Jim LaValle's Supplement Recommendations

As seen on the FOX19 Morning News Thursday May 15th.   Clinical pharmacist, and founder of LaValle Metabolic Institute in Cincinnati, Jim LaValle said that although there is no "magic" pill out there, supplements should be used as a tool in conjunction with a diet and exercise regimen. that various supplements affect the body in different ways and certain people may be better suited to using one type of supplement over another. Here are his top picks to help fight fat:

1) Relora shows effectiveness in a very popular category for supplements -appetite suppression. Though there are hundreds of products on the market that claim to suppress your appetite, Relora has some added benefits to it that makes it very enticing. It combats the chronic effects of stress and anxiety, and helps with sleep which is important since recent studies show that sleep releases hormones to help you lose weight and reduce cravings of comfort food.

2) Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found primarily in milk, beef, and dairy products. It is best known in the food and supplements market for its effects on decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass. Researchers say that adults have about the same number of fat cells in their body constantly, even after losing a significant amount of weight and CLA can help with your overall body composition. Studies show that CLA supplementation also appeared to lower levels of leptin, a hormone associated with increased weight gain.

3) 5-hydroxtryptophan (5-HTP) if you have trouble sleeping at night or crave carbohydrates and sugar during the day this may be just the supplement for you. 5- HTP has been reported to enhance serotonin synthesis, aiding the body in sleep, mood disorders and weight loss. Since it helps build up serotonin it may also improve stress, depression, anxiety and sweet and carbohydrate cravings.

4) Chromium plays an important role in metabolism. It is a central cofactor in the insulin's ability to bind insulin receptor sites and regulate blood sugar levels. Chromium also nutritionally supports the activation of various enzymes for energy production and can assist in weight control. Studies show that it plays a role in regulating blood cholesterol levels.