Weight management IRL – digital magazine

Consumers are looking for weight management supplements that are scientifically backed, safe and effective — when they’re not turning to TikTok and other social media platforms for quick-fix weight loss advice and guidance from a burgeoning and fact-challenged influencer culture, that is. Obesity and metabolic syndromes are not easy problems to solve, and dietary supplements are hardly a cure-all. There are, however, a host of herbs and nutrients that work on the same or similar pathways as trendy GLP (glucagon-like peptide)-1 drugs, (such as Ozempic) with dosages and effects in humans demonstrated on a substantial level.

June 6, 2024

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Weight management IRL

The weight loss struggle is real, but as the culture increasingly turns to injections of GLP-1 agonist drugs like semaglutide, side effects like muscle loss and a lack of long-term information about them are opening the door to natural solutions.

Berberine is one with emerging clinical backing. Others like curcumin, gardenia, and even foods like soy and wheat have proven mechanisms of action on those same GLP pathways. Still others like cinnamon, probiotics, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), lemon balm, astralagus and Panax ginseng are similarly in play for GLP-1 activity.

That’s just the tip of the ingredient iceberg, with a slew of branded ingredients aimed at the weight loss space. Get the skinny on dozens of them by downloading this digital magazine. The articles include:

Viewpoint: Supplements have a weighty problem

#Fail. Cheating brands, a lack of quality control, and MIA regulators have the supplements industry fighting a trust battle, warns Content Director Todd Runestad. Specifically, many dietary supplements don’t contain what their labels claim, something confirmed in a recent study where 25 out of 30 weight loss supplements tested had an inaccurate label.

What are they weighting for?

Weight loss made easy, and natural. New ingredients target cravings, burn fat and even regulate blood sugar, Lisa Schofield details. Ingredient solutions from Micropyhyt, PLT Health Solutions, Sabinsa, Mibelle Biochemistry, HP Ingredients, Kemin, Sonomaceuticals, AIDP and Kaneka are in the weight management spotlight.

Between oatmeal and Ozempic

The wild west is real in the post-modern weight loss paradigm, writes ace sci-guy Blake Ebersole. While new weight loss drugs like GLP-1 agonists show promise, he posits, they are still under development and may have unforeseen side effects, so established supplements with a longer track record might be a safer and more reliable option.

Unraveling weight management: Body composition

David Foreman, the #HerbalPharmiacist, reveals the downsides of losing muscle, and hot ingredients to help slim down in a healthy way. With a new awareness of the potential harm from weight management programs, he argues, this is the perfect time for the dietary supplement and functional food and beverage industries to step up and offer safer solutions for the battle of the bulge.

Plant one right here

Forget fad diets and monthly injections. Phytochemicals can help a desperate public lose weight safely, advises Corey Dungan. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring small molecular bioactive compounds found in plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, fungi and marine sources. When humans consume plants rich in vital phytonutrients such as flavonoids, anthocyanins and stilbenes, they may also benefit from the extensive cellular and immune protection these compounds provide.

Examples of weight management takeaways for your business include:

  • A recent Nutrition Business Journal survey (powered by the Suzy online platform) of 1,029 consumers ages 20 to 73 found that nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents were using supplements to help them manage their weight, slim down and reduce fat.

  • Major ingredient players include: PhaeOptim, Slendacor, CurCousin, SantEnergy Nu, CitruSlim, Slendesta, WellVine, PreticX, Lactoplantibacillus plantarum SKO-001, Garcinol, LipiGO, Pomanox, ABAlife, Chromax chromium picolinate, baobab fiber and essential amino acids.

  • Research indicates that polyphenols — phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — can significantly counteract sarcopenia and muscle atrophy.

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