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SensaSlim Success as Yale University Study Links Obesity to Lack of Brain Control

New York (PRWEB) September 29, 2011

The Swiss pharmaceutical company that develops the slimming spray SENSASLIM is excited by a Yale University study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation describing it as a major breakthrough in supporting their products science that obesity is affected by how well a control system in your brain is working.

US researchers have found the brains of normal-weight and obese people react differently to pictures of energy-rich foods, with obese people having less activation in a brain area that can inhibit cravings.

SENSASLIM Research Director Dr Sommerville said this may prove to be an important clue to understanding obesity and supports their research that the more effective ways to curb weight gain is by beginning not on the plate but in the brain.

The study – carried out by Dr Kathleen Page and Dr Dongju Seo from Yale University along with researchers from the University of Southern California – investigates which areas of people’s brains are most active when blood glucose levels are either normal or slightly low.

As party of the study, 14 people (nine non-obese and five obese) ate a meal. Two hours later, they lay in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine that scanned their brains as they looked at pictures of either food- or non-food-related objects.

While they were undergoing the experiment their blood sugar levels were altered from normal to slightly low levels. Although the participants knew their blood sugar might be altered, they did not know when or in what direction.

A further seven volunteers underwent the same experiment, but with constant normal glucose levels to act as a control. When the blood glucose was lowered, and the participants looked at pictures of foods, they showed more activity in the limbic and striatal regions deep in the primitive part of the brain – regions important in reward and motivation.

When the volunteers’ glucose levels were normal, though, two regions of brain cortex became active – but only in the non-obese subjects. These two areas – the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex – act as the executive control centre of the brain, and they have a role in inhibiting desires.

“What happens in lean people, when their blood sugar is not dropping, is that their executive function lights up the area involved in making decisions,” explains Robert Sherwin, professor medicine at Yale and senior author of the paper, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

“This executive function controls the reward system, which is much less activated. But in obese people, that executive control is not activated when their blood sugar isn’t falling. So they have continued activation of their reward system and that system dominates even if they’re not hungry.”

The implication, he says is that there is a biological driver that pushes obese people to continue to eat, even when they’re full. They may not “see” food the same way as lean people do, because their reward and desire signals are consistently signaling that they want to eat, and that they want to eat high-calorie foods in particular.

“We don’t know why, and we don’t know if it’s reversible, but these results imply that there may be a biological difference that when people become obese, their motivation for eating when they see an ad or picture may not be under the same control systems as those of lean people,” says Sherwin.

Dr Sommerville says it is as if normal weight people are saying to themselves “Hmmm, I’ve had enough I think” – but obese people do not have that inhibition.

The discovery that obese people are not getting the inhibition from their executive control centres is exciting, he said.

The SensaSlim slimming spray is administered three times a day, by two sprays onto the tongue, ten minutes before meals. The effect of the formulation is felt immediately and suppression of appetite is swift.

SensaSlim removes the call of action to eat, by fooling the brain into believing that you are full. In simple terms, if you dont think of food, you dont crave food, you dont eat food. The weight just drops off, Dr Sommerville said.

The potent active ingredients enter the blood stream and naturally suppress the appetite. Simultaneously, the taste buds are pleasantly desensitised by a natural herb. This sends a message to the brain that suppresses the appetite, without affecting the central nervous system, he said.

At the surface of the tongue, each taste receptor cell has a chemically sensitive tip that responds to taste stimuli in the mouth. These cells may “talk” back and forth, before passing their environmentally derived message on to cells at the bottom of the taste bud, which may also talk back and forth with the receptor cells. Once the final message has been ironed out, cells convey it to sensory nerve endings that carry the signal, which eventually is interpreted by the brain.


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Obesity and Herbs

Obesity and Herbs

There are plants that can provide useful polysaccharides not equivalent to moderate appetite: the Konjac (Amorphophallus konjac), guar (Cyamopsis tetragonolobus), plantains (psyllium, Ispaghula). All these non-assimilated carbohydrates may accelerate intestinal transit and may cause cramping or diarrhea in people with very reactive intestinal. The acceleration of intestinal transit or standardization among overweight ,usually constipated, people facilitates weight loss: food just spend less time in the digestive tract, bacteria in the colon have less time to degrade into assimilable molecules, food normally indigestible and non assimilable.

