Scientists have discovered that a carotenoid called fucoxanthin (FU-CO-ZAN-THIN) found in specific brown seaweed could be a potent new weapon to help in today’s fight against obesity.
Why Do We Gain Weight as We Age?
If you’re a health-conscious adult, you probably eat fewer calories than you did when you were younger, yet unwanted fat stubbornly remains and often continues to accumulate. It can become frustrating when diet and exercise don’t give results but there is a reason for this. Scientists have identified several reasons why we suffer from fat accumulation as we become older, especially around the abdominal area. One reason is because; with age we experience progressive insulin resistance. This is caused by the body being over-exposed to high sugar and processed foods over a prolonged period of time. Our insulin becomes less able to cope and this can contribute to weight gain and in some cases to type 2 diabetes. Reducing calorie intake and high sugar foods can help weight loss; however, the biggest challenge of losing weight as we get older is the natural slowdown of our metabolism.
Why Dieting Alone is Inadequate for Achieving Substantial Fat Loss
It is well known that lowering calorie intake is essential for long-term weight loss, but continuous calorie restriction can cause the body’s metabolism to slow down. This forces the body to store more fat for the future as it thinks it is starving. As we age, most diets fail miserably and this is because ageing itself is associated with a dramatic drop in metabolic rate and energy expenditure. This means that simply reducing calorie intake is not an optimal solution for long-term weight management as calories can’t be burned off at the same rate as when we were younger.
Scientific research shows that as we age, the metabolism slows down significantly and white body fat mass increases. These white fat stores can be particularly noticeable around the tummy and internal organs and can give that ‘middle aged spread’ appearance.
Canadian scientists recently reported in the prestigious European Journal of Clinical Nutrition that ‘ageing is associated with a significant decrease in resting energy expenditure.’ It was reported that this decrease in energy expenditure may cause 120-190 calories to be stored in the body every day. This surplus number of calories a day can lead to an extra 13-20 pounds of body fat in a year! In order to lose and maintain weight loss as we age we need to restore the ability of our cells to maintain a more youthful metabolic rate.
How Can We Safely Boost Our Metabolism?
In order to boost our metabolism we need to increase cellular energy expenditure - the amount of energy that our cells create and use. The process that cells use to do this is called thermogenesis and this produces cellular energy in the form of heat.
There are two types of thermogenesis; exercise associated thermogenesis which describes the process of heat production with exercise, and non-exercise (or resting) thermogenesis. This is the body’s natural ability to generate cellular energy production without the need for voluntary muscle movement.
Non-exercise thermogenesis can only occur when a protein called Uncoupling Protein 1 (UCP1) is present in cells and causes them to generate cellular energy as heat. This means that fats in the body are used to produce energy rather than remain as stored fat.
But UCP1 Protein is not Present in Our White Fat Cells in any Sufficient Quantity……….Until Now!
When we are born we all have stores of brown fat cells. Brown fat acts as a central heating system to regulate our body’s temperature and helps to prevent us from getting pneumonia in our early days. This process happens due to non-exercise thermogenesis which means that the fat is burning itself up in order to provide energy. The protein that causes this fat burning activity is UCP1 and this is only found in brown fat cells.
From being young we start to lay down our white fat cell stores from calorie consumption that we don’t burn off and as we reach adulthood it is thought that there are very few, if any, brown fat cells left but many white fat cells that we have accumulated throughout our life.
White fat cells do not have this natural thermogenic process but new research shows that by taking fucoxanthin, the UCP1 protein is regulated in white fat cells. This encourages white fat cells to burn fat and to mimic the action of brown fat cells - an amazing breakthrough in the fight against obesity.
Once stored fat begins burning up the weight starts to come off. What is Fucoxanthin?
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid that is found in brown seaweed and provides a unique solution for safely boosting cellular metabolism without side effects. It has been extensively studied for its antioxidant powers but more recently for its ability to promote weight loss by targeting fat cells.
The Japanese are one of the longest living and healthiest nations in the world and they have praised the natural health benefits of brown seaweed for centuries. This rich brown seaweed, known as wakame by the Japanese, has long been part of Asian diets and can offer tremendous health benefits. Unfortunately, it would be almost impossible to eat enough of this seaweed to get the fat loss effects achieved by taking the high strength of fucoxanthin found in Advanced Nutrition’s formula. Thankfully, this method is much more convenient too!
Research and Development
Scientists have found that fucoxanthin has even better weight loss results when combined with pomegranate seed oil. This is because the active ingredient in pomegranate seed oil, punicic acid, prevents white fat cells from increasing in size – stopping fat cells in their tracks!
Fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil work synergistically to help to promote weight loss by reducing the size and number of white fat cells especially in visceral fat – the fat that gathers around the abdomen.A recent placebo controlled clinical trial of 110 obese, non-diabetic, women revealed that those taking fucoxanthin plus pomegranate seed oil in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise lost an average of 14.5 pounds of weight in 16 weeks compared to the placebo group who lost an average of only 3 pounds in the same trial.
In addition, a second trial discovered that volunteers had an average increase in metabolic rate of 18.5% higher than with diet alone, all without stimulating the central nervous and not increasing blood pressure or heart rate.
The volunteers took a 200mg blend of fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil capsules before meals, daily, for 16 weeks and all participants were placed on a calorie controlled diet of 1,800 calories per day.
Why Is Fucoxanthin So Good?
Now available for the first time in the UK, Advanced Nutrition have developed high strength fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil capsules. This is a unique, non-stimulating, thermogenic product. It is all natural and safe to take and doesn’t have any unwanted side effects.
For optimal results we suggest that you take one capsule three times a day, ideally before meals. Because this product is a non-stimulant it can be taken late in the day and will not interfere with sleep.
This product is a food supplement and should not replace a normal diet. Advanced Nutrition have developed this product to aid your healthy lifestyle and recommend that you do regular exercise and eat a calorie controlled diet consisting of 1800 calories per day for women and 2100 calories per day for men. All of these elements are important for healthy, long-term weight loss and Fucoxanthin and Pomegranate Seed Oil capsules can enhance your weight control programme.
This product is not a miracle, but is definitely an effective supplement to add to your healthy lifestyle and can help in the battle to beat the bulge
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Fucoxanthin is a type of carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) and hijiki (Hijikia fusiformis), which are used widely in Asian cuisine. Wakame is the seaweed used in miso soup.
Fucoxanthin is also found in much smaller amounts in red seaweed (the kind typically used in Japanese sushi rolls) and green seaweed.
Both wakame and hijiki are available at Japanese specialty food stores, some health food stores and online. Although brown seaweed is the richest source of fucoxanthin, you would have to eat an unrealistic amount of it daily to get fucoxanthin levels close to those used in research studies.