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ENTIRE LIST OF INGREDIENTS ................................................................................................................................................. 1
Polydextrose ........................................................................................................................................................................... 2
CITRIC ACID ............................................................................................................................................................................. 2
Beets ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
GRAPE SKIN EXTRACT .............................................................................................................................................................. 3
STEVIA EXTRACT ...................................................................................................................................................................... 4
LO HAN EXTRACT..................................................................................................................................................................... 5
CHLOROGENIC ACID (PLANT EXTRACT)................................................................................................................................... 5
GARCINIA CAMBOGIA ............................................................................................................................................................. 5
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID ................................................................................................................................................................. 5
OXYPREGNANE STEROIDAL GLYCOSIDE .................................................................................................................................. 6
CHROMIUM (AMINO NICOTINATE GTF) ................................................................................................................................. 6
Disclaimer................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
Resources ................................................................................................................................................................................ 6




ENTIRE LIST OF INGREDIENTS
   1. PROPRIETARY HEALTH BLEND*                                                            8. LO HAN EXTRACT
   2. POLYDEXTROSE                                                                         9. CHLOROGENIC ACID (PLANT EXTRACT)
   3. CITRIC ACID                                                                          10. CITRIN K (GARCINIA CAMBOGIA)
   4. NATURAL FLAVORS                                                                      11. ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
   5. BEET ROOT                                                                            12. OXYPREGNANE STEROIDAL GLYCOSIDE
   6. GRAPE SKIN EXTRACT                                                                       (PLANT EXTRACT)
   7. STEVIA EXTRACT                                                                       13. CHROMIUM (AMINO NICOTINATE
                                                                                               GTF).
POLYDEXTROSE
Polydextrose is a synthetic food additive. Acting as a bulking agent to enhance the taste of reduced-calorie
foods polydextrose is commonly used as a substitute for sugar starch and fat in many commercial food
products. It is also used as a means to increase the fiber content of many products and is often classified as
fiber on nutrition labels. While it is generally well tolerated there are possible side effects to be aware of
before consuming this additive.
                                                    Side Effects
Polydextrose is generally well tolerated in those who use it in moderation. However in large quantities or
in particularly sensitive people polydextrose can cause a variety of side effects including abdominal
cramping bloating and excessive gas. Those who are newly integrating polydextrose into the diet should
begin with small amounts as new users may experience a laxative effect.
                                           Polydextrose and Weight Loss
Products containing polydextrose have become widely used in various weight-loss plans. Despite being
synthesized from corn sugar polydextrose has only 25 percent of the calories of regular table sugar.
Polydextrose is a carbohydrate but since it passes through the intestine with minimal absorption it has
little effect on blood-sugar levels. Since it travels through the system largely undigested it adds bulk to low-
calorie or low-fat foods adding a feeling of fullness when such foods are consumed aiding in portion
control.
                                            Polydextrose and Diabetes
Polydextrose has shown benefits in the control of blood-sugar levels when used in the diets of those with
type 2 diabetes. According to a study published by the Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences the use of
polydextrose significantly reduced blood-glucose levels in subjects with type 2 diabetes as well as lowering
LDL cholesterol triglyceride lipoprotein and blood-pressure levels.
                                        Polydextrose as a Fiber Supplement
Polydextrose is made up of 90 percent soluble fiber. It is not digested in the upper GI tract and partially
ferments in the lower GI tract making polydextrose beneficial to digestive health in much the same way as
natural fibers. It promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine and increases fecal bulk among
other benefits improving GI function.



CITRIC ACID
Citric acid is a biochemical compound found in citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges.
According to Science Daily, citric acid is an antioxidant, which can help increase metabolism and
burn more fat. Though there is no correlation between citric acid and weight loss, citrus fruits
have been found to be helpful because of the natural antioxidants and fat-burning properties.
Citrus fruits have a very high fiber content that helps make the digestive cycle normal and
flushes out toxins in a regular manner, slowly decreasing the buildup of toxins in the body.
Citric acid, an organic chemical found in all citrus fruits, is considered an antioxidant. According
to Alabama Cooperative Extension System, antioxidants have been found to be helpful in
delaying cell aging by decreasing the oxidative damage. Antioxidants help the body burn fat, so
citric acid may play the same role. Apart from weight loss, the Steady Health website states that
citrus fruits also have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties, helping cure internal
injuries and allergies. Some citrus fruits like oranges also have cancer-fighting properties, while
grapefruits can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. Experts recommend
consuming at least three to four citrus fruits every day to help with weight loss. Citrus fruits
form the basis of many fad diets.
BEETS
                                      Health Benefits of Beets
One of the best foods out there for you are beets. Most people wouldn't list them under their
"favorite food" category but these tasty vegetables can be cooked up in a number of different
ways. Grab some from June to October to get the freshest in stock. Not only are beets tender
and surprisingly good they're also full of healthful nutrients. Reap the following health benefits
by adding beets to your regular diet
                                            Colon Cancer
Beets are known to be a great food for preventing and battling colon cancer. This is because
they are a high-fiber food that increases the production of special immune cells that destroy
cancer cells in the colon.
                                             Cholesterol
Beets help to keep bad cholesterol at bay. Eating beets on a regular basis can lower LDL
cholesterol by as much as 30 percent.
                                         Anti-inflammatory
Beets contain a compound known as betaine that can reduce inflammation in joints bones the
throat and blood vessels by 20 percent. This helps those suffering from things such as
osteoporosis and asthma.
                                            Antioxidants
Beets not only contain antioxidants they also help the liver produce additional natural
antioxidants. These help combat the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
                                           Tissue Growth
Beets are high in folate a type of B vitamin. This helps with natural tissue growth which is
especially beneficial to children and pregnant women.


