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Despite rigorous exercise and diet regimes, sometimes there seems to be some weight you just can’t get rid of.  If you’re looking to slim down or shed a few extra pounds for the summer, bitter orange can help you lose weight without the stress.  This natural ingredient used in our Zeal 02 can help jumpstart your diet and give you a few extra benefits along the way.           
Bitter orange, the nickname for Citrus Aurantium, actually comes from a tree in the citrus family.  Like other oranges it is packed full of vitamins and minerals and is even used in traditional Chinese medicine.  Along with increasing the metabolism and accelerating the removal of unwanted fat, research suggests that bitter orange can also work as a cough suppressant, appetite suppression, and also beneficial towards digestive disorders.

The University of Georgia’s research on bitter orange showed that Citrus aurantium helped test subjects to lose weight; three studies confirmed that the fruit extract sped up the metabolism, making it much easier to lose weight faster.  In a report on the findings in a 2002 "Journal of Medicine" article, researchers concluded it "may be the best thermogenic substitute for ephedra"—which poses potential health risks—and urged further study.  
Not only can bitter orange help you shed those few extra pounds.  There is also research showing that it can prevent cancer.  Scientists at Texas A&M University have tested two bioactive compounds from an extract of bitter orange. The two compounds were tested to see to what degree they inhibited the proliferation of human colon cancer cells and whether or not they would affect non-diseased cells.  Not only did the compounds have no detrimental effect on the healthy cells, but they also showed varying degrees inhibitory action against the cancer cells.  The scientists concluded that both compounds looked promising as chemo-preventive and therapeutic agents.The easiest way to get your hands on some bitter orange is through Zeal 02. WheatgrassLove offers with any purchase of Zeal 02 comes a complimentary smoothie recipe book.  

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