Can you lose weight with Black Seed?

I know that there are many wonders to black seed (nigella sativa; nigella; kalonji) but does it actually contribute towards weight loss.  So here goes…

Benefits to Weight Loss

The black seed powder can help with weight loss/management. The Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders published a study systematically reviewing the literature for plants that have anti-obesity properties and discovered that black seed was amongst the most effective natural remedies on the planet.  Traditionally, black seed has not been used to treat obesity, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent that is known to help people lose weight in the same way that it helps diabetics.  Specifically, by decreasing these weight gain triggers.

The conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid in black seed, burns fat in the body and lowers the fat melting point.  I had no idea that black seed had fat burning properties.  Wow!

I was astonished to learn about the power of this super seed.  (I must confess that upon reading this I did quickly eat some, to start the fat burning process).

Benefits to our Skin

Could it be that this tiny seed would be able to do wonders with my skin?

Melanin are pigments that protect the skin from damage. You are probably most familiar with it being the main chemical responsible for giving our eyes and skin their individual colour. Black seed can promote and inhibit melanogenesis (melanin production). It can benefit the skin and other cells by its power of healing.  Moreover, the fatty acids in black seed are good for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  How marvellous!  Combined with our essential vitamins for hair, skin and nails, you will have the pleasure of benefiting from the best of both worlds.

How to take Black Seed powder

Black Seed has been widely used in our family for as far back as I can remember. I have personally used black seed for a number of years, I believe it has helped me remain fit and healthy.  However, I have always had the challenge of getting the right quality and consuming it daily.  Black seed can be found in both powder or oil format and is traditionally brought from various Islamic stores or Asian supermarkets. It is consumed by chewing or mixing with food such as honey. It is a part of a staple diet in many Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, where it is known as “Habba Sawda”.  I have heard of various stories where black seed has been used for acne, fertility, diabetes, skin, hair and face.

My mum is a huge fan of black seed and advocates its use.  Next time she talks to me about taking it I will be able to share my knowledge with her.  I am sure she will be amazed as I am about exactly how beneficial this seed is.

In a nutshell black seed is an all-rounder for good health, weight loss and good skin.  I am sure, in time, I will learn about other benefits of my little black seed.

When the team at mySisterhood were working on our slimming product, we were adamant to make black seed a core ingredient, we are the first in the world to do so.

My aim with mySisterhood supplements is to introduce a meal replacement shake, harnessing the goodness and benefits of black seed by incorporating it into a healthy and natural shake. That’s not all, we have incorporated so much ‘real goodness’, where you also get; aloe vera, green tea extracts, vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails.  An all in one product!

Now if this sounds good, then you will be amazed to know it’s ALL Natural. There are no bulking agents, no artificial colours or flavours.  Our shakes are allergen free, they are suitable for vegans as well as being halal.  mySisterhood meal replacement shakes are as close to raw goodness as we could possibly produce for you.  Our shakes will help you lose weight as part of a calorie controlled diet.

Please read my other blog on black seed, to learn about its background and more.

The Facts about Green Tea

More and more are exhibiting likeness of green tea. Some are already incorporating it into their diet. How do people see green tea? It’s a miracle drug that can enhance youthfulness, beauty, and a strong and healthy body. It is also considered as the protector of the human body from numerous diseases. For the fitness world, it serves as an agent in losing weight. These are just some of the benefits of having green tea diet.

Working out a natural diet

By incorporating green tea in your meal daily, you are enhancing a more balanced diet. Together with exercise, green tea has turned out to be more effective than ever.

Green tea preserves all its important compounds like antioxidants because it is brewed and not fermented, It is advisable to drink green tea while it’s still hot because live antioxidants are very prominent and its valuable nutritional affects are also preserved.

Black tea versus green tea

Black tea is not similar to green tea at all. While green tea is typically brewed, black tea is fermented. The fermentation process of black tea tends to eliminate the important vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to health. Therefore, it is concluded that green tea is proven to be more effective than black tea.

