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I have tried many things over the years but the best alternative to phentermine that I can find is Fastin diet pills. I get mine from www.fastinsupplement.com . I used to get them on www.amazon.com but they don't have them on there anymore for some reason?
Edited by: GETGOINFAST at: 6/14/2014 (11:28)
I have been on Sibutril 15 mg (generic Reductil 15 mg can have different names, depending on the manufacturer Reduce, Reductrim, Sibutril, Sibuslim, etc. ) for 2,5 months. After the first 9 days I lost 2.5 kg, no serious side effect, just a dry mouth. Till I got used to these pills I was getting hungry really quickly, but once I had eaten a small portion, the hunger subsided and I was good to go again.
While I was on Sibutramine capsules I tried to follow a eating programme too. I have cut out white bread, fizzy drink and takeaways were a treat for me :). I know on my skin how hard it is when others in your family have nothing to worry about and have been serving up that food for 10 years.
So, I was just trying to eat normal but smaller portions and my result was a good one. I succeeded to lose 9 kg during 10 weeks. I'm glad I tried Sibutril, after stopping taking the pills I learned to eat correctly and smaller portions. I got the sibutramine tablets online on www.reductil-meridia.biz and if I have to lose some 10 more kg, I will definitely use these capsules again.
I have also been overweight since I remember myself. My classmates made fun over me and I felt really bad. My mother was telling me that I'm beautiful no matter of the excessive weight. She explained me that I had some thyroid problems that were causing me to put on weight. I ate the same portions as my friends but I was gaining little by little weight.
I tried to follow a strict diet, eat more fruits and veggies, less fat food, still I couldn't lose many kg. Then I decided to try phentermine 37.5 mg but not for long-term.
I bought 60 tablets on www.allgenericmedsnow.com and received the pills quickly.
When I got on the weight scales after 2 months I was - 9.5kg. I was glad because I felt a little slimmer and thought I lost less kg.
I will make a pause now. and will restart taking phen in 3 months again for 60 days...
Hubby and I both are overweight and started Reductil (meridia) a month ago. We are both losing weight successfully (he lost -4kg, me -5kg)
We have also joined the gym, keep eating healthy and feeling fantastic!
We buy cheap Reductil online on www.cheapmeds4u.com
I have success with Phen375 bought online on http://cheapmeds4u.com
I started at 90kg and weighed this morning and I am down to 83kg! And this is only after one month time! I feel very energetic and have no appetite or craving.
Three more months and my baby weight will be gone... :)
I have been using phentermine for 2 months, and I have lost 20 pounds. My doctor wants to give me one more month, then cut me off. I love phen, it is so great not to obsess about junk food, and the energy boost is terrific. I have worked out almost every day this summer, but i am nervous about going off. I am a teacher, so i will need even more energy in the fall, to teach all day and get a work out in, too.
Has anyone had any success with non prescription version? How about caffeine pills, for the energy? I can go to another doctor, but i'd love to find another way to continue. Suggestions, please!
Anyone tried Belviq and/or Qsymia?
There seems to be quite a few of these formulations around now that mimic the effects of Phentermine. I am thinking of trying Phenobestin 37.5, I wondered if anyone had given this a go as it seems to be a good option? From what I understand it is prescription free too.
At the risk of reviving a sort-of dead topic, I thought I'd share a success story with you here. I found this site during a Google search for a topic on my own site and thought I'd share here. I am a personal trainer in NY and met the owner of a company called Gentech Pharmaceutical last year. Long story short, he gave me a few bottles of a new product called PhenTabz to try and so far I've been very impressed. It is being marketed as a phentermine alternative with no side effects. Appetite suppression, for me, was extremely effective. One of my clients just finished a 30 day supply and is down 14lbs. Obviously that includes proper diet and moderate exercise. Google the product to read more for yourselves if interested - I just thought I would pass on a bit of a success story to you all here. Great to be on this site, looking forward to sharing more with you all!
Edited by: MJENNINGS7 at: 4/6/2011 (08:13)
only draw back is when you stop taking them you gain back all you lost . I have restarted them and the doctor left town and i need a refill and they will not give me anymore of them until they come back after the first of the year . seems to long to wait.
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I've been on phentermine for about a week. I had it for 6 months and finally decided to try it. I lost 2.5 pounds, which doesn't seem like much, but I couldn't lose for about 10 days, so I was happy about it. I like the increased energy. I got mine at wal-mart, 30 for $30. My endocrinologist prescribed it for me. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The only side effect I have is slight insomnia, I wake up more at night, but if I go to bed later I'm ok, like 12-1 at night. I'm really worried that I'll stop I'll gain back once I go off of it.
I have been on phentermine since May 2010....I have done well so far...31 lbs gone.
I had noticed that people had mentioned the cost..I get my apidex from CVS,with my AAA discount I pay just under $15.......so people if you have triple A ask your pharmacy if they give a discount. I do not have insurance that covers any part of meds I take, that is why my doc. went with the Phen.
