Carb Blockers

What are Carb Blockers?

January 18, 2019

Being slim is what most women consider sexy. They undergo different kinds of methods just to lose weight. There are various diets introduced as well as work out which are both effective. But women would admit that doing such is sometimes tiring.

For instance, diet limit your food intake, which also affects your cravings. You are on the go to try something new but carbs stop you.

Perhaps, one of the best techniques to lose a few found is to take weight loss pills. So have you ever heard about carb blockers?

Carb blockers are supplements that are used for diet, nonetheless with a different twist than weight loss pills. These diet supplements are also known as starch blockers, as it allows you to eat carbs minus the unnecessary calories.

Alpha-amylase inhibitors are a group of compounds which are naturally present in certain foods such as beans. The extracted alpha-amylase from beans are called Phaseolus vulgaris. Sometimes it is referred to as white kidney bean extract. These compounds are what build carb blockers

We’ll focus and tour around carb blockers that contain bean extract only as we proceed in the article.

The Making of Carb Blockers

There are two digestible carbs existing. One is simple and the other is complex.

The simple carbs are found in natural food like fruit and milk. However, they are also present in some processed products such as sodas, desserts, and yogurts.

On the other hand, complex carbs are found in rice, bread, pasta, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Complex carbs are made up by chained simple carbs which, to be absorbed by the body, are required to be broken down by the enzymes.

Most of the enzymes that can break these complex carbs are restrained by the substances that the carb blockers possess. So, instead of being broken down and absorbed, the complex carbs simply pass through the large intestine without doing anything. Meaning to say, they neither add any calories nor increase blood sugar.

Carb Blockers in Losing Weight

Weight loss buddies! That is how carb blockers are introduced in the market. It allows you to consume as many carbs as you want without adding any unwanted calories to your health.

What Does Studies Concluded About these Supplements?

Studies show inconsistent outcome otherwise. Its efficiency is somehow becoming questionable and restricted.

To better understand, the diet supplement has a 50 to 65 percent limit of blocking the carbs to be digested and absorbed. In other words, the enzyme restriction does not exactly mean to block the same size of carbs.

One study shows this after a carb blocker examination. The researchers found out that although 97% of the enzymes was inhibited, 7% of the carbs are only prevented to be absorbed. The researchers explained that diet supplement only slows down the process of carb digestion and not exactly stop its absorption.

People who are a big consumer of sugar (i.e. products with a huge amount of sugar) may found carb blockers not helpful in losing weight. It is because sugar is simple carbs which are not part of the carb blockers job. Remember that carb blockers only affect the complex carbs.

Nevertheless, carb blockers are still backed up by some studies to assist in, or cause, weight loss.

In the study, participants were divided into two. One is the controlled group while the other is provided with the diet supplement. Significantly, after 4 to 12 weeks, participants provided with the diet supplement lost more pounds than the control group. They lost 2 to 5.5 lbs. which is equal to 0.95 to 2.5 kg.

Another study supported this result by showing 8.8 lbs. (4kg) of lost weight among the supplement user participants.

Still, it is hard to make a conclusion as other studies show no difference between the participants who took the supplement and those who did not. Moreover, the studies may not be reliable due to its poor and small design, plus most of the fund of the studies are from large supplement companies.

It’s Effect in Decreasing Appetite

Aside from its “anti-carb digestion” properties, carb blockers are well known for its properties regarding appetite. They influence the hormones involving a person’s fullness and hunger. Plus it affects the process in the stomach, slowing it down to be emptied and making you feel full for a longer hour. The culprit behind this effect is considered by the scientist to be the phytohaemagglutinin, a compound found in bean extracts which upsurge the level of hormones concerning fullness.

This has been shown in a study which participants are rats. According to the study, rats loss appetite for about 25 to 90% after they have given phytohaemagglutinin. However, this result wore off after a few days. In fact, after supplies were banned, the rats’ appetite was back more 50% and their weights were back to their previous ones.

But other studies are considering the link between carb blockers and appetite in a different way.

In another study with the same test subject, the diet supplements consistently decrease the rats’ food intake by 15 to 25% as well as their fat and sugar intake.

There are no human studies regarding this effect so it is still difficult to conclude whether these findings are useful with humans.

Blood Sugar may be controlled by Carb Blockers

The diet supplement may have more positive effects in ones’ health more than in losing weight.

Because carb blockers, slow down the complex carbs digestion, they also lower the sudden rise in blood sugar. Additionally, it is believed that some of the hormones involved in the blood sugar level control are affected by these supplements.

It has been shown useful in one study. After a group of people consumes a carb-high meal, their blood sugar level only has a small increase. In fact, their blood sugar level recovers faster.

How Safe are Carb Blockers?

Generally, carb blockers are safe. But make sure to take your supply in reputable stores.

When carbs are stocked in the large intestine, chances are they will be fermented by bacteria. The gasses produced by the fermented carbs have annoying side effects. It includes bloating, cramping, flatulence, and diarrhea. These are not severe side effects but it can cause a carb blocker user to stop consuming it.

Furthermore, diabetic patients who take insulin should have a talk with his or her doctor. If the insulin dose is not adjusted, your blood sugar can reach an alarmingly low level which is a consequence of carb blockers.