Green tea diet benefits

  • Reduce the risk for hypertension and high blood pressure
  • Destroy free radicals
  • Maintain healthy fluid and electrolyte balance that can help relieve fatigue and stress
  • Lower increased amount of cholesterol level
  • Toxin prevention in the liver
  • Antiviral and antibacterial properties
  • Reduce incidences of cancer in parts of the body like colon, pancreas, esophagus, rectum, bladder and stomach by up to sixty percent
  • Increased metabolism
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Stops thrombosis formation which is the cause for heart attacks

Caffeine content

Thoughts about the caffeine content in green tea have bothered and quite alarmed avid drinkers of the beverage.

Warning on green tea caffeine

  • If you have a medical condition or you’re pregnant, be sure to consult your physician first before consuming the beverage.
  • Drink moderately. Caffeine is not the only thing that can do negative effects when increased. Higher concentration of polyphenols can damage the kidney and liver. Don’t drink 8-10 cups of green tea a day. That can be very harmful especially if you have a low tolerance level.
  • Don’t be fooled by energy drinks made from green tea. Aside from diminished or very less antioxidants, energy drinks have high sugar content. Drinks like these have already undergone a lot of processes that may lose important nutrients upon reaching your body.

Black seed, a historical wonder!

My mum has always told to me to eat black seed because it has a lot of benefits.  Well, I thought that I need to delve into this further, (I actually thought what does my mum know, but don’t tell her that).

Black seed (nigella sativa; nigella; kalonji) is also referred to as “Habba Sawda” in Arabic (Blessed Seed) and comes from a flowering plant, Ranunculite family.   Black seed has been used for centuries from as far back in history as ancient Egypt with Cleopatra being a fan, but there are also references to it in the Old Testament and in Islam. It has been documented that in Islam, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) once said, “Hold on to the use of the black seed for it has a remedy for every disease except death”. As such, black seed is believed to have medicinal healing properties.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that black seed has been widely used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years.  It is commonly used in Asian, North African and Middle-East communities.  Its onion-like and peppery taste has rendered it a spice used in curries and to flavour breads.  Due to its potency, it can be difficult to consume in large quantities, trust me I know!   I have found that it is available as seed, powder and oil.

What is Black Seed good for?

Now that I understood its background I wanted to understand more about this seed.  In my house black seed is used frequently.  I have a family of science geeks, so I wanted to see if there were any studies to show just how good black seed is.

Scientifically (to make my family proud): black seed contains conjugated linoleic acid, thymoquinone, nigellone (dithymoquinone), melanthin, nigilline, and trans-anethole.

Practically:  The benefits of black seed vary and are numerous, some are backed up with laboratory studies.  Some have been passed down through the ages, like: eliminating accumulating gas in the stomach, to relieve colds, leprosy and phlegm.

Studies suggest that black seed is packed with a profound number of vitamins, omega 3 and has anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-allergy, anti-bronchial and anti-carcinogenic properties, (now that’s a lot of antis’).  There are various studies which support the fact that black seed aids with weight loss, especially as black seed has curing and preventative properties and is known to boost the immune system.  Black seed contains phytosterols which are good plant fats. This limits the amount of cholesterol absorbed in the body.

The benefits of black seed are simply amazing and numerous.   Currently there are many studies and a growing research into its potential.  So don’t just take my word for it (or my mum’s to be correct and yes she clearly knows more than she is letting on!).

My aim with mySisterhood supplements is to introduce a meal replacement shake, harnessing the goodness and benefits of black seed by incorporating it into a healthy and natural shake. mySisterhood shakes are the only ones to do so. That’s not all, mySisterhood have gone much further and have incorporated such ‘real goodness’, where you get; black seed, aloe vera, green tea, vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails.  An all in one product!

Now if this sounds good, then you will be amazed to know it’s ALL Natural. There are no bulking agents, no artificial colourings, and no artificial flavours.  Our shakes are allergen free, they are suitable for vegans as well as being halal.  mySisterhood meal replacement shakes are as close to raw goodness as we could possibly produce for you.  Our shakes will help you lose weight as part of a calorie controlled diet.

