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African mango:

This “superfruit”, indigenous to coastal west Africa, is an age-old Cameroonian bush medicine that has been used for its unique properties that help to shift fat and lower blood fat levels. The African mango, Irvingia gabonesis, is unlike other mangoes in that it produces an edible protein-rich seed. It can support healthy blood fat and glucose values, blood pressure and leptin levels. Like other soluble fibres, Irvingia gabonensis seed fibre can bind to bile acids in the gut and carry them out of the body. This can result in the lowering of blood cholesterol as well as other blood lipids. In other words, it is a high-fibre food , and high fibre foods have long been known to support a healthy and balanced diet, assist with appetite control, promote a healthy metabolism and facilitate weight loss. African mango can also delay stomach emptying to help you stay fuller for longer and assist the body with the absorption of dietary sugars.

Artichoke:

Known by Nutritionists for its powerfully beneficial effects on the liver and digestive system, primarily due to its high levels of cynarin, a compound that lowers blood lipids (cholesterol etc) and total serum levels, and by doing so, increases the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. Artichokes also boost the production of bile by the liver, which in turn helps to break down fat. This is why the French love this vegetable, and eat it as a starter, to help the liver deal with those richer later courses. Have you heard of the Mediterranean diet? This is  a major constituent in that phenomenon  that keeps the French, Italian sand Spanish looking good and healthy, and the Northern Europeans, whose diet consists of sugar and fat and quite frankly junk food (marketed as “low fat” alternatives) cannot manage to maintain the same body imnage or health status as their southern European cousins.

Green tea:

Green, black and oolong teas are all derived from the same plant - Camellia sinensis. Discovered over 4,000 years ago, green tea has become the supplement of choice for those seeking greater health and control over their weight. The polyphenols in this powerful tea appear to activate our bodies' thermogenic (fat burning) activities, promoting the use of calories as energy and thereby assisting our fat-fighting efforts. These all-important polyphenols in green tea also appear to help produce “natural viral killer" immune cells, which scavenge and fight off bacteria and flush out toxins, which basically means it helps to protect our bodies from the free radicals that damage cells and weaken our immune systems. We use green tea extract, which is even more effective.

Acai berry:

The nutrients in these berries have been found useful during weight loss programs, along with normal cholesterol level maintenance due to the high amount of antioxidants they contain. Acai berries have 15-20x the antioxidants (anthocyanins) that red grapes have. They contain a near-perfect form of protein, are highly nutritious and research has shown that consumption is linked to a boost in energy levels - ideal for slimmer's during periods of increased physical activity. Acai berries have therefore been included in this formula to support energy levels, nutrient intake weight loss and internal cleansing.

Capsicum:

This spice is also known as cayenne, hot pepper, red pepper and chilli pepper. It has been scientifically reported that people who took hot spicy foods (i.e. added a teaspoon of red-pepper sauce and a teaspoon of mustard to their meal) raised their metabolic rates by as much as 25% for a period of time. In other words, it induces thermogenesis increases energy expenditure and calorie-burning. Studies also indicate that capsicum slows down the absorption of fat  in the small intestine.

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is widely recognised as a metabolism booster, which assists the body in the faster burning of calories and fat stores for use as energy. It also has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body (helping to control both the appetite and cravings). It imitates the biological activity of insulin and increases the metabolism of glucose. Since high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps to prevent this, thereby facilitating weight loss. Cinnamon prevents the transformation of metabolised sugar into fat; makes you feel fuller for longer by delaying the passing of food from the stomach nto the intestine; helps process carbohydrates more efficiently; is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fibre; helps with stomach troubles; supports healthy cholesterol levels.

L-Tyrosine:

This is an amino acid, as well as a precursor of several important neurotransmitters, including l-dopa, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. These are important contributors to mood, cognitive performance as well as combating stress. L-tyrosine is also a precursor to the thyroid hormone, thyroxine (also known as T4) and supplementation may have a positive effect on thyroid hormone levels which help to contribute to an increased metabolic rate.

