What is Salacia?
Have you recently heard of the ancient plant Salacia to help with weight loss and want to know more? You should.
A lot of people roll their eyes when it comes to herbal remedies for ailments. But, you do know nearly everything we take in the form of pill began with nature, right?
Sure– for instance aspirin comes from the willow tree. Penicillin comes straight from mold. Ew.
Yes, Mother Nature is the OG of Pharmacy.
But a lot of big pharm companies like to take Mother Nature’s credit.
Well, Mother Nature, we got your back. Let’s chat about your woody climbing vine you made called Salacia.
But before we get there, let’s talk about the science of weight gain.
The Way Your Body Breaks Down Carbohydrates and Sugars Affects Weight
It’s not breaking news—what you eat impacts your weight. But secondary to that is the way your body processes and absorbs carbohydrates. Carbs can be an enemy to those whose bodies don’t respond well to carbs or to those who are addicted to carbs.
After you consume carbohydrates, alpha-glucosidases, which are enzymes in the body, begin to break down carbs and sugars into simple sugars like fructose and glucose.
Therefore, after you scarf down your carbs and sugars, they are broken down into other sugar forms. As a result, your blood sugar rises and insulin is released by the pancreas.
Insulin basically taps the cells on their ‘shoulders’ and tells them to absorb the sugar from the blood and use it as energy. If there is too much sugar, insulin directs the cells and liver to store that sweetness for future use. If your body is a ‘hoarder’ it becomes saddlebags, muffin tops, spare tires and love grips.
Now, if your body doesn’t respond normally to carbs and sugar or if you eat a lot of both, this is where Salacia can help.
Salacia is an Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitor
Remember that enzyme that starts the process of breaking down carbs and sugar into simpler sugars? Alpha-glucosidase.
Well, the stem and roots of Salacia contain alpha-glucosidase inhibitors called kotalanol and salacinol. These inhibitors are also called starch blockers and they prevent or slow down the absorption of certain carbohydrates and sugars.
This is important because of several benefits as a result of the delayed carbohydrate break down:
It reduces the amount of carbs your body processes, it reduces the amount of glucose your body can absorb and store, and increases the time your body can process the sugar and respond with insulin.
In other words, Salacia slows down the absorption of glucose which reduces the effect of carbohydrates on the body.
Sugar and simple carbs are broken down very quickly by the body. They are quickly converted into glucose.
Glucose is discharged into the blood stream and what is not used for energy is stored as fat for future energy use.
Slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates with Salacia reduces glucose absorption.
Less glucose absorbed means less sugar to store and convert into fat.
Additionally, Salacia breaks down fat so your body can’t store it. Haha, body, Mother Nature won this fight.
As an overview Salacia:
- Inhibits Alpha glucosidase which slows down glucose absorption.
- Reduces the impact of carbs and blood sugar on the body.
- Reduces blood glucose levels after eating.
- Reduces carb absorption after eating.
- Increases carb metabolism.
- Increases glucose metabolism.
- Decreases insulin resistance.
- Improves uptake of glucose.
- Breaks down fat.
- Reduces weight (in one study mice lost 14% of their body weight in 7 weeks).
In studies obese mice lost 14 percent of their body weight in seven weeks when taking Salacia.
Studies showed Salacia reduced fat absorption, glucose, insulin resistance and slowed carb absorption which resulted in weight loss.
Ok, it sounds fantastic, but are there any cons to it?
Well, because Salacia prevents and/or slows the breakdown and digestion of carbohydrates, the carbs remain in the intestine for bacteria to feast upon. And you know what happens when bacteria gets its slimy lil’ mitts on things—you get side effects like gas and bloating.
Small price to pay to reap the rewards of Salacia.
If that concerns you, you can always seek a digestive enzyme to assist with the digestive side effects.
Salacia Recommended Dose
You can take Salacia in the form of a tea, like they do in ancient Indian medicine. Or, you can purchase Salacia in supplement form. Effective doses range from 200mg to 500 mg per day, taken with meals.
This herbal remedy crafted by the ancient apothecary herself, Mother Nature, has been used for hundreds of years in ancient Indian medicine for weight management. Is it right for you? Only your doc can tell you that, but if you’re considering breaking free from Big pharm and going with a proven treatment for weight management—Salacia is a great place to start.
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