evidence indicates that this powerful coffee extract has the ability to safely decrease the intestinal uptake of glucose, fats, and carbohydrates—and reduce the absorption of   calories! Research shows that it also interferes with glucose transport and the production and storage of fats; and promotes utilization of glucose and breakdown of fats. Scientists speculate that its multiple   biochemical mechanisms may work to:

  • Inhibit the enzyme amylase, which would decrease the gastrointestinal tract absorption of sugar and calories
  • Interfere with glucose-6-phosphatase, an enzyme involved in creation of often surplus blood glucose from protein and fats
  • Suppress accumulation of hepatic triglycerides
  • Alter body-fat distribution
  • Downregulate fatty acid and cholesterol biosynthesis
  • Upregulate fatty acid oxidation and expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR-alpha), a key regulator of lipids and glucose
  • Interfere with glucose transport
  • Inhibit pancreatic lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fats in the digestive tract
  • Retard absorption of fats from the intestine, and activate fat metabolism in the liver
  • Enhance energy metabolism
  • Reduce lipogenesis and fat accumulation by downregulating sterol regulatory element-binding protein and similar molecules
  • Inhibit the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which breaks apart complex sugars and enhances their absorption into the blood
  • Increase the signal protein for insulin receptors in liver cells, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing glucose levels
  • Antagonize glucose uptake in the proximal small intestine, shifting absorption to more distal regions of the small intestine, thus reducing overall glucose uptake
  • Promote synthesis of the homeodomain transcription factor IDX-1, which helps the insulin-regulating beta cells respond to increases in plasma glucose
  • Promote dispersal of the sodium ion (Na+) electrochemical gradient, in turn reducing glucose absorption
  • Enhance whole-body metabolism, as shown by greater consumption

Whatever the mechanism through which green coffee bean extract delivers its beneficial effects, it has been shown to have a unique anti-obesity benefit: it substantially reduces body weight and body fat—even without a change in exercise or calorie consumption.

Summary

Obesity increases the risk of chronic diseases and puts its victims at a 200-300% greater risk of death.3,4

The good news is that scientists have found that green coffee bean extract can intervene in a unique way to inhibit the process behind obesity. Its compounds can reduce levels of fat11-16 and glucose14,15,17-27 in the body—and can decrease the absorption of calories!10

In a recent, placebo-controlled study on humans, green coffee bean extract decreased weight by a remarkable average of over 17.6 pounds!28 And 37% of participants reversed their pre-obesity status back to the normal-weight range!28 These results confirm  that green coffee bean extract is a unique and potent intervention to halt obesity.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, or would like to know what brand of green coffee bean extract was used in this study contact   beckylgould@gmail.com

About Becky G:
Becky G is a registered distributor for the company that has conducted this study. Although Dr Oz did not come out and mention the name of this company, he endorses this patented Green Coffee Extract as 1 out of 2 products that people should purchase because of the regulation adn patent of the product with GCA.

Becky works with one of the most reputable companies in the world, working towards finding a cure for the obesity & type II diabetes epidemic. She began her mission with Vitamin Advocates because she was personally “duped”, purchasing a fake product from a less then honest company. So she set to discover the truth about supplements and the manufacturers that make them. Shortly thereafter, she decided to create a safe haven website for blog readers so that they can find trustworthy products and be personally advised on an what products are best for each persons individual health needs. Her motto is “always be transparent to others and have the ultimate goal of expressing genuine kindness, compassion, and honesty in every endeavor.”

Becky started the Vitamin Advocate website after being accepted by this company (that conducted the study) as an official distributor for their product line. She was honored to represent the product line that she trusts most and to have the privilege to work along side people she admires in the supplement industry. Her site has helped others become employed as well as to be able to give back to the non-profit mission.  She writes her blog as hobby and also sees it as a way to connect to others that struggle with eating disorders, weight loss issues, menopause, diabetes, and other health related issues. She has survived and recovered almost completely from a spinal cord injury that nearly left her lifeless and she attributes this to her quest for cellular re-growth and through usage of alternative health products. She has also recovered from an eating disorder, bulimia, which she struggled with for over 10 years. She has 3 kids and is married to a wonderful man who is type 1 diabetic since the age of 8. Becky’s son is one of the longest living heart transplants in the world (25years). He continues to teach her that it is the quality of life that matters most and that life is too short to worry about the small stuff! Her goal is to help improve the quality of life by providing resources that help family members, friends, and blog readers. Her life goal is to be able to provide holistic care and products to those that cannot afford to do so.

If you have any questions at all for Becky, please email her directly at beckylgould@gmail.com and she will address your question, comment, or concern.

References for the study
1. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/. Accessed on April 24, 2012.2. Adams KF, Schatzkin   A, Harris TB, et al. Overweight, obesity, and mortality in a large   prospective cohort of persons 50 to 71 years old. N Engl J Med. 2006   August 24;355(8):763-78.3. Available at : http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/1/61/49716427.pdf. Accessed April 24, 2012.4. Conway B, Rene A.   Obesity as a disease: no lightweight matter. Obes Rev. 2004 3:145-51.5. Ouchi N, Ohashi K,   Shibata R, Murohara T. Adipocytokines and obesity-linked disorders. Nagoya   J Med Sci. 2012 Feb;74(1-2):19-30.6. Larson-Meyer DE,   Heilbronn LK, Redman LM, et al. Effect of calorie restriction with or without   exercise on insulin sensitivity, beta-cell function, fat cell size, and   ectopic lipid in overweight subjects. Diabetes Care. 2006   Jun;29(6):1337-44.7. Kant AK, Graubard   BI. Secular trends in patterns of self-reported food consumption of adult   Americans: NHANES 1971-1975 to NHANES 1999-2002. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006   Nov;84(5):1215-23.8. Bagnol D, Al-Shamma   HA, Behan D, Whelan K, Grottick AJ. Diet-induced models of obesity (DIO) in   rodents. Curr Protoc Neurosci. 2012 Apr;Chapter 9:Unit9.38.9.   Fair AM, Montgomery K. Energy balance, physical activity, and cancer risk. Methods   Mol Biol. 2009;472:57-88.&7-keto, raspberry ketone, forskolin, saffron, Dr Oz, taking 7 keto and green coffee bean extract, taking raspberry ketone and green coffee extract, raspberry ketone and 7 keto, weight loss supplements, biggest loser, life Extension

