In her excellent book about the connection between stress and Belly Fat, Mastering Cortisol: Stop Your Body’s Stress Hormone from Making You Fat Around the Middle, Marilyn Glenville PhD, a leading nutritional expert in Britain, suggests a number of supplements — vitamins, minerals and herbs — that can help women lose “that bulge,” as she puts it. Two of the three listed below offer the added benefit of promoting calmness, which can help us sleep better too. Here, taken from her book, are her recommendations. (But, please, consider this good information to review with your own physician to make sure they’re beneficial for you):
Chromium - This mineral is at the top of her list of “mighty minerals.” ”It’s vital to keep blood sugar in balance, but it is not present in refined foods,” she writes. “It plays a major role in weight control because it helps to control cravings and reduces hunger. It has also been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”
Magnesium - Known as “nature’s tranquilizer,” it calms the adrenal glands and helps to balance blood sugar by contributing to the production and action of insulin. “It’s also important for its involvement in energy production, bone health, blood clotting, muscle relaxation and regulating heart rhythm,” she explains. Dr. Glenville suggests taking magnesium citrate rather than the cheaper magnesium oxide because it’s easier to absorb.
Green Tea Extract - Green tea contains many compounds including catechins, which Dr. Glenville writes has been shown to help burn off fat and also inhibit growth of cancer cells. Green tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine that has a relaxing effect on the brain and body.
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