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Do Hormones Make Us Gain Weight?

HormonesWeightJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

In the 1950’s, only 10% of American adults were obese. Conversely, more than two out of three in the U.S. are overweight or obese, today. While it’s true that weight gain results from an energy imbalance, is there more behind the obesity epidemic than the simple math of calories in, calories out? Logically, calorie restriction is a good strategy for weight reduction. However dedicated one might be, caloric restriction appears unsustainable due to increased hunger and metabolic rate reduction, which promotes energy conservation and slows weight loss. Many who have struggled to lose weight and maintain weight loss will agree that dieting is a frustratingly long, arduous task that often results in a vicious cycle of weight loss and weight regain.

While not all researchers agree, science points to the relationship between insulin and leptin as a major culprit behind fat storage and weight gain. Leptin, a powerful and influential appetite and energy regulating hormone, is produced in adipose tissue, or fat cells. Leptin suppresses appetite by signaling the brain when the body is satiated and ready to burn energy stores. When leptin is functioning properly, hunger is satisfied and the body feels energetic and ready to be physically active. The more adipose tissue we have, the more leptin we produce. It might seem that an overabundance of leptin would lead to less consumption. However, high levels of circulating leptin is a sign of leptin resistance, an indication that leptin is not working properly.

There’s good reason why leptin is sometimes referred to as the “starvation” hormone. A major physiologic role of leptin is to respond to and defend against reductions of body fat that might impair survival and reproductive fitness. While we may have more than enough stored energy, when the brain does not recognize leptin, we are encouraged to overeat. At the same time, the body reduces energy expenditure, as it works diligently to maintain energy homeostasis. Why would the brain not recognize leptin? In a word, insulin! In response to our industrial, highly refined, high sugar, American diet, our bodies must increase insulin secretion to normalize blood sugar levels. High levels of insulin block leptin’s primary target receptors at the brain, tricking the brain into thinking we are starving.

Insulin and leptin resistance appear to be front and center as core factors in our obesity crisis. The primary source of stored body fat is an excess refined carbohydrates, which are rapidly converted into glucose or blood sugar. With the aid of insulin, glucose enters the cells, where metabolic energy is produced. The industrial diet, high in refined sugars and carbohydrates, provides an abundance of glucose, resulting in chronically high insulin levels. With the aid of insulin, the “fat storage” hormone, the overabundance of glucose that is not burned for energy is stored in fat cells.

Blood levels of leptin are positively correlated with body fat mass, suggesting that leptin plays a very important role in body fat regulation and fat deposition. With insulin and leptin resistance, our bodies are working against weight loss and weight loss maintenance. When the ability to transfer information to brain receptors is impaired, it supports an underlying desire to overeat, promotes further weight gain, and sets the stage for obesity and chronic diseases. It stands to reason that focusing on diet quality, rather than calorie quantity, would be an appropriate strategy for weight loss. Eliminating highly processed foods in favor of healthy fats, high fiber and protein-rich foods can help to reset our hunger hormone and insulin levels, eliminating cravings and the desire to overeat. When we adhere to a diet of healthy, whole, high fiber foods, insulin and leptin work in tandem as appetite regulators.

The best way to re-establish normal leptin and insulin signaling is through proper diet. A healthy, whole food diet, devoid of sugar and highly refined carbohydrates, can enhance leptin and insulin sensitivity. Normalizing these hormone levels will support the brain’s response to hormone signaling. This allows the body to return to energy homeostasis and puts an end to unhealthy fat storage. Decreasing leptin and insulin levels naturally increases energy output, helps to stabilize weight maintenance and provides the incentive to be more physically active, which also plays an essential role in reducing insulin resistance.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products in support of healthy glucose metabolism and overall health:  

Fenugreek Plus®Fenugreek Plus® by Metagenics: This product supplies highly concentrated, clinically effective herbal support for healthy glucose metabolism. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Cinnamon WSCinnamon WS by Pure Encapsulations: This patented, concentrated, water soluble cinnamon extract is formulated to support healthy glucose metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Advanced Bio...Advanced Bio-Curcumin® with Ginger Turmerones by Life Extension: ON SALE Formulated with highly absorbable BCM-95® Bio-Curcumin®, along with turmeric essential oil and ginger extracts, this product supports a healthy inflammatory response and proper pancreatic and digestive functions. If you are taking medications, are pregnant or lactating, or have a medical condition, consult your healthcare provider before taking this product.


