Chromium has gained a great deal of attention as a weight-loss aid. One of the
key methods for enhancing weight loss is to increase the sensitivity of the
body's cells to the hormone insulin. Insulin plays a critical role in maintaining
proper blood-sugar and stimulating thermogenesis. Chromium supplementation lowers
body weight yet increases lean body mass, presumably because of increased insulin
This nonessential amino acid is a very popular "fat burning" supplement
in the sports nutrition market. Research shows that carnitine has a dramatic
effect on fat metabolism and the reduction of blood fats, like triglycerides.
Carnitine is also responsible for transferring fatty acids across cell membranes
to the mitochondria (the furnace of the cell), where they can be used as energy.
Pyruvate is a compound that occurs naturally in the body and is the end product
of the metabolism of sugar and starch. Pyruvate has the ability to increase
endurance and fat loss. Studies show that Pyruvate boosts endurance and speeds
Yohimbe or Yohimbine Hydrochloride (HCL), has been used in the medical
profession for years to treat male impotence. Its action appears to increase
the flow of blood as well as to increase libido and it's even been written
in the Physician's Desk Reference that it "may have activity as an
aphrodisiac". It has also been shown to actually decrease fat synthesis
in the body as well as increase fatty acid mobilization from fat stores
in women (especially in the hips). The combination of these two effects
may, indeed, position this herb/chemical as a viable aid to body fat loss.
Ma Huang has been shown to possess the ability to increase the rate of
fat loss, abuse of this herb has received a lot of attention lately due
to side effects with over usage, i.e., headaches, dry mouth, increased
heart rate, etc. When used properly and in combination with the right
companion herbs, Ma Huang is not only safe, but also extremely effective.
It must be combined with other herbs, such as Kola Nut and White Willow,
to promote fat loss. There are products on the market that already have
the combinations "built-in"so it takes the guesswork out of
combining and how much to use. Do not use this herb without first consulting
with a doctor.