When it comes to fat loss, small things can make a big difference. It’s important to keep in mind that no supplement will ever trump the effects of your overall diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Yet, there are truly potent and helpful supplements that can give you a slight edge to make your results even more impressive.
Here are 3 powerhouse fat loss herbs that you need to know about:
1. Pu-erh (pronounced poo-eir)
Pu-erh is a variety of fermented dark tea produced in Yunnan province, China. Pu-erh may be the most potent tea for improving body composition because it assists fat loss in 3 major ways.
- Studies show that Pu-erh significantly suppresses the activity of fatty acid synthase (FAS). This means that it can literally block your body from producing more fat. Pretty cool, right? The process of lipogenesis (creation of fat by the liver) is blunted by using this traditional tea.
- The caffeine found in Pu-erh triggers your body to secrete the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine which are shown to increase mobilization of stored fatty acids in fat cells. This enables your body to have easier access to use those stored fatty acids as fuel (and not keep it on your belly).
- Pu-erh has been clinically proven to enhance cellular levels of hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) which effectively blocks visceral fat accumulation. HSL is a critical enzyme that “unlocks” fat cells so that their contents can be emptied out. HSL’s function is paramount to any fat loss processes in the body.
What’s important to know about using Pu-erh
With consumption of Pu-erh, quality means everything. This tea needs to be cultivated, fermented, and stored properly to retain it’s benefits. This may be the most expensive tea to procure right now, but the benefits are definitely worth it.
Two cups of Pu-erh a day are ideal to maximize the benefits listed above (if you’re not overly sensitive to caffeine). With all herbal stimulants, please respect them and cycle them occasionally for the best results.
2. Shilajit (pronounced shee-lah-jeet)
In the ancient Ayurvedic text Shilajit is known as the “Conquerer of Mountains” and the “Destroyer of Weakness”. Today Shilajit is being studied for it’s remarkable effects on fat loss and overall health.
One recent study showed that supplementation with Shilajit resulted in a 23.5% increase in serum testosterone levels. The study participants were quasi-infertile males, but something with these types of effects are potentially beneficial for anyone.
Essentially, shilajit has similar benefits for both women and men:
- increased energy
- mental clarity
- improved immune function
- increased libido.
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The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science found that testosterone levels have significant effects on body fat percentage. The higher the testosterone levels, the leaner subjects were. And conversely, the lower the testosterone levels, the fatter they were.
Please remember, testosterone is important for both men and women, as is estrogen. What matters most is having the optimal levels in your body (which you have a lot of control over with your diet and lifestyle).
What’s important to know about using Shilajit
Again, quality is extremely important here. Do a bit of research and don’t just buy from some random retailer, ok? Once you have your high quality shilajit, the average usage will be from 50-200mg per day. You can simply add it to water, take capsules, or (my favorite) blend it into hot tea or coffee drinks to get the real essence of it’s rejuvenative effects.
3. Cordyceps (pronounced cor-di-seps)
Cordyceps is categorized as a “medicinal mushroom” with thousands of years of use in Chinese Medicine. It’s growing acclaim in the world of health today due to it’s substantial benefits on athletic performance.
Cordyceps has been shown to increase physical stamina by improving overall blood circulation and the dilation of respiratory pathways. Cordyceps is also rich in beneficial polysaccharides that can assist in cellular communication and recovery as well.
One of the little known benefits of using cordyceps mushroom is its impact on blood sugar. Studies show that cordyceps efficiently increases insulin sensitivity. This enables your body to process energy and activate hormones like leptin to keep your hunger and body fat in check.
What’s important to know about using cordyceps
Cordyceps can be used in powder or capsule form. Chinese herbs like this are traditionally combined with other herbs in a synergistic formula. Try adding cordyceps to your blended drinks with other herbs you enjoy. Cordyceps is considered an adaptogen that you can take regularly, but I’d still recommend cycling it to get the best effects.
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