If you are what you eat, I am fast, Cheap, and easy!!
Hi! I was wondering if you are still using meridia, I just started it yesterday. I was down four pounds this morning already, though I think that must have been water weight. I took Phentermine a few years ago just for 1 month and it worked great, but my dr. won't prescribe it anymore.
So anyway, just wondering how it worked for you and if you had any advice!
Hello! I have finally started back on this journey after a couple of years hiatis. I am excited to be back and have a support team to help me! I have been hearing about phentermine and believe it would help me kick-start this journey. Currently though I haven't used it...I have an appt soon with my doc to see if he thinks it's a good idea. I have been reading your suggestions for alternatives to phentermine and wanted to share a site with all of you. I will try to add it with "add a link"...if not, it won't be here! I'm not sure if all of the information is legit but this person has put a lot of time and energy into reviewing TONS of diet supplement options. I'm wondering if anyone has tried BODA EXTRACT 3, APIDEXIN, or PHENTRAPHEN. If so would you let me know side effects and if it helped you lose weight or lose inches? I appreciate it!!! www.criticalorie.com/2009
9/22 - I just wanted to update my post to let you know Boda Extrat 3 did not do anything significant to help me lose weight. In addition, I believe the website I listed above is actually a selling angle. Sorry! It gives a lot of information but I'm not sure I trust the recommendations.
Edited by: KFMEJ20 at: 9/22/2009 (10:39)
Hi again; long time, no posting. I was off of the phen for a while, and I tried the Mega-T Green Tea capsules, both with and without the hoodia. It worked almost as well at suppressing my appetite as my usual 1/2 of a 37.5 mg tablet. I'm very sensitive to medications, so it doesn't take much for me. (I'm also a very cheap date since 2 alcoholic beverages is my max lest I start dancing on tabletops. That counts as cardio, right?)
I did experience a bit more jitteriness on the Mega-T than on phen, but it was a fairly small difference that did eventually fade, as it did with the phen. For me, the main appeal for the Mega-T products was the very low price. At my local Walmart, they often go on sale for BOGO free, but even the regular retail price is only like $6 for 30 pills. Take one in the morning with a glass of water, and another in the afternoon with a glass of water.
I didn't lose as much weight with it as I did with the phen, but I'm sure part of that was psychological! They are quite cheap, but worked pretty well for me. Might be worth a shot before investing $50 or more on something else if money is an issue. (Definitely is for me!)
Has anyone tried Fenphedra?
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I have been on Phen for 4 months... got off and gained all of my 20 pounds plus another 10 i somehow found during the holidays. I have found this product TAIslim. I have a few friends that have lost 7-10 pounds the first week! You can order it from this link, Im going to try it. WIll keep you posted on how well it worked for me.
Hey everyone....just reading thru..i have been off phentermine for about two weeks..i just had built up a tolerance to it..so i didn't go back for more...I did get a sample in the mail it's for slimxtreme...and i have taken it the past 2 days and i feel similar to how i feel on phen....no appetite ..reminding myself to eat..hard to sleep at night....and i think it is pretty good..think it retails for around 35 dollars for a 45 ct bottle..might order it ..will let you know how it is over a longer amount of time..also they are still sending out free samples if you google it..
I'm taking Meridia (Sibutramine) which is similar in action to Phen but mainly suppresses appetite by increasing serotonin in the brain(a neurotransmitter that controls appetite). I'm on it and i find it's an excellent appetite suppressant and helps me eat less,have less cravings for food and most importantly for me, it helps me not to binge(i developed this binging problem soon after i started "dieting"). Till now, I have not experienced any major side effects(just change in bowel habits a little).
It can be obtained on prescription from a doctor or without prescription online.
I've heard Hydroxycut is good too.
Don't waste your money to lose your waist! If you can get your primary care doctor to prescribe phentermine you might be better in the long run, he/she can make sure your blood pressure is okay and help with figuring out your calorie needs. My insurance does not cover weight loss stuff, my doc prescribed the generic form and it was only $42.00/30 pills at CVS. I spent $69 on a bottle of alli that did nothing for me dispite following the plan for over a month. Also with the herbal stuff you never know what's in them and that one is pretty expensive as some have said. Phen, exercise and diet has helped me loose 10lbs in a month. Some people have even better results. Something to think about.
hello im carnevil and im on phentermine now and ive been on it for 2 week and now i going to be put on some other meds and have to stop and im worried about gaining the weight back i was 300 and came down to 280 so i was wondering if you could advise me in this ..thank you
Hi! everyone...I'm farely new to this...I am currently weighing in at 260 lbs...and i have been looking for a diet pill and i have been researching for over 2 months now..but I am still undecided..the one at the top of my list right now is LEPTOVOX...i was wondering if anyone out their has tried it and can give me advice on that...
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Go for it. it is especially hard to lose weight during the holidays, but with determination you can do it.