Please read my other blog on black seed, to learn about its benefits for weight loss and more.

Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails – Silica, Biotin, Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc

Silica

It is also known as silicon dioxide, a combination of silicon and oxygen. It is found in many vegetables, including leafy greens, onions and whole grains.

Silica is one of the important components for bone growth and for your body’s development.  The younger you are the more silica is in your body.  Silica is one of the reasons for beautiful soft skin, silky hair and perfect nails in children.  As we age we lose silica.  Silica promotes mineral balance between calcium and magnesium, it can achieve hormonal balance together with bone enhancing properties to treat osteoporosis.

Silica energises the immune system and can help alkalise the body if consumed with healthy dietary choices.

Silica may be of great value when the skin begins to sag, which obviously makes us look prematurely aged.  Silica is one of the biggest components of collagen.  Since collagen is the connective tissue that makes up most of our skin, it is not difficult to realise the importance of adequate silica levels within our bodies.  Having sufficient and well-toned collagen will make our skin look soft and young which in turn helps with suppleness and an increased capability of being moisturised.

Biotin (vitamin H)

Biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy, it contributes to normal maintenance of skin, hair and mucous membranes.  Biotin has shown to play a role in lowering cholesterol in animal studies.  Preliminary research has shown biotin can help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, which when too high, can lead to heart disease and stroke

Biotin helps us keep a young, attractive appearance.  Biotin helps to maintain the health of our hair, nails and skin.  In fact, biotin sometimes gets the nickname the “H” vitamin, which stems from the German words Haar and Haut that mean “hair and skin.”  Vitamin B7 biotin is commonly added to hair and skin beauty products, although it’s believed to not be absorbed very well through the skin and actually must be ingested to be fully beneficial.

There are many benefits of Biotin, it supports a healthy metabolism; when combined with chromium can help balance blood sugar and can improve glucose intolerance as well as improve cholesterol levels.

Potassium

Good for the maintenance of skin and hair.

Potassium is a key mineral that the body relies on heavily to function properly.  It helps to lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of salt. Your kidneys help to control your blood pressure by controlling the amount of fluid stored in your body.  The more fluid, the higher your blood pressure.

Potassium contributes to normal metabolism, it helps to preserve hair, skin and nails.  Potassium deficiency can be one of the reasons for hair loss but many people are unaware of it. If the hair growth rate is slow and you are looking for natural ways to increase it, potassium will help you achieve that. People who eat more salt are likely to suffer from potassium deficiency. Cutting down on the intake of salt will have a positive effect on the potassium levels and hair growth.

Magnesium

Helps you remain fit, young and energetic, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Magnesium is a special mineral that helps you in remaining fit, young and energetic.  Lack of magnesium in your body makes you feel weak, tired, fatigued and age more rapidly.  The indications of magnesium scarcity in your body are pretty similar to the indications of old age.  The most common signals are increased blood pressure, uneven pulse rate, blocked arteries, heart problems and insulin resistance.  Some other indications are osteoporosis and predisposition to diabetes.  This alone proves the importance of magnesium for the human body to run well.  As you start ageing, you notice fine lines around your eyes and on forehead.  Magnesium is very effective in reducing these wrinkles and fine lines.

Several researches have shown that deficit of magnesium in your body may affect your hair growth and prompt hair loss in an abnormal manner.  The reason behind this is that hair follicles need this supplement to create strong hair follicles and strands, which will stay intact for a long time.

Zinc

Ideal for hair, skin, nails and vision.

Zinc is a nutrient that people need to stay healthy.

Zinc is found in cells throughout the body.  It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.  The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

If your body is low in Zinc it can exasperate stress and can accelerate the ageing process.