Thoughts BEFORE you buy: Green Coffee Extract, Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, or ANYTHING for that matter…”Vitamin Buying Tips for Dummies, 101″

Entertaining Thoughts BEFORE you purchase: Green Coffee Bean Extract, Raspberry Ketone, 7 Keto, OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER…..”Vitamin Purchasing Tips for Dummies 101”

I have to laugh at the great comments that are coming in to me from all over the world! It is just amazing at what companies will do to make a buck on the weight loss groupies like us! So just to give you some humor, (since the subject of fraud is so negative), let me shed light on some of the entertaining stories that have been told to me about peoples experiences buying products online, including my own dumb blonde purchase!….Now, don’t get me wrong, these stories are heart wrenching  because the buyers are devastated, betrayed, defeated, and then angry…. So it is not that I am not compassionate, I AM, but I truly want all of us to learn through these mistakes…..A Must Read Blog:  “Vitamin purchasing tips for dummies”…

The stories told are true to form, however, the names and places have been changed to protect the fraudulent….

 

SO just imagine this..…..

Envision a dark red house in the small town of Wichita. Sitting at home there is a Mom and Pops, small child and they are watching the Dr. Oz show. He is featuring the Green Coffee Bean Extract today and the show is quite compelling suggesting that this product works for weight loss.  So Pops says to Mom, “hey lets sell the stuff and make some bucks, honey!” They make a few phone calls to the white label broker named Wizard of Oz and a few hours later they are in business! They don’t have to do anything except sit on the couch watching Dr. Oz, keeping notes of products, and imputing orders!  You see, the Wizard of Oz broker drop ships their orders  for them with their own label on the bottle that states; “Mom and Pops Green Coffee Caps.” Mom, Pops, and child continue to process orders, but now they are adding “Mom and Pops Saffron Caps” to their product line while picking out a brand new car that they will purchase online from the vitamin proceeds. The one thing that Mom and Pops did not realize was that the Wizard of Oz vitamin broker bought the product from Mr. Big Shot manufacturer who in turn bought overseas from the OverSea Express. No wonder the products are NOT WORKING….OverSea Express did not realize that the coffee needed to be extracted from the green coffee plant in order to work for weight loss effects. OverSea Express thought that real coffee mocha would work just FINE  as an alternative, plus it was cheaper. And for Saffron,  OverSea Express decided that the leaves crunched up and put into capsules  would work fine, too.  OverSea Express did not understand clearly what the objective was because there was a slight “language barrier”( or they just didn’t care)…. Not to mention there was a  “SEA- barrier”working to their advantage, too…lol

There was no testing done on the products that Mom and Pops ordered, so when the FDA came to their home, they were caught in their pajamas and did not have any idea of who OverSea Express was that sold fake product to Mr Big Shot who sold to Wizard of Oz who sold to Mom and Pops.  Mom and Pops were caught with their pajamas down and now had to return the money that they charged the consumers. Unfortunately, their new car was repossessed.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Do you get the drift? This is happening over and over and over again! We are falling prey to this pattern and in the process we are getting duped! Some of the little guys reselling products are not even laying a hand on the product, nor do they know what they are shipping to YOU! BEWARE. SUPPORT LEGITIMATE VITAMIN MANUFACTURES ONLY- if you would like the names of legitimate manufacturers or distributors contact beckylgould@gmail.com

NEXT STORY:

3 women write in to me  with this question; “do you think that these products are real?”

1) Jodie mails me real product samples to my home and clearly the product is fake- mocha.

2) Cheryl mails me sample of her products- Koolaid.

3) Dianna mails me products-  definitely coffee mocha.

Later I investigate domain names and websites of the companies that they have purchased the fake products from: (changed to protect the fraudulent- NOTE THESE ARE NOT REAL LINKS)

www.getskinnyquiktoday.com

www.nomorethunderthighs.com

www.drozjazzrazzdiet.com

COME ON PEOPLE…if the name LOOKS obviously like it is NOT a large company then guess what- it’s not! If the domain name is something stupid, so is the product!

So thereafter,  I went on Google maps to investigate the business locations. I looked up the addresses that were listed on the website contact pages to see where these companies actually are on the map- FYI,  Google maps is a great tool and will actually show you the exact real live photo of the dwelling that is listed for the address.  So this is what I found out about the addresses listed for the 3 bogus companies researched (and there are hundreds just like these):

1)    One showed the address as a huge dirt lot with a bird sanctuary behind it

2)    One showed that they were in a huge high rise in Vegas, however, when I called several of the tenants there to verify, no one had heard of the vitamin company name – they did not reside in the building

3)    One was a middle of the road brown 2 story home, in the suburbs; ford truck in front and kids toys in the front yard (mom and pops were probably inside entering Saffron “leaf” orders in their pajamas)

 SO now you have it….”the truth”.

 So if you are questioning the company that you bought product from it is best that you find out what their headquarters look like OR know the distributor and what they stand for!  Now, before I get too mean, let me also let you to know that I feel that being a distributor for a legitimate company is very ethical and honorable.  So there is a difference between “mom and pops” and the “distributor”.  A distributor may really be legitimate, too.  I am NOT against reselling products, but there are rules of ethics that should be kept.

Becky G’s word of ethical reselling that Companies should stand behind:

1)    It is not ethical for a reseller to NOT KNOW what  is in the product that  they are selling. Period- end of story. Products should ALL be tested. So ask the company you are buying from for a certification or analysis document.

2)    It is not ethical to LIE about the nature of a business. Period. Test them before you buy and research.

3)    It is not ethical for a business to pretend that it is  something that  “they are NOT” (like resides in a high rise..lol) 

4)    If is not ethical for a company to put a label on a product that is not accurate or to add anything harmful to a product and not disclose it- SO  investigate before purchasing.

5)    It is illegal and not ethical to falsely market something. DO your research and look for marketing tactics.

6)    It is unethical to alter reviews to increase sales- DO not trust reviews, trust real people and TRUST your INTUITION.