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Hi everyone. I know its been a long time but i have totally relapsed, and then some. I stopped taking the phen and working out as much. between that and family drama and of course holiday feasts, i am now back and up to 165. But i am going to stay optimistic. I am determined to change my eating habits entirely. high fiber, phen, and a strict 5 day / week workout. wish me luck. I will be 135 by my next birthday march 11 2009!!!! have a great holiday everyone.
Phen is the strongest appitite suppresant that I have personally found. Every one is different as to what your body can handle (I take two - 37.5 mg pills a day without getting the shakes) some people can only handle 30mg... as far as over the counter stuff, I've tried them all and they have all failed me.
TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What are other alternative out there that are equal to PHEN or is there any? Just curious if anyone knew of any. Has anyone tried Fastin or anything over the counter that works? Curious as to your results please share with us.
“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”
My boyfriend takes Hydroxycut for energy, stronger workouts and boosting metabolism. He works out 5 days a week doing strength / body building. It works for him and he says he can feel it when the wear off or if he doesn't take them.
I was on phentermine for 4 months (dr made a mistake on prescription - he wanted me on it for only 3 months). Helped me to lose 25 or so lbs. I had increased my cardio / fat burning workouts to 5 mornings a week though so I know that had something to do with it as well. I was trying to stay at 1300-1400 cal a day and the phentermine helped that. When I stopped taking it, I felt hungry all the time but I know a lot of that was "mental".
I started taking Hydroxycut to see if it would curb appetite. It made me jittery the first day but if you ease into them per the bottles instructions, they do end of being a good substitute. I am still working out though so it's not to be taking by itself with no working out. Hope this helps!
Fat Burners like Hydroxycut are a great way to kick off your weight loss efforts and give you that much needed initial boost. But to truly succeed at losing body fat and most important of all, keeping that fat off, you need a plan - a program to help you succeed
Hydroxycut is one of the most popular, and effective weight loss supplements on the market, so it definitely worth a try.
List of Hydroxycut Side Effects
Okay, let's make a quick list of Hydroxycut effects:
• Increased blood pressure
• Increased heart rate
• Headaches, light-headedness and dizziness
• Loss of appetite (not necessarily bad)
• Feel restless and hyper active
• Nose bleeds
• Blurred vision
• Out break of acne
You may experience some of the side effects of Hydroxycut listed above. However, after you stop taking Hydroxycut, these side effects should go away. If you find that you're experience overly severe side effects from Hydroxycut, stop. Hydroxycut is probably not for you, and you should try some other weight loss supplements.
Of course, there must be some benefits to taking Hydroxycut, otherwise, why would you take it? It's obvious that the biggest benefit of taking Hydroxycut is weight loss and fat control.
Here are some Hydroxycut benefits:
• Fat loss and weight loss
• Increased energy and stronger workouts
• Increased metabolism
• Decreased appetite
Edited by: PAULETTEGMORRIS at: 9/27/2008 (08:41)
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Hi Amanda. I did a little research on cinnamon capsules and one site did have a study that suggested that cinnamon capsules reduced blood glucose, but with further investigation I found that the Mayo Clinic stated that "Currently, there's no definitive evidence that cinnamon lowers cholesterol." I was unable to find any site that suggested that cinnamon be used as an aid to weight loss. I am not saying that it would not suppress appetite, just that I couldn't find anything to support the idea.
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Edited by: MICHELEHEATH at: 9/1/2008 (11:20)
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I am new to this website but have been crusing around it nd really like it so far. I have read some of your alternatives to Phentermine ( I have been on it almost 4 months now and am having to go off it soon). My husband has tried a couple of the ones mentioned so thought I would give some feedback on them. Liptovox works but not nearly as well as Fenphedra. I had just started the Phentermine when he tried the Fenphedra but he had alot of luck with it. He said he felt good but not jittery. Anyway just thought I would let you know!
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Anyone have anything new to add?
I read that link too. I'm still thinking about it! Also still going to try some of the other stuff I found at the drug store...
Of course, as always, if you try it, let us know how it works!
A year from now, you'll wish you started today!"
Have you guys heard of this Leptovox? Here's a review...
Leptovox is a blend of 10 Anti-Aging “SuperFoods” that reverse the aging process but have proven to be far better Weight-Loss & Anti-Acne SuperFoods. It wasn’t until the inventor of Leptovox added 4 super antioxidants (one of which was first marketed by the makers of BOTOX) that the Anti-Aging results really started to kick in. Now Leptovox is the healthiest, safest, most affordable, and most effective weight loss products available today. Leptovox will help you lose weight, clear acne and blackheads, and reduce wrinkles. Visible results are noticeable within 10 days.
