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Specialty Formula - Calorie Quencher® Caps (90 Count)

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  • Digestive-Gastrointestinal Support
  • Weight Management
  • Quick Notes:

    • All natural, non-stimulating weight loss formula - scientifically formulated with Phase 2 bean extract, LipoSan Ultra Chitosan, and Chromium for weight management!

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    Quick Notes:

    • All natural, non-stimulating weight loss formula - scientifically formulated with Phase 2 bean extract, LipoSan Ultra Chitosan, and Chromium for weight management!
    • May assist in weight control when used in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise program!
    • Phase 2 Carb Controller™ is an all-natural extract from white kidney bean!
    • Blunts the effect of 2250 starch calories per 1000 mg!
    • May reduce the enzymatic digestion of dietary starches allowing carbs to pass through the system with less caloric uptake!
    • Supports healthy blood sugar levels by reducing the amount of carbohydrates absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract!
    • Blocks the effect of calories by binding with amylase - the digestive enzyme that breaks down starches!
    • Provides 300 mg of LipoSan Ultra™, a patented - specially processed - high-density form of the dietary fiber, chitosan (from shellfish) that has been shown to bind up to five times more fat than conventional Chitosan according to laboratory testing!
    • A published clinical study has demonstrated that LipoSan Ultra, taken as directed, may aid in the support of healthy body weight and serum cholesterol levels!
    • Begins absorbing dietary fats within minutes and works for up to two hours!
    • Chromium is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in glucose, protein, and fat utilization!
    • Chromium is required to release energy from glucose. Essential for the GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor) cofactor for insulin. Helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels for individuals with blood sugar levels in already normal range!
    • Weight loss support and weight management!
    • Binds to fat to inhibit absorption!
    • Supports healthy glucose metabolism!
    • Take separately from multivitamins due to the ability to bind with fat soluble vitamins.
       

    Overview:

    Calorie Quencher is a comprehensive formula featuring Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer, LipoSan Ultra®, and chromium picolinate.  Designed to support healthy weight maintenance. LipoSan Ultra is a natural extract from chitin, which helps support normal fat absorption. Studies show that diet, exercise, and proper supplementation is key to successful weight loss. While no supplement can replace the benefits of diet and exercise, this product can provide you with the edge to support your weight loss efforts.
     

    Chromium::

    Chromium was discovered in 1950s and is an essential trace mineral for human nutrition. Chromium plays an important role sugar metabolism and its regulation. The human body only contains a few milligrams of chromium yet this small quantity plays a vital role in functions such as: regulation of blood sugar levels, activation of various enzymes for energy production, and optimization of insulin.

    Many Americans may be chromium deficient due to inadequate consumption from the diet. Due to the high prevalence of metabolic issues existing in the United States, chromium may be required more than ever. Large intakes of refined carbohydrates and strenuous exercise can actually deplete chromium stores in the body. Chromium works closely with insulin to help cells utilize glucose (blood sugar). That is why it is important to supplement with Chromium. Those with blood sugar issues should consult their health care practitioner before using this product. 

    Research Indicates:

    • Chromium works with insulin and is essential for controlling blood sugar levels
    • May help support healthy weight maintenance
    • A recent study indicates a role in supporting healthy cholesterol balance
    • Studies suggest that chromium supplementation may support healthy vision
    • Research indicates that patients with coronary heart disease have significantly lowe chromium levels than healthy people
       

    White Kidney Bean Extract:

    White Kidney Bean extract (phaseolus vulgaris) is a natural, non-stimulant ingredient that has been scientifically and clinically proven to neutralize starches. Phaseolamin (extracted from White Kidney Beans) has been shown to reduce the absorption of starch calories from foods such as potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, corn, and crackers.
     

    Research Indicates:

    • May assist in weight control when used in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise program
    • May reduce the enzymatic digestion of dietary starches allowing carbs to pass through the system with less caloric uptake
       

    Chitosan:

    Chitosan is a type of dietary fiber that is commonly derived from the outer shell of shrimp, crabs, and shellfish. According to research, Chitosan may have the ability to bind to fats in the stomach, thus preventing the fats from being absorbed into the body. Scientists theorize this characteristic is linked to Chitosan’s strong positive (cationic) charge, which results in micelles to be entrapped or disintegrated in the intestines. 