Zinc contributes to normal carbohydrate and protein metabolism, normal DNA synthesis, maintenance of normal hair, nails and skin and vision. Zinc deficiencies cause problems with the skin, a part of the body whose tissues are constantly dividing and repairing. Part of the deficiency problem is due to poor enzyme production, making skin repair slow.  Another problem is with the daily damage to DNA, so with poor zinc levels, damage to skin may not heal properly.

mySisterhood has incorporated all these fabulous vitamins and minerals in our meal replacement shakes so there is no need to rush and get extra supplements. We have superfood, like black seed, green tea extract, aloe vera with its unique benefits in our protein shakes, designed to help you in your weight loss journey.

Natural Stevia v Artificial Sweeteners

Natural Stevia v Artificial Sweeteners

I have never been a fan of artificial sweeteners, as a low calorie substitute for sugar it is widely available on the market.  Diabetics are reliant on it as their means of ‘sweet stuff’. I know many people who take artificial sweeteners or who purchase food containing them.  They all believe that they are healthy and cannot be as bad as sugar.  I wanted to find out more and see if there are alternatives.

I have always heard that refined sugar is harmful.  Over consumption is not good for heath and can contribute to certain life changing conditions, including type 2 diabetes.  In order to avoid this sugar people turn to artificial sweeteners.  However, studies have shown that they can be harmful with side effects.  Symptoms can range from headaches, migraines, weight gains and even cardiovascular disease and in some cases a lot more.  We tend to believe that artificial sweeteners can help us lose weight but some research suggests the opposite.  I know a lot people who drink diet sodas to avoid putting on weight and always moan that they are not doing so.  However they haven’t linked the two.  Particularly when something is labelled ‘diet’.

Artificial sweeteners can be addictive, they make you want sweeter food.  This could in turn lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and more.  Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can put you at risk of atherosclerosis, where plaque builds up in arteries leading to stroke, heart attacks and in some cases death.

Here is a list of some artificial sweeteners:

  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Alitame
  • Cyclamate
  • Dulcin
  • Equal
  • Glucin
  • Kaltame
  • Mogrosides
  • Neotame
  • NutraSweet
  • Nutrinova
  • Phenlalanine
  • Saccharin
  • Splenda
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucralose
  • Twinsweet
  • Sweet ‘N Low
  • Xylitol

I have come across studies that claim that artificial sweeteners are harmful to you and have significant side effects.  Whilst there are many studies which argue to the contrary, with less conviction.

No matter what you believe these, artificial sweeteners are anything but natural.

I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to these chemical substances.  Many consumers take these alternatives in order to lose weight and avoid other health problems, despite some research suggesting otherwise.  There is a lot which goes into such studies; resources, money and time, so I will not flatly discredit the findings.  Unfortunately most ‘diet’ products contain these chemicals.  In my opinion there does not seem to be sufficient studies to show what the effects are where large amounts of these chemicals are taken over a long time.

Don’t worry there is something out there which is natural and will not cause concern as artificial sweeteners may.

Stevia is a natural sweetener, a sugar substitute; extracted from the green leaves of the plant Stevia Rebaudiana, grown in Brazil and Paraguay.  Stevia has about 150 times the sweetness of sugar.  Clinical studies confirm it is heat-stable and has a negligible effect on blood glucose, making it suitable for diabetics. What’s more it has no calories and clinical studies has shown that stevia is tooth friendly and does not cause decay.

Studies have also shown that there are other benefits of stevia, it can lower blood pressure and can help fight diabetes.

I would chose stevia over a chemical sweetener which is can lead to an adverse effect and may not assist with weight loss.

At mySisterhood our ethos is help people adopt a healthier lifestyle.  You will be relieved to know that our healthy meal replacement shakes do not contain any artificial sweeteners or refined sugars.

We have opted to go for the natural stevia, a high quality ingredient.  Keeping with our principles, we have no bulking agents or artificial flavours.  We have incorporated super healthy black seed, aloe vera and green tea in our shakes designed to help with weight loss.  They are suitable for vegans as well as being halal.

Green Tea, healthiest beverage on the planet?

