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Yerba Mate for Weight Loss

how yerba mate herbs help with weight loss

When you want supplements that will help improve your health, you want to go with natural ingredients. There are so many ancient herbal remedies that have been used for centuries to alleviate the symptoms of all kinds of ailments, and recent clinical studies have been uncovering the powers that they have in weight loss as well.

Yerba Mate, found in diet pills like Zotrim (reviewed here) has a ton of benefits for your body, along with properties that make it an ideal ingredient for weight loss. Continue reading below in this supplement ingredient analysis to find out how it accomplishes that goal.

How Yerba Mate Boosts Weight Loss

This South American herb has been used medicinally for ages for good health (described here) and has been famously been referred to as “food for the Gods” because of the amazing powers that it holds. There are so many health benefits – like providing a boost of energy and strengthening your immune system – though interest has spiked in recent years due to its connection with losing weight. Here are a few ways that yerba mate helps make that happen.

Suppressing Your Appetite

The recipe for weight loss is to consume fewer calories and burn more calories. That creates a caloric deficit and there’s no other choice but for weight to fall off. While some diet pills work towards increasing your metabolism to help you burn calories faster, yerba mate tackles the other half of the equation. Studies have indicated that this herb can help make you feel full sooner and longer after it is consumed.

weight loss benefits of yerba mate

With less hunger, you are less likely to overeat and indulge in unhealthy snacking. Many people take a diet pill and expect to see results, not changing any of their other habits. To really make progress, you need to make smarter choices in the kitchen. Yerba mate helps you stay more disciplined to your diet.

Improving Your Mood

One reason that many people overeat is due to their emotions. Think about when you are depressed. You grab a bowl of ice cream or your favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s and eat away your feelings. Yerba mate has been shown to lift your mood, reduce anxiety, and get rid of nervousness and agitation. With this uplifted mood, you are less likely to make poor choices and eat out of emotion.

Better Sleep

I talk elsewhere on this site about the connection between sleep and weight gain. Sleep is so important for your health. It resets your battery and is the period when your body does the most work for recovery from physical, mental, and emotional stress. It is like when your computer is on the fritz. What do you do? You turn if off and turn it back on. Your body is the same way.

Yerba mate helps to promote a healthier sleep cycle, meaning you fall asleep easier and sleep more deeply. During this time, your hormones become more balanced, blood sugar levels are balanced, and other internal mechanisms are correcting all your bodily functions. This includes your metabolism! Plus, when you are falling asleep easier, you’ll be avoiding late night snacking.

Get More Yerba Mate in Your Life

Given the above benefits, there is no doubt that you want to consume more of this herb. You can find it in some diet pills, like Zotrim which was linked to at the beginning of this post. It is also available as a tea and a standalone supplement, which you can find below on Amazon.


December 3, 2018

Weight Loss Benefits of Damiana

how damiana helps you lose weight

The thing that drew me to checking out Zotrim diet pills is its all-natural formula. It combines the powers of Guarana, Yerba Mate, and Damiana to help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite.

I have written about the two former ingredients below if you’d like to read more about their benefits:

In this post, I’ll tackle the herb Damiana, also known as Turnera Diffusa, and why it is an important part of diet pill formulas.

What is Damiana?

This herb, found in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies has been traditionally for its medicinal properties for many centuries. The indigenous people of the Americas administered this herb by making tea as a way to help the user relax. It has also been used for its effects as an aphrodisiac and to boost libido. That makes me curious why it doesn’t have more widespread use as a testosterone booster ingredient.

In recent years, with more clinical testing done on the effects of this herb, it has been commonly used in diet pills to help boost weight loss.

How Does It Work for Weight Loss?

The primary way that this herb benefits weight loss through its effects on the gastrointestinal system. To put it lightly, it encourages loose stools.

This acts as a cleanser for your gut and helps to push out solid waste that has been building up, causing blockages, and leading to that fat upper pelvic area and belly fat.