GRAPE SKIN EXTRACT
The health effects of grapes have recently been attributed to the presence of antioxidants, and
the seeds of grapes contain many of these healing compounds. Grape seeds have been pressed
for their oil for several centuries, used as a popular skin treatment and cosmetics ingredient,
and as a carrier oil for treatment with essential oils and aromatherapy. Grape seed extract and
grape seed oil include beneficial and negative side effects, although the benefits far outweigh
the reported harmful effects. Grape seed extracts have a variety of positive effects on the body,
and are taken internally and used topically. Grape seed extract contains powerful
phytochemicals, including polyphenols and proanthocyanidins. Grape seed oil is also used as a
part of a dietary approach to health, replacing partially hydrogenated oils that can be a source
of transfatty acids. Grape seed oil is not a skin irritant
                                       Supplement Side Effects
Grape seed extract is a safe supplement taken as a pill or a capsule. Effects of the treatment are
best seen in the circulatory system, and include healing and supporting healthy blood vessels.
The antioxidants in grape seed extract may prevent cancer. Grape seed extract is useful for its
effects on high blood pressure, artherosclerosis, vision problems, and reducing cholesterol and
swelling. Grape seed extract has been found to be safe for prolonged use, longer than eight
weeks, with few side effects. Reported side effects include dry scalp, nausea and dizziness.
                                           Skin Side Effects
Grape seed oil is used in many cosmetics and is fairly benign. It's a traditional remedy for
stretch marks and can be used on delicate areas of the face, such as under the eyes. Grape seed
oil is high in vitamin E and spreads well on the skin.
Linoleic acid, a main component of grape seed oil, has been used for decades to treat eczema
and dry skin. The emollient effect of grape seed oil lubricates the skin and it's used by massage
therapists.
                                        Dietary Side Effects
Side effects of using grape seed oil to prepare food are hard to quantify. The oil is a rich source
of omega-6 fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated fatty acids.
A diet high in polyunsaturated fatty acids has been linked to a decrease in the production of
DHA, an important nutrient for brain cell development. Polyunsaturated oils can also lower
"good" HDL cholesterol as well as the "bad" LDL cholesterol. The linoleic acid in grape seed oil
can reduce complications from diabetes when added to the diet.
                                             Warnings
Grape seed extract may interfere with prescription and over-the-counter medication, but
possible interactions haven't been studied. The antioxidants in grape seeds may boost the
active ingredients in prescription blood thinning medication, and slow down blood clotting, so
use under a doctor's supervision.



STEVIA EXTRACT
Stevia is a type of herb that is native to Central and South America. Recently, extract from the
plant is being regarded as another new sugar substitute that would provide a low sugar and low
carbohydrate alternative, especially since it is about 300 times sweeter than sugar.
The stevia plant extract is mainly used as an artificial sweetener. It is a new alternative to other
artificial sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame, which are considered by some to be
carcinogens. Scientists are also studying stevia as a method of treating diseases because it may
contain useful chemicals. Stevia extract may be the first product that will be used in both food,
as an additive, and in medicine.
Studies have also shown that stevia can be used to treat high blood pressure, obesity and
hypertension. Stevia may also promote insulin production and enhance the body's tolerance to
glucose. Both of those uses are highly beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Many
people consider stevia to be a healthy substitute for sugar. The low amounts of carbohydrates
found in stevia also make it helpful for those on a carbohydrate intake restricted diet.
                                          Possible Drawbacks
Some studies have shown that stevia affects reproductive capabilities in rats. However, unlike
other sugar substitutes, stevia has not caused any symptoms in rats that would suggest that it
would be a carcinogen. There is much controversy surrounding the studies involving stevia
because it has come to the attention of the public eye so recently that studies have not had the
time to produce truly meaningful results.
                                         The Future for Stevia
Since the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of stevia extract as a
food additive in December 2008, many food and drink companies are starting to incorporate
the use of stevia in order to replace sugar, aspartame, and saccharine. The widespread use of
stevia in Coca Cola and other soft drinks may provide a healthy alternative to the sugar laden
drinks. Stevia is already available as an artificial sweetener under the name Truvia, marketed by
Coca Cola.
LO HAN EXTRACT
Lo Han Guo is a Chinese fruit from the gourd family. It is believed to promote long life and is
used as a source for treating inflammation, heat stroke, cough and sore throat. Also known as
monk's fruit, it is very sweet in taste and is used as a sugar substitute. Lo han guo is used to
make soups, sweet pork, refreshing drinks and desserts. To use the fruit, cut it in half and use
the pulp and seeds in a disposable soup pouch and boil or simmer it in the cooking liquid to
release the flavor


