submitted by GNC Newtown
If you’re planning to enjoy delicious treats this holiday season, here’s a tip to minimize the effect of all those tasty carbs – try white kidney bean extract!
As the name suggests, white kidney bean extract is obtained from the white kidney bean plant. This bean has been used for thousands of years as a source of food throughout Europe, Peru, the Indies and, in recent years, North America. Lately, other health benefits have been discovered, the most exciting of which is the fact that it can help you lose weight.
White kidney bean extract, also known as Phaseolus Vulgaris, works by blocking the absorption of starch. Starch is a compound made up of simple sugars. When we consume starch, an enzyme known as alpha amylase breaks it down into simpler compounds.
This makes it easier for the sugars to get transported into the bloodstream where they are distributed to tissues throughout the body for energy. Excess sugar is stored as fat for later use.
The extract from white kidney bean inhibits the alpha amylase enzyme. This results in less sugar being absorbed into the bloodstream, decreasing the likelihood of a weight gain from excess fat. The undigested starch simply leaves the body.
White kidney bean extract should ideally be taken before meals so that it can block some of the starch you eat. Numerous scientific studies have been done on this extract and there are no real adverse effects.
It is important, however, to follow dosing recommendations on whatever product you purchase.