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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.

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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

CLA for BELLY FAT as seen on Dr. Oz? Facts show it’s TRUE!!!

CLA for BELLY FAT as seen on Dr. Oz- Facts show it is TRUE!

When watching the Dr. Oz show on the subject of “eating right for your body shape” I just had to chuckle. Could this really be true, that if I eat certain foods and take certain supplements that I could reduce my “belly fat”? Well, the news is shocking to me. AND, yes, I have purchased my CLA and am eating my wheat toast, egg, drizzle of olive oil, avocado & tomatoe topped breakfast with it to prove to myself that this is a winner.  So, if you have belly fat, eat this formula for 5 days and then take CLA  ongoing and you will reduce your belly….I am in it to WIN IT…read on!


While no supplement specifically reduces belly fat, as you cannot spot reduce, Conjugated linoleic acids, or CLA, has been scientifically proven to help you lose body fat in general. When accompanied by a balanced diet and well-rounded exercise program, CLA not only helps you lose fat, it helps you maintain lean muscle mass while dieting. Consult a health care professional before using any dietary supplement or if you would like to speak to a personal physician you can email me at beckylgould@gmail.com for an evaluation based on your personal health history.


CLA is a group of fatty acids, all with very similar characteristics. These fats are found primarily in meat and dairy products, with red meats being a good source of CLA. Red meat is an even better source of CLA if it is grass-fed rather than grain fed. According to a 2000 study published in “Livestock Production Science,” grass-fed beef can have 300 to 500 percent of the CLA of grain-fed beef. Even though CLA is a trans fatty acid, it has a lower melting point than many other fats, which makes it easier to metabolize for energy.


CLA contributes to fat loss, but you would need to eat a lot of red meat to get enough CLA to accomplish any noticeable result plus this would probably not be a good idea anyway.  CLA is commonly supplemented in capsule form, and dosages range from 300 to 1,200 mg per capsule. CLA is approved for use and is included on the Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS, list.


CLA is an effective fat-loss agent. In a 2000 study published in the “Journal of Nutrition,” CLA was shown to reduce body fat in all study participants who used the supplement. In a review of 18 studies published in the “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” CLA was shown to be effective at reducing fat mass in all participants in every study. The effective average dose of CLA was 3.2 g per day. For a personal consultation to find out the best dosage based on your medical history, speak with a licensed physician at no charge by contacting the author at: beckylgould@gmail.com

Other Benefits of CLA

In addition to fat loss, CLA can function as both an anti-carcinogenic and an anti-inflammatory agent. In a 2005 study published in the “Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry,” CLA was shown to reduce the inflammation that results from illness and arthritis. In a 2002 study published in the “Journal of Nutrition,” CLA supplementation was shown to slow the growth of cancerous tumors.


In conclusion there is really no reason not to take CLA if you are trying to lose fat, especially around the mid areas of the torso. Not only will it help you with fat loss, but it will help to reduce the risks of cancer and other inflammatory illnesses. Not all vitamin supplements on the market today are considered equal so it is recommended that you use a reputable high quality resource.

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Raspberry Ketone- HOPE or HYPE in a Bottle? Real LIVE Results!

Raspberry Ketone- Will this really help our bodies to  “think  it’s  THIN,” therefore, releasing fat cells and freeing our bodies from fat, forever?

If you have been following my blog about Dr. Oz featured products, there is quite a bit of buzz going around on Raspberry Ketones. What is the “BUZZ” all about? In this brief blog, I will share with you some stories about real live people and what they are experiencing using Raspberry Ketone, PLUS, I will share some of the facts about the product that you may or may  not realize. HINT: We all need to be very careful when we subscribe to “hope in a bottle;” so this is your reminder to keep your head on about you and  your emotions in tact before ordering a years supply of Raspberry Ketone. Now, read on with optimism….

