Does Palo Azul Help you Lose Weight?
How can Palo Azul help you lose weight?
The answer is simple. Flavonoids and polyphenols.
What are flavonoids?
Flavonoids are natural products commonly found in vegetables, fruits, plants, bark, flowers, wine and tea such as palo azul.
There’s a ton of studies that have found numerous health benefits in flavonoids and these are are attributed to their anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-aging, anti-hypertensive, anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic, anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic properties.
One study analyzed 2754 twins and found that the group that consumed the most flavonoids:
- Had less percentage of fat
- Burned more fat in the abdomen
Specifically, the researchers found that the twins with the highest consumption of flavonoid-rich foods (onions, tea, apples, pears, and cocoa) “had a 3-9% lower FMR (fat mass ratio) than that of their co-twins.”
These are the most flavonoid-rich foods: apples, pears, onions, strawberries, blueberries, celery, peppers, and teas such as palo azul
Moreover, the researchers found that the “women who ate a lot of flavonoid-rich foods had a lower percentage of body fat than women who ate less. The amount of abdominal fat also differed significantly between the two groups.”
The researchers of this study also point out that “It is important to note that abdominal fat is an important risk factor for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart problems.”
Another study looked at 124,000 people and found that "flavonoids increase energy expenditure, decrease fat absorption and function as anti-inflammatories. The researchers in this same study found that "increased consumption of most flavonoid subclasses was associated with reduced weight gain.” They also mentioned that participants who consumed more flavonoids maintained their weight better or even lost some weight and concluded the following:
"Our results suggest that choosing fruits and vegetables that are high in flavonoids, such as apples, pears, berries and peppers, can help with weight control."
What are polyphenols?
Polyphenols are the parent family of certain natural compounds that include flavonoids, tannins, and resveratrol. These natural compounds are found in vegetables, fruits, green tea and palo azul tea.
One study describes that dietary polyphenols and natural health products "offer great potential as an efficient weight loss strategy by modulating lipid metabolism and/or increasing BMR and thermogenesis.
Other recent studies have demonstrated the key role of polyphenols in the "prevention of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases.”
Finally, one study showed that consumption of polyphenols (contained in palo azul) "resulted in significant weight loss" and led to "significant improvement in waist circumference, fasting glucose and insulin resistance.
Below, we have summarized the key findings of all the medical studies we have analyzed and also cited all the scientific literature.
P.S...Don't forget to help your loved ones by sharing the magical palo azul tea with them!
Key findings from medical studies
• One study showed that consumption of polyphenols (found in palo azul) "resulted in significant weight loss" and led to "significant improvement in waist circumference, fasting glucose and insulin resistance."
• Another study indicated that polyphenols showed "anti-obesity mechanisms” and "induced weight loss.”
• “Animal studies strongly suggest that commonly consumed polyphenols described in this review have a pronounced effect on obesity as shown by lower body weight, fat mass and triglycerides through enhancing energy expenditure and fat utilization.”
• “These data suggest that higher habitual intake of a number of flavonoids, including anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavonols, and proanthocyanidins, are associated with lower fat mass independent of shared genetic and common environmental factors.”
• Polyphenols in green and black tea “inhibit weight gain in mice fed an obesogenic diet.”
• “Specifically, polyphenols such as citrus flavonoids, green tea epigallocatechin gallate, resveratrol, capsaicin and curcumin, have been reported to increase lipolysis and induce fatty acid β-oxidation through modulation of hormone sensitive lipase, acetyl-coA carboxylase, carnitine acyl transferase and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1. In this review article, we discuss selected phytochemicals in relation to their integrated functionalities and specific mechanisms for weight loss.”
* Palo Azul is commonly referred to by its scientific name: Eysenhardtia polystachya / E. polystachya / E.P - Cyclolepis genistoides / C. genistoides - kidney wood - palo dulce