If you could design a tea to improve mood, reduce appetite, balance blood sugar, and lose weight you might brew something BalaFive™ calls LeviTea. LeviTea’s ingredients also help control emotional eating by decreasing stress and depression. It also enhances lean muscle mass and promotes the burning of body fat and increased metabolic rate.
You might say LeviTea is your go-to beverage on the path to weight management.
LeviTea targets systems 1 (Sensory), 2 (Digestive), 3 (Fat Cells), 4 (Metabolism), and 5 (Endocrine) with special emphasis on the sensory and fat cells systems, by increasing the calming neurochemical called serotonin while reducing the impact of fat and starch on blood sugar and waist size.
LeviTea is a combination of these botanical ingredients: AstraGin™, Saffron Extract Synetrim® CQ, WellTrim® IG, and Black Pepper.
ASTRAGIN™ is a standardized combination of two well-researched Chinese roots, Panax notoginseng and Astragalus membranaceus. They enhance the absorption of essential nutrients important to weight management and raise daily energy levels. Astragin™ also helps control blood pressure and raises levels of serotonin, the chemical messenger in the nervous system that signals inner calm, reduces stress and depression, improves sleep, and diminishes compulsive eating.
SAFFRON EXTRACT from the saffron flower acts via the reuptake inhibition of dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine and serotonin. It improves memory, inhibits neuronal degeneration, has anti-oxidative properties and reduces signs of depression. Safranal, one of the main ccomponents in Crocus Sativis increases serotonin concentration in the synapses, which correspondingly increases the propagation signals that influence satiety and mood. Serotonin deficiency has been linked to stress-induced carbohydrate cravings.
SYNETRIM® CQ is a patented standardized extract of a member of the grape family called Cissus quadrangularis. It is native to India and West Africa, where it has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It inhibits the digestive enzymes that break down fat and starch, reducing their absorption. This keeps blood glucose levels from spiking. In addition, this botanical raises levels of serotonin, lifting dark clouds within the mind and lightening moods.
WELLTRIM® IG is a standardized extract of the seeds of African mango, Irvingia gabonensis. It contributes to weight management by improving the function of several key hormones that control appetite, satiety, fat burning, insulin sensitivity, and the conversion of sugar into fat. WellTrim® IG also helps increase metabolic rate. The results are a reduction in percent of body fat, waist size, and hip size.
BLACK PEPPER is a 4,000 year old spice and medicine created when the unripe seed berries from the Piper nigrum flowering vine are dried and ground. Black pepper can help improve digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. It also improves immune function and helps reduce depression, pain, and inflammation. It stimulates the breakdown of fat cells and inhibits their production, and helps eliminate excess fluids from the body thereby aiding weight loss.
Each of the botanical ingredients in LeviTea is categorized by the Food and Drug Administration as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).
Astragin™ research indicates a positive result in weight management in three significant ways: Astragin™ increases absorption of arginine, which is an amino acid that helps with fat burning, by 66.7%. Astragin™ also increases absorption of tryptophan, which is the amino acid that builds the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, by 52.5%.. And, Astragin™ increases vitamin absorption by 50%.
In a study of mildly overweight women those taking the saffron supplement significantly reduced their snacking and lost more weight than those taking a placebo. In other studies saffron proved more effective than placebo in successfully reducing depression and was equally effective as two commonly prescribed antidepressant pharmaceuticals.
A 10 week placebo-controlled study of 72 overweight or obese subjects published in 2008 found the group using both Cissus quadrangularis (the herb in Synetrim®CQ) and Irvingia gabonensis (the herb in WellTrim®IG) had more improvements in their weight and risk factors than groups using placebo or either herb alone. A study involving 168 overweight or obese individuals compared a placebo to Cissus quadrangularis. Among the 153 people who completed the study, those taking Cissus quadrangularis enjoyed more weight loss and reduced blood sugar levels, and improved their cardiovascular risk factors compared to those taking the placebo.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled human study of overweight and obese subjects concluded with those taking WellTrim® IG enjoying a reduction in body weight, body fat, waist size, fasting blood sugar, and leptin (a hormone produced by fat cells that increases appetite and weight), and an increase in adiponectin (a hormone produced by fat cells that helps reduce insulin sensitivity and weight). (CR)
Using an animal cell model scientists found piperine in black pepper interferes with genes that control the formation of new fat cells. In other studies piperine enhanced the burning of fat cells for energy.
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