Red Rasberry extract, no doubt, has proven to “act like a hormone” and has proven effective in decreasing fat cells in mice. What appeared to happen in case studies was theorized as fat cells acting out like  ”a liquid nitrogen” (example only)  to create a cause and effect which resulted in some fat cells releasing themselves, shriveling up, and evaporating……Sound too good to be true? Usually things that sound too good to be true “usually ARE too good to be true”.  But, don’t get discouraged just yet because there is some good news to come…

Now, don’t be confused. Red Raspberry Ketone, DOES promote promising results based on the study, but the formula has not been confirmed on humans as of yet. Therefore; “YES” you may go ahead and get excited, but “NO” don’t go overboard and purchase stock in raspberry ketone before you set some preliminary trials up for yourself.

As seen on the Dr. Oz show, the ladies that were featured with ”before and after pictures” had significant weight loss ( Lynn and Leslie). They both were quoted as “having had great results on the Raspberry Ketone and would not live without it.” When I investigated this in more detail, the ladies may not want to live without raspberry ketones, but most definately the product was not their only source that they used to achieve their weight loss goals. These women were coached by a personal trainer, prescribed a reduced calorie diet, and were committed to changing their bodies once and for all. They also were taking several suppliments, including raspberry ketone, to optimize results and thermogenics to increase their metabolism.

Let’s not lose hope, though. Let’s just be truthful with ourselves, knowing that nothing is a “MAGIC cure for weight loss.”  yet.  However, the results do prove positively that with a  commitment to a regimite of daily excersise, with a caloric restrictioned diet, and by taking the raspberry ketones, it’s fair to think that we might just come out a winner!!! Was the success due to primarily Raspberry Ketone? Truth is that the success was due to a combination of efforts; diet, excercise,thermogenic aids such as Raspbery Ketone, and consistancy.  So are you IN?

I have been on the front line of blog emails from viewers all over the world after Dr. Oz programed his show.  I am  fortunate to hear back from people from all walks of life that are taking Raspberry Ketone products. There are a important few issues that need to be out in the open for consumer awareness. First and foremost, after the Dr. Oz show you better believe that every single vitamin company in America was searching for raspberry ketone product to sell to the Dr. Oz show viewers.  Manufacturers were scrambling, labs were swamped and retailer shelves were empty. Demand was up and stocks were out.  Therefore, many unfortunate innocent people probably purchased product that was less then optimal, out-dated, or even a placebo. Let’s face it, there are people and companies out there that prey on the big news releases and will take advange of people that are desparate. Some will go to any length to use this to their advantage.  Unfortunately, it is apparent that  many placebos were sold and now consumers don’t know if their bottle was one of those. However, there are many people that were lucky to  received good, quality products and get the chance to give raspberry ketone a try.

Here are a few stories about experiences with raspberry ketones after reviewing the thousands of emails that came in:

In one email, Katie B said that the raspbery ketone had made her heart race and she had to discontinue taking it.  In another email, Catherine R said that the product made her sweat and burp, but she felt energized!  One positive experience was that a woman, Lisa A, had more energy  then she had had in years and she had decreased a pant size in less then 2 weeks.  A recent email stated that Joe M, had lost 6 pound in 6 days!  Another positive experience from a blogger, Angela J, was that she had gained more hope then she had had in years due to a devestating thyroid illness. This was more important to her then the weight loss and hope alone lifted her spirits from a dark depression, thus resulting in peace of mind and a slightly lower scale number.

The emails go on and on, and it really seems like raspberry ketone reports are not decisive and the vote is not really completely in yet. The product  may react differently on body chemistries. The good news is, that raspberry ketone  is truely a bit of “hope in a bottle” because based on just hope alone, many people are experiencing that their depression has been lifted and they feel more optomistic. Overall, there has been a general good feeling, experiences with weight loss reported, and an increase in energy in a majority of users.

How many people bought a placebo or sub-par product? We will never know. However, I recently found out that there are only a handful manufacturers of raw raspberry ketone product, so if you can do a bit of research on the product you are considering purchasing, then this is a good place to start.

For me personally…….I got a rash :O(  BUMMER…I guess this wasn’t too surprising, since I was allergic to berries when I was a child (did I mention I do not have comment sense?).

