Lotus leaf may call to mind the beautiful water lily that lives in the waters of Asia…opening its petals to greet each new day. The lotus flower has decorated pottery, paintings and religious artifacts across the world, and has been making an appearance in the written word for millennia.
Its cousin, the Nelumbo Nucifera, or Sacred Lotus, also known as Chinese arrowroot and Egyptian bean, is an entirely edible plant – from the petals to the seeds.
Ancient cultures in Asia and the Middle East have been consuming the whole plant for more than 5,000 years, and without any adverse side effects!
Lotus Leaf is Commonly Used to Treat:
- Stomach upset and flatulence
- Bleeding Ulcers
- Circulation problems
- Menstrual cramps and excessive bleeding
- Mushroom poisoning
Modern medicine has recently discovered it is also a natural fat-burner.
Ancient Remedies Combined with Modern Science
Scientists are taking this holistic wonder and combining it with naturally occurring amino acids that regulate your metabolism and fat-burning processes – such as taurine and L-carnitine – to see if the benefits can be amplified.
Researchers at the Department of Food and Nutrition in Korea studied obese mice fed a high-fat diet deficient in taurine.
When the test subjects were given a lotus leaf extract prepared with hot water and taurine, their overall absorption of fat and carbohydrates decreased, and they burned existing fat at a faster rate.
Research shows that taurine deficiency may create a cycle of obesity.
Taurine Supplementation Lowers Fat Profiles:
Taurine is an amino acid your body produces naturally. It is found in your heart muscles, white blood cells, and throughout your central nervous system.
It is the second most common amino acid in your body. As the main ingredient in human bile, taurine aids in the digestion of fat and the absorption of vitamins.
Taurine supports neurological development. When used alone, it has been proven beneficial to infant development (children can only get it through breast milk and diet), eye health, and regulation of blood sugar and weight loss in diabetics.
Taurine is found primarily in meat, dairy and eggs so if you follow a vegan lifestyle, you may want to consider taking a supplement.
L-Carnitine’s Role in Fat-Burning
L-Carnitine breaks down human fat cells. It is an amino acid that controls cellular metabolism by generating energy from fatty acids and then converting this energy into usable fuel. It is produced in the liver and stored in the heart, brain and muscles.
Your body may need more L-Carnitine than you can produce. Beef, pork, dairy products and avocados are abundant in this amino acid.
The Perfect Team
When combined with lotus leaf, these compounds have shown incredible results in regards to obesity, a growing epidemic in the Western world that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, mental disorders and digestive problems to name a few.
However, when L-Carnitine and taurine are combined, the effect is even greater. Scientists believe that initial results indicate the potential to treat and prevent obesity and obesity-related disease.
Lotus leaf is available in supplement form. You can also use the dried leaves to make tea: Just steep in hot boiling water for at least 3-4 hours. Be aware that lotus leaf has a slightly bitter taste.
Lotus leaf may increase bleeding, so be sure check with your healthcare provider before taking lotus leaf if you have a bleeding disorder.
Not just a pretty face, the lotus leaf could be the healthy weight loss boost you’ve been searching for.