I have never been a fan of hot drinks, especially tea, but my husband is a raving fan of hot drinks, especially in cold weather, where it can help him keep warm and relax.  Now I wanted to join this tea drinking group.  So I had to find an alternative.  I tried coffee and again could not agree with its taste.  I know that some people think that there is something wrong with me!  Especially the hard core coffee lovers but I can live with that.  Anyway I came across green tea, at first I did not like it.  So I started taking green tea with other flavours like mint or lemon etc.  Now I can go to a café and enjoy a hot drink with others.

I now drink a lot of green tea and have heard that green tea has been described as one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. I had no idea as to why it has been afforded that title so, having a thirst for knowledge I had to carry out some research and I believe that it certainly fits that title. 

I was amazed to find that there are numerous epidemiological studies on green tea, they show that regular consumption of green tea has a net positive effect on overall health. Wow!

There are green tea supplements available on the market and I found that even as a supplement, green tea can be a worthwhile addition to your dietary habits.

For me personally, I was interested in seeing if green tea can help me slim down.  Many studies have shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight especially during exercise, how exciting especially as I enjoy drinking it.

I was excited to find that there are studies where green tea has consistently been shown to boost metabolic rate.  Furthermore, it was shown that fat burning can be increased in the body. Several studies have found the significance in the reduction of body fat especially around the abdominal area. I believe for me this is one of the reasons why I was trimming down with regular consumption.

Like I said previously that green tea has other benefits too, contains caffeine which is a stimulant. This is not at the level found in coffee but enough to provide positive affects without some of the negatives associated with too much caffeine.  Caffeine impacts by blocking Adenosine (an inhibitory neurotransmitter). This action increases the firing of neurons, improving the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine.  Overall caffeine effects various aspects of brain functioning such as improved mood reaction times, and memory.  So, now you can enjoy the benefits of caffeine.

You may not know this but apart from improving brain function green tea may also protect our brains. The catechin compounds in green tea can protect our new rounds and therefore lower the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine. This combined with caffeine has a synergistic affect improving brain function.

Green tea is full of powerful antioxidants such as Polyphenols. One of the most powerful of its antioxidants is known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). This has been shown to have positive effects in treating many diseases, and could even reduce the risk of cancer, including breast and colorectal cancer.

Green tea can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar levels, and even lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The catechin compounds may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and improve dental health.

Green tea has also shown to prove some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. It increases the antioxidant capability of the blood which then protects from heart disease.

As you can see there are various benefits to consuming green tea.  There are lots of supplements available on the market.  When deciding what important powerful ingredients to incorporate in shakes developed to help with weight loss I had to include green tea extracts.  I wanted to include as many good quality superfoods to help with overall health whilst help fighting that fat

mySisterhood supplements, have introduced a meal replacement shake, harnessing the goodness and benefits of green tea extract by incorporating it into a healthy and natural shake.  mySisterhood shakes are the only ones to do so. That’s not all, mySisterhood have gone much further and have incorporated such ‘real goodness’. Where else will you get Black Seed, Aloe Vera, vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails combined with black seed, an all in one product.

What are GMO and Preservatives?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Preservatives are included in a number of different products and I needed to understand the effects they had on my body, below are the initial findings.

 

What are GMO’s?

I have always heard about GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) but what are they? Should we be consuming them?  I wanted to find out more about these so I started looking into it.

GMO’s are foods which are genetically modified, their genes have been altered by scientists.  It is fascinating to know that scientists can mix different species of foods.  We all know that scientists love experimenting and as a result of that we can benefit in many ways, but sometimes the results of these experiments are not as beneficial.

There are studies to suggest that GMO foods are safe to eat, some argue that the concept behind having such foods can eradicate food shortage in certain parts of the world.  This seems like a good idea but it has not ended starvation as there are numerous people around the world who do not have access to food and are starving.

Having looked at some of the studies, the positive outcomes of these foods are that they are supposed to be cheaper and have a longer shelf life.  As they are genetically modified they do not perish as quickly as non GMO food due to weather and climate.  This sounds quite good and helps in reducing waste.