For the rest of you, I wish you luck that Raspberry Ketone works for you and that you reach your overall wellness goals,  weight loss, and high hopes for a skinnier future!

For information on the manufacturers that process raw raspberry ketone, email me personally at beckylgould@gmail.com

Adderall- the Deadly Diet Pill… Are we going to EXTREMES to be skinny?

Adderall craziness……and good, holistic alternatives to Adderall

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After watching the Dr. Oz show I found myself compelled to race to my computer to type in “where to get a Adderall” in my search engine. You would think that I ( a 50 year old woman) would be wise enough to know that I should never do something as crazy as start a prescription drug to overcome a body image issue.

But the battle of the bulge and my loathing internal voice was getting the best of me while watching the “Adderall” show on Dr. Oz. I talked myself into thinking that I would just use Adderall as a“jumpstart”  metabolism booster for 1 month. I was talking like an addict in denial already!  I was so intrigued by the idea of Adderall that I even called  my 25 year old daughter in Hollywood to ask her, “Do you know any doctors that can get me a prescription? Later, I felt entirely ashamed! What kind of role model  am I for my daughter? Thank GOODNESS” that the drug IS prescription, because there is no doubt in my mind that I would have purchased it, warnings and all, if it had been readily available in my state of weakness. I was reacting as if, this weight loss, was more important  then my life. I was giving THIN, the power.

It is amazing what a vulnerable mind will do when faced with a struggles such as body image. I feel compelled to speak the truth to all of you about these compulsions. It is about being honest with ourselves about our fears and sadness as we struggle with this constant search to be thin. It is tragic that we would even risk our lives just to have that amazing skinny “sexy feeling” of being thin, at almost any cost. I have to say, honestly, that there is a part of me that is “dying to be thin” and would go out on just about any limb to do so.

So after searching like an lunatic on everything imaginable on Adderall, I began to research other products that might be more holistic and offer similar results such as Adderall, but not be risky. I searched high and low on energy boosters, and weight loss suppliments. The only product that I came up with was a product that was a combination of Yerba Mate, Guarana, Disethylamylamine, Huerzia, Choline, and Ginko Biloba.  The manufacture claims that the product  gives the same energy boost as Adderall. It also claims to increase concentration levels. The bummer is that it is still in the testing phase for weight loss. When I spoke to the company owner, he did mention that the preliminary results look promising. So I guess I will try it and report back in to everyone in hopes that I have found the new engergizing weight loss pill!  (email me at beckylgould@gmail.com for more info)

So, I guess my reason for writing this is to say to everyone out there, “It’s ok to FEEL crazy about this fight to be thin, but let’s not let it overcome us so much that we do something totally stupid! Lets face our fears and our weaknesses with understanding and compassion. Lets make a pact to be kind to ourselves and our bodies. Let’s talk about our vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Lets seek to find better ways to accomplish our goals together, not alone.

If you would like receive more information on additional holistic products that I found in my search for“Adderall” like products, OR if you would like to find out more on the product mentioned, please contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com

Forskolin as a fat burner? FACT OR FICTION?

Forskolin- the new “fat burner”?

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After listening to the Dr. Oz show this past week, I was intrigued by this new recommendation of Forskolin for use as a fat burner. As we age, we need every fighting chance for reduction in fat and increase in metabolism. After significant research, I have most of the facts AND the most important one including that all Forskolin products are not consdered equal. However, there IS GOOD NEWS! Happy reading….:O)

 What is Forskolin?