I don't know whether to try it, or to go ahead and try Fastin, or this other one:
Fenphedra is without a doubt the Strongest Weight Loss Aid and "Happy Pill" available without a prescription. It's the only product we reviewed that surpassed the weight loss results of the now banned Fen-Phen. It would have been our #1 rated weight loss product if it had not been for its slightly below average safety score. Their have been reports that Fenphedra contains trace amounts of the prescription drugs Phentermine (a centrally acting stimulant chemically related to amphetamines which halts the hunger sensation in the brain commonly sold under the names Fastin and Adipex) and Oxycodone (an opioid analgesic pain reliever commonly sold as Percocet and OxyContin). Thorough research into Fenphedra we have never found these ingredients and believe these rumors to be false. Fenphedra does however give users a feeling of a "Happy" sensation which helps suppress ones appetite and overall feeling of well being. This euphoric feeling is most likely caused by a combination of intense stimulants and Humulus Lupus (one of only two plants in the family Cannabinaceaeâ€¦ the other being Marijuana). Concerns that Fenphedra may be soon taken off the market make finding bottles in the U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom difficult. Fenphedra is definately the diet pill of choice for those seeking extraordinary results. It's results Super Exceed its price tag.
Also a member on another site mentioned that she takes cinnamon capsules and that they suppress her appetite really well.
I have not done enough research on it, but what I did find is that not only did it decrease appetite but it also helps diabetics in some ways.
Anyone want to try to find info on cinnamon capsules?
What you eat in private shows in public!
You know, I am wondering if anyone here has tried "Hydroxycut"? Not sure I spelled that right! Anyway, it's been on my radar.. just wondering if anyone has tried it.
A year from now, you'll wish you started today!"
You can also get it at GNC. It's 70 dollars and no shipping. If you buy a Gold Card, you can get twenty percent off at the beginning of the month.. the first seven days, but also at the time you buy the card.
A year from now, you'll wish you started today!"
I just did a quick search for Fastin and found it here for $70 plus $.25 shipping (if I read it right!)
Here's the link where I bought mine...
I think the price is a bit high, and I didn't really research it too much. Maybe you could check the ingredients to be sure any other site sells the same thing, and you might find a lower price. (I paid like $89 plus $20 shipping.) Good luck!
Where do you buy the herbal Fastin? If it's online, would you mind posting a link?
I have been on phentermine for 3 weeks now and doing really well. But my health insurance does not seem to be paying for my weight loss doctor visits. So I am not sure how much longer I will be on it.
Edited by: VENUSINSPURS at: 8/5/2008 (12:28)
Here is the Green Tea info:
Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
• rheumatoid arthritis
• high cholesterol levels
• cariovascular disease
• impaired immune function
What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet.
In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.
Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.
New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.
How much Green Tea should you drink?
There are as many answers to this question as there are researchers investigating the natural properties of green tea. For example, Herbs for Health magazine cites a Japanese report stating that men who drank ten cups of green tea per day stayed cancer-free for three years longer than men who drank less than three cups a day (there are approximately 240 - 320 mg of polyphenols in three cups of green tea).
Meanwhile, a study by Cleveland's Western Reserve University concluded that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease. And Japanese scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Institute discovered that there were fewer recurrances of breast cancer, and the disease spread less quickly, in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of green tea daily.
It gets more confusing. A University of California study on the cancer-preventative qualities of green tea concluded that you could probably attain the desired level of polyphenols by drinking merely two cups per day. On the other hand, a company selling a green tea capsule formula insists that ten cups per day are necessary to reap the maximum benefits.
How can you make sense of these conflicting claims? Given all the evidence, it is probably safe to plan on drinking four to five cups of green tea per daily. If you're a real devotee, by all means drink more; but whether or not you'll derive added health benefits remains to be determined by further research.
How to Brew a Cup of Green Tea
Producing the perfect cup of green tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavor, making the tea taste "gassy." It's particularly important not to overbrew. While it's best to follow the manufacturer's instructions for each variety of green tea, here are some general instructions:
• Use one tea bag, or 2 - 4 grams of tea,* per cup.
• Fill a kettle with cold water and bring to a boil.
• After unplugging the kettle, allow it to stand for up to 3 minutes.
• Pour the heated water over the tea bag or tea, and allow it to steep for up to 3 minutes. If using a tea bag, remove the bag.
• Allow the tea to cool for three more minutes.
*One to two teaspoons, depending on the variety of green tea you are brewing.
More Green Tea Info…
Benefits of green tea and its effects were discovered 4,000 years ago and since then has been considered a wonder drink!
The health benefits of green tea such as acting as an antiviral, contributing to oral health by inhibiting bacterial plaque, acting as an anti-inflammatory, maintaining a healthy, active metabolism and circulatory system, among the few, prove that green tea is indeed a miracle in a cup!
Your body responds to the negative effects of free radicals by utilizing defensive antioxidant molecules present in your systems in order to detoxify these harmful effects.
This is the reason why you are being encouraged by nutritionists and other health professionals to increase the levels of antioxidants in your body.
Luckily, this is easily achieved by simply adding nutritious foods in your diet such as fruits and vegetables that are naturally rich in antioxidants.
