Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ultimate Green Coffee Extract – High price, SCARY product?

This brand is manufactured by phytogenix labs and sold by smaller web sites. This product may have some good quality Green Coffee extract, but they dilute it with all kinds of fillers and other artificial ingredients. To make it worse, it is often sold for $50 or more PER BOTTLE! A very inflated price for even the very best quality Green Coffee Bean extract, and this is certainly not the best quality.

The GOOD News

question-markOn the plus side, it is not used in the “Free Trial” scams, which are ALWAYS the worst quality product and should be avoided at all cost. We recommend people throw any of those products they may have in the trash. This is not one of those.

BUT… Now the BAD NEWS…

Very little actual Green Coffee in the capsule

Wow! From the label you see that 3 capsules has only 200 mg of green coffee extract. Why would you want to take 3 capsules and still only get 1/2 the mg of green coffee extract Dr Oz recommends? And, why would they put so little green coffee in a capsule? Seems like they want to fake you into thinking it is a good value when it is clearly NOT.

ultimate-green-coffe-stomach-painLots of fillers and other junk

Wow again! Look at the ingredients from their label below. That’s the biggest list of “stuff” we’ve seen yet on something that is supposed to be a healthy, natural product – NOT!.

 We have had a few callers tell us they had purchased this brand and had stomach cramps after taking it. While this is not totally unheard of and could be a coincidence, it is very rare for users to have ANY side effects from taking green coffee bean extract, and have 3 callers report the same thing, possibly from some of the other substances they use to fill the capsule instead of just using pure green coffee extract.


Overall, we would give this brand a 2 thumbs down for being overpriced and of very dubious quality. Look elsewhere, you can easily find better quality and better price.



What We Recommend…

Take your time when buying green coffee extract supplements. Choose a reputable supplier and a quality product and you shouldn’t have any problems or side effects at all. After all our research, the Green Coffee Extract we recommend here is the highest quality you can find. It’s also sold on Amazon with a special: Buy three and you get one free.


Click for larger size to read label.

Click for larger size to read label.

As recommended by Dr Oz, it:

  • contains Svetol
  • completely natural with no filler ingredients
  • Has 50% Chlorogenic Acids
  • Is proven to be effective




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How 5htp helps you lose weight

When you start thinking about getting a wider bathroom mirror, you know you’re in trouble—especially if the present one goes wall-to-wall. And when the Post Office says it’s going to give you your own ZIP code, that does it. You stamp your foot, call a contractor to repair the hole you just made in the floor, and vow that you’re going to do something about all that flab. You want to be slim, sure, but how are you going to accomplish that? Well, duh—by losing weight, of course.

Americans have been losing a lot of weight lately. Unfortunately, most of it has been from their wallets. Compared to the weight-loss industry, there is probably no enterprise, with the possible exception of government, that promises so much to so many, yet delivers so little to so few—while raking in piles of money for consistently achieving near-total failure. You’ve probably heard it all before: diets don’t work, any weight loss won’t last, some diets are bogus, others are harmful, the “guarantees” are worthless, the promoters are crooks, etc. (Now you’ve heard it all again—sorry.)

The sad thing is, much of that is true. And despite our collective obsession with weight loss, we have become the earth’s fattest, least-fit people—including our kids—and it’s getting worse all the time. That’s great news for the weight-loss hucksters, whose skill at separating people from their money must make politicians green with envy, because these people fork it over willingly! (P. T. Barnum was right.)

Supplements Can Help with Weight Loss

supplementsSince the laws of physics have not been repealed lately, it bears repeating that there are only two ways to lose weight: (1) reduce energy intake (consume fewer calories), and (2) increase energy expenditure (burn more calories). Simple, no? Simple, not—it’s very hard for most people to do. It’s for the strong of heart and mind. It takes willpower and self-discipline, without which your chances of losing weight are about the same as those of Congress being seized by a sudden attack of ethical behavior.

