Supplements sold as "starch blockers"
or "carb blockers" are really starch-enzyme blockers;
they inhibit the body's production of the starch-digesting enzyme,
alpha-amylase. With lessened amounts of alpha-amylase, the body
is less able to break down starches (carbohydrates) into sugar (glucose)
for further digestion. That's how starch blockers work - at least
on a theoretical level. Phaseolamin Phase 2 Phaseolus vulgaris extract
is an alpha-amylase inhibitor.
Do Starch / Carb Blockers Work?
Scientists have been aware of various alpha-amylase
inhibitors for decades, but up until recently these products have
not been shown to work all that well. A number of factors may explain
why: there is not enough alpha-amylase-blocking activity from these
products, they do not work well in the body, they contain endogenous
alpha-amylase in sufficient quantity to overcome their alpha-amylase-inhibiting
effects, or another enzyme, glucoamylase, is able to take over when
alpha-amylase is inhibited. Whatever the problem, fecal-calorie
tests have demonstrated that they do not work very well at blocking
the digestion of starch (an increase in fecal starch content, and
therefore, caloric value would be apparent since the starch should
pass through undigested1) in vivo (in the body). Nevertheless, most
of these alpha-amylase inhibitors have been shown to work in vitro
(in a test tube), which has left scientists frustratingly just out
of reach of the "holy grail" of diet products.
Good News: More Potent Blocker, Carbo Killer
w/ Phase 2
As it turns out, according to subsequent research,
the reason why alpha-amylase inhibitors work in vitro but not very
well in vivo is that they have only weak inhibiting ability. However,
partially purified extracts (around 30-40 times the concentration
of previously available commercial preparations) of Phaseolus vulgaris
(white kidney beans) are stable in the stomach and do, in fact,
work as advertised. One such product is Phaseolamin Phase 2.
Phaseolamin Phase 2 Compared to Placebo
- It Works!
An alpha-amylase inhibitor present in Phaseolus
vulgaris (white kidney beans), is the best alpha-amylase inhibitor
currently available. Phase 2 Phaseolamin brand Phaseolus vulgaris
extract, taken in 500mg doses, has been demonstrated effective against
a placebo through randomized clinical tests conducted at the University
of Scranton, PA.3,4,5,6 Phase 2 Phaseolamin brand Phaseolus vulgaris
extract is the finest we know of and the only kind we sell.
What Results Can Be Expected with Phaseolamin
How much weight can you expect to lose? Individual
results vary. Test subjects in a controlled clinical setting using
this product (Phaseolamin Phase 2 phaseolus vulgaris extract) lost
3.9% of their total body weight and 10.45% of body fat mass, in
30 days, without reducing lean tissue mass, as compared to a placebo
group.4 This translates to a 7.8 pound reduction for someone starting
at 200 pounds of body weight, in 30 days! This is not only a good
result, it is a healthy pace at which to lose weight. That said,
you may have seen ads for starch-blockers that tell you it is OK
to go ahead and eat all the bread, potatoes, rice and pasta you
want. Don't be foolish - if you are already having trouble managing
your weight because of starch why would you INCREASE your consumption
of starches? Continue as you are, trying to control your diet in
a healthy manner and ADD Phaseolus Extract to give your self an
edge on improving your physique rather than satisfying an unhealthy
According to the manufacturer, approximately one gram, (four capsules
of Phaseolamin Phase 2) will neutralize 2700 starch calories using
a modified USP test method.
Phaseolamin Phase 2 / Phaseolus Vulgaris
and Blood Sugar Levels
Maybe even more interesting than Phaseolus's starch-blocking
ability is that, since starches are quickly converted to sugar,
those subjects taking Phase 2 Phaseolamin did not experience as
dramatic a "spike" in blood glucose levels after consuming
a starchy food. 3,5 (A starchy foods' readiness to convert to sugar
can be rated relative to other foods - this places the food on the
"glycemic index", the more readily converted starches
scoring higher than the more slowly converted starches.) This is
no mere detail as many Hypoglycemic and Type II Diabetes sufferers
are acutely aware - preventing blood sugar spikes can be very valuable!
The patients who took the Phaseolus extract experienced a return
to normal blood glucose levels 20 minutes earlier than the placebo
group, and their maximum blood glucose levels after eating a starch
were measured at one-half to two-thirds the levels of those subjects
receiving placebo.3,5 Pretty impressive.