However I have found that there are various studies to suggest that these food have side effects and their long term effect make them bad for you.  There are, for example, studies which suggest that there is a link with food allergies and genetically modified food consumed.  There are concerns that these food have low nutritional value when compared to non GMO food.  Now the alarm bells are ringing in my head.  There are some studies that try to discredit such studies.

Whichever side of the fence you sit on, for me I believe if I could avoid such foods why not.  GMO is relatively new, I don’t think there are sufficient long term studies to win me over.  I know that I can avoid these foods and do not want to incorporate them in my diet.

We have ensured that our supplements at mySisterhood contain no GMO food in our meal replacement shakes. You can lose weight with the comfort knowing that only natural ingredients go into mySisterhood and we would not compromise with quality.

 

What are Preservatives?                                                                                                                              

Whilst looking into GMO products, I thought that it is important to look into preservatives and learn more about them.

Preservatives are used to make food last longer.  It delays the spoiling of food from temperature, light, oxidation etc.  Foods that are exposed to bacteria can cause food to go bad and mould.  Preservatives are good to delay the spoiling of food.

There are many natural preservatives out there but unfortunately companies do not use enough of the natural preservatives.

Not all preservatives are bad for you however, some preservatives can cause adverse reactions for example, inorganic sulphite additives (E220-228) and benzoic acid (E210-213) can trigger asthma/breathing difficulties in some people.  That is why food labelling is compulsory as it is governed by European Law.  This ensures all products state what preservatives and additives are included for consumers to make an informed choice about exactly what they are consuming.  Well that is a relief to read.

I am going to list some of the preservatives that are safe and unsafe allowing you to understand your food label and making an informed choice.

Safe:

Ascorbic acid

Is a form of vitamin C, which can be found naturally in fruits and veggies, ascorbic acid is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals (molecules that are produced when the body breaks down foods or is exposed to things like cigarette smoke or radiation). Typically, ascorbic acid is used to help prevent food spoilage in a wide range of products from cereal to beverages

Taurine 

It is found naturally in meat, fish, and even breast milk. Taurine helps maintain water and electrolyte balance in the blood.

It gets negative press because it is found in many energy drinks, in large quantities. Generally taurine is considered safe as long as up to 3,000 milligrams per day is consumed.  Research suggests that up to 4,000 milligrams can be found in energy drinks. Now if you are going to drink more than one can you will see why the body may experience some adverse effects.

That is why it is important to be alert of what you are consuming and the amount being consumed.

Nisin 

This preservative is mainly used for its anti-bacterial properties. It is primarily used in meat products, poultry products, cheese, liquid eggs, and salad dressing. Nisin grows on dairy products, it is natural and considered safe.  Some research suggests that this preservative can wipe out cancer cells and can combat antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Unsafe/Questionable:

Sulfites

Sulfites are used to prevent the browning and discoloration of food, but have been linked to asthma and allergy in some cases.  If you are asthmatic it may be advisable to avoid this preservative.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate is known to help stop the fermentation or acidification of foods.  It is commonly found in soft drinks as well as some fruit juices. Studies suggest when this preservative is combined with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid mentioned above) it can create benzene, a known carcinogen.  However, you would need to drink gallons of these benzene-filled beverages to suffer any adverse effects.

Nitrite

Nitrite is used as a food colouring.  This preservative is often found in meats.  For example, it is responsible for the red colouring in hot dogs. It has been linked to cancer, therefore, the consumption of processed food containing this preservative should be reduced if not avoided.

BHA/BHT

Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (try to say that five times fast) helps to preserve fats and oils in food and cosmetics.  They are generally considered safe. However, some studies have found that BHA has the potential to be a carcinogen, while BHT has been linked to both increased and decreased risk of cancer.

Now you know a little more about preservatives.  They say knowledge is power and I agree!  Now when you are reading a food label you may have a better understanding of what you are putting in your body.

