3 Amazing Nutrional Supplements To Lose Body Fat Fast

If you want to lose weight you should read the following article because these three nutrional supplements are mandatory in your quest. They help to boost your metabolism in order to lose body fat easily.

So without further delay I will explain to you which elements are and how to use them to your benefit.

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Chromium

Chromium is probably the most important nutritional supplement for people with diabetes or overweight. Our metabolism transforms chromium into a molecule called glucose tolerance factor (GTF), whose exact structure is unknown. GTF binds to insulin receptors on cell membranes and makes them much more responsive to insulin by activating a molecule called insulin receptor kinase.

GTF also increases insulin receptor numbers and helps insulin bond to the insulin receptor. Why is chromium so necessary in human nutrition? The minerals chromium, iodine and selenium are found only in volcanic or coastal soils. They are not found in other soils, such as the glacial till of the American heartland. The rift valley of East Africa, where our ancestors evolved, is a volcanically active area.

The soils there are rich in chromium, iodine and selenium. These minerals play an important role in human nutrition. Yet many of our plant foods do not depend on these minerals. A tomato grows perfectly well in the chromium-poor soil of the Mid-west. In the modern system of agriculture, we really have no way of knowing where our food was grown, or if it might be lacking chromium, iodine or selenium.

Of these three minerals, our bodies are most immediately sensitive to deficiency of iodine, which results in hypothyroid and goiter. Our government has recognized the need to supplement iodine in salt to prevent thyroid illness. It takes longer for chromium and selenium deficiency to manifest, and the changes are more subtle. Yet most Americans are deficient in chromium and selenium as well. The average estimated intake of chromium is 50mcg per day. Studies focused on diabetics have found that many are particularly deficient in chromium.

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Several studies have shown improvement in blood sugar, triglycerides, glucose tolerance, and other markers of diabetes when diabetics take chromium supplements. A few smaller studies have failed to improve blood glucose, leading to some controversy. Adding to the confusion is that different studies used different forms of chromium. In reviewing all the research, the largest studies showed positive effects from chromium, therefore it does improve insulin action and lower blood sugars.

Some studies have shown that chromium has a limited effect on reducing body weight.

Forms

The form in which chromium is taken is very important. Organic chromium (chromium picolinate, chromium polynicotinate) can be from 10-25% absorbed. Inorganic chromium (chromium chloride) is about 1% absorbed by our bodies. Some studies of inorganic chloride found no effect on blood glucose. Brewer’s yeast is an excellent food source of high levels of organic chromium. Taking brewer’s yeast it is possible to reach levels of chromium intake otherwise attainable only through supplementation. Most of the successful studies used either chromium picolinate or brewer’s yeast.

Dosage

Successful studies have used from 100-1000mcg chromium picolinate daily. A reasonable approach is to start with 200mcg/day for three months. Check HgA1c and fasting glucose records, then increase to 400mcg/day or 600mcg/day as needed.

Concerns – It is important to distinguish between trivalent and hexavalent chromium. Hexavalent chromium is used in industry and is very dangerous. It can cause neurological damage, immune system problems, and cancer (hexavalent chromium was the toxin in the water in the film Erin Brockovich). It would never be found in a supplement.

Trivalent chromium is essential for human nutrition. There have been limited case reports of chromium toxicity at very high levels of supplementation (she had ingested chromium picolinate 1200-2400 mcg/d for the previous 4-5 months to enhance weight loss). Rat studies have indicated that chromium may generate oxidative damage of DNA and lipids and is mutagenic, although the significance of these results on humans taking the supplement for prolonged periods of time is unknown. Extensive study of humans has not shown any toxicity or drug interactions from taking chromium supplements.

Magnesium

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Magnesium has been found in some studies to be deficient in 80-85% of Americans. People who are overweight, particularly those with retinopathy or cardiac complications or poor glycemic control are even more likely to be deficient. This may be because diabetics have increased renal excretion of magnesium. In addition, maintenance of intracellular magnesium is dependant on abundant vitamin B6, which is low in many diabetics. Lack of magnesium is thought to play a role in insulin resistance.

Magnesium is a necessary co-factor in glucose transport. It regulates energy production in the liver, and is necessary for insulin production and release in the pancreas. Conversely, Insulin enhances magnesium uptake, so low insulin can result in low magnesium absorption. Cholesterol lowering drugs of the statin class, taken by many diabetics, may decrease magnesium levels.
Supplementation with magnesium may increase insulin action, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and may reverse symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis can severely deplete magnesium, which occasionally may need to be restored by IV infusion.

Forms

Absorption of magnesium is quite variable, ranging from 25-85%. The most absorbable forms of magnesium are magnesium gluconate, magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, or a magnesium-aminoacid chelate.

Dosage

Suggested Dosage – 200mg-2gm daily.

Concerns – Excessive doses of magnesium can cause loose stool. If this happens cut back your magnesium dose and work back up slowly.

Vanadium

Vanadate, an acidic form of vanadium, has an insulin-like action. In fact, before insulin was isolated, vanadium was used as a substitute in many type 1 diabetics. Vanadium may stimulate insulin secretion, and may play a role in insulin resistance. If you are diabetic and you want to lose weight then do not discard this nutrional component on your diet.

Forms

Vanadyl sulfate is the best form of vanadium; it is less likely to be toxic than other forms.