Forskolin (7 beta-acetoxy-8, 13-epoxy-1 alpha,6 beta,9 alpha-trihydroxy-labd-14-ene-11-one) is the main active ingredient in the Ayurvedic herb Coleus forskohlii. Coleus is a member of the mint family and grows in subtropical areas in India, Burma, and Thialand. Forskolin has been extensively researched. It has also recently gained popularity as a fat loss agent.
What application does forskolin have?
Forskolin, along with a few select others, is the standard substance used in scientific studies when a lipolytic (fat burning) agent is needed. Unfortunately, not very many clinical studies have been done on the use of forskolin as a weight loss aid, however, one  study on six individuals with 50 mg per day found significant fat loss, but these results are only suggestive at best,  since this study was funded by a company that has a patented forskolin product.  Another controlled study produced positive weight loss with similar results and that study did not have a alternative motive.
How does forskolin work?
Forskolin works by activating the enzyme adenylate cyclase. Lipolytic hormones such as epinephrine (adrenalin) activate adenylate cyclase as well, but forskolin does not have the same CNS effects, so Forskolin works by essentially bypasses the step that is associated with the unwanted side effects (nervousness, restlessness) we find with other fat loss agents that function by increasing lipolytic hormone levels. When adenylate cyclase is activated it then converts to cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). This increase in cAMP levels has many effects on the body, but the one that is of most interest for fat loss is the activation of cAMP-dependent protein kinase, which in turn activates hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL), which ultimately breaks down fat and releases it as free fatty acids in the bloodstream. This process is commonly referred to as the “cAMP cascade” or “lipolytic cascade.” On top of all this, there is an added bonus – forskolin also acts as a thyroid stimulant, most likely through a cAMP-mediated process.
 What other benefits does forskolin have?

 Many studies have shown forskolin, as well as other actives in Coleus forskohlii, support cardiovascular health.

 Are there any side effects?

There are no major side effects reported in the literature, but you should consult a doctor before using forskolin if you are being treated for any conditions listed where drug interactions may occur. Large doses of forskolin will also probably make one drowsy, as it is an antihistamine. If this becomes a problem, one can reduce dosage, take it in combination with a stimulant, and/or take it before bed.

What form of forskolin is best?

There is a wide variance among forskolin products, primarily in the amount of forskolin the extracts of C. forskohlii are standardized to. Be careful when a product says it contains 250 mg of forskolin, as that may just be 250 mg of a 2% extract. Most of the high quality extracts are 10-20% forskolin.

How should I take forskolin?

The typical dosage of forskolin is 25-60 mg per day divided between 2-3 doses, with 50-60 mg being the ideal range. Take at night since it may make you tired.
What are some good supplements to take along with forskolin?

In studies, it is usually used along with a lipolytic hormone, so it may operate synergistically with a supplement that increases lipolytic hormone levels. It has also been used in conjuction with 7-Keto, Raspberry Ketone, Saffron, and White Kidney Bean extract

There are only 7 manufactures in the USA that process the raw forskolin. For a list contact  beckylgould@gmail.com

What is the TRUTH about Saffron for Weight Loss? Fact or Fiction???

I read just about everything I can get my hands on with regards to weight loss. I seem to have the metabolism of a snail…maybe a slug…OR maybe none at all! It is so disheartening and frustrating! So when I came across this article it was exciting to read about his little flower that combined with the right ingredients, show promise for being a helpful FAT BUSTER. If you have any questions just contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com for more details.

If you’re struggling like I am to maintain healthy body weight, you’re not alone. Up to 65% of Americans face the same challenge. Even a modest increase in fat pounds can have an impact on overall health, especially when it’s stubborn belly or visceral fat. The problem is that conventional methods to combat age-related changes that predispose to weight gain have proven ineffective. Adjustments in diet and lifestyle alone are often not enough.

To help individuals deal effectively with this increase in fat and weight, scientists have introduced a new, clinically validated solution: An advanced Anti-Adipocyte extract formula (SAFFRON) mixed with African Mango Irvingia extract. After careful scientific analysis of over 1,000 plant extracts,2 researchers identified the two species included in target adipocytes: Sphaeranthus indicus (Saffron) flower and the mangosteen fruit (Garcinia mangostana). Optimal results were shown in studies when these two plant extracts were combined.

Through multiple pathways, when combining these two ingredients this targets the mechanisms by which fat-storing cells or adipocytes become bloated and metabolically dysfunctional. This widely overlooked cellular condition leads to excess fat accumulations in the belly and throughout the body.