    Research Indicates:

    • May support healthy cholesterol balance
    • May support healthy circulation
    • Research is currently being conducted using Chitosan for several medicated wound dressing products
    • Scientists agree that healthy weight maintenance benefits of Chitosan may be plausible, but no clinical studies have been conducted to support such claims

    Ingredients

    Chitosan

    Chromium

    Chromium Picolinate

    Fennel seed

    Foeniculum vulgare

    LipoSan Ultra

    Phase 2 Carb Controller

    Phaseolus vulgaris

    White Kidney Bean Extract

    Suggested Use: For best results, take three capsules with 8 oz. of water at the beginning of meals high in starch or carbohydrates. May be used with up to two meals per day.

    Storage:

    Keep in a cool, dry place.

    Allergy Warnings:

    This product is contraindicated for individuals with hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

    Interactions:

    • Everyone has unique body chemistry. All patients should be aware of potential drug and supplement interaction. You are encouraged to consult with your primary health care professional before taking any supplement product.

    • If you have chronic constipation, a bowel obstruction, an ulcer, diabetes, are obese or are pregnant or lactating, consult a health care practitioner prior to using this product.

    • This product contains multiple ingredients. Please refer to the individual vitamin or mineral product page for interaction information. Always consult with your primary care professional before taking any supplement product.

    Pregnancy Warning:

    If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health condition, or are taking any medications please consult with your health care practitioner before using this product.

    Keep out of reach of children.

    Disclaimer:

    • The following scientific literature references, articles, and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Information about this product is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
    THANKS!

    Chromium



    1.      Yazaki Y, Faridi Z, Ma Y, et al. A pilot study of chromium picolinate for weight loss. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Mar;16(3):291.

    2.      Diaz ML, Watkins BA, Li Y, et al. Chromium picolinate and conjugated linoleic acid do not synergistically influence diet- and exercise-induced changes in body composition and health indexes in overweight women. J Nutr Biochem. 2007 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]

    3.      Albarracin CA, Fuqua BC, Evans JL, et al. Chromium picolinate and biotin combination improves glucose metabolism in treated, uncontrolled overweight to obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2007 May 16. [Epub ahead of print]

    4.      Martin J, Wang ZQ, Zhang XH, et al. Chromium picolinate supplementation attenuates body weight gain and increases insulin sensitivity in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2006;29:1826-32.

    5.      Lucidi RS, Thyer AC, Easton CA, et al. Effect of chromium supplementation on insulin resistance and ovarian and menstrual cyclicity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2005;84:1755-1757.

    6.      Houweling ST, Kleefstra N, Jansman GA, et al. Effects of chromium treatment in patients with poorly controlled, insulin-treated type 2 diabetes mellitus [abstract]. 18th International Diabetes Federation Congress; August 24-29, 2003; Paris, France.

    7.      Ghosh D, Bhattacharya B, Mukherjee B, et al. Role of chromium supplementation in Indians with type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Nutr Biochem. 2002;13:690-697.

    8.      Preuss HG, Wallerstedt D, Talpur N, et al. Effects of niacin-bound chromium and grape seed proanthocyanidin extract on the lipid profile of hypercholesterolemic subjects: a pilot study. J Med. 2000;31:227-246.

    9.      Bahijiri SM, Mira SA, Mufti AM, et al. The effects of inorganic chromium and brewer's yeast supplementation on glucose tolerance, serum lipids and drug dosage in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Saudi Med J. 2000;21:831-837.

    10.    Ravina A, Slezak L, Mirsky N, et al. Reversal of corticosteroid-induced diabetes mellitis with supplemental chromium. Diabet Med. 1999;16:164-167.

    11.    Anderson RA, Cheng N, Bryden NA, et al. Elevated intakes of supplemental chromium improve glucose and insulin variables in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes. 1997;46:1786-1791.

    12.    Mertz W. Chromium in human nutrition: a review. J Nutr. 1993;123:626-633.

    White Kidney Bean Extract



    1.     Celleno L, Tolaini MV, D'Amore A, et al. A dietary supplement containing standardized Phaseolus vulgaris extract influences body composition of overweight men and women. Int J Med Sci. 2007;4:45-52.

    2.     Layer P, Zinsmeister AR, DiMagno EP. Effects of decreasing intraluminal amylase activity on starch digestion and postprandial gastrointestinal function in humans. Gastroenterology. 1986;91:41,8.

    3.     Draeger KE, Vertesy L, Grigoleit HG. Starch blockers. Lancet. 1983;1:354,5.

    4.     Summary of clinical study evaluating effectiveness of Phase 2™. Dr. R. Ballerini, Managing Director of Pharmeceutical Development and Service srl. Milano, Italy. On file with manufacturer, Pharmachem Laboratories, Kearny, NJ.