Dosage

Suggested Dosage – 50-100mg vanadyl sulfate daily. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

Concerns – Vanadium is potentially toxic at high doses. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. Vanadium, may aggravate bipolar disorder, and should therefore be used with caution and under the supervision of a physician by those with a history of mood disorder.

Ayurvedic Medicines for Diabetes: Get To Know Everything About Them

The traditional medical system of South Asia is recorded in a set of texts known as the ayur-veda, which translates as “life-knowledge”.

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Many of the most promising herbs for the treatment of diabetes originate in the ayurvedic tradition. A genetic predisposition to insulin resistance and vulnerable pancreas, combined with millennia of agriculture, have challenged South-Asian physicians to develop a highly sophisticated response featuring life-style changes and hypoglycemic agents.

Ayurvedic physiology is a humoral system based on three humors: kapha, vata, and pita. Kapha is cold and wet. Vata is cold and dry. Pita is hot and dry. Disease is explained as an imbalace between these humors.

Ayurvedic medicine recognizes a pathological condition called madhumeha, or “Honey urine”, one of twenty identified conditions involving urinary change (prameha). Madhumeha was first described by Sushruta, c. 1000 BC.

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Ayurveda identifies two types of madhumeha: kapha-predominant and vata-predominant. The kapha-predominant type, in which kapha overwhelms the other humors, is caused by indolence, laziness, overeating of cold, sweet, and oily foods, or oversleeping during the day. The vata-predominant type is caused by defective sperm or ova.

The parallel to the current biomedical model of pathophysiology is striking. Our own term, diabetes mellitus, is roughly equivalent to madhumeha, both systems deriving the name of the condition from a cardinal symptom. Kapha predominant madhumeha, caused by lifestyle factors, corresponds to our “type 2″ diabetes. Vata predominant, linked to heredity, corresponds to type 1.

Ayurvedic tradition suggests several treatments for kapha predominant madhumeha. Exercise is devided into two types, vigorous and continuous. Foods which balance kapha include barley, millet, sorghum, bitter gourd, kulattha, mung beans, fenugreek, garlic, and onion, a reccomedation that might come from a biomedically-trained nutritionist. A partial list of Ayurvedic herbs for kapha-predominant madhumeha is listed in table.

For vata predominant madhumeha, Sushruta recommends bitter foods, calorie restriction and yoga to prevent complications. He mentions Vasanta Kusumakara, a mineral preparation, and detoxification therapies.

For vata predominant madhumeha, Sushruta emphasizes the herb, Pterocarpus marsupium (Asana). Preliminary studies have shown that P. marsupium may help by regenerating pancreatic beta cells1, but Sushruta says the herb is only effective in recently diagnosed cases. Peterocarpus also has hypoglycemic effects.

Pterocarpus marsupium is traditionally administered in a unique way. A wooden bowl is made from the bark of the tree. Every night it is filled with boiling water and placed under the patient’s bed. In the morning the patient drinks the water, now rich in chemical constituents absorbed from the bowl.

This traditional knowledge acquires a new significance in modern India. India today is in a rapid transition from an active agricultural village lifestyle to a sedentary urbanized economy. Given South-Asians’ hereditary predisposition to metabolic syndrome, diabetes rates are skyrocketing. The prevalence of diabetes in India is over 12%. It is estimated that there are 30 million diabetics in India today3. The overburdened healthcare system has difficulty providing means of glycemic control to the millions of patients. This failure today may lead to a future onslaught of complications, particularly cardiovascular complications, which further challenge the resources of the Indian health-care system.

the-treatment-of-diabetes-and-ayurvedicThinking about how India can meet this health-care challenge, I am reminded of Gandhi’s teachings about economic independence. He taught Indians that they could achieve economic independence by creating their own salt, textiles, and medicines, rather than importing manufactured versions. Perhaps India can meet the economic challenge of rising metabolic syndrome by reviving local health technology. The life-style prescriptions and hypoglycemic agents developed by Indians down through the centuries could be an economical answer to the health challenge inherent in economic development.

Response to Ernst

Ernst makes several valid and important points regarding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use . The benefit/risk ratio of CAM therapies should be evaluated in the same way that conventional therapies are. Patients often lack appropriate education to make these choices. Advice from untrained retail staff is often unreliable. The popular media often provides unsatisfactory coverage of health care issues.

However, through the use of anecdote, selective use of data, and oversimplification, Ernst reaches some unfounded conclusions. Consider that it would be easy to construct a similarly misleading portrayal of conventional medicine by focusing on the alarming rate of adverse drug reactions (the fourth leading cause of death in the USA) and ignoring conventional medicine’s great benefits.

Significantly, Ernst dismisses the potential benefits of CAM therapies in diabetic care. Implicitly, CAM therapies have not enjoyed the scientific attention conventional treatments have received. Increasingly, however, CAM therapies suggested for diabetes have been the subject of encouraging preliminary research into their efficacy, mechanisms of action, and safety. Each therapy should be rigorously evaluated using all available evidence, not dismissed collectively.

Ernst’s commentary bears a discouragingly hostile tone. The great majority of health care providers, be they alternative or conventional, are committed to serving their patients. Patients navigate a complex and shifting healthcare system to the best of their ability. Let all medical professionals strive to cultivate a cooperative relationship with their peers, respect their patients, and maintain an objective approach to medical science.