The fictional character, Popeye the sailor man, maintained his physical fitness by consuming spinach. Many are aware that spinach is a healthy veggie that is rich in healthy nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, and antioxidants; however, spinach is also rich in thylakoids, which can aid in appetite control. Appethyl® is a product made from 100% spinach, which is processed to free the active substances that are inside the spinach cells, making them readily available to the body. I have personally tried the product and my summary appears at the end of this article. A tremendous number of appetite suppressants are on the market, and many contain stimulants such as amphetamine-like substances; furthermore, some contain non-FDA approved substances. Appethyl® contains only natural ingredients and has no adverse effects.
Thylakoids, are believed to be the primary reason for the beneficial effects of Appethyl®. By ensuring that the substance is not locked within the spinach cells as if one were to eat regular spinach, the product is therefore active, or bioactive, the moment it is ingested. Clinical studies have found that thylakoids delay and slow down the digestion of both fats and carbohydrates. Via this process, the body’s satiety system is able to function the way it is supposed to, by releasing hormones that signal the brain that adequate food has been ingested. Processed foods work in an opposite manner. They are digested very quickly; thus, they do not allow the satiety system to kick into action. A recent study found that Appethyl® reduces hedonic hunger, which we often refer to as cravings for sugar and unhealthy foods, or simply eating for pleasure.
On February 6, 2015, doctoral candidate Caroline Montelius presented a dissertation titled Thylakoid membranes from green plants affect appetite and promote weight loss at Lund University in Sweden, The dissertation included six studies published in peer-reviewed journals. The key conclusions were:
Thylakoids promote body weight loss in humans after three months of daily supplementation
The digestion of dietary nutrients is prolonged after thylakoid supplementation, resulting in prolonged glucose and insulin responses. Over the long term, fasting blood sugar levels are also decreased
Thylakoids stimulate the release of the satiety promoting hormones cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), while decreasing levels of the hunger-promoting hormone ghrelin
Circulating levels of leptin and blood lipids are decreased after thylakoid supplementation for two and three months.
Thylakoids affect the subjective ratings of appetite and urge for specific food. The urge for energy-dense, so called palatable food rich in fat and sugar, is specifically decreased after thylakoid intake.
I received some samples of Appethyl® in an instant mix and powder form, and also in bars that are available in a variety of flavors. I preferred the bars because I found them pleasant tasting. Some users may be content simply mixing the instant mix or powder with water; however, I feel many will prefer mixing it in a smoothie. Sample smoothie recipes are available at this link. More information about Appethyl® is available at this link.