Fortunately, though, the laws of chemistry haven’t been repealed either, and there are ways in which your willpower and self-disciplined efforts to take in fewer calories and burn off more calories can be augmented by the reactions of certain nutritional supplements. Let’s look at two of them: 5-HTP, which helps reduce energy intake, and EGCG (from green tea), which helps increase energy expenditure.

5-HTP Suppresses Appetite

In the human body, the amino acid 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is the immediate precursor to one of the brain’s most important neurotransmitters, serotonin. Serotonin helps to regulate mood, sleep, and appetite, among other things. In cases of serotonin deficiency (which can arise in different ways), there is a tendency to become depressed, to sleep poorly, and to overeat. It is believed, e.g., that genetically induced serotonin deficiency is a common factor in obesity, and there is no doubt that this compound has a major influence on eating behavior.1

It almost goes without saying that when you have a deficiency of some substance, you should try to correct it by supplementing with that very substance—or, in some cases, with a precursor substance, which is sometimes more desirable. To correct serotonin deficiency, it’s preferable to take not serotonin itself, but 5-HTP.* Your body converts much of it to serotonin, which is found not only in the brain but also in relatively high concentrations in blood platelets and in the intestinal wall. (Serotonin is a powerful stimulant of smooth muscle and may play a role in promoting intestinal peristalsis.) By boosting brain serotonin levels, 5-HTP helps create a feeling of satiety (fullness), thus suppressing appetite. Hence, energy intake is reduced (weight-loss key #1).

*Although it occurs naturally in the human body, 5-HTP is obtained for use as a supplement from the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia. It is the identical molecule.

5-HTP Reduces Caloric Intake

Most of the clinical studies on the use of 5-HTP for weight loss were done by a group of Italian researchers at the University of Rome in the early 1990s. In one such study on 19 obese women (a 5-week, double-blind, crossover trial in which each woman served as her own control), 79% of the women reported a decrease in appetite while taking 5-HTP.2 This was borne out by measurements of their actual caloric intake: it was found that supplementation with 5-HTP reduced the women’s daily intake by 508 calories—a 22% reduction compared with placebo. Over the 5-week period, the women lost an average of 3.1 lb with 5-HTP, vs. 0.9 lb with placebo. The amount of 5-HTP used daily (taken in three divided servings) was 3.6 mg per pound of body weight; this corresponds to a total of 450 mg per day for a 125-lb woman, or 900 mg per day for a 250-lb woman.

5-HTP Produces Weight Loss, Diet or Not

In a second study, the Italian researchers put 14 obese women on a 1200-calorie/day diet for 6 weeks.3 Some were given 300 mg of 5-HTP 30 minutes before meals (a total of 900 mg per day), while the others were given placebo. Over the 6-week period, the women taking 5-HTP lost 6.8 lb, on average, compared with 1.5 lb for the women on placebo.

In the same study, the researchers had previously tested the same women during a 6-week period in which they were given the same daily 5-HTP (or placebo) regimen, but without any dietary restrictions. Over that 6-week period, the average weight loss was less (not surprisingly), but still appreciable: 3.5 lb with 5-HTP and 1.1 lb with placebo. Thus, with or without dietary restrictions, the women in this study lost substantial amounts of weight (10.3 lb total) while taking 5-HTP—4 times as much as with placebo (2.6 lb total).

5-Fold Greater Weight Loss with 5-HTP

In yet a third study, of essentially the same design as the one just discussed, but with 20 obese women, the Italian researchers found that 300 mg of 5-HTP taken 30 minutes before meals resulted in a 6-week weight loss of 7.3 lb with 5-HTP vs. 1.8 lb with placebo when the women were on the restrictive 1200-calorie/day diet.4 Without the diet, the women had 6-week weight losses of 3.7 lb and 0.6 lb, respectively. Thus, the total weight losses over the 12-week period of this study were 11 lb with 5-HTP and 2.4 lb with placebo—a nearly 5-fold difference. The 11-lb weight loss represented 5% of the women’s starting weight of 220 lb.