Scientists found that combining the flower extract with the fruit extract improved the following mechanisms to support healthy body weight:

  1. Anti-Adipocyte (saffron) extract targets adipocyte (fat cell) creation.
  2. Anti-Adipocyte (saffron) extract impedes adipocyte growth (adipogenesis).
  3. Anti-Adipocyte (saffron) extract induces fat in adipocytes to break down (lipolysis).

The anti-adipostat Saffron extract with African Mango extract performance in clinical studies indicates it can safely deliver impressive results. In a key study, 30 adults with difficulty maintaining healthy body weight ingested 800 milligrams per day of the combination extracts while following a 2,000 calorie per day diet and were asked to walk just 30 minutes five days a week. A group of equal size was given placebo.3 After just eight weeks, the  group given the  Saffron- African Mango extract:

  • Lost 4.05 inches of harmful belly fat—2.0 times the amount lost by the placebo group.
  • Experienced a 2.05 drop in body mass index (BMI)—3.9 times over placebo.
  • Shed 11.4 pounds of total body weight—3.7 times over placebo.

These improvements began to emerge after just 14 days. After eight weeks, the group given the Saffron- African Mango extract saw a noticeable drop in waist-to-hip ratio, indicating they experienced fat loss in the abdominal area, where excess fat mass is associated with serious health issues. They also exhibited favorably elevated levels of a hormone called adiponectin. Adiponectin sends command signals that determine how big your fat cells get, how much they break down (lipolysis), and how often they are produced (adipogenesis).

A second human clinical trial yielded similar results, confirming beneficial effects of these magical extracts. Scientists now have combined these new extracts into one formula to help with fat burning.

The Saffron-Mango extracts have not proven to have any significant side effects from the studies conducted. However,always consult your Doctor before using any weight loss products. The extracts may be found at local health stores or in a combined formula. We recommend that you use a reliable source for this product. It is extremely hard to product and sub-par quality products have been found to not be effective. Make sure that the manufacture- supplier you use has tested their product for quality assurance

If you would like more information regarding this article or where to buy reputable product: anti-adipocyte Saffron extract formula mixed with african mango irvingia.

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I will be testing the product on myself and friends and will post on results. Always be sure that the company that you purchase product from is legitamate and that they are NOT SELLING A PLACEBO.


7-Keto? The TRUTH Behind this Fat Burner.

The Truth behind the Fat Burner- 7-KETO

 Personally I have been trying to lose weight and battling the bulge due to slowed metabolism. Over the years I have tried just about every diet and diet product with no increase  in my metabolism.  When I saw the Dr. Oz show promoting the product 7-KETO it grabbed my attention and made me want to find the truth behind this so called “miracle metabolism booster”.  I am writing this article in hopes that this  may help you to understand the science behind 7-KETO and to allow you to make your own personal decision regarding whether this product is right for you. If you have any questions or would like to know a reputable manufacturer of a high end product for 7-Keto DHEA, you can personally email me at beckylgould@gmail.com

7-KETO- What is it?

Technically speaking, 7 Keto is known as 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone. It is a readily available dietary supplement that has many benefits for weight loss, anti-aging and immune support. It is a non-hormonal metabolite, also known as a byproduct, of the adrenal hormone DHEA. Some claim that both could be miracle elixirs for anti-aging and weight loss, but what is the difference between them? Below you will find the answer, as well as the benefits and guidelines for using 7 Keto. It is important to understand that they do not work well independently, but work optimally with both ingredients 7 keto AND DHEA to create optimal response for anti-aging, immune support,  and overall weight loss.

DHEA and 7-KETO? What is the difference?

