Public health agencies blame gluttonous behavior and lack of physical activity as the sole reasons for today’s obesity epidemic. Ignored are a plethora of age-related metabolic changes that predispose us to weight gain, even when we try to cut back on caloric intake. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Scientists have identified natural compounds that function via multiple mechanisms to combat the underlying factors involved in excess accumulation of body fat. New Phase 3™ sucrase modulator.
A recent study in the journal Science concluded that a calorie-restricted diet can delay disease onset and age-related mortality in primates.1 While Life Extension® readers understand the benefits of calorie restriction, that doesn’t make it any easier to cut back on one of the major calorie culprits in the American diet: refined sugar. Sucrase is an enzyme that breaks down sucrose in the digestive tract for absorption into the bloodstream. Phase 3™ is a new, patented compound that functions as a beneficial modulator of sucrase. By delaying the rapid absorption of sucrose, Phase 3™ can help support the healthy release of insulin and sugar into the bloodstream in response to sucrose ingestion that readily converts to body fat.
Phase 3™ contains a natural substance found in plants called L-arabinose that provides an important new weapon in the battle to reduce the number of absorbed calories from sugar. Green tea phytosome cellular energy enhancer The ability of green tea extracts to inhibit the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat has been the subject of research studies across the globe. Mounting scientific research has documented the metabolic effects of green tea polyphenols. A proprietary phytosome complex has shown an ability to increase the absorption of green tea polyphenols into the bloodstream better than conventional tea extracts — resulting in peak plasma levels of the critical green tea polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate.2
Participants in a clinical trial showed an average weight loss of 30 pounds and a 10% reduction in waist circumference in 90 days when 300 mg/day of this new green tea phytosome was consumed in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet.2 The placebo group that followed the same reduced-calorie diet lost only 9.9 pounds and only 5% of their waist size. The alpha-amylase enzyme Aging reduces our ability to utilize the carbohydrates (and fats) that constitute what most would consider part of a healthy diet. The result is that as we grow older, our bloodstreams become chronically bloated with glucose and triglycerides in direct contrast to the youthful metabolic profile we have in our younger years.
Emerging scientific research suggests that the alpha amylase enzyme plays an undesirable role in the digestion of dietary carbohydrates and subsequent absorption of calories from starch and sugar. A natural bean extract (Phaseolus vulgaris) moderates alpha amylase activity. In a human trial in which all overweight participants were placed on a 2,000–2,200-calorie, carbohydrate-rich diet, those who received Phaseolus vulgaris lost 6.5 pounds and 1.2 inches in waist size in only 30 days compared with 0.8 pounds and 0.2 inches in the placebo group.3