“. . . oral administration of the
green tea extract stimulated
thermogenesis and fat oxidation
and thus has the potential to
influence body weight and
body composition . . . .”

In this third study, 5-HTP also produced dramatic results in terms of the women’s feelings of early satiety, i.e., feeling full earlier than usual during a meal. When the women were not on the restrictive diet, 100% of those who were taking 5-HTP reported early satiety. Even when they were on the diet, however (but taking 5-HTP), this feeling persisted: the figure then was a remarkable 90%. Clearly, the feeling of early satiety led the women to eat less than usual, resulting in the weight losses observed.

Slow Buildup Is Best with 5-HTP

In the studies discussed above, about two-thirds of the women reported mild nausea while taking these very large doses (up to 900 mg/day) of 5-HTP; in the second and third studies, nausea occurred during the first 6 weeks but not during the second 6 weeks. In real life, the easy way to avoid nausea caused by 5-HTP is to start with a small amount and build it up gradually over a period of 2 weeks; this is sufficient time to allow the body to adjust, and thereafter the supplement is well tolerated.5

-written by Will Block at

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5htp for weight loss – according to Doctors

A new weight loss supplement is gaining tremendous interest. In fact, Dr Oz just featured it on his show. It’s called 5HTP (5 Hydroxytryptophan) and it might just be what you need to finally lose weight. In fact, it’s considered one of the very best natural appetite suppressants.

5htp-amazed-woman5HTP Benefits

Besides weight loss, 5htp has long been used and studied for a variety of reasons. It has proved to be useful in alleviating a broad range of health problems including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Alcoholism
  • PMS
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders such as bulimia
  • Oses­sive-compulsive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Uncontrollable violent impulses.

All of these conditions have been successfully treated with 5–HTP. There are indications that these conditions may, in certain instances, be caused by underly­ing brain dysfunction that might be improved by 5HTP.

A significant body of evidence supporting these claims has been acquired over the past 35 years in human clinical trials and animal experiments. 5HTP itself does not directly perform any specific function in the body. 5HTP’s only known role is to serve as the precursor, or raw material that some cells use to create the neurotransmitter serotonin.

How Does 5HTP Help You Lose Weight?

Like we said, your body actually produces this chemical. It’s then converted into serotonin. The serotonin is then used to curb your appetite and improve your mood… and you lose weight. To get the most benefit from it, doctors are recommending an actual 5HTP supplement vs a serotonin one.

Why? The serotonin can’t access your brain directly from the bloodstream like 5HTP can and that’s needed in order to increase the levels of serotonin in your brain.

When you have higher levels of serotonin in your brain, your hunger dissipates and you actually feel fuller more often. There’s a study that showed women reducing the amount of carbs they ate naturally. They didn’t even realize it, as they weren’t purposely trying to do so.

5htp-warningsHow Safe is 5HTP?

Doctors agree that it’s perfectly safe for most people to use for limited time periods (12 weeks being the maximum). It occurs naturally in your body, so it isn’t like you’re introducing foreign substances. There is an exception, though.

  • They say that if you have gastrointestinal problems, you should talk to your doctor first. That’s because some people have reported gastrointestinal side effects like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • You should also avoid it if you’re on antidepressants like MAOI or if you’re suffering from bipolor disorder/severe depression. 5HTP could in some cases increase suicidal thoughts and depression.
  • You shouldn’t use it if you’re pregnant, think you might be pregnant or if you’re breastfeeding.

Before buying 5HTP, make sure you aren’t already taking something that could be negatively increasing your serotonin levels. If you’re on any kind of medication, ask your doctor about it.

History of 5htp for weight loss

5htp-historyAs far back as 1975, researchers demonstrated that administering 5HTP to rats that were bred to overeat and be obese resulted in significant reduction in food intake (6). It turns out that these rats have decreased activity of the enzyme that converts tryptophan to 5HTP and subsequently to serotonin. In other words, these rats are fat as a result of a genetically determined low level of activity of the enzyme that starts the manufacture of serotonin from tryptophan. As a result, these rats never get the message to stop eating until they have consumed far greater amounts of food than normal rats.

