Snow Rose (Alpine Tea / Rhododendron caucasicum)
" Rhododendron caucasicum inhibits or abolishes the activity of the enzyme hyaluronidase, known to be an initiator of colon cancer."
Nature's Prescription for Weight Loss
Health experts agree that excess weight and obesity lead to some 280,000 preventable deaths and seven percent of all health care costs in the United States each year. Clinical studies have confirmed that there are now safe, natural, non-addictive weight management alternatives that do not cause potentially harmful side effects such as rapid heart rate, anxiety, insomnia and hypertension. This approach is based entirely on ancient whole food diets containing naturally occurring compounds derived from whole fruit, sea vegetable extracts and tea infusions of roots, barks and leaves.
Ancient Secrets From Mound the World
Natives of the Georgia Republic have long been aware of the healthful properties of tea brewed from the young, spring leaves of Rhododendron caucasicum, a polyphenol-rich evergreen, also known as snow rose, that grows high in the Caucasian Mountains. Today, people in the United States are becoming aware of its value as a weight loss agent.
Apart from its antioxidant benefits, extracts from the young leaves of this particular species of rhododendron provide the same lipase inhibiting powers that today's fat-blocking diet pills do, but without binding with fat or removing fat-soluble vitamins. While the lipase enzyme interferes with fat metabolism, which is essential to weight loss, still a certain amount of fat is required for the absorption of vitamins and other nutrients, as well as for the production of hormones. Abundant polyphenols, naturally present in the young leaves of rhododendron, specifically inhibit the action of the lipase enzyme while safely preventing the uptake of fat.
Scientific studies conducted at Moscow State University showed that when lipase is inhibited through the use of Rhododendron caucasicum, about 15-20 percent more fat is passed through the digestive tract to be excreted, leading to weight loss ranging from 5-25 pounds over a three-month period.
Extracts from the root of Rhodiola rosea, an herb that grows high in the Arctic regions of Siberia, have been shown to stimulate the body's production of epinephrine, norepinephrine and adrenocorticotropic hormones. These in turn activate adenilate cyclase (cAMP) in the body's fatty tissue. When cAMP levels are increased, hormone-sensitive lipase is activated (the enzyme responsible for regulating stored fat), returning stored fatty acids into the bloodstream to be burned off in the form of calories. Rhodiola rosea is most beneficial when included with daily exercise.
Rhodiola rosea is also a powerful anti-stress, mood and memory-enhancing herb, possessing the added abilities to increase physical endurance and sexual performance, according to Dr. L. Utkin, a well-known Russian botanist and nutritionist. It has also been shown to prevent stress-induced heart damage by preventing the buildup of potentially toxic levels of chemicals in the heart.
Blueberry Leaf Extract contains significant amounts of both chlorogenic and caffeic acids that help to simultaneously reduce glucose absorption in the intestines, decrease glucose synthesis in the liver and speed up the rate of glucose metabolism. Blueberry leaf extract is proven to safely reduce total cholesterol and LDL levels overall, whereas common "statin" cholesterol medications actually diminish CoQ10, vitamin E and carnitine activity in the body, potentially creating deficiencies in those important nutrients.
Natives of the Caucasian region of the former Soviet Union have traditionally taken medicinal teas infused with leaves of the blueberry plant as a self-treatment for blood sugar imbalances, diabetes and hypo-glycemia.
In fact, a 1996 study done at the Institute of Pharmacological Sciences, University of Milano, Italy, showed that plasma glucose levels consistently dropped by about 26 percent at different stages of diabetes and plasma triglycerides decreased by 39 percent when blueberry leaf extract was taken on a daily basis.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Magnolia bark was often used as a remedy for digestive disorders, abdominal bloating and discomfort. What was not known until recently, however, is that magnolol, one of the active phytochemical constituents in magnolia bark, contains naturally occurring perilipin inhibitors, as shown in studies at Baylor College of Medicine.
The fat blocking protein perilipin works by coating the surface of fat storage droplets inside the cells, protecting them from hormone sensitive lipase. The Baylor study showed that perilipin free mice had about half as much body fat, more muscle and a consistently higher metabolic rate than mice with ample amounts of perilipin, despite eating 25 percent more food and leading sedentary lives.
Whole Organic Grapefruit (pectin, seeds and peels) taken in concentrated form actively inhibit enzymes in the intestinal tract that are responsible for the conversion of carbohydrates into storable fat. This action is naturally accomplished without disturbing the uptake of necessary micronutrients such as vitamin C, potassium and folic acid.
Because it reduces the amount of carbohydrates entering the bloodstream, pectin, a soluble fiber, has been shown to normalize blood sugar levels and prevent sugar spikes in diabetics. It has also been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Brown and Green Seaweed harvested in the Canary Islands contain particularly large quantities of fucoidan fiber that absorbs fat-soluble toxins released into the bloodstream during periods of weight loss. Brown seaweed alone offers the added benefits of improving thyroid function, aiding in detoxification, balancing blood sugar and lowering cholesterol levels.
When dieting, our body's adipose tissue releases fat-soluble toxins such as dioxin into the bloodstream where they can initiate harmful biochemical reactions. A 2002 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that "the administration of seaweed is efficient in preventing the absorption and reabsorption of dioxin from the gastrointestinal tract," thereby eliminating these harmful biochemical reactions.
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By Jordan Rubin, NMD, CNC