One of the health benefits of green tea is that the antioxidant levels of green tea is hundred times more effective than vitamin C and twenty-five times better than vitamin E in protecting our immune systems. Another great reason to drink several cups of green tea everyday.
The green tea ingredients are the ones responsible for the amazing health benefits of green tea. They are called catechins!
Catechins are considered the most effective of all antioxidants and the amounts as well as the effects are far higher compared to black tea. The fact that green tea undergoes less internal changes from fresh leaf means that it contains the largest quantity of intact catechins.
Asian population are experiencing the effects and benefits of green tea. Statistics have shown that Asians have a lower risk of acquiring diseases because of their healthy lifestyle.
One of the health benefits of green tea is it's potential to act as a protective agent against premature death from heart disease and cancer.
Drinking this tea is said to lower the levels of total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol, thereby reducing platelet aggregation, and helping keep blood pressure in check.
Other health benefits of green tea are the following:
• fights against cancer
• helps stabilize diabetes
• prevents cardiovascular disease
• it keeps your skin acne-free, making it healthier and prettier
• assists in weight loss regimen
• slows the aging process
• aids your digestion
• encourages bowel regularity
• provides you with a mild stimulating effect without causing sleepless nights or nervousness especially during pregnancy.
You can do a lot of things with green tea. Did you also know that the health benefits of green tea are not only confined to drinking but you can also medicate with it? What else does green tea do? You can even cook with green tea or use the leftover liquor to water your plants, and keep your cat's litter box fresh and pleasant smelling.
These powerful health benefits of green tea cannot be compared to any other substance in the world without a single side effect.
Green Tea Ingredients
The main green tea ingredients are caffeine (formerly called theine), tannin (flavonols), theophylline, theobromine, fat, wax, saponins, essential oils, polyphenols particularly catechins, carotene, vitamin C, vitamins A, B1, B12, and P, flouride, iron, magnesium, calcium, strontium, copper, nickel, and zinc.
It also has trace elements such as molybdenum and phosphorus, as well as 300 additional substances.
It is important to know that the quantitative proportions of these active green tea ingredients vary according to the area of cultivation (altitude, climatic region) and the growth stage of the leaf.
As far as caffeine content, the younger leaves and buds have greatest caffeine content. Older leaves, however, have correspondingly larger amounts of tannin.
Antioxidants are important nutrition to have in your body because they are powerful weapons against cancer, heart disease, stroke, aging, diabetes, and many other serious conditions. Polyphenols, the main ingredients of green tea are powerful antioxidants that fight against cancer. According to research and extensive studies, polyphenols can actually stop some forms of cancer in their tracks by preventing cancer cells from turning into tumors.
There are many types of polyphenols but the strongest and most powerful of all and which are unique to green tea are the catechins.
Catechins were discovered in 1970 when a study was made in Shizuoka, Japan. It has been discovered that people living in Shizuoka Prefecture has much lower rates of cancer.
These same ingredients in green tea was proven to have the ability to interfere with both the initiation and promotion stages of cancer.
For more clarification, polyphenols have five major types: gallocatechin (GC), epicatehcin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECg), and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Many scientists now agree that EGCG has the highest level and broadest spectrum of cancer-fighting activity.
All these green tea ingredients work effectively to ward off different types of cancer particularly stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, and prostate cancer.
On a green tea weight lossdiet study - Sixty obese middle-aged women were placed on a diet of 1,800 calories per day. Some of the women took green tea diet pill with breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the others took placebo pills.
After two weeks on the green tea weight loss study, the women taking the diet pill had lost twice as much weight as the placebo group. Results were even more impressive after the full month of the trial; the green tea users had three times the weight loss of the women who were simply dieting.
The right amount of caffeine is the secret to the diet success. Caffeine in green tea increases the body's basal metabolic rate (the rate at which energy is used for the basic functions of breathing, pumping blood, and maintaining body temperature).
This increase is referred to as a thermogenic effect; it assists with a diet program by helping the body burn more calories during day-to-day life.
This kind of diet using green tea could be the weight loss program you have been looking for that's good for your health!
EGCG is green tea's main ingredient that fights free radicals.
It extends its strongly protective umbrella over the fatty acids and lipids in the brain.
These fatty acids and lipids are particularly susceptible to the effects of free radical perodixation, a process like that of the cooking oil in your kitchen turning rancid.
Peroxidation is believed to be responsible for much of the aging of the brain.
By keeping these parts of the brain "fresh", this substance helps to keep us young, alert, and able.
Researchers at the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan, found that it inhibited tumor promotion in both the skin and gastrointestinal tract of mice.
The conclusion? Egcg in green tea is a practical cancer chemopreventive agent available in everyday life!
This is information on Stevia:
The herb, Stevia rebaudiana, has been used for centuries by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay, who had several names for the plant, several of which are Kaa'-he-E, Caa'-ehe, or Ca-a-yupe- all. referring to the sweet leaf or honey leaf. It is commonly known in South America as yerba dulce meaning sweet herb. The Guarani used stevia nutritionally and medicinally.
