Ready for con­fi­dent curves

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

AC­CORD­ING to the Na­tional Health and Mor­bid­ity Sur­vey 2015, obese and overweight peo­ple make up nearly half of the 30 mil­lion peo­ple in Malaysia.

Al­most 50% of Malaysians above the age of 18 had high choles­terol in 2015, while 17.5% had di­a­betes.

Obe­sity can re­duce a per­son’s life ex­pectancy by up to nine years and cause chronic dis­eases such as heart disease, high blood pres­sure, stroke, type- 2 di­a­betes, and ex­tra pres­sure on joints and limbs.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion has de­ter­mined poor diet, lack of ex­er­cise, of­fice- ori­ented and seden­tary life­styles as se­ri­ous threats to health.

But a wide va­ri­ety of weight management strate­gies are avail­able and some in­volve the use of di­etary sup­ple­ments as slim­ming aids.

Garcinia cam­bo­gia

Among the nat­u­ral prod­ucts for obe­sity and weight con­trol, garcinia or hy­drox­yc­itric acid ( HCA) ex­tracted from garcinia has been widely used.

Garcinia has been used for cen­turies in Asian coun­tries for culi­nary pur­poses.

The fat stored in the body is ac­tu­ally the prod­uct of un­used en­ergy or glu­cose, which is con­verted by en­zymes into fat de­posits. HCA blocks these en­zymes and pre­vents the for­ma­tion of fatty de­posits.

By do­ing so, HCA al­lows the body to burn stored fat cells by break­ing down the pro­tec­tive pro­teins – known as per­ilipin – in­creas­ing fat me­tab­o­lism and burning.

HCA also en­cour­ages the re­lease of sero­tonin in the brain and in­flu­ences the neu­ropep­tide Y func­tion, which sup­presses the de­sire to eat fatty and sweet foods.

Be­sides low­er­ing LDL ( bad choles­terol) and triglyc­erides, HCA in­creases HDL ( good choles­terol).

Rasp­berry

The ke­tone com­pounds con­tained in rasp­berry have anti- obese func­tions. They can re­duce ab­sorp­tion of di­etary fat and in­crease lipol­y­sis ( the break­down of fat) in fat cells and are be­lieved to aid ther­mo­ge­n­e­sis ( in­creas­ing me­tab­o­lism slightly for a few hours af­ter in­ges­tion and help­ing the body burn calo­ries).

Green tea

Green tea con­tains polyphe­nols such as cat­e­chins that can re­duce ab­sorp­tion of di­etary fat and fat ac­cu­mu­la­tion.

An­other green tea in­gre­di­ent, epi­gal­lo­cat­e­chin gal­late, is said to in­crease rest­ing me­tab­o­lism and stim­u­late fat- burning.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Herbs of Gold. For en­quiries, call 1800 183 288.

shap­ing up is eas­ier with nat­u­ral slim­ming in­gre­di­ents.

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