Guarana:

This is a herb that grows in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It contains significant amounts of guaranine (the active constituent that is virtually identical to caffeine) and has thus been used for centuries by indigenous tribes to help reduce hunger, relieve fatigue and treat obesity. Guarana is a valuable aid for temporarily increasing energy levels. Its ability to "free" fatty acids (fat cells) into the bloodstream in order to be broken down and used up for energy makes it a natural choice for effective fat loss products. It also has a mild diuretic effect. We use an extract form of guarana, enhancing these beneficial actions.

Caffeine anhydrous:

A powerful natural stimulant found in many foods such as tea, coffee, cola and chocolate. Used to offset hunger, appetite, boost energy levels and mental clarity. Combined with the other ingredients in this formula, it has a metabolic stimulating and mild diuretic effect.

Bitter orange peel:

The powder and extract of bitter orange (and bitter orange peel) are used in dietary supplements as an aid to fat loss and as an appetite suppressant. For enhanced effectiveness, it is combined with other support herbs to boost metabolic rate and thermogenesis. Bitter orange contains the amphetamine metabolites N-methyltyramine, octopamine and synephrine. These substances are similar to ephedrine, which acts on the a1 adrenergic receptor to constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure and heart rate, which in turn stimulates fat burning processes.

Raspberry:

Raspberries in general have long been known for their health-promoting benefits, but more specifically, raspberry ketones (a natural compound and powerful fat-burning hormone in these berries) can help burn body fat by: increasing lipolysis (fat breakdown); helping to increase the rate at which calories are burned; and helping to increase fat loss as part of a balanced diet. It is also worth noting that raspberries have a molecular structure that is similar to the structure of capsaicin, a component of capsicum - see above - accounting for their powerful thermogenic properties.

Siberian ginseng:

This herb is considered to be an adaptogen - a substance that can help individuals to cope with physical and emotional stress. Ginseng is also widely used in eastern Asia to increase the ability to do physical work (i.e. it is used as a natural energiser). Helps to stabilise blood sugar and reduce cravings for sweets.

Caution:

not to be taken by people with high blood pressure.

Kelp:

Kelp is a type of large brown seaweed (algae) - a natural food that is very low in cholesterol and is a good source of dietary fibre, amino acids, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, zinc, copper, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese. Most notably, kelp is a rich, natural source of iodine which can provide adequate levels to stimulate a sluggish thyroid and encourage a healthy metabolism. An efficient metabolism is key for maintaining ideal body weight. Your metabolism, which is regulated by your thyroid gland, is the part of your body responsible for the way you use energy and burn calories; and iodine is the catalyst that can jump-start metabolic processes. The thyroid gland absorbs iodine, which is usually obtained through diet or supplementation, and subsequently releases the hormones that control metabolic function.

Vitamin B6:

This vitamin is required for: blood and haemoglobin formation; calcium and magnesium metabolism; conversion of glycogen to glucose (to be used as energy); energy production; metabolism of foods (protein, carbohydrates and fats); and zinc absorption. It has been included in this formula for energy production and as a mild diuretic.

Apple cider vinegar:

This has been added as a digestive and internal cleansing aid. It is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It breaks down mucous within the body and in so doing, improves the health and function of the vital organs of the body, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver. It also prevents excessively alkaline urine. It oxidizes and thins the blood, which is important in preventing high blood pressure. It also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination, all the while neutralising any toxic substances that enter the body. Cider vinegar has been found to neutralise harmful bacteria that may be found in certain foods. When a mixture of cider vinegar and water is taken before a meal, it has been known to prevent digestive upsets. As well as helping you to metabolise fat , the vinegar is said to reduce your hunger and cravings and help control blood sugar and insulin levels following a carbohydrate-rich meal - it creates a feeling of  fullness (called satiation).

Black pepper (piperine):

This is the only product sourced out of piperine to obtain a patented status for its ability to increase the bioavailability of nutritional compounds. Secondly, it is the only source from piperine to have undergone clinical studies in the U.S. to substantiate its safety and efficacy for nutritional use. It is included in this formula to increase the actions and effectiveness of the other ingredients.

