Coffee with a purpose

Grant Nordman

Everyone is looking, these days, for natural products to replace the old chemical supplements that were often found to be, if not harmful, at least ineffectual. Now a three-year-old company called VALENTUS, which describes itself as a lifestyle company, has created and is marketing a coffee that may help weight-conscious coffee drinkers to achieve their weight loss goals.

The primary ingredients are as follows:

Dark Brazilian Dark Roast Coffee. Also known as the “coffee shrub of Arabia” or “mountain coffee”, Arabica coffee is a delicious coffee believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears, in the mid-15th century, in the Sufi Muslim monasteries around Mocha in Yemen. Arabica coffee production in Indonesia began in 1699. High-quality Arabica is beautifully fragrant, sweet and round, with a slight and pleasant acidity, with just a mild hint of bitterness.

Garcinia Cambogia. Malaga tamarind (Garcinia Cambogia) is a plant that grows primarily in the lush green mountains of India, Southeast Asia and in Central Africa. A fat-reducing ingredient in this plant has received much media attention for its effect on weight loss and food consumption control. Its active ingredient is HCA – hydroxycitric acid – which blocks citrate lyase, an enzyme that is used by the body to make fat from sugar. It also acts as an appetite suppressant by raising serotonin levels. By preventing the body from making new fat, it allows for the more efficient burning of existing fat.

The tamarind fruit has traditionally been used in soups and appetizers before meals in places where food is scarce or too expensive. Its appetite-suppression qualities help make villagers feel fuller and the fruit increases the workers’ fat-burning ability (thermogenesis), providing an increase in energy and productivity.

Phaseolamin. Phaseolamin, also known as white bean extract, combines with an enzyme in the body called alpha-amylase – which is involved in the digestion of starch. Alpha-amylase is produced in the pancreas, then secreted in saliva as well as the small intestines. It is responsible for breaking down starch into simple sugars, which can then be absorbed in the small intestine. Phaseolamin works by blocking this digestive enzyme, preventing the digestion of carbohydrates, allowing carbs to pass largely undigested through the gastrointestinal tract. The end result is a decrease in the number of calories absorbed, thereby helping to promote weight loss.

Green Tea. Green tea contains two to four per cent caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may improve the function of brain messengers. Caffeine is thought to stimulate the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Antioxidants and other substances in green tea have been shown in studies to help protect the heart and blood vessels additionally.

L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea, and may be the most important reason why drinking green tea is said to help in weight loss. Theanine neutralizes stress, by improving the quality of sleep. It does this by increasing the alpha waves in your brain.

Chlorogenic acid. This natural chemical compound is found in green coffee beans; it holds promise in many aspects of health and cognition similar to bioflavonoids and shares some effects similar to caffeine, but is less potent. Studies show that chlorogenic acid may also decrease the absorption of dietary carbohydrates, as well as provide anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Phenylethylamine HCL. Also known as PEA, Beta-Phenylethylamine or 2-Phenylethylamine, is a supplement used for cognitive enhancement, mood improvement, weight loss, and as a concentration aid. It naturally occurs within the nervous systems of humans and other mammals, where it is thought to act as a type of neuromodulator.

Within the human brain it causes the release of norepinephrine and dopamine, two very powerful brain chemicals involved in attention and alertness. PEA is contained in chocolate and has been affectionately referred to as the “love drug”, since it is released by our brains when we have feelings of romantic love. It also helps us feel more alert with a greater sense of well-being and contentment.

Cacao. Organic, raw cacao contains a variety of phytonutrients, including sulfur, magnesium and phenylethylamine. These ingredients are said to promote focus and alertness, while also keeping you in a great mood and reducing hunger and cravings. Cacao contains MAO (monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitor) which helps reduce appetite by increasing serotonin.

Valentus Independent representatives market this product as SlimROAST Healthy Weight Management Coffee. Valentus Prevail functional beverages are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any ailment, disease or malady. Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use.

For more information please visit or call/text 204-794-8366.

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