Again, I wanted to avoid anything unnatural in the development of my shakes designed to help people lose weight, become fit and heathy without feeling guilty about what is in it.  It is not just about my product but I want to encourage my family to question and check what they are eating or drinking.  I want them to embrace the goodness of natural ingredients.

We try and grow some fruit and vegetables in our garden and green house, I get really excited, when I see my children getting involved.  In turn I hope they develop a love for natural, organic food free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.  Once they are equipped with this knowledge they will be able to pass it on to forthcoming generations.

mySisterhood supplements are designed for slimming and weight loss, they do not contain any preservatives or additives.  We are ensuring that our product is natural, healthy and of high quality. They are free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.  They contain healthy, natural ingredients like, black seed, aloe vera and green tea extracts packed with goodness.

Glucomannan, the miracle fibre that makes you feel full?

I heard about a miracle fibre that could reduce belly fat?

Glucomannan, a natural, water-soluble dietary fibre extracted from the roots of the elephant yam, also known as Konjac, I wanted to know a little more about this ‘Konjac Glucomannan’, nature’s innovation, was it a scam?

China has been enjoying the benefits of this fibre, Konjac Glucomannan which they have used as food and medicine for over 2,000 years, as well as for food in Japan for more than 1,500 years and has a modest body of evidence to support its claims.  It is about time we understand and learn about the marvels of this natural wonder.

Glucomannan comprises 40% of the dry weight of the elephant yam, which is originally from Southeast Asia. It has a long history of use in herbal mixtures and traditional foods like tofu, noodles, and konjac jelly.

There are some fascinating facts about Glucomannan which I think you will find interesting, it is obtained from the tubers (roots) of various species of Amorphophallus, a source of a highly water-soluble fibre.  It has the exceptional ability to absorb liquid around 100 times its own volume, how cool is that.  Take for example, if you emptied a Glucomannan capsule into a small glass of water, the entire thing turns into a gel, I think this is what makes this  so different. This unique property is believed to mediate its effects on weight loss. At first I could not believe this, but the more I look into it the more fascinated I became.

If ingested, this magic ingredient ‘fills’ the stomach creating a gel like substance allowing the brain to feel it is ‘full’ and so remove hunger emotions, preventing overeating. This in turn lowers your food intake at your next meal therefore reducing your calorie intake. Satiety is also increased as it lasts longer in our stomach and delays emptiness. It reduces the absorption of protein and fat.  When I first came across this, I was so excited and was thinking along the lines of where this had been for most of my life.

I want to shout out aloud about this well-kept secret. So, in short Glucomannan can help people lose weight it has the following qualities:

  • It is very low in calories.
  • It fills up space in the stomach and gives the feeling of fullness (satiety), reducing food intake at a subsequent meal.
  • It delays emptying of the stomach, contributing to increased satiety.
  • Like other soluble fibres, it reduces the absorption of protein and fat.

Naturally, I was so curious about this that I had to try this for myself.  I was a bit sceptical about this and would not believe that it would work.  I am addicted to chocolate.  Could this be what I have waited for to help me overcome my addiction?

So I took the leap of faith and tried this natural fibre.  I was pleasantly surprised that it certainly did make me feel full for a few hours. In fact when I first took it, I felt so full that I did not think I could put another morsel in my mouth, I was not hungry and my chocolate cravings were put at bay.  However, it is not a miracle cure I still need to use will power and take responsibility for what I put in my mouth.

What’s more, Konjac Glucomannan powder in the context of an energy-restricted diet, contributes to weight loss, it is proven to reduce body weight and aids the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and is confirmed by EFSA (European Food Safety Agency).

Glucomannan has other health benefits too.  It contributes to maintenance of normal blood Cholesterol Levels.  Glucomannan helps with the treatment of constipation.  Glucomannan can help with Rhumatoid Arthiritis.

Having learnt all this about Glucomannan, I wanted to share my experience and let everyone else experience this for themselves.  We all have different bodies and respond to ingredients in different ways.