Chromium picolinate:

This is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in our bodies' normal carbohydrate metabolism, which converts foods we eat into sugars. Chromium helps insulin (a natural hormone that is released in response to eating carbohydrates) to properly "transport" these sugars into cells to be stored as energy. It also supports stable blood sugar levels - crucial for slimmers as high and low spikes can lead to cravings, excessive hunger and binge eating.

Chromium picolinate, the most absorbable form of chromium, is one of the hottest slimming supplements around. It has long been recognised as a natural remedy for elevated blood cholesterol  and triglycerides, but it is now more popular for its weight loss effects. Aside from the benefits mentioned above, this is largely because studies have shown that this mineral can help trim fat  and build muscle. In one study conducted at Bemidji State University (Minnesota, USA), one group of athletes took 200mcg  daily, while another group took a placebo. After 6 weeks,  the athletes gained 44% more lean body mass, whereas the placebo group was only 7%.

Similarly overweight volunteers at San Antonio weight loss centre (USA) were given chromium supplements or a placebo for an average of 72 days, without any particular diet or exercise regimen. The volunteers taking the supplements lost an average of 4.2 fat lbs and gained 1.4 lbs in lean mass. While those who were taking the placebo found that their body changes were negligible.

About 90% of the population does not get enough chromium from food (food sources include broccoli and shellfish). To make matters worse, the high-sugar diet typical of the average person in the UK, can increase the elimination of chromium from the body.

Many researchers believe that chromium deficiency may be a contributing factor to the increase in type II diabetes cases. New research has examined the role that chromium can play in helping to reduce food intake, suppress appetite and minimise food cravings

Rhubarb.

Chinese herbalists have relied on rhubarb rhizomes and roots for thousands of years. They contain powerful anthraquinones and tannins that act as mild stimulant laxatives and astringents, respectively. Rhubarb also acts as a mild stimulant for the production of oestrogen, and is of value for the menopause and oestrogen deficiency. It also contains some vital phyto-nutrients, such as dietary fibre, poly-phenolic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Further, its petioles contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Rhubarb stalks are rich in several B-complex vitamins (such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid) and minerals (such as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus). As with other greens like kale, spinach, etc, rhubarb stalks also provide good amounts of vitamin K, which has a role in bone health  by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity.

Chlorella:

An edible, single-cell marine algae (a sea-moss, sea lettuce), chlorella contains more chlorophyll than many known foods, more vitamin B12  than liver, along with beta-carotene, polyunsaturated fatty acids and 19 amino acids (including the 8 essential amino acids ). It is also a rich source of calcium, iron, selenium and zinc. It provides useful detoxification support because it can bind with heavy metals and pesticides (such as PCBs), which can accumulate in the body. It is also a fibrous material, which means that it supports healthy digestion  and overall digestive tract health. Chlorella's high nutrient content, cleansing actions on the bowel and other elimination organs, as well as its protection of the liver, help to keep the blood free from impurities and the immune system strong.

Spirulina:

A highly nutritious food derived from plant plankton and a blue-green micro-algae, spirulina contains 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot produce from its own resources and have to be replaced daily by food. Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin F factor (GLA) and iron, it grows naturally on alkaline lakes and is used for its high level protein, vitamins and minerals . 100g of spirulina yields 50-70% protein. Its exceptional levels of vitamin B12  is of special interest to vegetarians, vegans and non-meat eaters who, unless they  study their diets carefully, may be deficient in this important vitamin.

Ascophyllum nodosum:

A large, common brown alga (Phaeophyceae) in the family Fucaceae, being the only species in the genus Ascophyllum. It is seaweed of the northern Atlantic Ocean, also known as rockweed, Norwegian kelp, knotted kelp, knotted wrack or egg wrack. It is common on the north-western coast of Europe (from Svalbard to Portugal) including east Greenland and the north-eastern coast of North America.  Ascophyllum nodosum is sourced from the Scottish Outer Hebrides and is the highest of species in terms of iodine levels - typically 700mcg iodine per 1g. Ascophyllum nodosum is harvested for human consumption, as well as for use in alginates, fertilisers and for the manufacture of seaweed meal for animals. It has long been used as an organic and mainstream fertiliser for many  varieties of crops due to its combination of both macro-nutrients (e.g. nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur) and micro-nutrients (e.g. manganese, copper, iron, zinc etc). It is also host to cytokinins, auxin-like gibberellins, betaines, mannitol, organic acids, polysaccharides, amino acids and proteins, which are all highly  beneficial.