 

WRAP UP- Vitamin Purchasing for Dummies 101:

Do your research and if it does not feel right, don’t purchase. Take your time. Support legitimate manufactures and distributors. Be willing and expect to pay more for products that have been tested, trademarked, branded, or patented. Do not buy from places that PIT one sale against another and barter for price. You will be looking for trouble because those are the sites that have most of the mom and pops on them. Also, if a product is really cheap and it is a name brand from a manufacturer, then that is a problem. Manufacturers have a BOTTOM price that the reseller cannot go below. So if it priced lower than 25% then they are probably expired, or rebottled. Be aware of what you are buying andfrom  who.

Pledge to be a “safe purchaser supporting legitimate companies”.

If you have ANY questions contact me personally at beckylgould@gmail.com and I will do my best to get back to you promptly.

Notes about Becky G:

Becky g is a legitimate distributor and works with one of the most reputable companies in the world, working towards finding a cure for the obesity epidemic & type II diabetes. She began this endeavor because she was duped, purchasing a fake product and it rolled out from there!  Thereafter, she decided to create a safe haven for blog readers to go where they can find trustworthy products and be personally advised on an individual health basis need. Becky resides in Modesto Ca. and owns her own ecommerce business selling custom direct mail throughout the US. She writes as hobby and also as a way to connect to others that struggle with eating disorders, weight loss issues, menopause, and other health related issues. She has survived a spinal cord injury, and full recovery from bulimia. Her son is one of the longest living heart transplants in the world (25years). Her goal is to lengthen and improve quality of life by providing resources that help her family, friends, and blog readers…Her life goal is to be able to provide holistic care and products to those that cannot afford to do so.

 

 

The Saffron Phenomenon- Proven to have Profound Effect on Weight Loss…”Now Considered a Scientific Breakthrough!”

Saffron- the new “FEEL GOOD” medicine for weight loss!

This is SO exciting! Now it really makes sense to me why I often had those cravings for carbs! This article explains how carbohydrates act as a serotonin trigger, which makes us feel happy, peaceful, & content! No wonder we love them! So the reason that our brain and body crave carbs is because it wants that RUSH of a GOOD feeling that our brain is longing for AGAIN and AGAIN!  So now there is a natural alternative to getting the serotonin “high” WITHOUT getting the calories! So obviously, if we take Saffron, the  “feel-good pill”, then we no longer need the food to get that feeling we so desire…Make sense? Read on about this new proven scientific breakthrough… this IS EXCITING!

– It’s a phenomenon that as modern science progresses, mother nature is consistently found to produce some of the healthiest and most effective chemical compounds available. Turns out this new finding shows that one of the promising and powerful chemical may have been in our kitchen all along. Researchers have recently found in a weight loss study that the participant had a significant improvement in weight loss due to taking an extract derived from the commonly known spice, Saffron.

The compound Satiereal, or more commonly known as Saffron Extract, had a tremendous effect on serotonin levels in the brain. Saffron Extract works as a hunger suppressant and seems curb appetites by boosting serotonin levels. Weight issues often times are a result of over eating and frequent snacking. Carbohydrates and simple sugars react in the similar way to saffron extract by triggering a serotonin response in the brain that gives a sense of calm. The major difference, however, is not consuming the extra calories. Participants in the study found that overall were less hungry and experienced noticeable difference in their hunger cravings.

A second response to the participants was an improvement in their overall mood. Both participants and researchers a like noted a remarkable difference in the mood and attitude during the course of the study. Researchers attributed the improvement as another benefit of saffron extract effect on serotonin levels. In fact, many anti-depressants are made to increase levels in the brain.

Because saffron is considered to be one of the most expensive spices in the world, producers have isolated the extract to allow for proper dosage. Saffron extract supplements have been made not only improve weight loss but to feel better. The saffron extract that has been isolated is extracted using scientific method to isolate the raw component condense, and make it consumable. It does not come without a cost, though, as it is expensive and sensitive extraction method. Satiereal is patented and therefore, is a rare commodity. For information on manufacturers that extract and sell the patented Satiereal Saffon contact beckylgould@gmail.com

All the recent findings support the fact that saffron has been used for centuries in the Middle East and Europe has a high sought after for the benefits on vitality and as a remedy for cough, asthma, and better skin.

The weight reduction results are extremely promising for Saffron – lose weight by being less hungry and experience an elevation in moods. Though Saffron extract should always be part of a healthy diet and exercise routine; this is a breakthrough finding that can have a profound effect on individuals who struggle with weight loss and food cravings. It is also proven effective for mild depression. All in all, scientists are excited about this new breakthrough and you can expect to hear more about studies conducted on human subjects, especially diabetics. We are hoping that this breakthrough may aid in the diabetes epidemic and reduce childhood obesity. The results are favorable!

For more information on Saffron Extract and what it can do, contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Also, there have been positive results reported when taking Saffron and an additional metabolism booster such as Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, Green Coffee Bean Extract, or CLA.

Talk to your physician prior to taking any products. Discuss drug interactions. Be Safe…

 

 

How to know if you bought FAKE Green Coffee Extract- Pictures of REAL vs Fake!

Fake Green Coffee vs Real Green Coffee

Dear Blog Readers;

WARNING!!!

I am putting this picture out on the internet because there because some companies are actually selling FAKE products online and I wanted you to be aware of this. This product, featured on the left hand side is from a well known suppliment company that promotes the product as “PURE 400 or 800 mg Green Coffee Bean Extract” as sold on the internet for $29-$46.

The reason that I came across the product was from one of my readers  that decided to open up the capsule to see what it tasted like. She had actually GAINED weight over the weekend so this prompted her to investigate.  She had been reading the blogs that I have been posting on this product and keyed in that this did not match up to what the “REAL” product should look and taste like. When  she tasted the dark brown powder it was SWEET and had a slight chocolate flavor.  The real green bean coffee extract is EXTREMELY bitter.  That is the reason why they do not sell powdered Green Coffee Bean Extract. It is almost unbearable to try to ingest without it being in a capsule.  Also, the REAL green coffee powder is beige, with a slightly golden hue.  The product that the blog reader received was medium brown, with  white speckles (of SUGAR)! No wonder she gained weight!