Pure Omega Ultra HPPure Omega Ultra HP by Integrative Therapeutics: This highly concentrated fish oil provides sustainably sourced omega-3 essential fatty acids, along with antioxidant mixed tocopherols in support of overall health. Preserved with green tea leaf extract. Natural peppermint flavor. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

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It’s Fenugreek to Me!

FenugreekJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



Although not a household name in the U.S., fenugreek is well known and widely used in India and China, as a food, a spice, and as a Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Actually, fenugreek has a long history of medicinal uses dating back to the times of Tutankhamun and the ancient Egyptians. Its uses are many and varied, ranging from a reduction in LDL cholesterol levels to digestive and blood sugar support. Known as “methi” in many parts of the world, all parts of the plant are useful and contain a wide variety of beneficial nutrients. These include natural soluble dietary fiber, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, copper and phosphorus, plus vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and folate.

Health benefits and uses of fenugreek in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine are as follows:

Cholesterol support – A major portion of the fiber content of fenugreek seeds is non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs), which help to positively influence triglyceride and serum cholesterol levels, lowering LDL and increasing HDL.

Improved digestion – Commonly eaten after meals, fenugreek is often used to counter acid reflux and relieve indigestion, heartburn and uncomfortable feelings of fullness. The natural fibers support weight reduction by enhancing digestion and regularity and suppressing appetite.

Blood sugar support – Fiber helps to slow digestion and the absorption of carbohydrates, lowering glucose absorption and helping to regulate blood glucose levels. Additionally, fenugreek contains the amino acid 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which works to normalize blood sugar and improve insulin production. Several clinical trials showed that by lowering blood glucose levels and improving glucose tolerance, fenugreek can improve most metabolic symptoms associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Antiseptic and antiviral properties– Applied topically as a paste, fenugreek can be used as a first aid remedy for skin injuries, wounds, blemishes or rashes. Because of its natural antiviral compounds, fenugreek is commonly used as an herbal remedy for colds and sore throats. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, fenugreek has been shown to help reduce the inflammation associated with symptoms of bronchitis and asthma.

Pain relieving properties – Fenugreek is often used to relieve abdominal cramping associated with menstruation. Applied topically, fenugreek is useful for injuries, muscle pain, eczema and swollen lymph nodes.

Menopausal support – The estrogenic isoflavones found in fenugreek also help to minimize mood swings and hot flashes associated with menopause.

Inflammation – Fenugreek helps to calm the body’s inflammation response, aiding pain relief and digestive conditions. Chronic inflammation is associated with joint pain, heart disease and cognitive disease. In Chinese medicine, inflammation is known as “heat,” and is believed to block the flow of “qi” — the vital energy and life force–resulting in pain.

Antioxidative effects – Fenugreek helps to prevent and reduce damage due to oxidative processes. Although we depend on oxidative processes for life, too much oxidation causes premature aging. This often results in inflammation, the root cause of many chronic age-related diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Hair and scalp health support – Applied as a topical paste, fenugreek promotes shiny, healthy hair and effectively reduces dry scalp and dandruff.

Male libido – A double-blind study found that fenugreek extract safely and effectively increased sexual arousal, and enhanced libido in young to middle aged men without erectile dysfunction.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality products that provide fenugreek:

Promilin™ Fenugreek ExtractPromilin™ Fenugreek Extract by Source Naturals – This formula provides a standardized, patent pending fenugreek seed extract that aids in supporting healthy blood glucose and insulin levels when used as part of a healthy diet. One tablet provides 600 mg of dietary fiber in a vegetarian formula.


Fenugreek 500 mg

Fenugreek by Now Foods – One serving provides 1000 mg of fenugreek seed powder traditionally used since ancient times for a variety of medicinal uses. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Fenugreek PlusFenugreek Plus® by Metagenics – This product provides a highly concentrated, unique, odorless fenugreek extract in a traditional herbal formula in support of healthy glucose metabolism. One serving provides 800 mg of dietary fiber. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Fenugreek, Full Spectrum

Fenugreek Full Spectrum™ by Planetary Herbals – This formula is designed to help support healthy sugar metabolism and healthy glucose levels with traditional fenugreek seed powder rich in galactomannan fibers.


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