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is an important hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It has the capability to convert into either testosterone or estrogen as needed by the human body. DHEA levels fall with age in both men and women. Supplementation has been shown to improve immune function, decrease muscle loss and stress, and improve overall well-being. The downside of DHEA as an independent product, is that it can cause side effects due to its conversion into testosterone and estrogen. For women, this could mean masculine traits such as unwanted hair growth and a deeper voice. Men can suffer from the symptoms of too much estrogen; patients with prostate or breast cancer may exacerbate their illness due to excess estrogen, which can cause tumor growth. That’s where 7 Keto comes in. It does NOT convert to testosterone or estrogen in the body. Since it is a non-hormonal metabolite of DHEA, users can experience some of the benefits with none of the side effects. The main product that is benificial in producing the GOOD effects vs the bad  is making sure that you get a product with both 7- keto AND DHEA and that way the 7 Keto balances out the product without any negative side effects.

Uses of 7-KETO with DHEA

7 Keto with DHEA has found many uses in the supplement industry. Most commonly it is used as an ingredient in many fat-burning formulas. It has been shown to elevate T3, a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. The thyroid is the master gland capable of turning up or down the rate of metabolism, which determines how many calories are burned. Under-active thyroids cause obesity, while overactive ones burn energy too fast to be stored as body fat. Even a very slight increase in thyroid output means a dramatic increase in the rate of metabolism. Since metabolism slowly grinds to a halt as we age, 7 Keto is both a fat-loss supplement and an anti-aging wonder.


Many associate 7 Keto with youthful activity levels, weight loss, and good health. And there is good reason for this. Besides boosting metabolism, 7 Keto has been shown to improve energy, increase immune function and even improve memory in aging individuals. HIV and AIDS patients may benefit from these invigorating effects.


7 Keto is safe for both male and female adults. Since it is non-hormonal, there is no need to worry about side effects. Children should not use 7 Keto because their metabolism is already at youthful levels that are adequate to maintain healthy body weight. Those with thyroid disease or dysfunction should check with their physician before supplementing with 7 Keto.

Dosage and Side Effects

Recommended dosage of 7 Keto DHEA is 50 to 100 mg twice a day. There are no known side effects of 7 Keto supplementation. In animal studies, no DNA damage or side effects were reported, even at a relative dosage 70 times bigger than the recommended dosage for human use. However, 7 Keto DHEA does not seem to work for everyone, and it can be rather expensive. Diet and exercise should be used along with 7 Keto DHEA for optimal weight loss results. A low carb diet is recommended. The effects of long-term use are unknown, so 7 Keto DHEA  should be taken at the user’s discretion. It is important to choose a reputable source for purchase  of 7-Keto. Since is is expensive to manufacture, there have been random tests done on products that do not contain enough of the product to be effective, therefore a waste of time and money. It is important to know who the manufacture is and to be sure that studies were conducted on that product to verify that enough raw 7-Keto and DHEA is in each capsule to offer promising results.

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White Kidney Bean- 6 1/2 lb Weight Loss in 30 Days?

White kidney bean for weight loss? FACT OR FICTION

Blog- by beckygould@ymail.com

After listening to Dr Oz, I wanted to find out the true facts about White Kidney Bean to see if it was worth a try for weight management.  Here are some facts and some interesting studies. This particular study is on a product that has other benificial ingredients that work in combination with the White Kidney Bean to optomize weight loss. I am going to try this product for 8 weeks and I will report back to you on my journey. Contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com for a list of manufacturers or suppliers of reputable products like this. The results posted here are exciting!

The popular, White Kidney Bean (or LuraLean)  powder capitalizes on the proven benefits  of slowing absorption of carbohydrate calories after each meal and targeting digestive enzymes to support healthy after-meal glucose metabolism. LuraLean  has been scientifically proven to slow down the rapid emptying of ingested food into the small intestine, reducing the surge of glucose entering the bloodstream. It has also been shown to significantly lower after-meal glucose surges.LuraLean® binds to bile acids in the small intestine and helps transport them out of the body. These bile acids otherwise facilitate the digestion and assimilation of dietary fat into the bloodstream. And LuraLean® works better than other fibers because its enzymes have been removed, sparing it from degradation in the digestive tract. This enables LuraLean® to form a stable viscous barrier to help impede calorie absorption and maintain its sponge-like activity throughout the digestive tract.In placebo-controlled studies, LuraLean® (white kidney bean) induced moderate weight loss of up to 7.92   pounds on average in 8 weeks along with significant reductions in fasting lipid and post-meal glucose/insulin levels.