The plant came to the attention of the rest of the world when South American naturalist, Bertoni, "discovered" the plant in the late 1800's. After his report,. the herb became widely used by herbalists in Paraguay.
Stevia's most obvious and notable characteristic is its sweet taste. However, the sweet taste is not due to carbohydrate-based molecules, but to several non-caloric molecules called glycosides. Individuals who cannot tolerate sugar or other sweeteners can use stevia. The first glycoside molecule was isolated from stevia in 1931 by two French chemists named Bridel and Lavieille and called stevioside.
During WW II, sugar shortages prompted England to begin investigation of stevia for use as a sweetener. Cultivation began under the direction of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, but the project 'was abandoned in the aftermath of the war.
Japan began cultivating stevia in hothouses in the 1950's. By the 1970's, Japan started using stevia commercially and today, they are the biggest users of the extract, which has captured 50% of Japan's sweetener industry.
Other aspects of stevia are capturing people's attention. The herb is sold in some South American countries to aid diabetics and hypoglycemics. Research has shown that a whole leaf concentrate has a regulating effect on the pancreas and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Stevia is therefore useful to people with diabetes, hypoglycemia, and Candidiasis.
Other traditional uses of stevia are: lowers elevated blood pressure (hypertension), digestive aid that also reduces gas and stomach acidity, and for obesity. The herb acts as general tonic which increases energy levels and mental acuity.
Stevia has been shown to inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay, making it an excellent addition to tooth pastes and mouthwashes. Many people have reported improvement in their oral health after adding stevia concentrate to their tooth paste and using it, diluted in water, as a daily mouthwash.
Stevia is useful in healing a number of skin problems. Whole stevia concentrates may be applied as a facial mask to soften and tighten the skin and smooth cut wrinkles. Smooth the dark liquid over the entire face, allowing it to dry for at least 30-60 minutes. A drop of concentrate may be applied directly to any blemish, acne outbreak, lip or mouth sore. Stevia concentrate is also effective when used on seborrhea, dermatitis, and eczema. Reportedly, cuts and scratches heal more rapidly when stevia concentrate is applied.
Stevia concentrate added to soap eliminates dandruff and other scalp problems and improves the health and luster of the hair, also helping to retain natural hair color.
Refined sugar consumption continues to rise in the United States. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (Nov. 1998), sugar consumption rose by 25 pounds since 1986 to 152 pounds per person per year (calculated from sugar production figures). Sugar displaces nutritive calories leading to numerous health problems and. obesity. A major factor contributing to this high rate is the widespread and continually growing habit of drinking sugar-laden soda pops.
Note: This review of the therapeutic properties of stevia in no way constitutes an endorsement of such uses. Please consult a qualified physician before experimenting with this herb. At this time the FDA permits stevia to be sold only as a dietary supplement and in skin care products.
I don't know how else to do this, so here is my info on Apple Cider Vinegar:
History of Apple Cider Vinegar:
To truly understand the origins of apple cider vinegar, we must explore vinegar itself, and how it has been used for thousands of years.
Vinegar has been used in one form or another for over 10,000 years. It is currently used for many purposes and throughout the ages has served as a preservative, condiment, beauty aid, cleaning agent and medicine.
The word vinegar comes from the Latin word vinum meaning wine and acer meaning sour. These two words were combined to make vinegre. In 5,000 B.C. the Babylonians fermented the fruit of date palms and created a date vinegar. The Romans made vinegar from grapes, figs, dates and rye. The Julius Caesar and his armies would drink vinegar and water for its antiseptic properties. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine", recommended vinegar for his patients who fell ill. Vinegar is mentioned in the Bible a number of times in both the Old and New Testament.
Many ancient cultures used vinegar and valued it for its medicinal benefits. It was used for disinfecting wounds and for insect bites and snake bites. Vinegar compresses were useful for healing bruises.
As modern medicine evolved, people began looking for an equally effective, yet better tasting alternative to the sour, bitter taste of straight vinegar.
The ancient Egyptians are commonly recognized as the inventors of apple cider vinegar, or at least they were the first to realize it's medical benefits. Records show that as far back as 3000 BC, the Egyptians were using apple cider vinegar not just as an antiseptic, but as a weight loss agent as well.
Today, apple cider vinegar is almost exclusively used by people who are looking to shed a few pounds. To avoid the taste - which is much better than vinegar, but still very bitter - most pharmaceutical companies have condensed the liquid into a pill or capsule. This still provides the benefits, but makes it much easier to swallow.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a health aid for weight loss and circulatory health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. There are no known side effects resulting from using it. It is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for the body.
Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in minerals, vitamins and other substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. ACV also a lot of beneficial minerals like manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine and fluorine.
ACV provides enzymes, amino acids, aldehydes, potash, alcoholic acids, propionic acid, and apple pectin. Apple pectin is a dietary fiber that is an essential component of a healthy diet. With more than ninety substances and a great deal of minerals and vitamins, apple cider vinegar can be one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.