So if you take a diet pill such as Zotrim, which I review in this post, do not be alarmed if you have a runny stool. It is completely normal and is a side effect of consuming Damiana extract.

This herb works best when combined with other active ingredients like guarana, another ingredient in Zotrim. Clinical studies performed in Denmark in 2001 indicated that when test subjects consumed both of these supplements, there was a thermogenic effect as well as a significant suppression of the appetite.

Thermogenics is when the body’s internal temperature is ramped up. Much like how food will burn when you turn up the temperature of your oven, the same effect happens in your body. With this thermogenic effect, you burn more calories and at a faster rate.

As for appetite suppression, this is a key component of weight loss. Many people take a diet pill and expect results from that alone. They ignore the other aspect, which is making healthy eating choices. By taking these two ingredients, cravings are reduced and there is less overeating and unhealthy snacking that ruins your daily calorie count.

Lastly, it has been shown that a formula containing these ingredients can also lift your mood. This helps to eliminate eating from stress or out of emotion. When you’re depressed, you tend to eat for emotional comfort. By giving a boost to your mood, these situations are minimized.

Where to Buy Damiana

As illustrated above, the best way to consume this herb is in conjunction with guarana and other active ingredients. You can find that in the formula for Zotrim, which I linked to above. If you would like to take it individually, either in capsule form or as an herbal tea. There are many options available as shown in the Amazon search below.


November 29, 2018

Boron and Testosterone

how boron affects testosterone levels

When you think of the minerals that your body needs, you first probably think of things like Magnesium, or Potassium, or Calcium. But one mineral that is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be, is Boron.

Boron is a critical mineral that you will find in many supplements, such as this testosterone booster from Iron Brothers reviewed in this post here. So what role does it play in this muscle-builder, and more importantly, what health benefits does it provide the body?

The Importance of Boron

What is odd about Boron is that, unlike other essential minerals, there is no set guideline for a recommended daily allowance. However, studies have determined that getting 3 to 10 milligrams per day of this mineral should be sufficient.

So how do you get more of this mineral in you? You can start by adding some select foods to your diet. I say select because, unlike other nutrients, it is not found as prevalently in foods. However, avocados are one tremendous source of this nutrient. However, while it is found in the avocado, one serving will only give you a little over 1 mg of this mineral.

That’s why taking a supplement with this nutrient is of great importance. That way you can be sure to get the recommended dosage and avoid boron deficiency. You can find it as a standalone supplement, but it works best when added to a formula with other active ingredients like in a testosterone booster.

When you have ever heard someone say “Hold up, I gotta take my Boron pill”? Never. It’s rare that anyone takes this all alone. But you will find it as an active ingredient in many dietary supplement formulas.

Boron Boosts Testosterone

A number of studies have been conducted on the effect of this mineral on free testosterone levels. The first experiment administered 10 mg of boron supplements to a group of male participants for a one-week period. At the conclusion of the study, it was found that free testosterone levels rose by over 28%.

In another study, a group of test subjects who had Vitamin D deficiency was given boron for a two-month period. The intention was to see if boron had an effect on vitamin D levels, but other biometrics, including testosterone levels, were also measured. At the end of the study, free testosterone levels were measured at a 29% increase since their baseline measurement.

Nature's Way Boron Complex

When I say free testosterone, that’s because it is entirely different from total testosterone. So what is happening here? It turns out that boron can inhibit sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). When there is less SHBG, more testosterone is free to perform its functions of building muscle, strength, and improving sexual function.

Boron Inhibits Estrogen

Another factor of your testosterone levels is estrogen. This is a female hormone but is also found in males. The difference between the genders is the balance between these two hormones. It was found that Boron can block estrogen, freeing up more testosterone production and utility in men. Regarding the first study mentioned above, it was found that test participants had a decrease in estrogen levels by nearly 40% at the end of the study.

Where to Buy

You can find this mineral in Iron Brothers testosterone booster (linked earlier in this post) as well as other t-boosters. Given that you should get up to 10 mg per day, and it is hard to attain through food, I don’t understand why more t-boosters don’t include this in their formula, considering the results from the studies conducted on it.