Fucus vesiculosus:

Known by the common name bladder wrack or bladderwrack, Fucus vesiculosus is a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It also known by the common names black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus and rock wrack. The primary chemical constituents of this plant include mucilage, algin, mannitol, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, bromine, potassium, volatile oils, iodine and many other minerals. It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811. Iodine is an essential mineral for normal thyroid function, mammary gland development and foetal and infant neurological growth. It also has a powerful antioxidant and alkalising effect .The main use of bladder wrack (and other types of seaweed) in herbal medicine is as a rich source of iodine . It has been used in the treatment of under-active thyroid glands (hypothyroidism) and goitre. It has also been shown to help women with abnormal menstrual cycling patterns and menstrual-related disease histories .Overall, seaweeds form an essential source of natural iodine and are described as an ideal food-safe natural source of the mineral. Iodine is proven to be highly beneficial in the diet and significantly deficient in western diets.

Acerola Cherries (25% Vitamin C)

 Acerola cherries  are  known  as  superfruits,  due to  their  excellent  nutritional  value  and  exceptionally high  vitamin  C  content.  Vitamin  C is essential for  the growth  and repair  of cells and for a strong immune system. Acerola cherries provide a naturally bio-available and powerful source of  vitamin C, which is fully utilised by the body - unlike synthetic ascorbic acid, which is sold as vitamin C. By  way of  a  comparison  of  vitamin C  content  with other fruits, 1 small acerola cherry  contains around 80mg of  vitamin C- this is 30 times the amount found in oranges (of  the same weight). These cherries possess an amazing array  of  nutrients, including potent  antioxidants .  In  fact, researchers have  identified nearly 150 nutritive constituents, which include bioflavenoids, proteins, mineral salts, iron, calcium and phosphorous. This undoubtedly makes acerola cherries one of the most nutritious fruits known to us.

Black currants.

Also  known to be superfruits due to their wide array opf nutrients, blackcurrant's were used during world war 2 as a replacement for oranges ands other fruits rich in vitamin c. These berries are in fact far superior to those Naval oranges and other fruits that they were  substituting (in terms of vitamin C profile). In fact blackcurrant contain more than 3 times as much vitamin C per gram than Oranges-  They also contain  a good quantity of phosphorous,  iron,  phyto nutrients, vitamin E and  other anti oxidants including  anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol.  Blackcurrants are a great energy food,  and the seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids. They can also help to prevent joint inflammation,  eye strain and urinary infections.

A recent scientific study revealed that  the  natural chemicals  and  compounds found  in blackcurrants may  help  to balance the impact  that exercise can have on the body. Researchers n  New Zealand also uncovered  a compound, which may  help  to   improve  breathing  in  some  types  of  asthma. British  scientists are now  investigating  how  blackcurrants may hold the key in helping to slow the progression of Alzheimer's.

Rosehips:  The red fruits found on Roses.  A fantastic source of both Vitamin C and bioflavenoids.  There is as much Vitamin C in  a cup of Rosehips as 40 oranges! They also contain Vitamis A, B1 to 3, and K.  The Bioflavenoids, present in the pulp and fruit rind,  exert a synergistic action to Vitamin C,  advancing its absorption rate.

From a health perspective, rosehips are known for their  high content of bioavailable vitamin c.  There is approximately 1,700 m gof vitamin C in  100g of  dried rosehips.

Studies  show  that  rosehips  may reduce the symptoms of  osteoarthritis and  help sore, achy joints to  function  better. This fruit  is certainly no  stranger to the world  of  alternative medicine and could be described as a nutritional superstar with its high iron and vitamin content. It has an antioxidant  Potential even greater than that of blueberries!