Are you someone looking for a healthy and tasty way to lose weight? Well, you surely have spinach extracts to your rescue.
What is it?
Spinach extract is a weight loss supplement that is exclusively made from spinach leaves. It is a green colored powdered extract that can be added to smoothies or mixed with water. Spinach extracts contain a compound called thylakoids, which consists of proteins, antioxidants and chlorophyll.
How does it work as a “weight loss supplement”?
Thylakoids from spinach extract suppress the activity of lipase (an enzyme that digests fat) which causes a delay in digestion of fats. This increases the levels of appetite-reducing hormones like glucagon and also reduces levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone. This entire mechanism helps in controlling appetite and cravings which in turn, controls weight gain.
Yes, it is a natural extract but can it have side effects?
One common side effect of consumption of spinach extract can be diarrhea. This is potentially due to the excess of fiber and water contained in spinach extract. If it continues, stop taking immediately and consult your doctor or pharmacist. (1)
If you have kidney disease or have an upcoming surgery, you should not use spinach extract. Since it lowers blood sugar, it is not recommended to take before, during or after surgery, since it may interfere with specific blood sugar levels needed to perform surgery. (1)
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