There is much circumstantial evidence that many humans are genetically predisposed to obesity. This predisposition may involve the same mechanism as that observed in rats genetically predisposed to obesity. In other words, many people may be predisposed to being overweight because they have a decreased conversion of tryptophan to 5HTP and, as a result, decreased serotonin levels. By providing preformed 5HTP, this genetic defect is bypassed and more serotonin is manufactured. 5HTP literally turns off hunger (7).

5ht-doctor-research-15HTP Research

This isn’t something that we’ve just recently discovered, although it may just now start receiving a lot of attention. It’s actually been studied for more than 30 years. There have been clinical trials that prove just how effective it is at reducing the amount of calories that you eat.

Lost Over 10 Pounds in 12 Weeks

One study took overweight women and gave some of them 200mg of 5HTP to take just before eating. The other women were given a placebo instead. The participants that were taking the real 5HTP managed to lose over ten pounds in merely 12 weeks. Those who were taking a placebo? They lost just over two pounds. After further study, weight loss experts say that this is a supplement that usually works best if you’re they type who constantly craves food (carbs in particular).

The early animal studies that used 5HTP as a weight loss aid have been followed by a series of three human clinical studies of overweight women, conducted at the University of Rome (8-10). The first study showed that 5HTP was able to reduce caloric intake and promote weight loss despite the fact that the women made no conscious effort to lose weight (8). The average amount of weight loss during the five-week period of 5HTP supplementation was a little more than 3 pounds.

full-tummy-bellyCompletely Satisfied Despite Low Calorie Diet

The second study sought to determine whether 5HTP helped overweight individuals adhere to dietary recommendations (9). The twelve-week study was divided into two six-week periods. For the first six weeks, there were no dietary recommendations; for the second six weeks the women were placed on a 1,200-calorie diet. As shown in Table 1, the women who took the placebo lost 2.28 pounds, while the women who took the 5HTP lost 10.34 pounds. As in the previous study, 5HTP appeared to promote weight loss by promoting satiety-the feeling of satisfaction-leading to fewer calories being consumed at meals. Every woman who took the 5HTP reported early satiety.

Impressive Weight Loss Even With No Dieting

In the third study involving 5HTP, for the first six weeks there were no dietary restrictions, and for the second six weeks the women were placed on a 1,200-calorie-per-day diet (10). The results from this study were even more impressive than the previous studies for several reasons. The group that received the 5HTP had lost an average of 4.39 pounds at six weeks and an average of 11.63 pounds at 12 weeks (They lost even without dieting in the first half of the study!). In comparison, the placebo group had lost an average of only 0.62 pounds at six weeks and 1.87 pounds at twelve weeks. The lack of weight loss during the second six-week period in the placebo group obviously reflects the fact that the women had difficulty adhering to the diet.



Feel Fuller – Faster!

Early satiety was reported by 100 percent of the subjects during the first six-week period. During the second six-week period, even with severe caloric restriction, ninety percent of the women taking 5HTP reported early satiety. Many of the women who received the 5HTP (300 mg three times per day) reported mild nausea during the first six weeks of therapy. However, the symptom was never severe enough for any of the women to drop out of the study. No other side effects were reported.

No known health risks from taking 5htp

In September 1997, the popular weight loss drug Redux and its chemical cousin fenfluramine, part of the “fen-phen” combination, were taken off the market based on a study showing that these drugs may have caused permanent damage to heart valves in as many as one-third of the people who took them. There is no evidence that 5HTP produces these effects. Unlike Redux, 5HTP does not raise blood serotonin levels to a significant degree nor does it block reuptake of serotonin. The point here is that 5HTP does not disrupt the normal process of serotonin release, reabsorbtion, and elimination from the body. 5HTP is not a synthetic drug; it is an amino acid produced naturally by your body’s metabolism.

