Supplements aren't quick fix for weight

Dear Pharmacist: What are some natural dietary supplements that can help me lose weight, or at least manage it during the holidays? — C.A., Gainesville

Dear C.A.: When it comes to weight management, nothing works better and faster than exercising and reducing your portion size. Do that alone and you can down a pound of pumpkin pie with no worries. There is no quick fix to circling the buffet three times in a row, but there are many inexpensive vitamins and minerals that can help in your quest.

The supplements listed below all have scientific studies backing them up. Just follow label directions for dosage, and ask your doctor if these are right for you. I'm not suggesting you take all of these. I'm only sharing options that might work.

Asparagine: This amino acid found in asparagus increases insulin sensitivity, which helps the body store energy in muscle, rather than storing it as body fat.

Biotin: This B vitamin boosts metabolism by stabilizing blood sugar and reducing insulin. Which is fabulous because insulin is known to store fat on us.

Zinc: Low zinc reduces leptin, and that could cause you to feel hungry all the time. Restoring zinc could impact leptin and allow you to feel satisfied.

Vitamin A: This vision vitamin just so happens to tell your genes to stop storing all the food you eat as fat. Studies suggest vitamin A is capable of shrinking fat cells.

Chromium: This mineral makes the body more sensitive to insulin, thus reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle; it helps balance blood sugar.

Lipoic acid: This helps shuttle glucose into the cells, which helps you burn carbs more efficiently.

Magnesium: This mineral improves mood and regulates blood pressure. Low magnesium impairs your ability to convert carbs and sugar into fuel, so it gets stored as fat on your thighs or butt. It also seems to block fat absorption.

This is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Go to SuzyCohen.com.

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