So this blog is just to show you exactly how companies prey on vulnerable people. When demand is high and the calls are coming in for Dr. Oz promoted products, some companies get greedy and their code of  ethics are challenged. Most of the companies that offer the REAL product are on back order based on demand. But the ones that race out and fill a veggie cap with swiss mocha are laughing all the way to the bank while the consumers lose trust, gain weight, and get taken for a ride! It just is NOT RIGHT!

The same thing is happening with all of the products that Dr. Oz is recommending. Raspberry Ketone is being sold as “kool-aid”, and 7 Keto is being sold as a filler. The list goes on and on because in desperate times such as this ecomic climate we are currently in, “desperate people do desperate things”!

SO PLEASE, do your research before spending your hard earned money. It is better to spend a little bit more time investigating and a little bit more money on a company that is legitimate.

If you receive a product I challenge you to open it up and taste it. If you suspect that it may not be the “real deal” then send it to me and I will have a lab find out if it is truly the real product it claims to be.

I cannot give out the name of the company that is represented with the fake product on this blog due to legal ramifications. However, I am able to share that in an email if you contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com

Also, I will give you my address if you would like to have any suspicious products tested.

Thank you for reading and please pass this on……becky g :O)

Rasberry Ketone, 7-Keto, and Green Coffee Extract…Are they Better TOGETHER???

Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, and Green Coffee… Do these Products Work Better “TOGETHER”???

I am very excited to write this blog. I have been getting a positive response from blog readers that are utilizing the supplements that Dr. Oz has been suggesting and many are experiencing weight loss! So I wanted to report in with some of these stories and facts of what is working and what is not. There seems to be a few similarities with regards to HOW THEY ARE LOSING THE WEIGHT!!!!

The Question of the Day: Why are the products working for some and not for others???

We all have high expectations, especially when we hearing things from Dr. Oz like   “Miracle in a Bottle” or “Melts Away Belly Fat”!  But come on, let’s face the facts, that this is REAL life and there is not a miracle pill, yet, or we would all be Skinny Minnie’s by now!  But, one thing is true about this hyped up madness is that  by having high hopes it gives us that spark we need to re-motivate ourselves, drag our butts out of bed and away from the Twinkies, and rekindle the spirit that drives us to want to be better,  healthier, AND ultimately skinnier selves.

The things that I hear from people that are having success with weight loss all seem to have a few things in common:

  1. They don’t expect the products to work overnight. They understand that just like prescription medications, they take time to get in to the system and the body to adapt to the metabolic change. Changes do not happen overnight. Patience is a virtue. They allow for at least 2-4 weeks before they even start to make a conclusion regarding the effects of the product.
  2. They start with one product at a time using them slowly and use them as DIRECTED, instead of the “FULL ON BOARD” approach (like becky g).  They don’t (unlike me)go for the maximum strength or the mega dose, but are methodical in their approach and start one product at a time to analyze and to assure their success, not sabotage their health with high doses and mixed products that are setting themselves up for a disastrous  concoction.
  3. They listen to their Doctors advice AND listen to their bodies. If one product is not working, they move on to another without any regrets…”nothing gained nothing lost” theory.
  4. They start an exercise program even if it is very minimal.
  5. They chose to eat healthier  “out with the old in with the new” approach.
  6. They purchase a higher end, quality products knowing that companies that conduct extensive testing on human studies come with a price tag.  They are in it to win it and go for the best products that offer factual research data with patented formulas. If you would like the name of the companies that offer patented products contact me: beckylgould@gmail.com
  7. They have an overall positive mental attitude and can laugh at themselves.  They do not see failure as a negative, only a way to learn and grow from it.
  8. They detox and cleanse their body regularly and understand that a detoxed body sets the stage for success. They are willing to do the prerequisites to set themselves up to succeed at any cost (understanding the more they poop the better they will feel!) If you would like suggestions with a detox program contact me.
  9. They are optimistic and see the glass half full. They, despite all odds, try to hold on to hope and new possibilities for a new, healthier life. They see the BIG picture.
  10. They are perseverant and do not give up.  They are stubborn survivors and despite many obstacles and heavy and even sad life lessons, they chose to learn from them instead of being victimized and allowing this to sabotage their happiness. They are warriors!

So this boils down to one simple question….IS MORE THEN ONE  PRODUCT BETTER???

Re-read step #1 and # 2 above. These are the hardest steps because without realistic expectations, you might as well have burned the money that you paid for the supplement products you just bought and gone on vacation with fat pills instead!  I feel like this step # 2 is personally a life lesson for me screaming these words, “DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH HIGHER DOSAGES and MORE PRODUCTS AND DOOM YOURSELF! DON’T BE COMPULSIVE AND EXPECT INSTANT RESULTS…GIVE IT TIME.GO SLOW. ADD PRODUCTS ONE AT A TIME EVALUTATING EACH AS YOU GO!”

It is SO true that we set ourselves up to fail when we act impulsively. Our society seems to think that MORE is better! I understand what it is like to be impatient and want immediate gratification. We LOVE the fantasy of instant gratification, however, it is just not logical to expect that some “green coffee extract  from a plant” is going to take us down to a size skinny in a week, or even 2 weeks, or even 3 weeks. GIVE IT TIME.  We need to go slow and pace ourselves so that we know what products are really helping and which ones are not. Had I NOT tried a HUGE (Gigantic) high dose of Raspberry Ketone I might be 10 lbs skinnier by now, but instead I thought that “more was better”. You see, I decided to go straight to the HIGHEST DOSE of Raspberry Ketone right out of the chute. Then I broke out in a raised red rash all over my chest and my “miracle pill fantasy” was suddenly over in a heartbeat. I angrily shoved the RK pills (all 3 of them) to the back of the pill closet. Now I am scared of Raspberries while others are reporting in that they are working wonders for them and they are losing weight!  I am saddened with my “rash factor” and wasted money.  In fact, the Raspberry Ketones probably could have helped me if I was not so stupid and taken such a high dose, only to sabotage my own success! Dumb. (yes, in case you are wondering, I am blonde…)

ADDING MORE PRODUCTS- Are the risks worth it?