    5.     In vivo effectiveness or a starch absorption blocker in a double-blind placebo-controlled study with normal college-age subjects. Joe A. Vinson, PhD, and Donna M. Shuta, BS, Department of Chemistry University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510.

    6.     In vivo effectiveness of a starch absorption blocker in a double-blind placebo-controlled study with normal subjects. Joe A. Vinson, PhD, Donna M. Shuta, BS, and Hassan Al Kharrat, MS, Department of Chemistry, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510.

    Chitosan



    1.     Tapola NS, Lyyra ML, Kolehmainen RM, et al. Safety aspects and cholesterol-lowering efficacy of chitosan tablets. J Am Coll Nutr. 2008;27:22-30.

    2.     Mhurchu CN, Dunshea-Mooij C, Bennett D, Rodgers A. Effect of chitosan on weight loss in overweight and obese individuals: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Obes Rev. 2005;6:35-42.

    3.     Mhurchu CN, Dunshea-Mooij C, Bennett D, et al. Effect of chitosan on weight loss in overweight and obese individuals: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Obes Rev. 2005;6:35-42

    4.     Mhurchu CN, Poppitt SD, McGill AT, et al. The effect of the dietary supplement, chitosan, on body weight: a randomised controlled trial in 250 overweight and obese adults. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004;28:1149-1156.

    5.     Bokura H, Kobayashi S. Chitosan decreases total cholesterol in women: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003:57:721-725.

    6.     Pittler MH, Abbot NC, Harkness EF, et al. Randomized, double-blind trial of chitosan for body weight reduction. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1999;53:379-381.

    7.     Ormrod D, Holmes CC, Miller TE. Dietary chitosan inhibits hypercholesterolaemia and atherogenesis in the apolipoprotein E-deficient mouse model of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 1998;138:329-334.

    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions - Specialty Products

    • What is Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer?

      Phase 2™ is an amazing, non-stimulant, all-natural nutritional ingredient that is derived from the white kidney bean. It is the first nutritional ingredient that has been clinically and scientifically proven to neutralize starch, which is found in common foods such as potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, corn and crackers.

       

      Phase 2™ is a safe yet powerful nutritional ingredient, clinically studied for its role in reducing the absorption of starch calories. Phase 2™ helps you to enjoy those foods that you love and to participate in special meals containing quantities of starches in excess of your nutritional goals.

    • What role do starchy foods play in weight management?

      During the digestive process, your body converts carbohydrates found in starchy foods (such as potatoes and pasta) into sugars. It digests these starchy carbohydrates with alpha amylase, an enzyme that is produced by the pancreas.

       

      These sugar calories are then used by the body for fuel, with the excess sugar stored for future use, often as fat. Unfortunately, an imbalance between calories eaten and calories burned means that these stored fat supplies can accumulate in the body.

       

    • How does Phase 2® in Calorie Quencher® block starch from being absorbed in the body?

      Phase 2® has been shown to bind with the starch digestion enzyme alpha amylase, neutralizing starch calories and preventing them from turning into glucose (sugar) in the body.

       

    • When should I take Phase 2™?

      Recent research has shown the most optimum time to take Phase 2™ is just before a starch-rich meal, along with 8 oz. of water. However, the studies also showed that Phase 2™ could still provide some of its starch "neutralizing" benefits when taken during, or just after, a starchy meal. One study showed that Phase 2™ is also effective if the capsules are opened and the contents sprinkled right onto food.

       

    • Do we lose nutrients from foods when we take Calorie Quencher®?

      The LipoSan Ultra® in this product is a fat binder so it reduces the amount of fat transported from the small intestine into the blood stream; therefore fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) in foods could have reduced transport from the small intestine into the blood due to less fat to accompany them. This would be true for fat soluble nutrients coming from supplements as well, so it is best to take multi-vitamins separate from Calorie Quencher. The risk of a nutrient deficiency occurring from Calorie Quencher is negligible if the overall diet is plentiful in nutrients and the product is taken as recommended

       

    • Does Phase 2™ cause any toxic side effects?

      A dose equivalent to 74 grams taken daily for 90 days by a 165 lb. person showed no signs of toxicity. Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., announced that a Chronic Toxicity Study (L.D. 50) demonstrated that Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer™, the first standardized white bean extract used in a variety of healthy weight management supplements, is safe and non-toxic.

       

      “Phase 2™ showed no signs of chronic toxicity at doses up to 1.0 gm per kg of body weight for up to 90 days,” said Ramadasan Kuttan, Ph.D., director, Amala Cancer Research Center, Thrissur, India, who conducted the study along with R. C. Srimal, M.D. “The data indicates that administration of Phase 2™ for 90 days did not produce any adverse reaction…” (as determined from a number of different measurements, such as organ weight, necropsy, hematological and biochemical values).

