Derived from the simple lichen, usnic acid is advertised as an “uncoupling agent.” Basically, what this means is that usnic acid ramps up and enables the “energy creation” processes in the cell, which manifests itself as heat and consequentially, an increase in the metabolic rate. While there is a small amount of preliminary animal-based data to support this, to date no human evidence exists. Worse, anecdotal...
7-Keto, 7-Keto DHEA
A metabolite of DHEA, is a steroid hormone that is produced naturally by the bodies of both men and women. A small amount of clinical data confirms 7-Keto’s positive effect on thyroid hormone levels in obese people, indicating it may offer weight loss benefits.
Ilex paraguariensis – see Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate / Mate / Ilex paraguariensis:
Yerba mate (sometime labeled as mate, or Ilex paraguariensis) is a South American shrub of the holly family. It is commonly used to create a “tea like” infusion called “maté.” A potent antioxidant, it is also a rich source of xanthines (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline) and chlorogenic acid-the most likely reason for its inclusion in many popular weight loss products. See the full review for complete...