The potassium in ACV along with other substances makes the blood thinner and is helpful in controlling blood pressure.
Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.
The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood.
Many suffer from this disease in the west and it is caused by the gathering of metabolic toxic waste in the tissues. In this context, ACV speeds up metabolism and excretes the toxic wastes from the tissues.
Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger.
ACV is also useful for yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of ACV in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.
Apple cider vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying ACV with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.
If you have a sore throat, gargle with ACV mixed with water.
In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning. ACV has ability to enhance their functionality and help prevent food poisoning.
Apple cider vinegar is sometimes helpful in nasal congestion.
Apple cider vinegar and weight loss
It helps to detoxify the liver which plays an important role in weight loss. There are historical facts that Egyptians took apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Some claim ACV speeds up the metabolism while some claim it burns the calories to reduce appetite. To lose weight just take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed in water, before every meal.
ACV is also available in tablets and capsules. According to some nutritionists the combination of apple cider with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin is much more effective for weight loss than ACV alone.
How can apple cider vinegar help you and your family?
Let me tell you the ways…
Apple cider vinegar benefits have been known for a long time.
For centuries people have been using natural apple cider vinegar as both a food and a medicine for themselves and for their pets. Since 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and others, have used vinegar and vinegar mixed with honey, as an energizing tonic and a healing elixir.
More recently, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar have been promoted by many well-known authors such as Dr Jarvis, Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg.
D.C. Jarvis, a Vermont country doctor, noted that apple cider vinegar was a respected home remedy used by many Vermonters to successfully treat a number of common ailments and nagging aches and pains. He was so impressed that he went on to write a book on his observations and experimentations with home remedies, especially apple cider vinegar, and its beneficial effects on both people and farm animals.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. First let me say that apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product, resulting from the fermentation of apple juice to hard apple cider followed by a second fermentation to apple cider vinegar.
This natural product retains all the nutritional goodness of the apples from which it was made plus it is fortified with the extra acids and enzymes produced during the two fermentation steps.
It's the sum of all these ingredients that give apple cider vinegar its amazing health benefits.
A compilation of many time honored home remedies used for a wide range of health problems is included in the natural healing Home Remedies section.
Apple cider vinegar benefits include many external uses as well. It can be used to sooth sunburns and insect bites, to make your hair shine, and to treat dandruff just to mention a few. Click on the Hair Care or Home Remedies section for more details on these and many more uses.
Apple cider vinegar fits in well with today's trend towards eating natural healthy whole foods, and away from the overconsumption of highly processed convenience foods, which are depleted of much of their original nutrients.
Beware – Not all apple cider vinegars are created equal! Many commercial apple cider vinegars have been pasteurized, filtered, refined or distilled in order to make the product look good, and thereby more appealing to the general public. Unfortunately this extra processing destroys much of the healthy goodness and thus many of the apple cider benefits that were in the product in the first place.
The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is one made from cold pressed, organically grown whole apples, in which no chemicals or preservatives have been added, which contains the "mother of vinegar", and is not pasteurized. The "mother of vinegar" is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step.
This type of wholesome apple cider vinegar can be readily found in most health food stores and even in some general grocery stores.
Alternatively, you can brew your own nutritious apple cider vinegar at home. It's surprisingly easy to do and the whole family can be involved. For a step-by-step procedure on the home preparation of apple cider vinegar, click on the Homemade Vinegar section.
Weight Loss. Another major apple cider vinegar benefit is weight loss. Although no one is sure how it works, it has helped many people lose weight. Click on the Weight Loss section to find out what the experts recommend as far as how much to take and how often, and the latest theories on why it works. (see below)
Animals love apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar benefits for our pets, from cats and dogs to pigeons and parrots to cows and horses, are numerous. It can be used as a daily health tonic, to deter insects such as mosquitoes, fleas and tics, to relieve skin conditions, and even to take away the smell of skunk. For details on these and many more uses, check out the Pet Care section.
Cooking with apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is an amazingly versatile cooking ingredient. It adds a tangy taste to many drinks and deepens the flavors of numerous foods. It’s important to note that vinegar is a major ingredient in most condiments. Mayonnaise and tomato ketchup account for more than 10% of the vinegar production in America.
Check out the Cooking with Vinegar section to discover a number of tricks and tips to improve a variety of common recipes that will save you time and energy, and to find several recipes that include apple cider vinegar as a major ingredient.
Besides the apple cider vinegar benefits for health, its use for weight loss, pet care, and cooking, it can also double up as a non-toxic household cleaner, deodorizer, and disinfectant.
Apple cider vinegar and weight loss health benefits have been utilized for centuries. This completely natural way to shed pounds is a tried and true home remedy used throughout the world.
Apple cider vinegar made from the double fermentation of whole apples should be used, and it should not be distilled, filtered or pasteurized as these extra processing steps destroy many of the vitamins, nutrients and fermentation products that are thought to be important elements in apple cider vinegar's health benefits and weight loss properties.