       

    • Does Calorie Quencher® have any side effects?

      Studies show that the side effects of these non-stimulatory ingredients are minimal and most often limited to problems such as gastric irritation, which is often due to taking too high of a dosage. We add fennel seed to our product to minimize gastric irritation naturally.

       

      It is important to note that fat and carbohydrate binding products like Calorie Quencher® should only be taken with meals that are high in carbohydrates and fat and should not be taken with more than two meals per day. It is suggested that multiple vitamins and other dietary supplements be taken at separate meals to decrease the risk of a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency while consuming these types of diet helpers. It should also be stressed that in order to achieve long lasting weight loss, in addition to supplementation, one must improve daily dietary and lifestyle factors.

    • Are there any human studies that prove Phase 2 ™ effectiveness?

      Yes. Human studies indicate that this natural compound has the ability to inhibit starches found in foods from being broken down to simple sugar. This amylase-inhibiting effect causes most starches to pass through the GI tract undigested, thus causing a smaller increase in blood glucose levels within 15 to 80 minutes following the intake of starchy foods. The following describes one of the studies performed on Phase 2.

    • How many grams of fat will be absorbed by a serving size of Chitosan?

      As with many dietary supplements, different people will experience different results depending on a number of factors, including body type, metabolism, and diet. We use the Liposan Ultra brand of Chitosan because studies show that Liposan Ultra binds several times more dietary fat than other leading chitosan brands. In vitro, Liposan Ultra was shown to absorb up to 88 grams of fat, but this doesn't mean it will necessarily have the same effect when ingested by humans. Studies are ongoing.

    • Can I take Chitosan with prescription medications or other supplements, and are there any side effects?

      Since Chitosan binds to fat in the stomach, it is advisable to take it 3-4 hours prior to the ingestion of fat soluble medications or nutrients. If Chitosan is used simultaneously with certain medications, it may block the desired effects of that medication.

      Check with your doctor before mixing Chitosan with prescription medications. If you have questions about taking Chitosan with dietary supplements, check with a certified nutritionist or your local health food store. There are no known side effects associated with Chitosan supplementation.

    • How does Policosanol support heart and cardiovascular health?

      Policosanol can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol production in the liver and increasing the breakdown of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad”) cholesterol. It also decreases the stickiness of particles in the blood known as platelets, which might help reduce blood clots.

       

    • What is the alcohol breakdown of Policosanol and where is it sourced?

      Our policosanol contains at least 50% octacosanol, a derivative of sugar cane wax grown in the Suzhoo province of China. It also contains eight other high primary aliphatic alcohols that are included in policosanol as follows:

      - Triacontanol .15-30%
      - Hexacosanol .10-20%
      - Dotriacontanol.0.5-5%
      - Tetracosanol .0.5-5%
      - Heptacosanol.<5%
      - Nonacosanol.<5%
      - Hentriacontanol.<2%

    • How is Policosanol effective without lowering levels of CoQ10?

      The main problem with many cholesterol drugs is that when taken over a long period of time, they begin to lower levels of the important co-enzyme CoQ10. Policosanol has a similar mechanism of action to these drugs without lowering CoQ10 levels.

      Many drugs inhibit the expression of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which is a catalyst in the production of mevalonic acid. Mevalonic acid is then processed by the liver and transformed into cholesterol. So, it would reason, the less HMG-CoA reductase in one’s system, the less mevalonic acid and, hence, less cholesterol. But it is not so simple. HMG-CoA reductase should not be completely eliminated in order to lower cholesterol. Low levels are beneficial to a point, and then can become counterproductive.

      HMG-CoA reductase is also used in the formation of farnesyl diphosphate or FPP.FPP, though used in squalene, another cholesterol precursor, is also used in production of CoQ10.Not enough FPP, and not enough CoQ10 will be produced. This is why some drugs which inhibit HMG-CoA reductase expression have the nasty side effect of lowered CoQ10 levels. Policosanol, on the other hand, inhibits expression by only about 50%, which is not enough to significantly affect production of FPP

    • What are plant sterols?

      Plant sterols (also called phytosterols) are plant lipids present in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Structurally, they are similar to cholesterol except at one position on the sterol side chain. It is thought that phytosterols reduce cholesterol by displacing cholesterol from micelles in the body, thus inhibiting cholesterol absorption.

    • How do Corowise™ plant sterols in Cholesterol Complex impact cholesterol?

