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Natural Weight Management with Essential Oils and Fructalyn Prebiotics

Overview

Managing Weight Naturally with Essential Oils and Prebiotics
Author: Elena Yorgason, RD; Tiffany Boutwell, NC, HHP; Tayyiba Bilal, M.phil, Pharm-d.


 
Migraine headaches are increasingly common, affecting as many as 36 million Americans, including children. Across the United States, someone visits the Emergency Department every ten seconds due to a migraine or headache according to the Migraine Research Foundation. This debilitating neurological condition can occur frequently and unpredictably. Because migraines are difficult to treat, and often cause chronic illness, and because patients are often unsatisfied with standard medical treatment, there is a strong need for complementary and alternative medicine approaches for this condition.

 

Overview:
In this protocol, lemon oil and Protective Essential Oil Blend* are used internally and peppermint oil is inhaled to help stimulate detoxification, promote healthy blood sugar levels, and encourage satiety. Additionally, the protocol recommends topical application of Digestive Essential** Oil Blend for improved digestion and to help eliminate associated symptoms of overeating including gas and bloating. Diffusion of lavender in the morning and at night is used to help reduce stress and anxiety. People who struggle with weight management may want to take additional steps, using a Monthly Weight Management Focus to help maintain a healthy weight. This includes adding Metabolic Essential Oil Blend*** to water and drinking between meals to stimulate metabolism, adding Prebiotic Fiber Supplement MIX**** to water and taking Longevity Supplements**** in the morning and in the evening with meals.

 

*On Guard Protective Essential Oil Blend (contains Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark,Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, and RosemaryLeaf/Flower essential oils)
**DigestZen Digestive Essential Oil Blend (contains Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant,Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed,Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)
***Slim & Sassy Metabolic Essential Oil Blend (contains Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant,Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils)
****Fructalyn Prebiotic Fiber Supplement
*****Lifelong Vitality Longevity Supplement Pack (contains Alpha CRS+, xEO Mega, and Microplex MVp

Author’s Experience

We know that for an under-eater it takes about 11 minutes to feel full, and in an over-eater it takes about 14 minutes.  If you take a break from eating after 15 minutes, and you inhale the essential oils, it should help calm any anxiety and give your body a chance to respond better to satiety cues.  Taking multivitamins and nutrient supplements together with essential oils can help decrease cravings, which are less when you are better nourished.  Fructalyn Prebiotic Products both help improve gut flora and nutrient absorption, as well as give low calorie lasting energy that can be very satisfying. Patients have said that using a diet with Polyphenols which are found in many of the essential oils in this protocol, can help naturally reduce unhealthy appetite, including reducing stress or anxiety eating.  Natural weight management can help improve a sense of wellness and secondarily help decrease the risks of many health related conditions associated with being overweight and metabolic syndrome.

Read Read article About Obesity and Weight Management by Elena Yorgason

Research Summary

To test the efficacy and safety of Lemongrass Essential Oil for obesity in Swiss mice, two separate studies were conducted, one 24h test and one 21d test. There were two control groups and three groups given Lemongrass EO, divided by the amount of oil used (1, 10 or 100mg/kg). Blood cholesterol was reduced after Lemongrass EO treatment at the highest dose (100mg/kg) tested with no genotoxic effects.1

In a study on broiler chickens over a period of 42 days, all were fed wheat-soybean diets. The control group was given nothing in addition to the diet, but there were other groups given different essential oils. After 42 days, with eight treatments being given to the essential oils groups, the group given Thyme essential oil had reduced weight gain, indicating the Thyme EO may play a part in weight control.2

In a study, the lipolytic effect of a citrus based Polyphenolic dietary supplement was investigated for human adipose, body fat and at biochemical level. The product stimulated significantly the lipolytic activity in a range of 6 fold greater than the control. It has 2.1 greater efficacy than guarana 12% caffeine while its content in caffeine is 3 times lower. During this study, two groups of 10 volunteers with BMI relevant to being overweight were compared during 4 and 12 weeks with 1.4 g/day of the product and placebo supplementation. In the supplemented group the body fat percentage decreased with a significant difference of 5.53% and 15.6% after 4 and 12 weeks, respectively, while the body weight decreased with a significant difference of 2.2 and 5.2 kg after 4 and 12 weeks.  The researchers indicated that these observed effects are linked to the Polyphenolic composition of the supplement. Polyphenols are compounds commonly found in sources of many essential oils, including clove, peppermint, thyme, cinnamon and citrus plants.3,11

This study performed on mice over a four week period to assess the influence of ITF (fructan) supplementation on adipose tissue metabolism by focusing on a G protein-coupled receptor (GPR), GPR4 determined that mice fed a high fat diet in addition to .2/g ITF per day each were able to block the accumulation of subcutaneous adipose tissue. The group fed a high fat diet that was not given ITF had an accumulation of large adipocytes.4

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 30 obese women, half of the group was given 16/g of fructan prebiotics daily. After a period of three months, the women given the ITF prebiotics had a change in gut microbiota composition which in turn had an effect on their metabolism.5

There have been suggestions that Grapefruit can be used to control weight. In order to investigate this, a randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the role of Grapefruit in reducing body weight and blood pressure. For this purpose following a 3-week washout diet low in bioactive-rich fruits and vegetables, participants were randomized to either the control diet (n = 32) or daily grapefruit (n = 42) in the amount of one half of a fresh Rio-Red grapefruit with each meal (3× daily) for 6 weeks. The result of trial shows that Grapefruit consumption was associated with modest weight loss, a significant reduction in waist circumference, and a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure as compare to baseline.6

