Swanson's new herbal extract that activates the body's metabolic master switch to help burn fat for greater energy and vitality: ActivAMP AMP-K Stimulator from Swanson Ultra.
Scientists have found that many of the benefits of aerobic and anaerobic exercise stem from the activity of an enzyme known as 5' adenosine monophophate-activated protein kinase, or AMP-k, often called the "metabolic master switch." During exercise, physical stress on the muscles and bones triggers the up-regulation of a family of proteins known as sestrins, which in turn activate the AMP-k enzyme. When AMP-k is activated, it triggers a cascade of metabolic effects that influence fat burning, cholesterol synthesis and insulin sensitivity. The net result is improved muscular performance, reduced body fat and optimised metabolic activity.
ActivAMP is a powerful herbal extract that activates the AMP-k enzyme, much like physical exercise does. It's derived from Gynostemma pentaphyllum (also known as jiaogulan), an adaptogenic herb that has been used for centuries as a longevity tonic in the mountainous regions of southern China and northern Vietnam, where it is known as "the immortality herb." Scientists have identified natural saponins in gynostemma known as damulins, which have been shown to strongly activate AMP-k in phytochemical studies. In a double-blind trial involving 80 overweight individuals, subjects taking ActivAMP showed significant decreases in BMI, weight, body fat and abdominal body fat compared to subjects taking a placebo. But the benefits of ActivAMP go beyond weight control; by activating AMP-k you can enjoy many of the metabolic advantages that could otherwise only be obtained through strenuous physical exercise.