Have You Ever Asked What Thylakoids Are?
I have been asked so many times over the past many months about Thylakoids and what they really are and how they work. So much so that I considered making an audio recording and playing it for anyone who asked! Even putting an audio file on my website! Ok, not really but almost.
So if you are wondering what those strange sounding little green things are and what they do – stick around. That is what we will quickly discuss today.
So what are they?
Thylakoids are small parts of the chloroplasts in the green cells of the spinach. They are actually part of a lot of plants and vegetables. But spinach for some reason is loaded with them. A lot more than any other vegetable. So for this reason this particular vegetable was chosen to yield the ingredients for an appetite control product (the one that worked beautifully for me).
Here is a short clear explanation of the part they play in curbing appetite taken from the website of thylakoids.com itself :
HOW DO THYLAKOIDS PLAY A PART IN APPETITE CONTROL?
Clinical studies have shown that Appethyl® helps reduce hunger and cravings by giving the body’s own satiety signals time to work*, thereby helping you make healthy food choices and stick to a healthy diet.
The thylakoids’ profound effects on appetite control were first discovered by Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, Professor of Medicine and Physiological Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden. In her own words:
“It is about making use of the time it takes to digest our food. There is nothing wrong with our digestive system, but it doesn’t work well with the modern ‘pre-chewed’ food. The thylakoids extend the digestion, producing a feeling of satiety and reducing hedonic hunger. This means that we are able to stick to the diet we are meant for without snacks and unnecessary foods like sweets, crisps and such”.
The above section and below photo were obtained from Thylakoids.com website and all credits go to this page : https://thylakoids.com/faq/
Maybe I can just eat Spinach?
Nope. It’s too bad, really, but these little vegetable parts are not released by just chewing the green leaves. They are, in fact, released but not in a very negligible quantity. So pounds and pounds of the leaves would need to be eaten to get a small amount of benefit.
The studies I have looked up show that the greens are taken through a very delicate and through process to crush the leaves into a powder in a way that releases the thylakoids in abundance. It is this reason that the researchers in Sweden took years to develop this and that the ingredient was awarded the ingredient of the year award in 2013 from Nutracon group.
It is also why normal spinach powder will not provide any noticeable benefit at all. In fact that was one of the primary reasons I decided to try it for myself.
Will You Benefit from them?
Studies have shown that when taken correctly, every study participant lost weight. Sounds great so far. They work by affecting a couple hormones in the body. But in a natural normal way, remaining safe. Part of the reason for them working is that by delaying the digestion a bit, they tell the brain that they body is full sooner than would normally happen. In fact, they just allow the normal hormone process to function properly.
In today’s world, our normal digestion is off balance and off from its normal timing. This allows us to eat far too much before enough of these “I am full” hormones are released. Thylakoids restart the normal processes. But most seem to report that even from the first dose or two, they can tell that their hunger has been curbed.
It seems an important addition, according to that same website and others, is to make sure you eat some type of fat with supplement. Without this you will lose much of the benefit as fat is need to have the activation take place. Just a little butter or some olive oil. You know which fats you like. Just make sure to have a little.
So thylkaoids, while sounding like something from a high shcool biology class (well, in fact they are) are simply a normal substance that is available to help us when unbound from the spinach. Currently they have only been used the past 2 years in Appethyl Spinach Extract. However, Appethyl itself is now begin added to other appetite suppressants such as one line of Hydroxycut and a couple others. Unfortunately, those others also ramp up the body, possibly causing jitters.
I like things that are clean and simple, without a lot of ingredients that have differing effects.
So there it is. A basic primer on the little chloroplasts that help us say no to unhealthy snacks or just plain over-eating. If you struggle with craving foods even you know you should already feel full. Or you can’t seem to ignore those donuts on a co-worker’s desk, then chug down some thylakoids and see if they will help you.
I still believe this was the biggest part of my being able to lose almost 30 pounds during a traumatic time in life that could normally have caused me to put the pounds on instead.
For that I am very thankful. Woohoo! Rock on Spinach!