This is a controversial question. Most of these products, Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, CLA, and Green Coffee Bean Extract have just not been tested that much to know how they interact with each other. Raspberry Ketone has not yet been tested on humans so there are no studies to reassure us that it is completely safe. So if you are going to use this product, talk to your Doctor and have them monitor your vitals. Once you are safely into your 4th week on the product, then you can consider adding the others. Realize that all of these products increase metabolism in one form or another. So your body is creating more heat. Heat is usually felt to some degree if you have a quality product. This can cause things like blood pressure, heart rate, or menopause symptoms (like hot flashes) to increase. Heat is HEAT. So it is strongly advised that if you do take more than one product at a time, be careful to monitor yourself closely, whether that be with supervision of a Doctor or Homeopathic Specialist.  There are no studies with combined products interactions. You ARE the human study!  There have been great results reported with combining products, but there are also risks given that most products are very new to the marketplace. Reports of either Raspberry Ketone OR 7- Keto DHEA combined with Green Coffee Extract are providing excellent results! Also, adding Saffron to help the serotonin receptors and acting as a mental booster has been reported as offering positive weight loss results. There is really no magic formula, so you are your best judge at what is working for you.

SO in a Nut Shell…

SO in a nutshell, people ARE losing weight and combining products. It is still uncertain if this is a risk or not. Consult with a Doctor and make sure your vitals are being monitored on a regular basis. I am not a doctor whatsoever, so this is just reported data based on what people are writing in about. The verdict is not conclusive, however, the products seem to be overall producing good results when combined with the 10 steps above. If you are NOT getting good results and would like a list of patented products and the manufactures that guarantee their products are REAL, email me at beckylgould@gmail.com

I wish everyone the very best for a SAFE and HEALTHY weight loss experience!

Becky g

If you have any questions about this article or would like research from a national data center regarding product ratings and drug interaction please contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com

Did you get the REAL Green Coffee Bean Extract or did you get COFFEE GROUNDS?

Will the REAL Green Coffee Bean Manufacturers PLEASE STAND UP???

HOW TO KNOW IF A COMPANY IS LEGITIMATE WITH LABELING AND MARKETING? I am so saddened when I  hear a personal story about how the green coffee bean extract is not working for them and how discouraged they are. Mainly, the reason for their failure is because they are either getting fake product, sub par product, or no product at all because it never arrived!  It is sad enough to be duped, but is is really sad to see people lose their trust in vitamins and supplements and lose their HOPE.  Originally, people were writing in everyday or so excited about most their recent purchase of “Green Coffee Bean Extract” only to find out later that the capsule was filled with coffee grounds similar to instant mocha. Yes, one gal wrote in to tell me that she suspected something fishy because she had actually gained a pound over the past weekend. So she opened up the capsule to taste it just to see what the flavoring was like. Knowing from her research that the organic raw coffee should taste “bitter,” she could not believe it when the powder was a sweet and chocolate flavor! Not only that, but the color was white and brown, just like ground coffee, chocolate, and sugar! Real green coffee extract products should be a beige color powder in a clear capsule!  No wonder she gained weight! (If you would like more information on this contact beckylgould@ymail.com )

Anyway, this is just one sad story and reason for everyone  to do their research before acting on emotion and making an impulsive internet purchase. We all need to work together to inform others when something appears to be wrong with a product. Use YELP to report negative experiences with products or service.  Good things happen to good companies, bad things happen to bad companies.  The truth always prevails.  End of story. If you would like more information on the ratings and reviews on green coffee bean extract contact me at beckylgould@ymail.com

Anyway, you can tell I am in a bummer mood to say the least. I write these blogs to try to help people make good choices and hopefully hear back success stories that I can blog about.  I am also in the advertising business so I understand marketing all too well. But one thing is for certain there is good marketing and bad marketing. If  a product manufacturer has a really good product that will HELP someone then that is fantastic! Sell it to everyone that can benifit from it and earn a decent profit! Right?

The worst part of this blog and my day writing this, is that I feel sad that I may dash your spirits with some ugly news. I feel obligated to get this out  because a huge percentage of people that write in to me  have been asking about the brand  that they have purchased and whether or not it is a good product??? Unfortunately, this recent report is a huge disappointment and I am sorry to be the deliverer of bad news. The company that MOST PEOPLE are buying the green coffee bean product from is a website called PURE_________ (hint hint). I cannot say  the name directly or I will be kicked off of wordpress, however, on their website is a green box that says “TRUST PILOT” . When you click the box it shows all of the 2,373 reviews about this company and they have literally pathetic comments! Yes, 2373 MAD CUSTOMERS and some have not even received their product. They do not answer the phone and they also apparently do not currently reside at the contact address.  They have a 2.1 rating on green coffee bean, yet they market so heavily on pay per click that you cannot miss them. So ALMOST every person that writes to me is purchasing this product. Since the site is getting rich on the sales, they can afford to pay google thousands of dollars to get their website to flash in front of you, waving their coffee product at the top of the internet pages shouting it’s praises!   Plus they are making false advertising claims stating that their product is PURE 100% Green Coffee Extract with NO fillers! This is just not true unless they are using coffee grounds,  chocolate, or hopefully not dog food!

You see, REAL green coffee extract needs 2 fillers. One acts as a binding ingredient so that the extract can be pressed effectively into a capsule formula. The other is a preservative so that the product will not go rancid and will hold a shelf life. Without fillers you would get a product that may make you sick or lose it’s organic properties that produce the results it was originally intended for. Fillers should be in an easy to dissolve, veggie based capsule. Never use a product that is in synthetic capsule because it most likely will not even dissolve in your system.  The undigested synthetic capsule is like litereally “dumping” the goods before they hit the system. This is not healthy and  is very hard on your intestines and bowels.

Ok, to sum it up: The bad news is that all products are not real and we also know that all companies are not ethical, but THE GOOD NEWS IS that there ARE legitimate and ethical companies out there selling the REAL GREEN COFFEE BEAN EXTRACT! The bottom line is pretty simple, “you get what you pay for”. This means that if you want a product that is superior then you need to make sure that the manufacturer has done some serious research and testing on it! To do human studies, to patent the formula, and to certify a product takes a huge amount money. So I guess if you want to risk taking a sub par product at a reduced price go ahead and not much waisted (or gained).   Remember that  good, quality  products go through enormous testing phases and that this process  includes paying high salaries to all of the  Mds, Phd’s, and Engineers to roll out the  process! So when considering  buying specialized products (not run of the mill such as vitamin C),it may pay off to spend a little more money to get the best quality product out there for optimal results. I finally made the decision after years of giving back to everyone else but myself, that it is time for ME… and I am worth it!  AND you are too :O)

Real product IS OUT THERE. If you would like a list of ratings on real green coffee bean extract there is an unbiased national data review that can be viewed. Contact me if you would like it sent to you at beckylgould@gmail.com  Also, if you question a product that you have purchased, take a picture of the powder, capsule, bottle, and label and send it to me. I will look into it in more detail.

