The history of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) as a medicinal and therapeutic plant dates back centuries. Its been used in some countries as a stimulant, analgesic (pain reliever), anti-diarrheal, appetite suppressant, opiate substitute or to reduce opiate dependence.
The plant comes in different colors and strains. The varieties are identified by where they are cultivated and the strains by the color of the veins in the leaves. The health benefits come from the leaves that contain a vast number of active compounds known as alkaloids.
The alkaloids discovered in Kratom bind to opioid receptors and prompt the release of neurotransmitters that cause opiate-like effects. The power of the effects depends on the specific strain and amount consumed. It should be noted, however, that though Kratom produces opiate-like effects, it contains no illegal opiates of any kind.
Maeng Da Kratom for Weight Loss
As an alkaloid-rich, herbal supplement, Kratom has distinct properties that have been shown to help users either lose a few pounds or maintain an optimal weight. Those properties include the following.
Fatigue and being overweight are tightly connected. Though science researchers are unsure if fatigue leads to weight gain or vice versa, hey do agree though that static energy is required to work off extra pounds and to keep a healthy weight. Kratom for pain is a well-known energy booster and stimulant. It promotes the metabolic process and may help blood circulation improving the oxygen levels in your blood causing you to feel more awake.
When people are stressed or anxious, your craving for carbs like sugar and fat increase and you’re more likely to binge. Kratom triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, two anabolic hormones that trigger positive feelings in the body. They deactivate or calm down triggers that lead to anxiety and help you fight the urge to reach for an unhealthy meal or snack.
Kratom may be able to reduce your caloric intake by suppressing your appetite. This is a common effect of opiate-like plants but Kratom is a better choice as users say it does not cause digestive issues.
Reduces Cravings for food
cravings are triggered by Opiate receptors. As a partial agonist at these locations Kratom is able to reduce the power of cravings and even eliminate them all together.
Staying physically active is one way to lose weight but one must feel motivated to do so. When Kratom activates the opioid receptors in the brain, dopamine and serotonin are released. These two chemicals are known to help you feel more motivated to get moving and get things done
Our favorite Kratom for Weight Loss
As there are multiple varieties of Kratom, it’s important to know which ones will produce the effects you want. For weight loss, Maeng Da and Thai Kratom have been identified as the most effective.
1. Maeng Da Kratom
Maeng Da Kratom was specifically created through a process called grafting to have a highly potent alkaloid blend. Of all strains, it delivers the largest energy effect. It also comes with the added benefit of not having the side effects typical with a popular strain this strong like jitters, restlessness or muscle tremors.
This variety of Kratom is available in white or red vein strains. The white vein strain has a higher concentration of mitragynine than of 7- hydroxymitragynine. It provides the most effective stimulating boost as well as cognitive and mood enhancing effects. The red vein strain offers pain relief in addition to focus and clarity. Its combined effects are highly potent and last the longest. The green vein strain delivers mild stimulating and analgesic effects.
2. Thai Kratom From Asia
Thai Kratom is favored for its endurance, energy and stimulation, appetite suppressant and nootropic effects. Its effects are said to last longer than the Maeng Da variety. Mitraphylline, Mitragynine, and 7-hydroxmitragynine are its most dominant alkaloids.
This variety of Kratom is also available in red, green, and white vein strains. White vein Thai produces the most stimulating effects. It is extremely potent so side effects like jitters, restlessness or muscle tremors are common. Green vein Thai is a stimulant and mood enhancer though not as potent as the white strain. Red vein Thai has a high sedative effect so should be avoided.
Kratom Strains To Avoid
The Indo and Borneo variety of alkaloids found in Bali Kratom powder enable it to create multiple effects when consumed. However, users have found that not all the effects are complimentary. For example, a potent pain-relieving red vein strain may soothe and relax rather than stimulate. Great if pain is slowing you down but not great if you need to keep moving.
In addition to Kratom’s effects differing from variety of popular strains, they are also dose-dependent. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you are taking the correct dosage amount to achieve your objectives.
For weight loss, a moderate dose of 2 to 5 grams is shown to be effective for most users.
How To Improve Your Kratom Effects
- Due to the stimulating effects of the recommended varieties, take it as early in the day as possible so as not to interfere with your sleep habits. Sleep plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight.
- Take it prior to eating any meals for more potent effects that kick in quicker.
- Rotate between the recommended strains or use a blend to prevent building tolerance and dependence.
- Avoid taking it every day and using Kratom potentiators (grapefruit, chamomile tea, turmeric, cayenne pepper, watercress, Akuamma seed, magnesium, Valerian Root or Cat’s Claw) as the accelerate tolerance build up and dependence.
- Buy your products from a reputable certified seller to avoid getting substandard products that may contain contaminants that cause adverse reactions.
- If using for the first time, start with a low dose to avoid unpleasant side effects.