Theobroma cacao was named by the 17th century naturalist
Linnaeus. Europeans first encountered cacao in the 16th century when
Spanish explorers first encountered the Aztec civilization in South
America. The Aztecs restricted use of the hot bitter beverage they
called chocolati, prepared from the dried cacao bean, to use by warriors,
nobility and priests, who revered it for its reputed ability to confer
wisdom and vitality.
Chocolate as we know it was developed in
Europe in the 19th century, by combining fatty cocoa butter with
cocoa powder, sugar, and sometimes milk— virtually all the calories come from the sugar, milk, and cocoa
butter. Chocolate production and consumption is now worldwide, with
the average American consuming nearly 12 pounds a year. It is highly
associated with romance, and many have considered it a mild aphrodisiac.
Chocolate is craved more than any food, and frequently eaten as a “comfort
food” during times of stress or depression. Women also frequently
crave chocolate during their premenstrual time in particular.
Scientists have identified over 300 compounds in the cocoa bean,
including all the major vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, as well
as saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It
is a particularly rich source of the mineral magnesium, and the amino
acid tryptophane, precursor to the brain substances serotonin, and
Other substances found in chocolate, such
as phenylethylamine, theobromine, and anandamide, have been associated
with supporting healthy moods. It also contains lots of polyphenols—the
heart healthy antioxidants of red wine and grape seeds.
Cocoa, coffee, tea, guarana, kola nuts, and
maté all contain
compounds known as methylxanthines, which all have energizing qualities
to varying degrees. The predominant methylxanthine in cocoa beans
is theobromine, which derives its name from the Latin nomenclature
of the cacao tree. Cocoa beans also contain a very small amount of
Theobromine is also found in smaller quantities
in tea, and the South American stimulating herb known as maté,
but it is found in greatest amounts in cocoa and chocolate. Theobromine
has only onetenth the stimulant activity of caffeine, but has subtle
and sustained effects in support of healthy moods, energy, and
appetite. Like the other methylxanthines, it is also thermogenic,
meaning that it supports burning of calories to produce heat.
Using modern science to unlock
the secrets of Nature's ancient magic, substances from two
tropical trees, the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao— meaning “food
of the gods”), and Cinnamomun zeylanicum, whose dried inner
bark supplies the spice cinnamon, along with the amazing extract
of Arctic Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea), Life Plus researchers
have created SlenderLean — a breakthrough product for the nutritional
support of healthy moods, energy, appetite, and weight management,
as part of a complete program of diet and exercise. This completely
unique and patent-pending product is the culmination of many
years of research, which have resulted in a proprietary botanical
blend that can never be duplicated.
Like its xanthine cousin's caffeine and theophylline
(the predominant methylxanthine in tea), theobromine inhibits
the enzyme that breaks down cyclic adenosine monophosphate
(CAMP), thus increasing availability of this high-energy compound
that acts on receptors in many cells of the body, including
fat and muscle cells. This is thought to be one of the primary
mechanisms by which theobromine supports an increase in metabolic
rate and the stimulation of fat breakdown (lipolysis). Each
tablet of SlenderLean supplies nearly as much theobromine as
a 2 oz serving of sweet dark chocolate.
Cinnamon is a widely used spice, also known to be rich
in antioxidant polyphenols, particularly procyanidin dimers and oligomers
(OPCs). One of the polyphenols in cinnamon, known as methylhydroxy
chalcone polymer, has been found to have particularly strong activity
in the support of healthy blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar that is too high or too low can cause fatigue, mood
swings, irritability, and hunger. Eating foods whose carbohydrates
are absorbed slowly, such as vegetables, whole grains, beans, meats,
and fish are also very helpful in healthy carbohydrate utilization,
which is important in reducing craving for sweets and other refined
carbohydrates, that can cripple your weight loss program.
The trace mineral chromium is important to the healthy regulation
of glucose utilization, and therefore also an important component
of SlenderLean. It is an essential mineral (i.e. it must be supplied
in the diet) found in concentration of 20 parts per billion in the
blood. Chromium supports the activity of certain enzymes, which help
in the utilization of glucose and the synthesis of essential lipids
in the body. It is necessary for the proper activity of insulin in
its function of moving glucose from the blood into cells.
This mineral may also be involved in the synthesis of protein through
its binding action with RNA molecules. Chromium is poorly absorbed
from the intestinal tract. Only 3% of dietary intake is retained.
The amount of chromium stored in the body decreases with age. Diets
high in sugars and other refined carbohydrates increase utilization
and excretion of chromium from the body.