White Kidney Bean extract   (Phaseolus vulgaris) inhibits amylase, the digestive enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates to be absorbed into the bloodstream as   glucose. Phaseolus vulgaris has produced weight loss of 6.5 pounds on  average in 30 daysand abdominal fat reductions.

Studys also have proven that White Kidney Bean in combination with African Mango has even more benifits! Mango has amylase digestive enzyme inhibiting properties. This African mango extract also favorably regulates Leptin to decrease appetite and facilitate triglyceride removal from adipocytes (fat cells). It also regulates Adiponectin to facilitate insulin sensitivity, and Glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase to inhibit glucose from converting to triglyceride fat in adipocytes. Irvingia has demonstrated weight loss of 20 pounds on average in 10 weeks in placebo-controlled trials.

Along with the benefits of White Kidney Bean and Mango, a proprietary green tea phytosome   enhances the metabolic effects of green tea through better absorption of green tea polyphenols in the blood, including EGCG. It induced an additional 1 pound of weight loss on average in 90 days   when combined with a reduced calorie diet.

Now to top it off, in combination with all of these products when you add,  Green Coffee Extract.  Chlorogenic acid found in green coffee bean extract has been clinically shown to limit dangerous after-meal glucose surges.

It is important to know who has manufactured this product and that you are getting the real raw product and not a placebo filler. Fillers can easily be used in place of the raw bean, however, results will be compromised. All reputable suppliers should be able to supply you with their test studies and results plus certification reports. If you would like a list of reputable suppliers you may personally contact me for that list: beckylgould@gmail.com

Raspberry Ketones…What is the REAL TRUTH about them?

Raspberry Ketones-Not all brands are considered equal!

“What are Raspberry Ketones and Do they WORK?” For more information email beckylgould@gmail.com

Note: After tons of research and investigating what manufactures are legitimate, I finally found the truth behind Raspberry Ketones and I want to share that with you.

In plants, raspberry ketone is synthesized from coumaroyl-CoA. Extraction of pure raspberry ketone is usually 1-4 mg per kg of raspberries, therefore eating raspberries or raspberry seed, leaf or fruit extracts will not yield enough of the metabolic boosting properties. The natural abundance of raspberry ketone is very low, which makes it difficult to obtain a high ketone yield in a fruit, seed, or leaf extract.

The preferred form is a synthetically produced raspberry ketone powder that can be put into a capsule. This is prepared by a variety of methods from various intermediates. One of the ways this can be done is through a crossed aldol-catalytic hydrogenation, then goes through catalytic hydrogenation to produce raspberry ketone. This method produces a 99% yield. It is used extensively as vitamins, food additives, and the cosmetic industry for scent. In 1965, the Food and Drug Administration placed raspberry ketone on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status. There are very few manufacturers that sell this type of raspberry ketone so it is important to know more about the manufacturer before you purchase anything. We have a listing of “legitimate manufacturers” that use this process and sell to distributors. The list can be obtained by emailing: beckylgould@gmail.com

A raspberry extract from the seed, leaf or fruit makes a very good anti-oxidant, but lacks the metabolism boosting properties of a pure white raspberry ketone powder that would be put into a capsule. To put into perspective, to obtain 250mg of pure raspberry ketone, one would be required to consume between 60-500lbs of raspberries, (ketone content is dependant on harvesting times), To obtain 250mg raspberry ketone from a simple raspberry ellagic standardized extract one would have to consume 100-300 capsules of even the highest quality ellagic extract. Raspberry products that state an ellagic content are extracts and are anti-oxidants, which yield minimal metabolic boosting properties. We’ve seen these placebos being called raspberry ketone on the market and this method of marketing is not ethical. To determine if you have pure raspberry ketone extract, the purer the material the more white it will be. The purest form will be white in the form of crystal-like needles inside of the capsule.