CHLOROGENIC ACID (PLANT EXTRACT)
Chlorogenic acid is an anti-cancer agent and also has anti-viral properties found in plants.


GARCINIA CAMBOGIA
Garcinia cambogia is a small tropical citrus fruit that is grown primarily in South India and Asia.
The fruit itself is quite sour and not pleasant to eat, although the Indians do use the rind of the
fruit as a cooking spice. A substance called hydroxycitric acid is extracted from the fruit and is
becoming a popular natural supplement to aid in weight loss. Hydroxycitric acid, or HCA as it is
commonly known, is said to sharpen the signals sent by the body to the brain to indicate that
the stomach is full. HCA also helps supply the body with energy, although it is neither a
stimulant nor an appetite suppressant. It has undergone extensive laboratory testing and no
significant side effects have been reported.



ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant produced by the human body. Antioxidants operate by
fighting free radicals, waste products that are made when the body transforms food into
energy. Free radicals cause cell damaging chemical reactions to the body, which makes it more
difficult for the body to fight off infection and leaves the body more prone to liver damage and
diabetes. Alpha lipoic acid is capable of preventing cell damage, eliminating hazardous
substances from the body and assisting with growth. Alpha lipoic acid is essential to the body.
It is needed in order to produce energy and plays a massive roll in the energy producing
structures of cells. When there is extra alpha lipoic acid in the body, it works an antioxidant (the
body already produces enough of it for its basic function). Consuming supplements or getting
alpha lipoic injections are both ways to get an excess of this acid into the body.
                                          Age Related Diseases
Alpha lipoic acid is believed to prevent and treat many diseases and disorders related to the
aging process, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease,
decreases in muscle strength, brain function, energy and immune deficiencies
                                              Liver Disease
Alpha lipoic acid is helpful in chronic hepatitis treatment, as it helps eliminate toxins from the
body and also relieves stress on the liver. Alpha lipoic acid is often used in conjunction with
selenium and silymarin (milk thistle) to help treat hepatitis C, which is a very serious form of
hepatitis. Along with silymarin, alpha lipoic acid has also been used for treatment of Amanita
poisoning, (the result a very dangerous mushroom).
                                       Diseases Being Researched
Several diseases are currently being researched to understand the actual benefits that alpha
lipoic acid could have on them. These conditions are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),
heart failure, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and cataracts. Alpha lipoic acid may be helpful to
treatment of these conditions.
                                 Foods High in Alpha Lipoic Acid
Some foods that are good sources of alpha lipoic acid include broccoli, beef, spinach, yeast, and
various organic meats, like heart and kidney.



OXYPREGNANE STEROIDAL GLYCOSIDE
The Hoodia Gordonii plant is grown in the South African desert. It has been reported that the
Bushmen of this area, used Hoodia on long journeys. They found that by ingesting Hoodia, they
could go longer without experiencing hunger. They also felt that it gave them more energy.
Hoodia contains a molecule called P57 (OXYPREGNANE STEROIDAL GLYCOSIDE). This molecule
is responsible for appetite suppression. P57 works by sending a signal to the brain that it is full,
therefore reducing your desire to eat.



CHROMIUM (AMINO NICOTINATE GTF)
Chromium is a mineral that humans require in trace amounts, although its mechanisms of
action in the body and the amounts needed for optimal health are not well defined. Chromium
is known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of
carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the body. Chromium is widely distributed in the food supply,
but most foods provide only small amounts (less than 2 micrograms [mcg] per serving). Meat
and whole-grain products, as well as some fruits, vegetables, and spices are relatively good
sources. In contrast, foods high in simple sugars (like sucrose and fructose) are low in
chromium.



DISCLAIMER
This fact sheet by the FitFine&Fabulous, LLC provides information that should not take the place of medical
advice. We encourage you to talk to your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.)
about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall
health.


RESOURCES
      Office of Dietary Supplements
       http://ods.od.nih.gov
      LiveStrong
       www.livestrong.com
      Ehow
       www.ehow.com
      Web MD
       www.webmd.com

				
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