Last Updated June 13th, 2021
What is Plexus Slim?
Plexus Slim is a popular weight loss supplement available in the form of powder. It can be consumed by mixing the powder with water. It contains several ingredients such as green coffee bean extract and alpha lipoic acid that are well-known metabolism-enhancers. This product is also known to lower the cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood. The package comes with many individual packets. Use one packet per serving.
- Empty a plexus slim packet into a container.
- Add about 350 – 600 ml of water and mix the contents well.
- Drink this about 30 minutes before a meal.
- Use Plexus Slim for 1 to 2 times a day.
Ingredients of Plexus Slim
|Plexus Slim Blend||530 mg|
The Plexus Slim blend contains green coffee bean extract, Garcinia Cambogia extract and alpha lipoic acid amounting to 530 mg. One serving of Plexus Slim offers 10 calories of energy. The carbohydrate content is 3 g. Other ingredients include citric acid, polydextrose, silicon, guar gum, beef extract, Luo-Han-Guo extract, and natural flavors. The manufacturer claims that this product helps in a good weight reduction.
- Flavor: Raspberry with lemon and watermelon
- There are no added artificial sweeteners.
- It is 100% vegetarian and gluten-free. So, those who have any gluten allergy need not fret.
- It is a non-genetically modified organism (GMO) product.
What is the function of each ingredient of Plexus Slim?
Chromium plays an important role in lowering blood glucose levels. Insulin’s functioning or entry into the cell is enabled not just by insulin alone, but also in the presence of chromium. In cases of diabetes, the insulin is either secreted inadequately or the insulin is resistant.
That is why you come across chromium as a weight loss or anti-diabetic supplement. Chromium supplementation (as chromium picolinate) has shown to reduce the appetite and also minimize the cravings. There are many studies that show that chromium suppresses the factors involved in insulin resistance.
Garcinia Cambogia Extract
Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit that looks like a pumpkin but the size is almost like a tomato. Its extract is widely known for its weight loss remedy. It contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which increases the metabolic rate and also minimizes the appetite. The hydroxycitric acid blocks the enzyme that is involved in fat synthesis (citric lyase). There are reports also claiming a reduction in the bad cholesterol levels.
This extract helps in improving your stamina for an extensive exercise regime. Some researchers also claim that Garcinia cambogia can contribute to appetite reduction by stimulating the production of serotonin (the “feel good” hormone) in the brain.
Green coffee bean extract
Green coffee beans are nothing but unroasted coffee beans. They contain caffeine (0.8 – 4.0%) and chlorogenic acid (6.7 – 12.1%).
Chlorogenic acid promotes slower absorption of carbohydrates. Slow absorption of carbohydrates will prevent the spiking in the blood glucose level. You should know that caffeine increases the metabolic rate. The process of burning calories and fat get heightens by about 3 – 11%.
The weight loss is also attributed to the chlorogenic acid content. This compound reduces glucose It also inhibits the enzyme hepatic glucose-6-phosphatase (an enzyme that participates in glucose production). This leads to low blood glucose levels. Some studies show that the chlorogenic acid diminishes the body fat and also enhances the activity of adiponectin (the fat burning hormone).
Adenosine is a molecule that is greatly allied with sleep. With stress or any physical activity, the levels of adenosine tend to increase making you feel tired or sleepy. Basically, adenosine inhibits the release of excitement oriented molecules thereby lowering the activity of the neurons because of which you tend to feel tired. Caffeine is an opponent to adenosine. It has the opposite effect of adenosine. The activity of the excitatory neurons is enhanced in their function making you feel energized.
There are studies proving that exercise performance in human subjects improved by about 11.2%. Caffeine stimulates the production of epinephrine. Epinephrine is a hormone also called adrenaline. The main function of this hormone is to burn down fat. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat and the broken fat (fatty acids) gets released back into the bloodstream. This way, fat can be utilized to derive energy.
Alpha-lipoic acid(ALA) is a fatty acid and has a vital role in energy metabolism. It is synthesized naturally by the body. ALA is a potent antioxidant and is beneficial for countering skin aging. Foods containing ALA include yams, potatoes, broccoli, yeast, spinach, carrots, beets, etc.
There are studies on the release of blood sugar amounts under the influence of ALA. Conditions such as diabetes, cancer, etc., tend to damage the nerve cells. ALA promotes the antioxidant machinery in the body. Accumulation of fatty acids leads to insulin resistivity. There are reports showing ALA causes a reduction in the elements involved in the fatty acid synthesis. This, in turn, improves insulin sensitivity as well. More the oxidation of fatty acids, lesser will be the fatty acid accumulation.
Studies also highlight that ALA reduces the reactive elements that are involved in inflammation. ALA’s antioxidant nature is useful to treat liver diseases. The anti-inflammatory nature and antioxidant nature helps in the regeneration of the damaged liver. It also helps in reversing the damage of liver cirrhosis (a condition of liver damage where the healthy liver tissues undergo scarring) in cases where other medicines claimed to not achieve.
Other ingredients in Plexus Slim
Prebiotics are substances that aid in the growth and development of the good gut bacteria in the body. The gut bacteria help in digestion, nutrient absorption, and waste product removal. Plexus slim contains xylooligosaccharides(XOS) which is considered to be a good prebiotic fiber. The manufacturer claims that it increases the probiotic bacterial count such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium by 365 times and 290 times, respectively. In fact, the presence of the XOS helps in increasing the levels of another probiotic bacteria Akkermansia, and this helps in improving the metabolism.
What are the side effects?
The probable side effects are listed below but scientists are still not sure if these side effects are from Plexus Slim or not.
- Gastric problems
- Stomach pain
The final takeaway
Plexus Slim is a fat trimming powder that is consumed as a drink for those in a weight loss regime. This pink drink has a whole range of benefits that are associated with the sole ingredients present in it (namely Chromium, Garcinia Cambogia, Green coffee bean extract, and alpha lipoic acid). It also possesses XOS, which enhances the growth and proliferation of good gut bacteria. There are some side effects such as gas, nausea, bloating, etc. This is a vegetarian product and is gluten-free.
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