Rhodiola Rosea Extract (3% Rosavins and 2% Salidrosides):
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogenic herb that is commonly used to help promote weight loss, burn abdominal (belly) fat, lower cortisol levels, decrease stress, support positive mood and improved sense of well-being, reduce brain fog and mental fatigue, and much more.
Adaptogenic herbs are herbs that can help increase the body’s ability to handle stress and resist the damaging effects of stress and to promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
So much could be written about Rhodiola to fully explain the incredible benefits of this ingredient that it would be a full length article or series of articles all unto itself.
Our Rhodiola Rosea Extract is extracted for 3% rosavins and 2% salidrosides. This is important because research shows it’s these two ingredients that are responsible for the adaptogenic effects of Rhodiola Rosea. Some companies use generic Rhodiola Rosea root powder, which is not standardized for any certain active ingredients. Extracts that are not extracted for a specific ingredient are unreliable (you don’t know what it is that this generic extract contains) but many companies use them because they are much cheaper than those extracted for effective ingredients.
Sensoril® is a clinically researched ashwagandha extract that has been studied in more than ten human clinical trials and has been shown to help manage and reduce stress, boost energy levels, reduce fatigue, support improved sense of well-being, enhance focus and reaction time, and improve cognitive mental health, mood, and vitality.
Numerous scientific studies have established a link between stress and cortisol induced overeating and weight gain. Sensoril® is clinically tested to lower cortisol levels which can help reduce stress induced cravings and over-eating and lead to fat loss and improved body composition.
GS4 Plus® Gymnema Sylvestre:
GS4 Plus® Gymnema Sylvestre is a licensed branded form of Gymnema Sylvestre that is included in Lean Edge for its glucose control properties and to help possibly reduce sugar cravings. Gymnema Sylvestre is a vine that grows in the tropical areas of Southeast Asia that is commonly used for blood sugar control, weight loss, and appetite control. It also has glucose disposal agent properties, meaning that it can help make carbohydrate metabolism more efficient.
L-Theanine is a calming, relaxing amino acid that is found naturally occurring in tea, especially in green tea. Due to its ability to affect brain function, it is considered to be a nootropic (cognitive enhancing) amino acid and is also considered to be an adaptogen. Adaptogens are ingredients that can help increase the body’s ability to handle stress and resist the damaging effects of stress and to promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
L-Theanine is commonly associated with reduced feelings of stress and anxiety, improved mental focus, clarity, & concentration (less brain fog), increased motivation and energy, improved sense of well-being, positive mood, & much more.
L-Theanine is included in Lean Edge for its nootropic (cognitive enhancing), adaptogenic (stress relieving), mood support, and appetite control benefits.
A note on L-Theanine and Appetite Control - Appetite control is important for weight loss for obvious reasons and many people find Theanine to be particularly effective for appetite control and for reducing cravings and binge eating. When stressed, many people find themselves far more likely to break from their diets and crave more sugary, high calorie foods. The practical reason for this is associating those types of foods with making you feel better or as a quick happiness fix but the scientific side supports this as well because sweet treats can release serotonin, changing your mood chemistry to make you feel better. The problem is that this can be disastrous for your diet and also start a cycle of guilt and binge eating.
Paradoxine® Grains of Paradise (Aframomum Melegueta):
Paradoxine® is a standardized extract of the Grains of Paradise seed, also known as Aframomum Melegueta, which is a spice native to West Africa that belongs to the same family as ginger. Paradoxine® is ideal for those looking for improved body-composition and enhanced fat loss.
To understand how Paradoxine® works, it requires an understanding of the different types of adipose tissue (fat) in the body:
- White Adipose Tissue (WAT)/White Fat Cells – are your body’s energy storage cells; basically, they are fat that your body stores as stored energy (leftover unburned calories from the food that you eat). Large amounts of white fat around the abdominal area is associated with a higher risk of metabolic disease.
- Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT)/Brown Fat Cells – are used for diet and cold induced thermogenesis (maintaining your body’s normal temperature when exposed to cold). Brown fat generates heat by burning calories.
Paradoxine has the unique ability to help convert White Fat to Brown Fat, thereby converting the energy storing fat tissue into the type of fat tissue than helps increase thermogenesis and total calorie expenditure.
Unlike many fat loss ingredients, Paradoxine is backed by human studies. One study on Paradoxine in humans showed that subjects who consumed Paradoxine® had a significantly greater increase in energy expenditure, seemingly due to the increase in brown fat activity versus the placebo group.
Another study showed that subjects (non-obese women) that consumed Paradoxine had greater decreases in body-fat around the lower abdominals as well as lower levels of visceral fat in the same area as compared to those who consumed a placebo; and very significantly this was with both groups NOT making any changes in diet or exercise.
Capsimax is a concentrated highly active natural capsaicin extract designed to deliver effective levels of capsaicinoids without the negative side effects (oral and gastric burning sensations) associated with regular capsaicin extracts.
Capsaicinoids have been shown to promote energy production and support fat loss and healthy metabolism through thermogenesis (production of heat in the body) and lipolysis (mobilizing fats for energy production).
Gamma-butyrobetaine HCI (GBB):
Gamma-butyrobetaine is a precursor to L-Carnitine that has the ability to increase the body’s production of L-Carnitine and help improve energy levels, fat loss, athletic performance, and more.
GBB is referred to by some as ‘Super Carnitine’ and functions similarly to other L-Carnitine supplements but at a dramatically lower dosage and takes things a step further due to its ability to raise plasma levels of L-Carnitine so incredibly high.
In addition to having a potent synergistic action with L-Carnitine, GBB can also lead to thermogenesis as evidenced by the increased sweating that some feel when using GBB which has lead some people to say that they ‘feel the fat melting off’. Of course that is an exaggeration but is a good indication of the great fat burning results that many feel from GBB.
AstraGin® is a natural patented ingredient complex comprised of highly fractionated Astragalus membranaceus and Panax notoginseng and created using pharmaceutical grade extraction and processing technology and designed to help enhance nutrient absorption.
In short, AstraGin® is designed to help make sure you properly absorb the other great nutrients in Lean Edge for maximum results.
Huperzine A is a potent and well-rounded nootropic ingredient for cognition and brain health and has an extensive list of potential physical and mental health benefits. Huperzine A is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor which means that it stops an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine which can result in increases in acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is known as the ‘learning neurotransmitter’ and plays a primary role in the communication between nerve cells.
Huperzine A supports brain function, memory, recall, improved memory retrieval, mental energy, and maximized learning potential. It may also support increased cognitive performance and decreased fatigue while training/working out.
Huperzine A is particularly important and included in Lean Edge because even though Lean Edge is a stimulant free fat burner and you may not want the stimulant type of energy, how many of us in today’s world don’t want or need extra mental energy?
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