November 29, 2018

Benefits of Bioperine

benefits of black pepper

When you evaluate the ingredients that are on the label of any of your supplements, almost all of them have a direct answer to what they do for your body. It could raise your metabolism. Or it could help you burn fat. It could improve blood flow. The list goes on and on.

However, for some ingredients, they can’t be tied to something like those traits listed above. They are added for a totally separate reason. Bioperine, which is prevalently found in black pepper, is one such ingredient. What does it do for you? Continue reading below to find out.

What Does Bioperine Do?

Beyond being one of the most used spices in the world (I’m guessing you have a pepper shaker with black pepper in your home right now), Bioperine (an extract of piperine) also has tremendous health benefits. The most important of all of them is how it interacts with the other ingredients in your supplements.

Nutrient Absorption

The main reason why Bioperine is added to the formula of many supplements is that of its bioenhancement abilities. What it does is increases how effectively your body absorbs nutrients. All of the other active ingredients in the supplement formula (like in this t-booster from Iron Brothers) can work much better and provide more utility in your body when Bioperine is included as an additive.

Most often, our bodies only absorb a fraction of the nutrients that we consume. When Bioperine is added to our diet, whether through regular food intake or by supplementation, your body is better able assimilate all these nutrients rather than send a majority of them through your body as waste.

Metabolism Boost

Another way that Bioperine benefits the body is by raising your metabolism through thermogenesis. This is a process whereby your internal body temperature is ramped up. With this, you burn more fat and thus lose weight. Because of this, it is a widely used ingredient in many of the leading brands of diet pills on the market. Even while the thermogenic effects are slight, it can make a world of difference when combined with proper diet and exercise.

Strengthens the Immune System

A study conducted in 2010 measured the effects of Bioperine as it relates to the immune system. It was found that black pepper can reduce the reaction time of lymphocytes. This reduces inflammation and inhibits some immune system responses. The next time you have a cold and have a bowl of chicken noodle soup for comfort, don’t forget to crack some black pepper on top – not just for taste, but for your health!

benefits of bioperine for health

Enhanced Cognitive Function

Bioperine can improve your memory as well as overall mental faculties. If you are feeling fatigued, sluggish, and unmotivated, a little bit of black pepper may give you the nudge you need (according to studies). This nutrient is also hypothesized to play a role in managing stress factors. It may also help you relax and think more clearly during times of frustration.

Where to Buy

The great thing about this nutrient is that it’s everywhere! Surely you have some black pepper at home. However, if you aren’t a fan of spicing up your food, it is also available as a standalone supplement so you can get a megadose of it. Many options are available on Amazon, which you can find below.


November 29, 2018

Ashwagandha Root Extract

testosterone benefits of Ashwagandha root

I love researching the ingredients that are in my supplements. I’ve always been curious like that. Plus, I’m pretty health-conscious, which led to me creating this site. I like to know what I put in my body.

Over the years of creating this site and trying out new supplements, I’ve come to know a lot of the ingredients intimately. But sometimes a new one comes across that I don’t see in other products. This leads me to hit the internet and find out what it’s all about. What does it do? Why is it in the formula?

Today, I’ll take a look at Ashwagandha Root Extract, an active ingredient in Iron Brothers Testosterone Booster (reviewed here).

What Does Ashwagandha Root Extract Do?

This root is part of traditional Indian medicine and has been used for centuries to increase male virility and vitality. I guess that leaves no guesswork as to why it is used in testosterone boosting supplements.

As men age, their body’s natural production of testosterone begins to slow down. They’ll feel more fatigued, how a sadder mood, and overall just feel more sluggish. They’re not as young as they used to be, nor feel, and a low testosterone level is one of the main culprits of that.

Taking a t-booster that contains Ashwagandha is one way to remedy this dour mood and feeling of tiredness.