Chromium supplements may - help maintain lean body mass when used
while exercising regularly, although research in this area has been
controversial, with some conflicting results between different clinical
Like Theobroma cacao, Rhodiola rosea was named
by the great Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, who first published its description
in 1725. Traditional systems for supporting health in Asia have used
the “golden root” since
the time of the Chinese emperors, who sent expeditions to Siberia
to obtain it. Siberians transported the herb down ancient trails to
Georgia (in the Caucasus mountains) where they traded it for Georgian
wines, honey, garlic, and fruit.
The Vikings were reported to have used the herb
to enhance their endurance, and physical and mental strength. Research
since World War II has revealed that the roots of this plant are a
treasure chest of powerful adaptogens—defined
as substances that nonspecifically support innate resilience to
physical, mental, emotional, and environmental stress, without disturbing
normal biological measurements or functions.
Only plants of the proper species (there are many species of Rhodiola),
grown in the proper cold, mountainous environment, harvested at the proper
time, and carefully extracted to exacting specifications contain the
precise ratios of six distinct groups of complex phytonutrient components
necessary for full activity.
Research in Russia and Bulgaria have suggested
that Arctic Golden Root extract has the ability to activate a fat breaking
down enzyme called hormone sensitive lipase. This enzyme is activated
by exercise, and normally requires at least an hour of moderate exercise,
such as brisk walking, to be activated—after which its activity persists
for about 12 hours. Soviet clinical studies have shown that the combination
of Rhodiola rosea extract together with physical exercise can be a
powerful tool in the activation of this lipase enzyme, resulting in
enhanced breakdown of stored fat.
A clinical trial done in Bulgaria randomized 121 subjects to either
Rhodiola rosea extract or a placebo, and tested serum free fatty acid
levels at rest, and after one hour of exercise. The Rhodiola group had
a 6% greater serum fatty acid level at rest, and a 44% greater level
after exercise, indicating increased activation of lipase (fatbusting
enzyme) by the combination of Rhodiola and exercise vs. exercise alone.
The extract also has shown synergy with calorie
placebo controlled clinical study done at the Georgian State Hospital
(in the former Soviet Union) with 130 overweight patients showed
that the intake of tablets of R. rosea extract led to a mean weight
loss of 19 pounds (11% reduction of body fat), compared to only an
8 pound loss by the placebo group on exactly the same diet.
Further research needs to be done to confirm
these exciting initial findings. Because theobromine also activates
lipolysis (fat breakdown) and thermogenesis (cellular heat production),
the precise combination of these phytonutrients in SlenderLean (along
with cinnamon and chromium) produces unprecedented synergy—so unique
that patent protection has been applied for prior to unveiling of this
Although many weight loss supplements claim that they work to cause
weight loss without diet or exercise, only potentially dangerous ones,
actually are capable of that. SlenderLean helps facilitate adherence
to your weight loss program by helping you feel like exercising, by
enhancing the effects of moderate exercise on hormone sensitive lipase
and by supporting healthy levels of energy, and appetite. Its also
very important to drink lots of water (at least a pint before meals,
and 2 pints before, during, and after exercising), map out an exercise
program you can stick to, and find out what is the best mixture of
carbohydrate, fat, and protein for YOUR particular type of metabolism.
Exercise also builds muscle, which burns more
energy than fat, even at rest—which is why exercise, which maintains
muscle mass, is so crucial to maintaining weight loss, once
it has been achieved. Now, with the power of diet, exercise,
water, and the help of natural compounds in the unique patent pending
phytonutrient blend of SlenderLean—that
can help you stick to your program—vitality, energy, and a “new you” are
easily within your grasp. Give yourself and your loved ones the
gift of healthy weight, energy, and well-being - with SlenderLean! †
DIRECTIONS: Start at 1 tablet 3 times a day with 8-16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals or exercise session during the first week. Some may wish to gradually increase to 6 tablets per day after the first week. For best results, use as part of a sensible diet and exercise program to support healthy weight management.
CAUTION: As with all dietary supplements
consult your doctor prior to taking if you are on any prescription
medication, under a doctor's care or have any
disease or medical condition. Do not use if you are pregnant or
nursing, taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), if you are
allergic to or have known
or suspected hypersensitivity to chocolate. This product contains
chocolate and theobromine which are harmful to pets.
Children should only take this product under adult supervision,
maximum 3 tablets per day. In Florida, this product is not for
sale to be used by anyone under 18.
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Contains no crustaceans, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, nut
products, sesame seeds, sulfites, wheat, gluten, yeast, corn, milk,
egg, shellfish, soya derivatives,
artificial sweetening, artificial flavoring, or artificial
coloring. Does not contain any ingredients from animal sources.
This product was not tested on animals.
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