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Elevenses …A Perfect Drinking Suggestion (Hot or Cold)

March 21, 2012

SLIM&FIT could be the perfect 11 0’clock drink.  Perfect for filling a gap when you might be feeling peckish and also assuage the stomach (nausea etc.) if you have just eaten a snack.

We have been told by various sources that Slim&Fit is popular, not only to help control weight, but also it is helping to alleviate stomach issues e.g. feeling bloated, gases, nausea etc.

A closer look at the ingredients shows there are some interesting functionalities in there like Garcinia, Ginger and Amla.  And it looks like the ancient Ayurvedic Doctors were right  (like our Grandmothers!) about these natural herbs and spices.  Of course, SLIM&FIT could be drunk mid-afternoon too to help with the same issues…

  • Nausea

Ginger

Ginger  has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions for many thousands of years.  Ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years.

The important active components of the ginger root are mainly phenolic compounds like gingerols and shogaols.

Medicinal Uses and Indications:

Nowadays health care professionals are recommending ginger treat nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. It is also used as a digestive aid for a mild stomach upset.

Motion Sickness

Several studies suggest that ginger may in ameliorating symptoms of motion sickness. Sailors were actually tested in one trial and ginger seemed to reduce vomiting and cold sweating.  It is possible that Ginger produces antimotion sickness action possibly by central and peripheral anticholinergic and antihistaminic effects.

Pregnancy-Related Nausea and Vomiting

Ginger may be effective for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women when used for short periods (no longer than 4 days). Several studies have found that ginger is better than placebo in relieving morning sickness.

Pregnant women with severe vomiting who took ginger every day for 4 days reported more relief from vomiting than those who took placebo.

Chemotherapy nausea

There have been several studies that indicate that ginger reduces the severity and duration of nausea during chemotherapy.

Emblica officinalis

Amla

In an animal study results indicate that Amla extract (Emblica officinalis) possesses antisecretory, antiulcer, and cytoprotective properties.

Green Tea

Research on Green tea has been publicised widely on this website.  It looks like the Green tea polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate shows therapeutic antioxidative effects in colitis. Furthermore Green Tea may offer some anti-cancer protection in the gut.

Fennel

Fennel has also been shown to have a protective effect against gastric mucosal lesions and this seems to depend upon the reduction in lipid peroxidation and augmentation in its antioxidant activity.  Studies also provide evidence that natural ingredients like Fennel have additional beneficial effects and can help gastrointestinal disorders.

Liquorice

Liquorice extracts were studied and were found to have significant efficacy in the management of functional dyspepsia.

  • Controlling Weight

Caralluma fimbriata:

There is increasing evidence from investigators that food plant C. fimbriata  suppress appetite and can provide anti-obese and metabolic benefits.

The anti-obese effects of Caralluma fimbriata (CF) were evaluated in animal model systems by monitoring changes in feed intake, body weight and serum lipid amongst other assays.

CF induced significant and dose-dependent inhibition of food intake, with dose-related prevention of gains in body weight, liver weight, and fat pad mass.

Alterations in serum lipid profiles associated with weight gain were similarly inhibited, as were the typical increases in serum leptin levels. The data support CF’s reported weight controlling effects. The data also suggest  that CF treatment also helped to protect against atherogenesis.

In a separate study, and reported in the journal Appetite, Caralluma fimbriata was assessed in overweight individuals by a placebo controlled randomized trial. During the trial blood glucose and lipids were measured and body measurements taken as well as dietary intake and assessment of appetite.

Waist circumference and hunger levels over the investigation period showed a significant decline in the experimental group when compared to the placebo group.

The results suggest that Caralluma Fimbriata appears to suppress appetite, and reduce waist circumference when compared to placebo over a 2 month period.

Garcinia:

Amin et al, studied the effect of Garcinia in model systems.

They fed rats high levels of High Sugar (HS) and High Fat (HF).  Measurements showed concomitant higher Body weight (BW) and body mass index (BMI) with these diets.   The investigators demonstrated that Garcinia could decrease the oxidative stress biomarkers and increase NO (Nitric oxide) levels.

Rats fed a diet with HF or HS showed, hypertriglyceridemia (higher triglyceride leves), increased lipid production, increased oxidative stress and renal alteration.  Garcinia ameliorated the damaging effects of the HF or HS and decreased feed intake, MDA level and decreased oxidative stress in renal tissues.

In another study reported in the  journal Bioscience, Biotechnology & Biochemistry researchers studied the effects of Garcinia on the mRNA levels of the various genes involved in adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells), as well as on body weight gain, visceral fat accumulation, and other markers of obesity in model systems.

Results showed that Garcinia lowered the body weight gain, visceral fat accumulation, blood and hepatic lipid concentrations, and plasma insulin and leptin levels in a high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity model.

The data suggest that the Garcinia can improve obesity effects, probably by modulating multiple genes associated with adipogenesis.

Natural InnOrbit drink Slim&Fit contains the above ingredients and more!

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