Pomegranate ExtractThose who want to lose weight by using a considerate and effective approach know that they need to take into account a few important factors and not just blindly use the notorious simple formula “eat less, exercise more”. In particular, it is essential to get focused on reduced calorie consumption and develop a strategy of controlled eating. Such a technique as learning the basics of appetite control and using known appetite suppressants can turn into a very powerful tool in the hands of those who want to lose weight and never gain it back anymore.  Here, you can check out some useful tips on effective appetite control which can assist every one of you. Using natural appetite suppressants like tomatoes and tomato juice, ginger tea, pine nuts or almonds (used in very small doses), oatmeal, leafy greens, and other natural foods can be a great step to consuming less calories and preventing extra fat deposit formation, thus preventing weight gain.

This week, a group of scientists from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, reported about their findings saying that pomegranate, pomegranate juice or pomegranate extract should be considered great natural appetite suppressant solutions. This group of researchers has quite a long history of studying this unique natural product, and their previous studies have shown that using pomegranates and pomegranate extract is a great natural remedy to prevent such common problem as elevated blood pressure (linked to increased risk of serious cardiovascular diseases like heart disease and others), as well as reduce risks of kidney problems and most of vascular diseases. Appetite SuppressantFinally, since pomegranates are rich in polyphenols and natural antioxidants, it is believed that by using this natural food it is possible to slow down destructive effects of oxidative stress, prevent premature cell aging and lower the risks of almost all common types of cancer, including colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and so on.

There has been a hypothesis that natural polyphenos could have appetite suppressing effects, that is why the researchers made up their mind to start this kind of research. The experiments with 29 volunteers have proven the effects of pomegranate extract as a natural appetite suppressant. A group of the participants was offered to take daily dose of special extract made from skin, seeds, and pith of pomegranate, for three weeks, and another group was offered to start their daily meal with a glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. After three weeks, it turned out that every single participant reported about reduced cravings for food. According to the estimations, the participants managed to decrease their food intake for average 22 per cent, compared to their normal food intake. However, positive effects of pomegranate extract and juice as a natural appetite suppressant and dietary support proved to be beyond only that. 21 per cent of the participants reported about suppressed desire to eat, 16 per cent reported about feeling fuller after eating less food, and 15 per cent reported about being more satisfied with the food and feeling it to be more delicious.

Pomegranate is known as a natural superfood with a variety of health benefits and positive effects for our overall health. Health benefits of pomegranate juice include helping us keeping positive and providing us with excellent natural protection from anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and other common symptoms of stresses. “‘Pomegranate juice intake can cause a reduction in blood pressure and insulin resistance. The present study shows that pomegranate extract can promote satiety by reducing hunger and desire to eat and enhancing fullness and satisfaction,” Dr Emad Al-Dujaili, one of the study leaders and a professor of clinical biochemistry in the Department of Chemical Pathology in Queen Margaret University, commented on the findings of his research group. The findings of Irish scientists are to be presented later this winter at the International Congress of Nutrition Conference in Granada, Spain. Also, the research team announced that they are getting prepared to start another more extensive study to look at the discovered effects of pomegranate extract closer.

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