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The #1 Best Supplement to Reduce Visceral Fat, Says Pharmacist

Experts share supplements that help get rid of deadly belly fat. 
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When it comes to getting rid of visceral fat, there's several ways to help reduce the dangerous belly fat, including taking certain supplements. Visceral fat is hidden deep in our abdomen and wraps around our vital organs increasing the risk for serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and more. Eliminating visceral fat is essential for optimal health and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share supplements that help shed stubborn belly fat. Please consult your physician for medical advice.Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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What to Know About Visceral Fat

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Dr. Michael Green, MD, Board Certified OB/GYN at Winona says, "Abdominal fat is dangerous in many ways, particularly in that it stunts organ and metabolic health. Internally, a person's liver, adipose tissue and gut are doing a delicate dance to regulate metabolism."

Alyssa Wilson, RD and metabolic success coach at Signos adds, "When belly fat is talked about, there are two main types: subcutaneous, or belly fat that sits just beneath the skin, and visceral, or belly fat that surrounds your organs. Everyone has both visceral and subcutaneous belly fat, and a degree of fat is necessary for survival. Excess fat regardless of location carries health risks."

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Licorice Flavonoid in Combination with Exercise

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Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky, PharmD, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Gut and Hormones Expert, Doctor of Pharmacy and Best Selling Author of "Crohn's and Colitis Fix" and "Digestive Reset" tells us, "By enhancing skeletomuscular and hepatic fatty acids oxidative capacity licorice flavonoid can help eliminate visceral fat. Licorice is safe unless taken by a person with high blood pressure. Side effects can include: Increased blood pressure, decreased potassium levels, headache, fatigue. To reach best results it's important to combine licorice flavonoid with exercise."

The National Library of Medicine states, "Studies demonstrated that LFO is safe when administered once daily up to 1200 mg/day. This is the first report on the safety of licorice flavonoids in an oil preparation and the first report on the pharmacokinetics of glabridin in human subjects."

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Fish Oil

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Dr. Lukyanovsky says fish Oil can help get rid of visceral fat, "by regulating the anthropometric and serum lipid parameters. Fish oil led to an overall reduction in fat mass and is a safe supplement used for increased cholesterol levels as well, even in prescription form. There is a potential drug supplement interaction with blood thinners where fish oil can potentially increase the risk of bleeding. Possible side effects can include: Nosebleeds, loose stools, heartburn. Those with risk of bleeding should be monitored carefully on fish oil supplements."

According to the Mayo Clinic, "Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health. Try to get them from your diet by eating fish — broiled or baked, not fried. Fish oil supplements might be helpful if you have high triglycerides or rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil appears to contain almost no mercury, which can be a cause for concern in certain types of fish. While generally safe, getting too much fish oil can increase your risk of bleeding and might affect your immune response. It's not clear whether fish oil is safe for people who are allergic to seafood. Take fish oil supplements under a doctor's supervision."

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Capsaicin

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According to Dr. Lukyanovsky, "Capsaicin is studied as a potential visceral fat reduction agent and induces apoptosis and inhibits adipogenesis in preadipocytes and adipocytes. Epidemiologic data show that consumption of foods containing capsaicin is associated with a lower prevalence of obesity. Clinical evidence supports the role of capsaicin as an anti-obesity agent. There is much more to be investigated but there's potential. Possible side effects can include: "Irritation, burning, itching, numbness. The delivery form of this supplement needs to be investigated well not to cause burns. Capsinoid ingestion is associated with an increase in fat oxidation that is significant; and two common genetic variants may be predictors of response."

The National Library of Medicine states, "This brief overview should make it clear that dietary capsaicin—and, likely to a more limited degree, non-pungent capsiate—has intriguing potential for health promotion." 

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Ginger

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Daniel Powers, MS with The Botanical Institute tells us, "Clinical research indicates that ginger is one of the best herbs for weight loss. A recent meta-analysis found that ginger intake is associated with a decrease in body weight, waist-hip ratio, and insulin resistance index. It's thought that ginger's ability to support fat loss is through its blood sugar balancing effect. Initial research shows that the active constituents thought to be responsible for this blood sugar balancing effect are gingerol and shogaol, a pair of phenolic compounds."

Mount Sinai states, "It is rare to have side effects from ginger. In high doses it may cause mild heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth. You may be able to avoid some of the mild stomach side effects, such as belching, heartburn, or stomach upset, by taking ginger supplements in capsules or taking ginger with meals."

Heather Newgen
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