Grains of Paradise…
It’s a name that could almost pass for an exotic holiday location… but in actual fact, it’s WAY more exciting than that… Especially if you’re in the midst of a fat loss rut or if you’re simply wanting to burn off some unwanted flub before summer hits…
Grains of Paradise may be the missing link you need to give your fat loss efforts a gentle prod in the right direction.
What Exactly is ‘Grains of Paradise’?
Scientifically speaking, Grains of Paradise (GOP) are known as Aframomum melegueta, and a quick look at the history of this supplement reveals it’s very closely related to ginger. It’s also considered to be a herb, where the seeds have traditionally been used as a pungent spice to season foods with.
A Quick Lesson In Fat:
In order to explain the benefits of Grains of Paradise, we need to understand a few things. Firstly, we need to understand that there are two types of fats in our body – both have similar functions, but with a few variances. The two types of fat cells in our body are:
- Brown Adipose tissue and
- White Adipose tissue.
Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT):
BAT helps your body generate heat by burning calories. Think about your BAT next time you’re shivering in cold temperatures. The shivering is your body’s way of trying to heat itself up to maintain a steady temperature.
BAT also has been shown to help enhance glucose uptake by the muscle cells. This results in a stable blood sugar level as well as less glucose potentially being stored in WAT which can cause an increase in your body’s storage of fat.
Hint: The more stable your body’s blood sugar, the steadier your energy levels throughout the day and the lower your food cravings will be.
White Adipose Tissue (WAT) – AKA body fat:
WAT’s primary function is an emergency energy storage, just in case we experience a famine or have no access to food. This is the fat storage which helps keep our body alive during periods of starvation and is a biological safety mechanism which can be traced back to the origin of the human species.
In the event we consume too many calories, WAT will happily store those calories away as body fat – for a time we may need them the future. Put simply, WAT is the fat that blurs our abdominals and makes us feel and look… well… ‘fat’.
What Can ‘Grains of Paradise’ do for me?
Now to get down to the important stuff, the benefits of Grains of Paradise!
BENEFIT 1 – Blood Sugar Regulation:
In numerous studies, Grains of Paradise has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels via activation of brown fat. The steadier the blood sugar levels, the easier it is for the body to be able to utilise fat stores for energy.
Furthermore, another benefit of stable blood sugar levels is reduced cravings and fewer highs and lows in our energy levels throughout the day. How often do your energy levels feel like a roller coaster when trying to cut body fat? A supplement containing Grains of paradise may help rectify this issue.
BENEFIT 2 – Increased Caloric Expenditure:
As per the information on BAT earlier, activating and increasing the activity of BAT is going to increase the body’s rate of which it burns calories. The faster the rate of which the body can burn calories, in theory, the faster it can burn fat and lose weight.
This is fantastic for those looking for weight loss. Increasing the bodies metabolic rate via increasing the activity of BAT, we can enhance the bodies fat burning potential by increasing our overall daily calorie output.
What Supplements Contain ‘Grains of Paradise’?
Three of our most popular products that contain Grains of Paradise are:
- Thermonuke Pink Ops (for females) by RCN Nutrition
- Thermonuke by RCN Nutrition
- DeFine8 by Musclewerks
All three products above not only contain Grains of Paradise, but also contain a plethora of ingredients designed to help boost your mood, provide steady energy, encourage fat loss and help you towards achieving your fitness goals.