In a study on mice, those fed a high fat diet alone over a period of eight weeks compared to the group fed a high fat diet in addition to being given a 3% aqueous solution of ginger oil had higher body weights as well as final parametrial adipose tissue weights. Another group given a high fat diet and only 1% ginger oil still had lower body and parametrial adipose tissue weights, showing ginger oil may have a significant effect on weight loss.7

Over a four week period, a study of 123 participants split into two groups determined that the group given a dietary supplement containing fructan along with other lipotropic nutrients had an accelerated rate of body fat loss and were able to maintain their lean tissue without fat accumulation. Both groups in this study had a controlled diet that was restricted to 1,500 calories and also exercised for walked for 45 minutes per day, five days per week.8

In a study of obese mice which were induced by a high fat diet, weight gains, insulin resistance index, plasma triglyceride (TG), nonesterified fatty acid (NEFA), and cholesterol levels in the group given 40 mg/kg of cinnamaldehyde were significantly decreased by 67.3, 55, 39, 31, and 23%, respectively, when compared to the high-fat diet control group. Cinnamaldehyde, or CA is an active compound found in cinnamon and Cinnamon essential oil and has been shown to exhibit antidiabetic and antiobesity effects. In this study, CA significantly reduced lipid accumulation and down-regulated the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-? (PPAR-?), CCAAT/enhancer-binding proteins a(C/EBPa), and sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP1) in concentration-dependent manners.9

One study developed to evaluate the dose-dependent effects of prebiotics (inulin and oligofructose) on gut satiety hormones, energy expenditure, gastric emptying and gut microbiota determined that the three groups of mice given varying amounts of prebiotic fiber, either 0%, 10%, or 20%, caecal proglucagon and peptide YY mRNA levels were up-regulated 2-fold in the OF (10% fiber) and OHF (20% fiber) groups. Ghrelin O-acyltransferase mRNA levels were higher in the obese groups and decreased within the OHF group. Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus increased in the OHF v. OC group.10

This abstract presented at a conference(not yet published in a Journal) presented data that when inhaling peppermint for 5 days, compared to controls, subjects reported less hunger, and took in less total calories, as well as less fat and sugar calories compared to controls. 12

Prebiotics developed so far are the non-digestible oligosaccharides and especially the non-digestible fructans among which chicory fructans play a major role. They are bifidogenic(promote healthy gut bacteria) at a dose of Cvb2.75 g/d and the effect lasts for at least 7 weeks. Potential health benefits may include reduced risk of intestinal infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and cancer.13

References

  1.  Costa, C.A., et al., Cholesterol reduction and lack of genotoxic or toxic effects in mice after repeated 21-day oral intake of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil. Food Chem Toxicol, 2011. 49(9): p. 2268-72. ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23135760) (PDF http://gut.bmj.com/content/62/8/1112.full.pdf+html
  2.  Cross, D.E., R.M. McDevitt, and T. Acamovic, Herbs, thyme essential oil and condensed tannin extracts as dietary supplements for broilers, and their effects on performance, digestibility, volatile fatty acids and organoleptic properties. Br Poult Sci, 2011. 52(2): p. 227-37. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21115338)
  3. Dallas, C., et al., Lipolytic effect of a polyphenolic citrus dry extract of red orange, grapefruit, orange (SINETROL) in human body fat aipocytes. Mechanism of action by inhibition of cAMP-phosphodiesterase (PDE). Phytomedicine, 2008. 15(10): p. 783-92.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10345151)
  4. Dewulf, E.M., et al., Insight into the prebiotic concept: lessons from an exploratory, double blind intervention study with inulin-type fructans in obese women. Gut, 2012.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18617377)
  5. Dewulf, E.M., et al., Inulin-type fructans with prebiotic properties couneract GPR43 overexpression and PPAR?-related adipogenesis in the white adipose tissue of high-fat diet-fed mice. J Nutr Biochem, 2011. 22(8): p. 712-22. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22304836)
  6. 6.   Dow, C.A., et al., The effects of daily consumption of grapefruit on body weight, lipids, and blood pressure in healthy, overweight adults.Metabolism, 2012. 61(7): p. 1026-35.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9924284)
  7. Han, L.K., et al., [Antiobesity actions of Zingiber officinale Roscoe]. Yakugaku Zasshi, 2005. 125(2): p2213(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21693164)
  8. Hoeger, W.W., et al., Four-week supplementation with a natural dietary compound produces favorable changes in body composition. Adv Ther, 1998. 15(5): p. 305-14. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21767445)
  9. Huang, B., et al., Cinnamaldehyde prevents adipocyte differentiation and adipogenesis via regulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-? (PPAR?) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathways. J Agric Food Chem, 2011. 59(8): p. 3666-73. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21401097)
  10. Parnell, J.A. and R.A. Reimer, Prebiotic fibres dose-dependently increase satiety hormones and alter Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes in lean and obese JCR:LA-cp rats. Br J Nutr, 2012. 107(4): p. 601-13. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21767445 )
  11. Pérez-Jiménez, J., et al., Identification of the 100 richest dietary sources of polyphenols: an application of the Phenol-Explorer database. Eur J Clin Nutr, 2010. 64 Suppl 3: p. S112-20. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21045839
  12. Reed, A., et al., Effects of Peppermint Scent on Appetite Control and Caloric Intact. 2007. (http://www.wju.edu/academics/psy/recentresearchs2007.asp)
  13. Roberfroid, M.B., Prebiotics and synbiotics: concepts and nutritional properties. Br J Nutr, 1998. 80(4): p. S197-202. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9924284

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