Summertime is here! After spending months inside, wrapped in our woolies and fleece, we’re shedding our warm winter layers and getting outside. But sometimes, when we start shedding our clothes, we may start worrying about what we look like without them – and some of us start thinking about how we can shed a few pounds.
As you know from one of my previous posts, Yerba Maté has been proven to aid weight loss as well as help you maintain your desired weight. But Oregon Yerba Maté took it even further, developing a blend of herbs known to increase energy and vitality, as well as melt fat away. The result is our Performance Blend – the most powerful tool for weight loss that I have in my personal arsenal. But it’s not just my secret: Performance Blend is our most popular product. If you’re looking to lose weight, it’ll will become your favorite, too!
Performance Blend contains six powerful herbs – and we use either organic or wildcrafted versions – that will take your regimen to the next level or enhance your current program.
Ginseng is any one of the species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae. Ginseng is found in North America and in eastern Asia (mostly northeast China, Korea, Bhutan, eastern Siberia), typically in cooler climates.
Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. You’ve heard about Ginseng being used as a weight-loss aid for good reason. Studies done on the various types of Ginseng all point to it being one of the most powerful herbs to aid in not only weight loss, but also boost cognitive function, improve circulation and prevent cancer.
Ginseng extract stimulates oxidation of fats thereby reducing body fat, improving insulin and glucose levels and preventing high blood pressure. Ginsenosides present in Ginseng exert anti-obesity effect by acting on mechanisms at molecular level which leads to reduced food intake, lowered blood glucose and lowered blood lipid levels.
Ginseng lowers body weight, visceral fat, blood lipids and fat tissue by influencing PPAR protein activity which controls metabolism of fats. What does all this mean? Ginseng promotes weight loss by controlling hormones and enzymes that regulate appetite and prevent fat deposition.
Turnera diffusa, known as Damiana, is a shrub native to southern Texas in the United States, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. According to a study done in 2001, Damiana combined with Yerba Maté significantly delayed gastric emptying, reduced the time to perceived gastric fullness and induced significant weight loss over 45 days in overweight patients treated in a primary health care context. That means that when you’re drinking Performance Blend, you’ll feel fuller, faster and for longer.
Pausinystalia johimbe, common name Yohimbe, is a plant species native to western and central Africa. Yohimbe bark contains a compound called Yohimbine.
In 2006 a Serbian study was done to determine the effects of Yohimbine supplementation on body composition and exercise performance in professional soccer players. The results showed the percentage of body fat significantly decreased in the group taking Yohimbine.
Another double-blind study found that women taking 5 mg of yohimbine four times per day along with a weight-loss diet lost significantly more weight than those taking a placebo with the same diet after three weeks. Combining Yerba Maté with Yohimbe means you’ll lose more weight, faster.
Dioscorea villosa, or Wild Yam, is a species of a twining tuberous vine that is native to Eastern North America. Wild Yam is most commonly used by menopausal women to balance their hormones. But extract of Wild Yam also contains DHEA, which helps reduce abdominal fat and improve insulin resistance.
A paper published by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri (a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial) provided hard evidence of what many had long suspected: DHEA does induce fat loss in humans. Over the 6-month period, the men and women in the current study lost similar amounts, in absolute terms, of abdominal visceral fat. In conjunction with the abdominal fat losses, the researchers observed significant increases in insulin sensitivity (i.e., decreases in insulin resistance), providing further evidence that losing fat goes hand in hand with improved blood sugar control.
HORNY GOAT WEED
Epimedium, also known as Horny Goat Weed, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae. The majority of the species are endemic to China, with smaller numbers elsewhere in Asia, and a few in the Mediterranean region.
Horny Goat Weed naturally balances hormone function without being an actual hormone itself. Balancing hormones – especially cortisol, helps in weight loss. Normally when we feel begin to feel hungry, our blood sugar drops and the brain sends a message to the adrenal glands to release cortisol. Cortisol activates glucose, fats, and amino acids to keep our body fueled with energy until we eat. Cortisol maintains blood sugar levels, and insulin helps our cells absorb glucose. But when we experience stress, both insulin and cortisol remain elevated in the blood, and the extra glucose is stored as fat–mostly in the abdomen.
By keeping our cortisol and insulin under control, the fat can come off and we can keep it off. Horny Goat Weed and Yerba Maté have got your back.
Last, but definitely not least, Performance Blend contains Lepidium meyenii, or Maca. Maca is a herbaceous biennial plant of the crucifer family native to the high Andes of Peru.
Maca is considered a thyroid stimulator by some alternative health experts. In the book, “The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss” by Mary J. Shomon, she notes that Maca is an adaptogenic herb that can help with increasing energy in the body. This natural stimulant may speed up the metabolism, burning more calories and creating weight loss over time.
Maca also provides essential nutrients; carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, unsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals that generally become deficient in individuals who have been on a diet for a while. Vitamins such as B12, B2, and B6 are necessary for synthesizing a variety of enzymes needed in metabolic reactions supporting speed of metabolism. A better functioning thyroid increases the average body temperature thus enhancing the body’s metabolic processes and making it burn more calories.
Performance Blend’s combination of these six herbs can take your weight loss to another level. With the feedback that we’ve received from customers that have been drinking Performance Blend for years, it’s no wonder that it is our most popular blend.
“If I get hungry I just drink Performance Blend and it takes care of it. I’m not hungry anymore!”
PS: Performance Blend makes a wonderfully refreshing iced tea!
Yours in health,
Rachel Winkler, Owner
Oregon Yerba Maté