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Miracles of Hoodia Gordonii

Over-weight issues have been plaguing the world with utmost alacrity. People mostly associate extra flabs with unhealthy habits. This is because many of them resort to eating junk food laced with high sugar content and fat. Researchers state that mundane life styles, coupled with stress factor results in anxiety and depression. Under such circumstances, a person tends to gorge on junk food stuffs all the time. Also, sedentary life style, and lack of exercises tend to make people obese.

Researchers have been working round the clock to combat over-weight issues. Many herbs and plants from Asia, and Africa are deemed for being effective in the process of weight loss. Since the ancient and medieval ages, people from these places have been known for having lean and muscular bodies.

The Asian and African countries are famous for their wonderful herbs, which check the growth of fat cells in our bodies. While more than half the world is being pilloried by obesity issues, scientists have turned their attention towards medicinal plants such as green coffee beans, garcinia cambogia, hoodia gordonii and so on. Also, a great deal of research work is in process to ascertain their effectiveness in aiding weight loss among the fat and obese.

Known as a succulent plant, hoodia gordonii is highly effective in cutting down fat in human bodies. When men lived in the caves, and went on hunting sprees in morbid and harsh condition, they consumed these to suppress their thirst and hunger. As a result, people could be out for days without actually feeling any cravings for food.

For years, scientists have been mulling over its credibility in the weight loss process. It was, however, only in the 1960s when formal research was started for testifying the medicinal attributes of hoodia gordonii. In the year 1977, P57, an important ingredient of this plant was discovered, and isolated for further retrospection. Also known as oxypregnane steroidal glycocide, P57 triggers the formation of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in our bodies.

Once broken down, Adenosine Triphosphate is a nucleotide, which releases energy. This energy is used during metabolic process. When metabolism is at its peak, ATP sends a message to the brain conveying that the body has had enough intake of food. Hoodia gordonii helps in tricking human bodies into believing that no more nourishment is required, and hence, stalls the pangs of hunger.

Scientists conducted research over rats, and discovered that an increase in the level of Adenosine Triphosphate boosts the activity of hypothalamus, a part of the brain. Consequently, food consumption miraculously reduces.

A group of scientists administered hoodia gordonii supplements to seven obese people. They were told to follow their normal diet and activities. Nothing was altered. The observation lasted for 28 days. During that period, about five out of seven participants told the scientists that they had experienced considerable weight loss. Also, they stated that their craving for food had reduced. Though the appetite suppressants did not show their results in the initial stage, the effects became evident after sometime. The supplements did not have any stimulants. Hence, the participants did not complain of any side-effects. Most of the men had lost about 10 pounds, which is a laudable figure indeed!

Now, you must be wondering about the credibility of the above-mentioned cases. Well, hoodia gordonii curbs hunger pangs among individuals. When people undergo stress, they tend to excess snacking. Also, some individuals have the habit of eating food late at night. Hoodia gordonii acts as a panacea for such people. It keeps them filled for a long period of time, and suppresses their cravings for food.

 

 

How African Mangoes Make Weight Loss Happen

There have been numerous questions pertaining to the role of African mangoes in weight loss cases. Widely known as bush mangoes, or wild mangoes, these fruits are known to accelerate the process of shedding weight. Researchers refer to it by its scientific name, Irvingia gabonesis, and widely use it for making weight loss supplements. The resultant extract obtained from these fruits is widely known as IGOB131.

Scientists used this extract to ascertain whether it really accelerates the weight loss process. In fact, there are certain other extracts obtained from African mangoes, which are not effective in shedding weight. IGOB131, however, has shown positive results in this matter.

Researchers conducted an experiment for a period of 4 weeks in which 40 obese individuals were administered, either 3.15 grams of African mango extract, or an equal quantity of oat meal bran. Both the supplements were administered to these people half an hour before their meals. They were put on low calorie diets. These people consumed about 1800 calories daily.

After a month, it was observed that people who had consumed African mango extracts had lost nearly 5.6 percent of weight. On the contrary, people who had been eating oat meal bran had lost merely 1 percent of body weight. Also, their systolic blood pressure dropped by 4 points.

Scientists conducted another study involving nearly 102 healthy, and over-weight men and women. People were put into two groups. Some were slotted into a placebo group while the rest were placed in another group where they were administered African mango extracts.  After 10 weeks, it was observed that people who had consumed IGOB131 had also lost considerable fat from their waist regions. These people had lost almost 28 pounds whereas, the ones who had been placed in the placebo group lost just a pound.

Besides, those who had consumed IGOB131 showed significant fall of LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, C reactive protein and blood sugar levels.

According to scientists, IGOB131 triggers the secretion of adinopectin, which reduces the risks of heart diseases, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

In the South-East Asian countries, mangoes are believed to accelerate weight gain due to their carbohydrate content. In fact, many people in these countries avoid eating these succulent fruits from the sheer fear of gaining excess weight.

African mangoes, however, serve as staple food in countries like Nigeria and Cameroon. The African tribals are known to have slender and trim bodies. Also, occurrences of heart diseases among these people are quite unheard of!

IGOB131 also reduces the level of leptin, a hormone secreted by the fat cells, which determines the appetite of people. High leptin level reduces hunger pangs, and cravings for junk food. .

It has, however, been observed that obese people tend over-eat, and high level of leptin in their blood does not decrease their appetite. Such people become resistant to leptin levels.

So, how does fall in leptin level result in weight loss since it triggers the appetite of a person? Well, decrease in leptin results in less production of fat cells, and hence, weight loss occurs.