Phase 2 (derived from Phaseolamin 2250) is the trademarked name of a derivative of the white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). This completely natural product can be taken as a supplement with meals to neutralize the starch (carbohydrate) content of ingested foods. This means that you can eat carbohydrate-rich foods such as breads, pasta, and potatoes without absorbing the normal quantity of calories. It is claimed that just one gram of Phase 2 is able to neutralize the amount of calories contained in a loaf of bread or a pound of pasta.
When food is digested normally, an enzyme known as alpha-amylase breaks down starch molecules into glucose. The glucose is then used by the body as fuel, or, alternatively, it is stored as fat for later energy needs. Unfortunately, many of us eat too much carbohydrate for our ongoing energy needs, and therefore end up with an excess of stored fat.
Phase 2 changes this cycle by inhibiting the action of alpha-amylase. The result is that a lot less starch is converted to glucose; instead it is processed by our body’s digestive system without adding to the calorific intake.
Several clinical studies have proven that supplementation with Phase 2 can be an effective part of a weight management regime. For example, a 2001 Italian study demonstrated an average weight loss of 6.45 lbs for volunteers taking Phase 2 for thirty days, compared to an average weight loss of 0.75 lbs for the placebo group of volunteers.
A similar study done in the U.S. in 2002 found an average loss of 3.8 lbs over eight weeks. This was a 200% greater loss than the placebo group. The principal researcher, Dr. Jay Udani, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, said, “When used in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise, Phase 2 could be a valuable complement to a healthy weight loss program.” He also commented that, “One of the most surprising results of the study was the impact that the starch neutralizer had on triglycerides, a form of bad cholesterol.”
Many other studies have reached similar conclusions regarding the effectiveness of Phase 2. It has also been proven to be safe, with no known interactions with other supplements or drugs. The only side-effects are the possibility of more frequent bowel movements and stomach upset. Pregnant or lactating women should not take the supplement, and diabetics should exercise caution.