How it Works 2016-10-18T14:15:41+00:00

The science behind how starch blockers work:

“Blocking” Calories from Starch

A natural ingredient derived from the white kidney bean reduces the absorption of carbohydrates. Starch is a non-nutritive form of carbohydrate that is found in comfort foods such as pasta, bread, potatoes and rice. During the digestive process, the body converts carbohydrates into sugar. The body does this by digesting the carbohydrate molecule with an enzyme called alpha-amylase. The resulting sugar is then used as energy for the body, or stored as fat.

Nothing totally “blocks” all starches (carbs). However, Phase 2 Carb Controller® an extract of the white bean, is the most researched ingredient in this category. Phase 2 Carb Controller® acts on amylase and has been clinically shown to reduce the digestion and absorption of starches up to 66%.

How it Works

It works on the starchy, white component of carbohydrates selectively without effecting the digestion of healthy carbs such as fruit and whole grains. It may also play a role in regulating blood glucose already in normal limits, according to pilot studies. However, a word of caution: all starch blockers are not created equally. While Phase 2 has years of substantial research behind it, other “so called” starch blockers have no research basis at all. Before selecting any product, check to see if adequate research and safety studies have been conducted to make sure you’re getting the real thing.

Blocking Carbohydrate Absorption and Weight Loss

Since 2001 studies continually show that the use of Phase 2® contributes to weight loss and healthier living. In the recent most comprehensive human study conducted in 2013, subjects taking a proprietary extract of the white bean, PhaseLite (Phase 2 Carb Controller ®) lost an average of seven pounds more than those on placebo after 12 weeks. In addition, 73.5% of the participants in the weight management phase successfully maintained their body weight after 24 weeks. The studies were conducted in Berlin, Germany and performed with the recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority. In addition, the research was supported by InQpharm Group, a global developer and marketer of unique, safe, natural compounds.

Another such study, published in Alternative Medicine Review in 2004, was titled Blocking Carbohydrate Absorption and Weight Loss: A Clinical Trial Using Phase 2 Brand Proprietary Fractional White Bean Extract. This eight-week study was randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled. Roughly half the participants received Phase 2® starch blockers and the other half a placebo. Results showed that after eight weeks the starch blocker group lost an average of 3.79 pounds, compared with the placebo group, which lost an average of 1.65 pounds. The 129% difference in results between the two groups is statistically significant.

The International Journal of Medical Sciences Weighs In

A separate study conducted in 2007 and published in The Journal of International Medical Research led to similar results. The study was also double-blind and placebo controlled. It found that those who those who took Phase 2® starch blockers lost an average of 6.45 lbs. in 30 days, compared to those on placebo, who lost less than 1 lb. on average. Subjects on Phase 2® also lost, on average, more than 10% of body fat mass and more than 3% in waist circumference. (Celleno L, Tolaini, MV, D’Amore A, Perricone, NV, Preuss, HG, A Dietary Supplement Containing Standardized Phaseolus Vulgaris Extract Influences Body Composition of overweight Men and Women).