Tocotrienols, which are members of the Vitamin E family, are effective in lowering the levels of triglyceride, a form of fat in the blood. High levels of triglyceride are closely linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Gamma and delta tocotrienols, derived naturally from palm oil, are potent in lowering triglyceride levels in the blood by 28 percent after two months of supplementation, according to a new Singapore study.
Tocotrienol-treated individuals also show decreasing trends in average weight, body fat mass, body fat percentage, and waist measurement. This form of Vitamin E has potential as a natural remedy in combating obesity. Tocotrienols in Vitamin E do not have any observable side effects.
An elevated triglyceride level is one of the risk factors for the identification of metabolic syndrome, which is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. Tocotrienols in Vitamin E may also inhibit the development of atherosclerosis, a medical condition in which fatty plaque builds up inside the arteries, by enhancing the removal of LDL-cholesterol from the blood.
In addition to Vitamin E supplementation, acupuncture can assist dieters with their weight loss plan when combined with a reduced calorie diet and exercise. Acupuncture normalizes both the digestive and hormonal systems, regulates metabolic rate and reduces food cravings, which can aid in curbing binge eating.
Tips for weight loss:
• Make gradual changes in diet and exercise.
• Reduce overeating with smaller and more frequent meals.
• Balance food intake according to the season.
• Avoid over-the-counter weight loss products which can cause weight to cycle.
An acupuncture therapy plan for weight loss can be tailored to your individual condition and constitution.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for weight loss and maintenance. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.