After feeling the effects of this first hand I wanted this to be an integral part of the shakes I have helped develop to aid in slimming down.  mySisterhood supplements, have introduced a meal replacement shake, incorporating this amazing ingredient with other super-foods like green tea extract, aloe vera, vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails combined with black seed, an all in one product.

Don’t just take my word for it.  Try it for yourselves!

How amazing is Aloe Vera?

When anyone mentions aloe vera, I always imagine a cactus plant from a desert scene, in a movie.  However, there is a lot more to this thick short stem plant than meets the eye.  It stores so much water and nutrients within its leaves, which surprisingly is very beneficial for you.  It is widely used in many industries apart from food, with a global value of around $13 billion. It has medicinal qualities with many beneficial compounds which include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The nutrients make aloe one of nature’s most effective cleansers, detoxifying the body naturally.  It is astounding that something so simple and natural is so good for you.

In addition, I have come across studies which show that aloe is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium, chromium, copper, manganese, sodium, and iron.  It also contains numerous important enzymes.  These are vital for proper growth and function of our body.

We know antioxidants are important for health. One powerful group of antioxidants are known as polyphenols. These can help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria.  Aloe is packed with lots of antioxidants including polyphenols.

Aloe being an anti-inflammatory is thought to help the digestive system and has most notably been used to treat constipation, assist in dealing with digestive problems such as IBS as well as helping heartburn.  It helps to cleanse, rejuvenate and maintain a healthy digestive system.  For me this is a godsend as having a healthy digestive system means having a healthy better you.  Especially when you embark on a journey to improve your eating habits for a better lifestyle, it is always good to know that there is natural support for your digestive system.

Moreover, aloe helps with the immune system.  The immune system works continuously, it protects the body from attack.  If the immune system is weak or not producing an adequate response, your body may not be able to fight an infection or an illness.

Traditionally, aloe has been used as a remedy for diabetes.  Some research has shown promising results with aloe reducing blood sugars, vital in dealing with type II diabetes. There is also some evidence to suggest that aloe lowers cholesterol and therefore useful in dealing with obesity.

Having come across the above benefits of aloe, I thought surely that would be enough but there are more benefits of this super plant.

Studies have shown that Aloe Vera is good for the skin and the lining of the throat, nose, stomach, bowel, lungs and genital tract. Some research has shown aloe to have anti-ageing effects on the skin, but more research is needed.  Aloe Vera may support the natural mechanism of the body´s purification & toxin elimination, how good is that.

For all the people who want gorgeous locks, the natural vitamins in aloe can help with healthy hair.

The tropical application of aloe has shown to help burns, including sunburns.  Aloe has been shown to reduce dental plaque build-up, which means fewer visits to the dentist to have plaque build-up removed. It has also been shown to aid in the recovery of mouth ulcers.

This super powerful natural ingredient has been recognised for its healthy properties from all the way back to Ancient Egypt, where it was known as “the Plant of Immortality.” It was said that the two Egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, used aloe vera as part of their beauty regimes. Although they may not have known all the benefits of aloe, you could see why it is should be a part of your health and beauty regime.  They clearly understood how beneficial it was.

I was super excited to learn that aloe vera may help you with weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer, speeding up your metabolism, and helping you burn extra those extra unwanted calories. The vitamin B content of aloe vera plays a key role in enhancing metabolism, putting a stop to fat build-up and curbing appetite.

Well this funny looking plant has gained my respect.  Next time you receive this plant as a gift you will look at it in different light.

It would almost be sinful not to include this plant with super-powers in my concoction of super ingredients to help women become thinner, fitter and healthier.  I personally do not like the taste of aloe when drinking the liquid form.

So, we at mySisterhood have harnessed nature’s gift in our meal replacement shakes.  Amongst other superfoods, like black seed and green tea extract, we have aloe vera with its unique benefits in our protein shakes, designed to help you in your weight loss journey. We know that it helps with healthy hair and is good for your skin so we have gone further and put vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails in our shakes designed to help with weight loss.

Everything in one package for a better, healthier you!