Medicinal Plants to Increase Thermogenesis (Fat-Burning)

It is easy to increase the consumption of energy by exercise, but much more difficult to induce this effect with miracle chemical drugs. How to increase thermogenesis? It is known as hyperthyroidism (increased activity of the thyroid gland), weight loss is accompanied by increase in the basic metabolism, it is possible to lose weight by increasing artificially the thyroid. Many women have thyroid extracts used as an adjunct to a diet (especially in USA), sometimes with catastrophic results often due to exaggerated titrations in thyroid hormones, this trail is now more or less abandoned, but we can try to stimulate “natural” thyroid.

Caffeine is a tonic for central nervous system and heart, it is a stimulant which causes an increase in physical activity and which, it seems, increases lipolysis. Ephedrine which is an extract of several ephedra (ma huang) is very similar to amphetamine and is a “sympathomimetic” stimulant, which, inter alia, facilitates weight loss, but it is discouraged to consume it because its side effects are not negligible.


Fucus (vesiculosus, serratus) are mainly used as additives in the diets (effect of fucans + iodine), especially when obesity is accompanied by hypothyroidism (soft, pale and chilly obese). There are herbal drugs that are made of thallus of Fucus powder (containing 20 to 120 micrograms of iodine per gram), alcoholic extract of fucus (110 micrograms of iodine per 10 ml) and a homeopathic mother tincture. An average dose is 0.5 to 1 g of powdered thallus per day or 100 to 150 drops of mother tincture. Be careful not to exceed 120 micrograms of iodine per day.

Caffeine Plants

Coffee is paradoxically not “slimming”, on the contrary, green tea and mate seem to be interesting adjuvant to dieting. The infusion of these leaves contain caffeine and flavonoids. Green tea is quite bland whereas mate, Ilex paraguariensis, is quite bitter.

Green tea is not very exciting, it is a pleasant and beneficial drink for several reasons (vascular protection, may be protective against cancerous degeneration). Mate is “very” stimulating, pay

attention to insomnia when you drink mate at the end of the day. Don’t forget that caffeine is also an exciting and slightly cardiac diuretic.


Extracts from the bark of fruit of Garcinia cambogia and Garcinia indica, in vitro, prevent the accumulation of fat, seem to decrease appetite and increase at the same time the consumption of glucose (thermogenesis) in animals. In humans, it is less obvious.

It is estimated that extracts of Garcinia cambogia hydroxycitric concentrated in acid or salt calcium can help to lose weight:
• When food is too rich in carbohydrates (sugars, sweets, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc.) Garcinia extract does not act when food is too rich in fats.

• When absorbing Garcinia extracts rich in acid hydroxycitric just before eating (1 / 2 hour to an hour before meals)

• When the daily dose is quite high: at least the equivalent of 1500 mg hydroxycitric acid per day in divided doses depending on the meal, in some studies the daily dose is approaching 3 g per day, and even 4.5 g / day.

• Avoiding a diet rich in insoluble fiber (like malt) that prevents, it seems, the intestinal absorption of hydroxycitric acid or its salts.

On the market, pure extracts of Garcinia, or dietary supplements are often in combination with other substances or plant extracts referred to slimming. One should favor pure Garcinia extracts as slimming supplements do not usually contain enough Garcinia extracts to be effective. In addition, some substances associated with extracts of Garcinia may have harmful side effects (chromium, caffeine, ephedrine).

There are so many plants that can help to fight over-weight but they must be used wisely, that is why it is highly advised to use herbal products conceived by herbal experts.

Ines Khalsi is a fitness professor, she has acquired a significant experience in weight loss therapies, having weight problems herself; she went across different medicines and discovered that herbal medicine is the safer way to lose superfluous kilos. She also discovered that herbal medicine can be used to fix many physical deficiencies. She has gained a significant knowledge in the field and now she wants to share it with other people. If you are interested in herbal products please visit:


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