Carla, an audience member, told Dr Oz that she hated her mid-section and would like to lose it forever. (Welcome to my world!) Carla stated that she exercised, did pilates, walked and even watched what she ate, however it was difficult with kids. (Did you notice kids are always the go to excuse for not losing weight? Darn kids! LOL!) She told Dr Oz that if she could lose just one part of her body, it would definitely be the tummy region.
1. GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)- GLA helps to reduce inflammation and convinces fat cells to get rid of the fat. For maximum benefits, take 800 mg per day.
Doctor Oz asked Carla which product she would prefer to use and Carla asked if she could take all 3. (Haha! But seriously, can you take all 3 products together?!? Please...) Dr Oz suggested taking GLA for a month to see if it worked for you. There are no side effects with GLA, plus, it contains an anti-inflammatory.
This GLA supplement supplies 299mg per softgel. This omega-6 fatty acid is found in plant oils like evening primrose and black currant seed. It not only reduces inflammation, but also convinces fat cells to release excess fat. At the cellular level, GLA helps reduce the amount of inflammation in a given fat cell by not allowing it to suck in and store excess fat that creates bloating. Dr. Oz recommended two different doses. If you are looking to drop weight in a week, take 1000mg before your main meals for 1 week. For sustained weight loss, take around 800mg per day.
Omega-6 fatty acids are well-supplied in the diet by meat and vegetable oils. However, not all omega-6 fatty acids are of equal value. Arachidonic acid (AA) tends to be unhealthy because it is the precursor of inflammatory eicosanoids — such as prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), thromboxane A2, and leukotriene B4 — which promote inflammation. In contrast, gamma-linolenic acid(GLA), found in evening primrose oil, borage oil, and black currant oil, is an important fatty acid that plays a beneficial role in healthy prostaglandin (PGE1) formation and pro-inflammatory mediator reduction.
Health-conscious people have been swallowing a lot of borage oil supplements to obtain GLA (gamma linolenic acid), the parent of the biologically active DGLA (dihomogamma linolenic acid).
Life Extension adds 10 mg of sesame lignans to each softgel of Mega GLA borage oil. Sesame lignans not only increase beneficial DGLA but they also prevent the conversion of GLA into the proinflammatory mediator arachidonic acid. 56 Blocking this pathway decreases the formation of destructive proinflammatory agents prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4. 57
Numerous studies document GLA’s multiple health effects. Enhancing this supplement with sesame lignans enables GLA to work much better in the body, allowing many more people with inflammatory-related problems to benefit from supplemental GLA.
2. Calcium Pyruvate: Calcium pyruvate is naturally occurring in the body. It helps to release the fat instead of store it. You can purchase this product for $15 online and in health stores. For maximum benefits, take 1000 mg before meals.
- NOW Foods Calcium Pyruvate
Pyruvate is a key metabolite of carbohydrate metabolism that is needed to begin the citric acid cycle, the process by which cells produce energy in the form of ATP. As the main chemical fuel of the body, ATP powers most vital functions throughout the body, including muscular movement. Pyruvate is also important in a number of other metabolic pathways, including those that result in fat and protein metabolism, as well as in glycogen storage. Pyruvate can therefore help to readily replenish cellular fuel supply and facilitate energy production.
3. Chitosan- This is located on the skins of shrimp, which coincidentally also contain calcium. Chitosan acts like a barrier in the intestines. You can purchase this product for $10 online and in health stores. For maximum benefits, take 1000mg per day with a large glass of water before every meal.
- NOW Foods Chitosan
- 500mg Per 3 Caps (Dr. Oz recommends 1000mg per day)
Chitosan is a dietary fiber derived from the shells of crustaceans that has been shown in non-clinical studies to bind to fat and cholesterol in the digestive tract. NOW Chitosan contains LipoSan Ultra, a patented high-density form of Chitosan that binds up to five times more fat than conventional Chitosan according to laboratory testing. A published clinical study has demonstrated that LipoSan Ultra, taken as directed, may aid in the support of healthy body weight and serum cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Now has also included Chromium in this formula. Chromium is an essential trace mineral that works with insulin to support healthy blood glucose levels and plays an important role in the proper utilization of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
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