Obesity and its resultant medical conditions (heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.) are a primary concern for many people. Promises of quick weight loss or miracle pills abound, leaving the consumer wondering where to turn and who to trust.
Trust history. Herbal healers in Southeast Asia have used the mangosteen (Garcinia Mangostana) and East India globe thistle (sphaeranthus indicus) for generations to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Mangosteen is a delectable fruit, nicknamed the “queen of fruit” (reportedly due to a legend that Queen Victoria offered a reward to the one who could bring her fresh mangosteen). While enjoyed as a delicious fruit, mangosteen is valued in numerous health applications, including antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-diarrheal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
The East India globe thistle, considered a weed in India, also has been utilized for many centuries to treat a multitude of health ailments. The variety of uses includes treatment for stomach disorders, asthma, and pain.
Recently, InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc. (headquartered in Benicia, CA) combined these two powerful ingredients—one fruit and one flower—to create meratrim, a powerful tool to aid weight loss and slim hips and waist. Two double-blind studies, headed by Dr. Judith Stern of the University of California Davis and conducted at Alluri Sitarama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in India (from November 2009 to April 2010 and from March 2010 to July 2010), concluded that the herbal blend significantly reduced weight, BMI, and hip and waist measurements.
In the study, 95 subjects were given either meratrim or placebo capsules and instructed to take two daily: one each 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner. To control meals, the study provided three meals a day, providing 2,000 calories (61% carbohydrate, 14% protein, and 25% fat). Each participant walked 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. The resultant conclusions showed those participants who took the herbal blend daily over the eight-week study lost an average 11.7 pounds as compared to 3.3 pounds in the control group; the test group found significant weight loss began as early as two weeks into the study. Participants averaged a 5.9 cm decrease in waist and a 3.2 cm decrease in hip circumference. Unexpected findings were decreased total cholesterol and triglycerides levels (13.8% and 41.6%) as well as notable reduction of fasting blood sugars. No adverse side effects were reported.
Meratrim, with a synergic blending of Garcinia Mangostana and sphaeranthus indicus, along with a 2,000 calorie a day diet and moderate, 5-day-a-week exercise, just may be the help we need to fight the plague of obesity.