When given to mice in high doses (up to 2% of food intake), raspberry ketone has been shown to prevent high-fat-diet-induced elevations in body weight. This effect is reported to stem from the alteration of lipid metabolism, increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis (fat loss). Although products containing this compound are marketed for weight loss, this effect has not been studied in humans, but we are very impressed by the preliminary results.

There are only a few manufacturers that manufacture the raspberry to its raw form. Then  then supply to a laboratory. The laboratory then puts this  pure Raspberry Ketone product in powder capsulized  form. The best ingested capsules would be in vegetable skin, as these are easer and faster absorbtion method. Synthetic skins can be harmful. While many companies carry a variety of raspberry  products, the only companies that are currently carrying a true raspberry ‘ketone’ product are hard to find on the internet because they normally just sell to resalers or retail stores.

There is a email link at the end of this blog that will supply you with that list of manufacturers and their requirements for purchasing the Rasberry Ketone power, vegetable capsules and products.

Raspberry tablets are best used in 100-500mg doses (1-2 capsules) with meals once daily. It is recommended that if you are new to taking this product, start with the lower dosages until you see how your body responds.  If using twice daily, go with the lower dose range. Do not exceed 2 x 500mg doses in a single day.

Due to Raspberry Ketones action on free fatty acids, the ideal accompanying diet would be one of lower glycemic carbohydrate, higher protein and low to moderate healthy fats, in the form of fish oil, extra virgin olive oil, or macadamia nut oil. While being careful to maintain calories under your base metabolic requirements.

Mechanism of action
Raspberry Ketones are similar in structure to synephrine and capsaicin, which are both noted as being thermogenic due to their release of norepinephrine. Norepinehrine increases lipolysis (which means the breakdown of white fat cells), enhances focus and attentiveness, and suppresses appetite.

As a stress hormone, norepinephrine affects parts of the brain where attention and responding actions are controlled. Along with epinephrine, norepinephrine also underlies the fight-or-flight response, directly increasing heart rate, triggering the release of glucose from energy stores, and increasing blood flow to skeletal muscle.

Triglycerides are transported through the blood to appropriate tissues (adipose, muscle, etc) by lipoproteins such as chylomicrons. Triglycerides present on the chylomicrons undergo lipolysis by the cellular lipases of target tissues which yield glycerol and free fatty acids. Free fatty acids released into the blood are then available for cellular uptake. Free fatty acids not immediately taken up by cells may bind to albumin for transport to surrounding tissues that require energy.

is an enzyme necessary for the absorption and digestion of nutrients in the intestines. This digestive enzyme is responsible for breaking down lipids (fats), in particular triglycerides, which are fatty substances in the body that come from fat in the diet. Once broken down into smaller components, triglycerides are more easily absorbed in the intestines. Lipase is primarily produced in the pancreas, but is also produced in the mouth and stomach. Lipases also act at a specific position on the glycerol backbone of lipid substrate (A1, A2 or A3). For example, human pancreatic lipase (HPL), which is the main enzyme to break down fats in the human digestive system, converts triglyceride substrates found in ingested oil to monoglycerides and free fatty acids.

In Conclusion, Raspberry Ketones trigger a reaction throughout the body. Once ingested by the body, Raspberry Ketones trigger a norepinephrine release. This causes the release of glucose from energy stores and increases the breakdown of triglycerides into free fatty acids. Once this has been completed Lipase takes over and breaks down the fats allowing them to be digested by the intestines. With this taking place your body will need to release more free fatty acids for energy since what was stored is now being burned.

In 1965, the Food and Drug Administration placed Raspberry Ketone on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status. Raspberry Ketones became popular in the bodybuilding subculture back in 2005, but has not gained wide popularity until 2010. More recently, Dr. Oz stated Raspberry Ketones high on his list of effective metabolism boosters, and assured their safety profile when used as recommended.

If you would like a list of manufacturers that are reputable for making the raw product you can contact me at: beckylgould@gmail.com


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