      In terms of their molecular structure, plant sterols “look” a lot like cholesterol. When taken before a meal these plant sterols compete with cholesterol during digestion so the body absorbs less dietary cholesterol. The overall effect in clinical studies on Corowise™ has been an average LDL (“bad”) reduction of 8 – 15% with no known adverse side effects.

       

    • What is the breakdown of sterols in the plant sterols in Cholesterol Complex?

      Roughly 40-58% of the sterols consist of sitosterol, 20-28% as camposterol, and 14-23% as stigmasterol

    • Do I need to take another multi, if I’m taking Hair, Skin & Nails Multi?

      Our Hair, Skin & Nails Multi is based on our best-selling Basic Multi® which is a great foundation for nutrition needs. However, in addition to basic nutrients, our Hair, Skin & Nails Multi has added specialty antioxidants for skin and overall cellular health. It also contains silica, MSM and amino acids for collagen support. Collagen is responsible for skin’s resiliency and elasticity, but its production slows as we age.

    • Are your Melatonin products natural or synthetic?

      We use synthetic sources of melatonin. According to the 2001 Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements, “melatonin supplements derived from animals [i.e. natural] should be avoided.”

    • What is Bio-Shield Technology™?

      The Bio-Shield Technology™ process not only delivers nutrients exactly where they need to go over a sustained period of time, but also enhances the absorption of the bioactives. Technically speaking, the Bio-Shield Technology™ process is a natural coating that is used to facilitate the absorption of the intact bioavailable anthocyanins and proanthocyanins. This all-natural matrix protects these active ingredients of the fruit by delivering them past the stomach acids and prolonging their stability. Because the Bio-Shield Technology™ product is derived totally from a natural fruit base, it is able to limit the rate of acid degradation of the bioactives while simultaneously assisting with their absorption.

    • What is the source of your lutein?

      Lutein used in all of our products is derived from marigold flowers — they are a source naturally high in lutein

    • What is Lutein?

      Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the only two carotenoids concentrated in the macula of the human eye. The macula is a collection of cells in the back of the eye that convert light into signals the brain can understand. Clinical and animal data indicate that these carotenoids could protect the macula from oxidative or light damage. Epidemiological data has shown that high levels of dietary Lutein and Zeaxanthin intake have been associated with a reduced risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (the number one cause of blindness in North America).

    • What are carotenoids?

      Carotenoids are a family of phytochemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables and leafy green plants. They provide the bright yellow, orange and red pigments to the fruits and vegetables we eat. Of more than 600 known carotenoids in nature, only about 20 are found in human plasma and tissues. The principal carotenoids found in humans are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Researchers are currently studying the many health benefits of these compounds

    • What do lutein and zeaxanthin do?

      The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, concentrate in the macular area of the eye and can protect against oxidative stress.

       

    • If zeaxanthin makes up a large part of the macula, why is it not included in all of your products?

      Though zeaxanthin is a large part of the macula, it is not necessary to consume large amounts of it so long as you consume enough lutein. Our lutein product does contain a small amount of zeaxanthin, but since lutein can be processed into zeaxanthin after consumption, that ingredient has been omitted from the other two products. Most people do not suffer from a zeaxanthin deficiency, but sufficient lutein intake is crucial to maintaining proper levels.

    • How much spinach would I have to eat to get 6 mg of lutein?

      About 2 cups of raw spinach would supply 6 mg of lutein.

    • What is the source of lutein in Ocu Complete® with Lutein?

      The lutein in Ocu Complete® with Lutein comes from marigold flowers.

    • In Ocu Complete® with Lutein, how many milligrams of lutein does 10,000 mcg equal?

      There is 10 mg of lutein in 10,000 mcg.

    • Why is your Lutein softgel expensive?

      Lutein used in our products containing FloraGLO® and LuteMax™ 2020 are in the ester-free form. Ester-free may be better absorbed and utilized by the body compared with other brands’ ester form which requires an additional step by the body to break it down and deliver it to necessary tissue. In the human eye lutein is present in the free form. In marigold flowers it is present in the ester form. If you give the body lutein in free form, it gets deposited to the macula of the eye. If you consume lutein in the ester form the body hydrolyzes (or de-esterifies) it, removing the fatty acid attached to the lutein, and then delivers the free form to the eye. Thus, it is easier to give the body the form of lutein it uses. Lutein esters may offer benefit, but it requires the body do more work since it has to convert the ester form to the ester-free form.

    • How much caffeine is in a serving of Green Coffee Bean?

      Very little. There is less than 20 mg of caffeine per capsule. By comparison, a cup of coffee contains 95 mg.

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