How Does It Increase Testosterone?

The first study of the link between this root extract and testosterone was conducted on male rats, and an increase was seen at the end of the experiment.

When a later study was conducted on men who suffered from fertility issues, there was a dramatic increase in sperm quality as well as a significant boost in testosterone levels.

how does ashwagandha increase testosterone?

It is not quite clear on how these two biometrics interact, but many hypothesize that it has to do with how this extract corresponds with the male testes. It brings an increase of blood flow to the area, many suspect.

However, these results do not come without caveats. It is said that this kind of supplementation will only be beneficial if the user is already deficient in testosterone. Likewise, it will only be helpful for fertility if the user is suffering from fertility issues. If a man is otherwise healthy and has normal levels for these issues, then going overboard with Ashwagandha will not provide any further benefit.

The evidence is quite limited as to its effect on testosterone levels – it is more conclusive that this root can help with sexual function than anything. However, one study did find that healthy men who took this supplement saw a 15% increase in their t-levels. Not a significant enough change to bring a big impact on their musculature, but an increase nonetheless.

Where to Buy

You can find this ingredient in Iron Brothers t-booster, which I linked to above. It is also available on its own as a standalone supplement. If you aren’t necessarily looking for muscle-building, strength and size gains (like most people take a t-booster for) and rather just want to get the fertility and virility benefits, you can find many options on Amazon below.

Benefits of Maca Root

health benefits of maca

I always like to know what I put in my body. When I saw maca root powder listed as an ingredient in this Iron Brothers testosterone booster, I wanted to know what it is and what it does for me. Is it a useful additive in their supplement formula, or is it just filler?

I did some research and the following is what I’ve come up with on how it benefits the body.

What are the Health Benefits of Maca Root?

This is a native plant from Peru that has really risen in popularity in the diet and supplement industries lately. It is a cruciferous vegetable much like broccoli or cauliflower and grows at high altitude in the Andes mountain range.

Maca comes in powder form as a standalone supplement or mixed into a formula with other active ingredients. Traditionally it has been used to increase sex drive (which leaves no question as to why it is in a testosterone booster). Additionally, it can provide energy and stamina. However, the health benefits don’t stop there.

Rich in Nutrients

Maca root powder brings a tremendous amount of vitamins and minerals. It’s practically like taking a multivitamin, which is why you find it in many of those supplements as well. One ounce of this powder brings the following nutritional value:

  • Calories: 91
  • Carbs: 20 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Vitamin C: 133% of daily value
  • Copper: 85% of daily value
  • Iron: 23% of daily value
  • Potassium: 16% of daily value
  • Vitamin B6: 15% of daily value
  • Manganese: 10% of daily value

As you can see, it is rather high in protein for a plant, as well as provides a good dose of carbs, and tons of essential vitamins and minerals.

Increases Sex Drive

Clinical studies, such as this one, have demonstrated an increase in sex drive in both men and women through supplementation of maca root.

Outside of its use in t-boosters, you will also find it in many male enhancement pills.

powdered form of the maca root

Improved Sperm

Another reason why it is found in t-boosters and male enhancement pills is that of its effect on fertility. Studies have indicated that supplementing with maca can increase both male sperm count, as well as sperm motility (quality).

Alleviates Menopause Symptoms

While the previous benefits were more geared towards men, maca also has utility for women. During menopause, women experience a drop in estrogen levels which brings about many unpleasant symptoms. Nausea, hot flashes, irritability, sleeping issues, and vaginal dryness all come with this stage in a woman’s life. Studies have demonstrated that maca root can help reduce the severity of these symptoms.

Improved Athletic Performance

Another trait that makes it great for a testosterone booster or sports supplement! Maca can help increase muscle strength and size, boost your energy, and improve overall athletic performance. One of the key ways it does this is through increased endurance.

Prostate Benefits

The prostate, a male gland in the nether regions, becomes enlarged as men age. Studies have shown that maca root can combat the enlargement of this gland and help fight prostate cancer.

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