AND “thank you” to all of you who are writing in to tell your honest stories.  I know how hard it is for everyone including myself to lose weight and I feel for everyone at a very deep level. Also thank you for allowing me to VENT by frustration with this blog :O) I am truly blessed to have friends that are on the same page!

Becky g

If you have any questions about any of the products on my blogs please feel free to email me at beckylgould@ymail.com If I do not know the answer to your question, as I am not a liscensed Dr,  I have access to educated MDs  and homeopathic doctors who can assist you with addressing your health realted concerns.Thank you-

The SAFFRON Weight Loss Connection- The “Mind-Body” SOLUTION!

The Saffron Weight Loss Connection

After listening to Dr Oz’ episode on Saffron, I was intrigued enough to investigate whether the report from Oz was true or just another gimmick?   Come to find out that Saffron may offer promising new solutions for weight loss! The only negative fact about Saffron is that it is difficult to harvest, thus  an expensive end consumer product.The following will explain the facts about SAFFRON, how it works with the mind and body, and also where to find reputable manufacture with a quality, “none-placebo” product. Read on about the “good news”…..

2010 Study on Saffron and Serotonin:

Based on recent findings in a 2010 study, it has been proposed that saffron extracts might inhibit serotonin reuptake in synapses. Inhibiting synaptic serotonin reuptake keeps this mood-elevating neurotransmitter in the brain longer, enhancing its positive side effects while combating depression which may also lead to weight loss. This proposed mechanism is supported by recent animal studies demonstrating antidepressant properties in extracts of multiple parts of the saffron plant.27

Saffron extracts have also demonstrated efficacy in managing mild to moderate depression and anxiety in humans,  the same disorders that drive emotional eating. This suggests a novel alternative to antidepressant drugs and to weight loss pharmaceuticals.

What You Need to Know: Saffron Extract

A historic 2010 study conclusively demonstrated that the neurochemical processes behind compulsive eating and drug addiction are identical, suggesting a neurological intervention for appetite control and other addictive intervention.

  • No safe, effective drug exists to favorably alter the neurochemistry of appetite control, and some, like fen-phen, have proven deadly,
  • A proprietary extract of saffron has been shown to reduce the impulses behind uncontrolled between-meal snacking safely and effectively,
  • Scientists believe it works primarily by boosting levels of serotonin, reducing the depression, anxiety, and stress central to compulsive eating,
  • Saffron extract has been shown to be as effective as the tricyclic antidepressant drug imipramine and the SSRI fluoxetine (Prozac) in managing depression — with no side effects.
  • By targeting the neurochemistry at the root of compulsive eating behavior, Saffron  extract serves as a safe, natural way to reduce caloric intake and induce weight loss.

Extracts of saffron have been proven superior to placebo for management of mild to moderate depression in a number of controlled clinical trials, consistently producing better outcomes. Saffron extracts also outperformed placebo in a related study of premenstrual symptoms. The premenstrual phase is often accompanied by depressed mood and caloric over-consumption, thus saffron also helps with depression and weight loss regarding PMS.

Even more compelling are the comparative data on saffron and prescription antidepressants. In one study, just 30 mg of standardized saffron extract delivering active constituents such as safranal and crocin produced results similar to 100 mg of the tricyclic antidepressant. The same amount of saffron extract produced results identical to the popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (Prozac) in separate trials. Saffron produced no side effects, while the antidepressants produced a familiar list of negative side effects, including dry mouth and sedation.

Emotional and compulsive eating have ties to anxiety as well as depression. Animal studies show that safranal possesses anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) properties without affecting coordination or motor activity. One pre-clinical model found that saffron extracts were as effective as diazepam (Valium) at reducing manifestations of anxiety.

A complementary body of research indicates a positive role for saffron extracts containing safranal as an optimal intervention for stress and anxiety and overall weightloss. — core factors in the development of eating compulsions or anorexic behaviors.

Habitual Snacking: A Dangerous Seesaw Effect Snacking isn’t necessarily dangerous … but it can be. It depends on the snack food. Every time you ingest a snack rich in sugar, you’re unknowingly subjecting your body to what clinicians oral glucose tolerance test. You’re placing a stressful demand on your body to produce excessive amounts of insulin to drive down the abrupt spike in blood sugar caused by the snack food you just ingested. This insulin spike then causes a sudden decline in blood sugar levels and that decline triggers yet another hunger episode. The result is a seesaw of mutually reinforcing impulses that may culminate in a dangerous cycle of uncontrolled eating. Many compulsive eaters focus on weight management without recognizing the centrality of this extremely detrimental physiological process to their suffering. Reducing your exposure to these endless fluctuations in blood glucose is the key to taking control of your compulsion to eat. Modulating the neurochemical factors behind habitual snacking can help.

Natural Anxiety and Stress Control Treating anxiety with benzodiazepines like Valium (diazepam) may be temporarily effective but it produces significant side effects — among them impaired memory.  In contrast, saffron extracts not only reduce the depression and anxiety that can lead to emotional eating, they prevent memory impairment. In fact, saffron extracts have been shown to enhance memory.

Summary A historic 2010 study conclusively demonstrated that the neurochemical processes behind compulsive eating and drug dependency are identical — suggesting a novel neurological intervention for appetite control. While no safe, effective drug exists to favorably alter the neurochemistry of appetite, a proprietary saffron extract has been shown to reduce uncontrolled between-meal snacking without side effects.

  • A complementary body of research indicates a positive role for saffron extracts containing safranal as an optimal intervention for stress and anxiety — core factors in the development of eating compulsions.
  • At the core of saffron’s power is a scientifically validated ability to boost levels of serotonin, reducing the depression, anxiety, and stress central to compulsive eating.

