I admit, I initially took Plexus without even caring why it might work for me. I was fed up with not feeling good all the time and I was willing to try anything, but I spent years using this supplement or that trying to feel good. I am here to tell you that not all supplements are the same and quality, quantity and formula does matter! This post is not meant to diagnose or advise, but to shed light on what various sources have to say about the ingredients in Plexus Slim. I am on several medications and started taking Plexus with the approval of my physician prior to use. Never discontinue medication or alter your dose without talking to your doctor first.
Thanks to the American diet, 25-50% of Americans have varying levels of Chromium deficiency. Chromium enhances the actions of insulin and is necessary for maintaining normal metabolism and storage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Inadequate intake of chromium has been linked to the development of glucose intolerance, a condition seen in type 2 diabetes. Chromium can also help raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, and may play a role in preventing heart disease.
Source: Dr. Weil
Note: if you are taking medications for Type 2 Diabetes, please talk to your doctor first before using ANY supplements.
From Web MD
Some people use alpha-lipoic acid for memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (including a disorder called cardiac autonomic neuropathy) and Lyme disease.
Alpha-lipoic acid seems to help prevent certain kinds of cell damage in the body, and also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and vitamin C. There is also evidence that alpha-lipoic acid can improve the function and conduction of neurons in diabetes.
Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and to make energy for the other organs in the body.
Alpha-lipoic acid seems to work as an antioxidant, which means that it might provide protection to the brain under conditions of damage or injury. The antioxidant effects might also be helpful in certain liver diseases.
Here is another article from Mercola and alpha-lopoic acid’s effects on auto-immune disorders.
Green Coffee Extract (Chlorogenic Acid) (Less than 2% Natural Caffeine.)
People take green coffee by mouth for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, and bacterial infections. How does it work?
Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted. These coffee beans contain a higher amount of the chemical chlorogenic acid. This chemical is thought to have health benefits. For high blood pressure it might affect blood vessels so that blood pressure is reduced.
For weight loss, chlorogenic acid in green coffee is thought to affect how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism.
It is found in a plant grown in Indonesia. It can act as an appetite suppressant, may improve mood, aid in sleep, and help with emotional eating. Garcinia Cambogia also helps to block fat absorption. It is important to know that not all Citrin K is equal in quality.
The other ingredients
A form of soluble fiber that can take the place of sugar in beverages. It can be used as a thickening agent and stabilizer. The polydextrose used in Slim is derived from rice and not corn.
A weak organic acid that acts as a natural preservative.
Beet Root Extract
Used for coloring.
Stevia Leaf Extract & Lo Han Fruit Extract
Both are all-natural sweeteners that do not spike blood sugar when eaten. Plexus uses a high quality Stevia and Lo Han fruit Extract that gives it a natural sweet taste unlike some inferior processed products that have that “odd” taste to it. I honestly disliked Stevia and almost didn’t start using the product because I was expecting that “odd” taste.
Disclaimer: Plexus products are dietary supplements. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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