It has been a long time since I have done a product specific post, but I am so excited about the release of this product next week, that I just had to tell you about it…
TruElevate – The latest creation from TruVision Health, TruElevate is a synergistic blend of ingredients known to promote healthy weight loss. In fact, TruElevate was designed to help individuals with resistant fat break through their weight loss plateaus. Furthermore, it comes in two unique versions – a delicious chocolate smoothie, or as easy-to-swallow capsules. So how does it work? In a nutshell, TruElevate acts to decrease appetite, balance glucose and insulin levels, burn fat (with an emphasis on stubborn abdominal fat), and provide you with gentle, sustained energy so that you can get out and enjoy life more! While it aids in fat loss, it doesn’t do so at the cost of losing muscle. It helps you to maintain your muscle mass and feel good while doing it. It contains several ingredients that have balancing or reparative properties to ensure you have ‘healthy’ weight loss. If you’ve been stuck in a rut – then give TruElevate a try!
Here is how each ingredient works:
Ribose – Is a pentose monosaccharide (simple sugar) which forms the backbone of RNA and plays roles in metabolism and energy (ATP) production. Early research indicates that taking ribose supplements orally may improve energy, sleep, the sense of well-being. Studies also show that it supports healthy heart function, a reduction in fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and may lessen symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . Ribose may lower blood sugar levels, so people taking insulin or other diabetic medications should monitor their blood sugar and consult with their physician.1
Inulin – A polysaccharide and functional fiber which acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics are substances which support the growth of healthy intestinal flora and probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut. In dietary supplements, inulin is most commonly derived from the chicory plant. Studies have demonstrated that inulin is beneficial in supporting healthy blood lipid levels, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It promotes bowel regularity, weight loss, and can also be used as a food additive to improve taste.2
Caffeine – is a natural CNS stimulant which is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, colas, and many other products. It is commonly used to reduce fatigue and increase mental alertness. Used in moderation, caffeine can enhance the action of other medications and supplements, and is widely recognized as being safe when used as directed.3
Yerba Mate – a tea derived from the evergreen bush ilex paraguariensis, and has been used for centuries to provide energy and improve concentration. It has been demonstrated to promote normal blood levels of glucose and cholesterol. Studies also indicate it may be beneficial for urinary tract health, colon health, bone density, healthy mood, and weight loss. Consumers of Yerba mate report that it provides them with the energy and alertness of caffeine without any ‘jitters’ or sleep disturbances.4,5
N-Acetyl Tyrosine – An amino acid that may be difficult for the body to make in optimal concentrations. It is used as a building block to make new proteins and cells, and to aid the recovery and repair of muscles and other systems. One of its key roles is that it aids in the synthesis of dopamine – one of our main neurotransmitters. Dopamine is directly correlated to your emotional responses, behavioral responses, and addictions. Dopamine levels are also associated with norepinephrine – a neurotransmitte related to adrenalin. Maintaining healthy dopamine levels results in stress alleviation, enhanced mood, and improved energy and concentration.6
Taurine – A sulphur-bearing amino acid that is a required building block for proteins. Certain tissues of the body have higher concentrations and requirements including the heart, brain, muscles, and blood cells. It has been used to support healthy cardiovascular function, blood pressure, blood lipid profiles, and as an agent of repair for those with oxidative damage from diabetes and alcoholism.7,8 It also helps the body respond to mental and physical forms of stress.
Phenylethylamine – is a natural chemical found in the body which boosts mood, mental drive, concentration, productivity, and aids in fat burning. It is also one of the components in chocolate that makes it so appealing.9
Green Tea – Used for centuries a daily tonic and all-purpose beverage, green tea is an extract form the Camellia sinensis plant. Studies have demonstrated that green tea extracts have thermogenic properties, and can reduce body mass index (BMI) and obesity levels (particularly abdominal fat).10,11
Evodiamine – An Asian plant extract that has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce both fat uptake, act as a thermogenic, and stimulate metabolism.12,13
Trimethylglycine – An organic compound found in many plants, but commonly isolated from beets. Trimethylglycine is required for methylation, and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters. It also plays a key role in energy production, and is beneficial for optimal digestion, liver health, and certain detoxification pathways.14,15
Theacrine – is a natural plant extract which structurally resembles caffeine but appears to have fewer side effects, making it known as an acceptable alternative to caffeine. It is noted to increase energy levels, and has stimulatory effects. It may boost physical activity, motivation, concentration, and levels of alertness. Anecdotal reports suggest it may be useful in reducing fatigue, and have anti-aging and immune boosting properties.16,17
Glucomannan – Often found in the cell walls of certain plants, Glucomannan is a polysaccharide/dietary fiber. It has been used as a food additive to emulsify fats and act as a thickening agent. As a dietary supplement, it can decrease appetite and it slows the absorption of sugars and fats in the gut; which can help to balance glucose levels, and result in weight loss. As the fiber passes through the intestinal tract, it absorbs water, which also helps glucomannan improve bowel health and regularity. 18,19
Huperzine – purified extract from Chinese Club Moss. It is associates with improved memory, mental focus and clarity, muscle function, energy use, and sleep.20
DHEA – Is a hormone (dehydroepiandrosterone) naturally produced in the body, however both stress and age decrease its production and many people turn to dietary supplementation to maintain optimal levels. DHEA has been associated with enhancing immune function, energy production, normalizing hormones, building and maintaining muscle, bone health, and balanced mood. It is believed to have anti-aging benefits and plays a role in weight loss; particularly in the reduction of abdominal fat and insulin sensitivity. Lower levels of DHEA are found in people with chronic health conditions, including diabetics, and those with cardiovascular dysfunction, inflammatory disorders, immune disorders, and with those taking certain medications – including corticosteroids and hormonal birth control.21,22,23
Xylitol – a natural sugar alcohol commonly extracted from birch trees for the dietary supplement market. It is used in lieu of sugar in “sugar-free” products, and is believed to prevent dental cavities and ear infections when taken orally. It is considered a ‘diabetic friendly’ sweetener.24
**A note on resources – while I had the option to use any of a variety of available sources for the information contained above, I chose to stick to popular and widely accepted sites such as WebMD and the MayoClinic. Whenever possible, I did not use sites associated with the manufacture or sale of dietary supplements so there would be no accusations of ulterior motivation. These resources are not all encompassing, but are user friendly, and I encourage you to be your own informed consumer and do your own fact checking.
©2015, Miranda Jorgenson. May not be used in whole or in part without the expressed written permission of the author.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.