These effects, prized in traditional Persian medicine and corroborated by a team of pioneering French researchers, have been shown to be equal in potency to the tricyclic imipramine and the SSRI fluoxetine (Prozac) in managing depression. By targeting the neurochemistry at the root of compulsive eating behavior, saffron extract serves as a safe, natural way to reduce caloric intake and induce weight loss.

Purchasing Information- Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. Dried stigmas from the saffron flower are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world’s most costly spices by weight. is native to Southwest Asia and was first cultivated in Greece..

Saffron’s bitter taste  and  hay-like fragrance result from the chemicals picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains a carotenoid dye, crocin, which imparts a rich golden-yellow hue to dishes and textiles. Iran now accounts for approximately 90 per cent of the world production of saffron. Because each flower’s stigmas need to be collected by hand and there are only a few per flower, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Expect to pay more money for saffron then you would normally pay for other holistic products due to the difficult harvesting process. Make sure you are using a reputable company for purchasing the product.

Dosage and Use: Take one capsule twice daily (morning and evening) with food or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

Caution and Side Effects: Do not exceed recommended dose. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications or if you have a bleeding disorder or kidney disease. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Warnings Information:

  • Keep Saffron A, for depression support, appetite control/suppressants out of reach of children,
  • Do not exceed recommended dose,
  • If you have a bad reaction or unwanted side effects, discontinue use immediately,

When using Saffron A for depression support, appetite control/suppressants to lose weight, please inform your physician.

If you would like a list of reputable manufacture sources for purchasing high quality saffron, please contact:

beckylgould@gmail.com

Konjak “the MIRACLE Root”…Lose 5.5 LBS in 15 days without dieting!!!

Konjak Root the “root of weight loss? Fact or Fiction?

After reading a bit about this famous “root” product, it caught my attention. Perhaps the Kojak root might actually help to eliminate those cravings that I get. I have always thought that if I didn’t have those occasional binges from sudden ravenous hunger attacks (more or less from starving myself) then I would probably be as skinny as a whip! Wow, what great news that this product not only might curb those hunger attacks, but also bind to the excess carbs to create less absorption. Does this really mean there will be zero weight gain after a binge? Sounds good to me! I think that Konjak Root will go on my “to test list”. I will keep you posted so read on….

Soluble fibers such as Konjac Root offer many health-promoting benefits through their ability to form a soft gel with water. Research indicates that soluble fibers help lower blood cholesterol, slow glucose absorption, lowers the glycemic index and promote regular bowel movements. While found in many sources such as fruits, vegetables, oats, and beans, the most-promising soluble fiber may come from Konjack root. Derived from Konjac root, it has an extraordinary water-holding capacity and is the most viscous of all known dietary fibers with many added benefits. It is important to know that not all fibers are created equal. Some “so called” similar products do not offer the full effects that we have proven with the Konjac root. Other fibers do not promote weight loss the way that the real fiber does.

Konjak root offers benefits for those seeking to lose weight. Studies show that supplementing with Konjak root enhances the weight-loss effects of a calorie-restricted diet. Konjak may promote weight loss in obese adults, even in the absence of a calorie-restricted diet. When obese adults consumed 1 gram of Konjac fiber one hour before each meal for 14 days, they lost an average of 5.5 pounds of body weight—with no other changes to their eating or exercise patterns.( If you would like a list of reputable manufacturers contact beckylgould@gmail.com)

Konjak root creates a feeling of satiety or fullness through its water-binding effects. By creating a thick gel, it delays gastric emptying and slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, which helps to lower levels of insulin and blood glucose. Additionally, Konjac root improves blood-lipid profiles and can lower systolic blood pressure. Because of these effects, it can greatly benefit individuals with low metabolic rates or diabetes.

The Importance of Supplementing using Konjac Root

The average American currently consumes only 12-17 grams of fiber a day from dietary sources, far below the 20-35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association and the 30 grams or more suggested by both the American Heart Association and the National Cancer Institute.

Since many people do not want to change or cannot change their diets, supplements and natural fiber products can help them benefit from fiber’s many beneficial effects. Supplemental fiber products can provide optimal combinations and amounts of fiber, as well as complementary nutrients such as calcium. Incorporating increased fiber intake into a daily plan for healthy living can help you lower your risk of heart attack and cancer, as well as prevent or manage such common conditions as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Moreover, fiber is a valuable tool in achieving optimal weight.

Medical professionals recommend adding fiber to the diet gradually until the body adjusts. Moreover, because soluble fibers form a gel with water, it is important to drink plenty of water with fiber supplements. Abundant water intake will help to optimize fiber’s actions in the body and prevent side effects.

Konjac Root is available in capsule or tablet. It also comes in a powder form. Asian women have claimed for years that it helps them maintain a desired weight, and more and more Americans are determined to find out if it’s true. By the appearance of Asian woman, it certainly holds merit. Now American women are seeking out beauty secrets kept by Asians for decades. The secrets out!

Konjac root fiber helps reduces blood fats, encourages weight loss, helps to keep blood sugar levels normal, and relieves constipation. When ingested, it takes on a jelly-like consistency and expands to make the stomach feel full. People are therefore satiated more quickly and are less likely to overeat, according to results of trials in which obese patients were put on calorie-restricted diets and given Konjak root. In addition, like most food fiber, Konjak root acts as a bulking agent in the colon, which stimulates peristalsis (the muscular movement that causes bowel evacuation).

Konjac root helped to keep glucose at optimal levels in baboon blood, suggesting that it may help control glucose levels in diabetics. A recent study indicates that this is likely to be true: When used along with conventional treatment, Konjac root fiber not only helped normalize and maintain blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, it also lowered both cholesterol and systolic blood pressure.

Like many soluble fibers, Konjak root can bind with a variety of substances in the digestive tract to slow digestion, relieve constipation and significantly reduce the absorption of fat and carbohydrates. Because it can absorb a great deal of water and promote a feeling of fullness, Konjak root is frequently recommended as a safe supplement intended to promote weight loss.