Warning About Low Quality 5HTP

Don’t simply buy the cheapest one you find. This goes for any supplement, but especially 5HTP.

A few years back there was a problem where some low-quality 5HTP supplements were contaminated with EMS (eosinophilia myalgia syndrome). It originated in impurities in the L-tryptophan. So you need to make sure you’re getting a quality product.

Also, there are many fly by night websites that sell products that don’t even have any of the active ingredients they claim. This is most common of websites that pay for traffic (the sites listed at the right side of Google and Bing search results). Nearly all of the scam websites are found there, as they can easily disappear tomorrow and their victims cannot find them again.

Where to Find 5HTP Supplements

This is not a new product, and you can find this supplement in many health food stores or online. Just remember that a quality product is worth a little extra. You should expect to pay up to about $20-$40 a bottle, depending on the quantity per capsule and capsules per bottle. Be very suspicious of any price too low – read the label very carefully and you will probably see it’s deceptive in some way – lots of fillers, or low mg per capsule, etc.

As you can hopefully tell, we take our research seriously. You should do the same – your health depends on it. If you simply don’t have the time, then we got you covered. Below you’ll find the ones that, after all our research, are the ones that we recommend.

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How 5htp Can Help You Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

5htp is fast becoming the most sought after weight management supplement on the market. 30 years of research and a recent mention on the Doctor Oz website have generated considerable buzz about this new weight loss wonder. But what exactly is 5htp, what does it do, and are there any side effects?

Following is a brief introduction, some facts and a summary of 5htp’s health benefits. 5-Hydroxytryptophan is an amino acid naturally occurring in small amounts in the body. It is synthesized from L-tryptophan, present in such whole food sources as pumpkins, potatoes, turkey, milk and cheese, and assorted greens. Incorporating these foods into one’s diet can result in higher 5-Hydroxytryptophan levels, but supplements can also provide an easy and equally viable option for those embarking on weight loss regimens.

Typically derived from a shrub indigenous to West and Central Africa, 5-Hydroxytryptophan is available in many over the counter forms, and it can be found in the health food or pharmacy sections of large supermarkets. Mucuna pruriens, a tropical legume, is another source. An offshoot of serotonin production, 5-Hydroxytryptophan aids in mood regulation. Double blind placebo studies have demonstrated its effectiveness at combating depression and promoting restful sleeping patterns. Boosted serotonin levels have also been linked with decreased appetite.

5-Hydroxytryptophan significantly increases levels of both amylin and leptin, the body’s natural appetite suppressants and fullness hormones. As referenced on the Doctor Oz website, 5-Hydroxytryptophan easily accesses the blood brain barrier, directly impacting brain function and stimulating the release of certain hormones, leaving one feeling fuller for longer periods of time and less subject to cravings.

Individuals on a diet of any kind will find 5-Hydroxytryptophan enables them to go longer periods on less calories, thus expediting weight loss at a steady, manageable rate. Researchers and experts especially recommend it for those who crave carbs nonstop.

A recent study found that of two groups of women whose food consumption was observed over five weeks, the group given 200 mg of 5-Hydroxytryptophan prior to meals consumed upwards of 1,000 calories less per day and experienced less hunger. The women involved in the study did not restrict their diets, nor exercise profusely, yet still experienced loss of weight.

Incorporating 5-Hydroxytryptophan into one’s diet should be done gradually, beginning with a small dose to assess tolerance. It is best taken approximately one half hour prior to meals, and periods of dosage should be cycled: 12 weeks on, one month off, etc. Two to three weeks may transpire before benefits begin to manifest.

Indirect evidence suggests that side effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan may include damage to heart valves and/or cardiac fibrosis, or headaches and tremors, nausea, and diarrhea. It should be noted these side effects are primarily the result of contrary interactions between 5-Hydroxytryptophan and SSR/MAO inhibitors (antidepressants). For those who are not currently taking SSR/MAO inhibitors, 5-Hydroxytryptophan may provide relief of moderate mood disorders, anxiety, insomnia, and eating disorders.

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