Obesity: Nutrients and Herbs

Obesity Nutrients

The table below shows the Obesity Nutrients.

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

ABC Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries As directed on label. Always take supplemental fiber separately from other supplements and medications. Especially good for high or low blood sugar problems and also provides fiber. Gives a full feeling, cutting down hunger pangs. Obesity Nutrients.
or psyllium husks 1 tbsp ½ hour before meals with a large glass of liquid. Drink it quickly.
Chromium picolinate 200-600 mcg daily. Reduces sugar cravings by stabilizing the metabolism of simple carbohydrates (sugars).

Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)

As directed on label. Increases vitality.
Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, or salmon oil) As directed on label. Use these with a low-fat diet to provide essential fatty acids, needed by every cell in the body and for appetite control.
Kelp 1,000-1,500 mg daily. Contains balanced minerals and iodine. Aids in weight loss. Obesity Nutrients.
Lecithin granules 1 tbsp 3 times daily, before meals. A fat emulsifier; breaks down fat so it can be removed from the body.
or capsules 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.

Spirulina

As directed on label 3 times daily. Take between meals. Excellent sources of usable protein. Contains needed nutrients and stabilizes blood sugar. Can replace a meal.
or Spiru-tein from Nature’s Plus
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 3,000-6,000 mg daily. Necessary for normal glandular function. Speeds up a slow metabolism, prompting it to burn more calories.

Calcium

1.500 mg daily. Involved in activation of lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fats for utilization by the body. Obesity Nutrients.
Choline and inositol As directed on label. Helps the body burn fat.
Coenzyme Q10 plus As directed on label. Necessary for energy.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Improves the effect of coenzyme Q10, metabolizes fat, and may aid in weight loss.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) As directed on label. Inhibits an enzyme that is involved in fat production.
5-hydroxy L-tryptophan (5-HIP) As directed on label. Suppresses appetite.
Caution: Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) As directed on label. Suppresses cravings and has antidepressant qualities.

L-arginine

500 mg each or as directed on label, before bedtime. Take on an empty stomach with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Obesity Nutrients. These amino acids decrease body fat.
Caution: Do not take these supplements if you have diabetes. Do not take arginine or ornithine without lysine.
and L-ornithine
plus L-lysine
L-carnitine 500 mg daily. Has the ability to break up fat deposits and aids in weight loss by giving you more energy.
L-glutamine As directed on label. Lessens carbohydrate cravings.
L-methionine As directed on label. Assists in the breakdown of fat.

L-phenylalanine

As directed on label, on an empty stomach. An appetite suppressant that tells the brain you are not hungry.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.
L-tyrosine As directed on label. Take at bedtime. Suppresses cravings and has antidepressant qualities.
Caution: Do not take tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.
Maitake extract As directed on label. Aids in weight loss.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. Obesity and nutritional deficiency are parts of the same syndrome.
with potassium

Obesity Nutrients.

99 mg daily. Important in the production of energy. Sodium and potassium levels must be balanced.

Pyruvate

As directed on label. Promotes weight loss and may aid in reducing body fat.
Taurine As directed on label. Taurine is a building block for all other amino acids; aids in the digestion of fats.
Vitamin B complex 50 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary.) Needed for proper digestion.
plus extra vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 50 mg 3 times daily. Required for efficiency in burning calories.
and vitamin B3 (niacin) 50 mg 3 times daily. Do not exceed this amount. Lessens sugar cravings.
Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50 mg 3 times daily. Boosts metabolism.

and vitamin B12

1,000 mcg 3 times daily. Needed for proper digestion and absorption. A sublingual form is best.
and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) As directed on label. Aids in carbohydrate and protein utilization.
Zinc 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Enhances the effectiveness of insulin and boosts immune function. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
plus copper 3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc.

Herbs

❑ Alfalfa, corn silk, dandelion, gravel root, hydrangea, hyssop, juniper berries, oat straw, parsley, seawrack, thyme, uva ursi, white ash, and yarrow can be used in tea form for their diuretic properties.

❑ Aloe vera juice improves digestion and cleanses the digestive tract.

❑ Amla is an Ayurvedic herb that helps to increase lean body mass and reduce fat.

❑ Astragalus increases energy and improves nutrient absorption.
Caution: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever.

❑ Borage seed, hawthorn berry, licorice root, and sarsaparilla stimulate the adrenal glands and improve thyroid function.
Caution: Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.

❑ Butcher’s broom, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, Garcinia cambogia, ginger, green tea (which has gained a great deal of attention for its ability to aid in weight loss), and mustard seed are thermogenic herbs that improve digestion and aid in the metabolism of fat.

Caution: Do not use cinnamon in large quantities during pregnancy. Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medications less effective. Consult your health care professional if you are using them. The caffeine in green tea could cause insomnia, anxiety, upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.

❑ Chlorella, gudmar, schizandra, and suma aid in glucose utilization, hormone production, neural regulation, and digestion.

❑ Fennel removes mucus and fat from the intestinal tract and is a natural appetite suppressant.

❑ Fenugreek is useful for dissolving fat within the liver.

❑ Gotu kola aids in reducing body mass and aids in adrenal processes that facilitate carbohydrate metabolism. It also increases energy.

❑ Guarana and kola nut are appetite suppressants.

Caution: These contain caffeine; those who are sensitive to caffeine should avoid them.


❑ Guggul, an ancient Ayurvedic herbal remedy, helps to normalize blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also has a mildly stimulating effect on the thyroid.

❑ Siberian ginseng aids in moving fluids and nutrients throughout the body and reduces the stress of adjusting to new eating habits.

Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.

❑ Trifala is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy that rejuvenates glandular balance and stimulates thyroid hormones with long-term use.

❑ Turmeric strengthens digestion, increases energy, and cleanses the blood.