Glucomannan Safety and Side Effects

Unlike other soluble fibers, Konjak root  has the potential to bind with and reduce the absorption of certain nutrients – so a daily multivitamin supplement may be advisable for individuals consuming high doses of Konjac root fiber on a regular basis. Always check with your physician prior to taking this.

Also, it is important to make sure that the manufacturer of the product has done proper testing. Do not buy a product that has been made by an after market laboratory. It is always best to seek out a reputable supplier that has a past track record with good certified products.

If you would like a list of reputable manufactures email: beckylgould@gmail.com

Is your LIVER making you FAT?? Facts to SCARE you Skinny!

Is your LIVER holding you back from losing weight?

After researching  “the liver” and the role that it plays with weight loss, I was astounded and  wanted to share this information with you. I was stunned at just how important this organ is for good metabolism and ultimate “thinness”.  I was recently diognosed with having a slightly “fatty liver” and that really scared me!  So here is some information really worth reading and what we can do about it. Let’s take charge of our life events and not have events take charge of US!!! Read on to win the battle of the “liver roll” !!!

  • THE LIVER IS A FAT BURNING MANIAC: The liver is the major fat burning organ in the body and regulates fat metabolism by a complicated set of biochemical pathways. The liver can also pump excessive fat out of the body through the bile into the small intestines. If the diet is high in fiber, this unwanted fat will be carried out of the body via the bowel actions. Thus the liver is a remarkable machine for keeping weight under control, being both a fat burning organ and a fat pumping organ. Sounds great, right? Well, only if it is working to perfection!
  • A STONG LIVER CIRCULATES BILE : If the diet is low in fiber, some of the fats (especially cholesterol) and toxins that have been pumped by the liver into the gut through the bile will recirculate back to the liver.  It is the livers job to circulate and then re-circulates bile acids back into the small intestines  six to eight times a day. If this recirculated fluid is high in fat and/or toxins, this will contribute to excessive weight.   A high fiber diet will reduce the recirculation of fat and toxins from the gut back to the liver. This is vitally important for those with excessive weight, toxicity problems, and high cholesterol. So by eatting of plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as well as ground-up raw seeds will increase both soluble and insoluble fiber in the gut, and reduce recirculation of unwanted fat and toxins. If the liver filter is damaged by toxins or clogged up with excessive waste material it will be less able to remove small fat globules circulating in the blood stream. This will cause excessive fat to build up in the blood vessel walls and then may then gradually build up in many other parts of the body, including other organs, and in fatty deposits under the skin. Thus you may develop cellulite in the buttocks, thighs, arms and abdominal wall.  If the liver is dysfunctional, it will not manufacture adequate amounts of the good cholesterol (HDL), which travels out of the liver to scavenge the unhealthy cholesterol (LDL) from the blood vessel walls.
  • A SIGN OF A COMPROMISED LIVER IS  “LIVER ROLL”: If the liver filter is healthy, it allows dietary cholesterol to be shunted into the liver for metabolism or excretion through the bile. A healthy liver filter is essential to properly regulate blood cholesterol levels.If the liver does not regulate fat metabolism efficiently, weight gain tends to occur around the abdominal area and a “pot belly” will develop.  Another sign can be a roll of fat around the upper abdomen, which I affectionately call the “liver roll.” This is often a sign of a fatty liver. It can be almost impossible to lose this abdominal fat until the liver function is improved. Once this is done the liver will start burning fat efficiently again and the weight comes off gradually and without too much effort from you. It is not necessary to make yourself miserable by following a low fat, low calorie diet. What is effective in the long term is to eat the correct foods and nutrients for the liver to improve its fat burning function.
  • WEIGHT GAIN FROM A FATTY LIVER? Many people with excess fat in the abdominal area have a “fatty liver” and do not even know it. In this condition the liver has stopped burning fat and has turned into a fat storing organ! It becomes enlarged and swollen with greasy deposits of fatty tissue. Those with a fatty liver will not be able to lose weight unless they first improve liver function, with a good Liver Cleansing Diet and a good liver tonic. If you have a fatty liver it is vital to be patient, as it can take between 3 and 12 months, depending upon the amount of fat deposited in the liver, to remove the excess fat from the liver. After this accumulated liver fat has been removed, weight loss will occur easily. If you have a very severe case of fatty liver it can take several years to lose all of the excessive weight.   However, this is very successful in the long term and provides the best chance of restoring your figure and your health. Fatty liver is common and doctors often tell their patients with this problem not to worry too much because it is not serious. I disagree with this, because if you have a fatty liver, your chances of high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are significantly higher. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find a fatty liver in adolescents who consume a diet high in processed foods and soda pop.
  •   WRONG HORMONES OR TOXINS STRESS THE LIVER: If you overload the liver with the wrong type of hormone replacement therapy, drugs or toxins, the liver’s biochemical pathways will have less energy reserves left over to perform their function of fat metabolism. Thus these things can lead to weight gain. For menopausal women with a weight problem, the best type of hormone replacement therapy is that which bypasses the liver, namely hormone patches, creams or buccal lozenges. For more information regarding liver cleanses contact beckylgould@gmail.com
  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT A FATTY LIVER? Chances are if you are experiencing a comprimised or “fatty” liver, you will not be able to lose weight. The first step is to see a doctor to check your liver function. The next step is to ensure that your diet has a hearty dose of fruits, vegetables, and fiber in it. Milk thistle has been proven to be very good at reversing liver damage. Also, there are liver cleanses that can be helpful. It is best to elimate any processed foods that may contain toxins in them. Eat organic whenever possible and eat “raw foods” instead of processed foods. Start to look at all of your labels for toxins even with cleasing household products, makeup and lotions, and even hair care products. Eliminate or “buy green” and stop overloading your liver with products that have toxic ingredients. The sooner you start to treat your liver with respect, the quicker your body will start to shed the unwanted pounds. Most importantly, cut back on alchohol as this could be the culprit to your liver roll! For more information about quality milk thistle products or liver cleanses contact beckylgould@gmail.com
  • The great news is that your liver is very receptive and adaptable to change. Be nice to your liver and your liver will product a new “thiner” YOU!
  • If you would like more information on helpful products to help detox your liver and promote overall liver health for optimizing weight loss please email me and I will give you a list of reputable products and manufactures that offer high end liver detox products and/or milk thistle

beckylgould@gmail.com

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