Most health food stores will carry several brands of apple cider vinegar that will meet all the above mentioned criteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… How Much to Take?
Most apple cider vinegar weight loss home remedies, like the one investigated in Vermont by Dr D. C. Jarvis, M.D., call for the taking of one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before each meal. Patricia Bragg recommends adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey to this mixture.
Whichever way you take it, don't expect a rapid weight loss, the weight will be lost gradually, as it should be to allow the body's fat cells to adjust to their new size.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… How Does it Work?
No one is really sure how apple cider vinegar works to promote weight loss, but there is no shortage of theories. It is generally believed that the nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids in apple cider vinegar cause weight reduction by acting as an appetite suppressant, by increasing your body's metabolic rate, by reducing water retention, and by helping you maintain a feeling of well being.
Recent medical research has highlighted the connection between levels of insulin and weight loss. That coupled with the fact that vinegar is known to slow the rise of blood sugar after a meal leads to the suggestion that the taking of apple cider vinegar with a meal reduces the amount of insulin required to process the meal resulting in weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… How Long will it Take?
D.C. Jarvis, M.D. spent many years practicing medicine in Vermont and observing the effects of home remedies used throughout the green mountains. He found that apple cider vinegar was widely used for weight loss. In his popular book "Folk Medicine" he emphasized that the resulting loss of weight was gradual but permanent.
As a general rule, from numerous observations, he found that a woman of average height weighing 210 pounds will weigh 180 pounds after 2 years if she takes 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at each meal.
That's 15 pounds weight loss a year, with no change in daily food intake, except avoiding excessively fatty foods.
(Use the helpful tips outlined below to significantly speed up the weight loss process.)
Some of Dr. Jarvis's actual case studies are recorded in another book titled "Cider Vinegar" by Cyril Scott.
More recently, a four week experiment was conducted by professor Carol S. Johnston, a nutritionist at the Arizona State University East in Mesa, to further investigate the beneficial relationship between vinegar and diabetes.
As an unexpected side effect she found that her test subjects were losing weight! They were taking two tablespoons of vinegar before each of two meals daily.The average weight loss over the four weeks was two pounds (several people lost up to four pounds) while a control group which did not drink the vinegar showed no weight change.
Science News Online - Vinegar as a Sweet Solution? - 12/18/04 (Web Link)
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… Your Weight Loss Goal! You can determine whether you are overweight and by how much, by calculating your body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based only on your height and weight.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… Some Helpful Tips:
Some people don't like the taste of apple cider vinegar in water. You can improve the taste of this drink dramatically the way I do, by using fruit or vegetable juice instead of plain water. Apple cider vinegar imparts a refreshing tartness or zing to a glass of orange or tomato juice.
Although weight loss is gradual when just using ACV, you should remember that it has the advantage of:
• being a 100% natural product
• producing a weight loss that tends to be permanent
• You can speed things up dramatically however, by combining ACV with regular exercising, healthy eating, and drinking lots of water as described below:
More Potassium. Increase the amount of natural potassium in your diet over and above that obtained from regular use of apple cider vinegar. Excellent sources of natural potassium include many fruits and vegetables.
Less Refined Foods. Reduce the amount of refined foods you eat and replace them with natural fruit, vegetables, and whole grain foods. They contain much less fat, salt, and empty calories, and a lot more nutritious vitamins, minerals, and fiber that the body needs to function at its best.
Drink more Water. Water is vital for total health, after all, the body is 70% water. Water acts as the main transportation medium throughout the body for both nutrition and cleansing purposes. Drinking 8 glasses a day of filtered tap water, is recommended.
Exercise More. Regular exercise should be a big part of any weight loss program. All that's required is a brisk walk at least 3 times a week. As with all new exercise programs, start off slowly and work yourself up to a point where you can walk 3 miles in about 45 minutes.
This way you will be toning and building muscles that will keep on burning fat even when you are at rest.
I have been using herbal Fastin. It contains caffeine, so probably not everyone can use it. But I love it. It reduces my appetite in a slightly different way than phen, and it took me a few weeks to figure out the dose that didn't make me too jittery. (I take 1-1/2 in the morning and 1 around 2:00.) It is a bit expensive, around $89 a bottle, but I've been taking this for a couple months, sometimes skipping a day or a dose, and I still have a couple weeks worth of them left. I could probably use one bottle for 2-3 months.
Sounds great! When will Kathy post?
Kathy had a really great idea!! I love it!
Since many of us are going off of Phen soon, or already have, we are looking for an alternative. So, Kathy has gathered a lot of information on different options. There will be things that work for some and not for others of course, but I thought it was a great idea to help those of us who are feeling a bit blue, or even frantic about having to stop taking phentermine.
Of course, if you have any of your own ideas, feel free to post!
Good luck everyone!!
A year from now, you'll wish you started today!"