Americans are getting fatter. In fact, more than 60 percent are overweight and 18 million have type 2 diabetes. It’s an epidemic that’s becoming more of a problem with each passing year. Now, a new discovery could help you shed those dangerous pounds and live a healthier life.
Researchers have found an extract in white kidney beans that help the body stop carbs from breaking down into sugars. A digestive enzyme in the body normally acts like scissors, literally cutting starches into little sugars. The bean extract, known as Phase 2 , stops the enzyme from cutting, so the starches stay in the body as long fibers and are burned off quicker. Patients in the clinical studies who took Phase 2 lost body fat, not lean muscle.
Pastas … breads … cereals … We know them well, since they contribute nearly one-half of the total calories in the average American diet. And doctors say it’s carbs like these that are making us fat.
During the digestive process, the body converts complex carbohydrates (starches) into sugar. This is accomplished by breaking down the carbohydrate molecule with alpha amylase, an enzyme produced in the pancreas and, to a lesser extent, in the saliva. The resultant sugar molecules are either burned off through exercise, or stored as fat for future use. Unfortunately, inactivity means that the stored fat accumulates over time. The result is weight gain.
An extract from the white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) was demonstrated in 1974 to exert specific inhibition of alpha amylase activity. However, only recently has a commercial extract of Phaseolus vulgaris been available that effectively reduces complex carbohydrate absorption in humans. This extract, Phase 2, has been shown to retain about 60-80% of its alpha amylase inhibitory activity after exposure to gastric and intestinal solutions. In vivo testing shows that Phase 2 neutralizes approximately 2,250 complex carbohydrate calories per gram. Two pilot double-blind placebo-controlled trials on normal human subjects demonstrated a 57 to 85% neutralization of starch-derived calories as determined by plasma glucose responses in test subjects consuming 1,500 mg of Phase 2 prior to a standardized test meal compared to placebo control subjects. Another double-blind placebo-controlled study was conducted on 60 healthy human subjects (male and female) who were moderately overweight (12 to 33 pounds above ideal body weight). Subjects consuming 500 mg of Phase 2 before one test meal each day lost an average of almost 6.5 pounds at the end of the 30-day test period. Subjects on the placebo lost an average of about 0.3 pounds. In addition, subjects consuming Phase 2 had an average weight loss of 6.5 pounds after 30 days with an 11.63% reduction of fat body mass, preservation of lean muscle mass, and a 3.44% reduction of waistline, a 1.39% reduction of hips circumference, and a 1.44% reduction of thigh circumference. Subjects on placebo showed minimal changes in all of these test parameters.
Nora Cosgrove struggled with her weight all her life. She admits to probably having been on every diet, but nothing worked. But when her doctor said she was on the fast-track to developing type 2 diabetes, she tried Phase 2. After three months, she lost 30 pounds and six dress sizes! “I’m not tired anymore,” Cosgrove says. “That’s the main thing.”
The FDA actually recognizes Phase 2, but doctors say it isn’t a miracle pill. Patients still need to watch what they eat and exercise.
Dr. Salerno’s Carb Factor supplement contains 1,000 mg of pure, high-quality Phase 2 white kidney bean extract, as well as 500mg of Fennel seed powder, which is known for its stimulating effect on metabolism.
Carb Factor provides a safe, non-stimulant approach for weight loss through fat body mass reduction via reduced digestion and absorption of complex carbohydrates that represent a significant, or even excessive, proportion of daily caloric intake. A reduction in carbohydrate absorption will decrease blood glucose and cholesterol levels. When combined with sensible dietary modifications and moderate exercise, this can be an important dietary adjunct for helping reduce excessive body weight and prevent the onset or progression of weight-associated chronic disease.