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White Bean Extract Reduces Calorie Intake From High-Carb Foods, Supports Weight Loss

March 17, 2011: 07:19 PM EST
The alpha-amylase inhibitor called Phase 2, a white bean extract made by Pharmachem, seems to cut the rate of carbohydrate absorption and, in turn, effectively decreases the glycemic index (GI) of starchy and other high-carb foods, according to a review of clinical trial results. “The evidence also indicates that Phase 2 promotes weight loss when taken concurrently with meals containing carbohydrates,” the study’s authors said. Phase 2 works by neutralizing alpha-amylase before it transforms starch into glucose and fat. The carbohydrates then pass through the digestive system without adding calories. Ten clinical trials reported on the effectiveness of Phase 2, and three showed efficacy compared to a placebo.
Marilyn L Barrett and Jay K Udani , "A proprietary alpha-amylase inhibitor from white bean (Phaseolus vulgaris): A review of clinical studies on weight loss and glycemic control", Nutrition Journal, March 17, 2011, © BioMed Central Ltd
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