CraveArrest | Designs for Health (appetite control) 120 caps

CraveArrest by Designs for Health is a dietary supplement designed to control appetite and reduce cravings while supporting the body’s stress-response mechanisms.

Chemical imbalances are said to be one root cause of uncontrollable appetites, which may result in “yo-yo dieting.” Stress is believed to make fat storage hormones go awry, making it difficult to burn fat effectively.

CraveArrest is designed to balance the production of the major neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine, which affect all kinds of cravings, including those for food and smoking. The Tyrosine and 5HTP found in CraveArrest are in an ideal 10:1 ratio for superior anti-craving results, which taurine and the adaptogenic herb Rhondiola are present to promote a healthy stress response.

CraveArrest by Designs for Health Categories:

  • Weight Management
  • Endocrine Support
  • Amino Acid/Protein Formulas
  • Brain Wellness Support

The perception of hunger is determined by many physiologic factors:

  • Neurotransmitter balance of Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA, Glutamine, Acetylcholine and opioids. In general, any deficiency of these could trigger anxiety, hunger, depression, and cravings.
  • Genetic specificity of brain neurochemistry and hormonal balance.
  • Body fat stores. Adipose tissue produces various metabolic signals that affect the appetite: leptin helps to control hunger, inflammatory cytokines (TNF-alpha, IL-6, etc.) increase it.
  • The level of glycogen stores in the liver is communicated to the brain through the vagal nervous system, thus attempting to influence the appetite.
  • Blood glucose levels are perceived directly by the brain through glucoreceptors. Low blood glucose levels trigger carbohydrate cravings.
  • Adrenal hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, increase hunger and the production of sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone). These all influence appetite.
  • Gut derived hormones are produced directly in response to the macronutrient composition and size of the meals: Cholecystekinin (CCK), in response to protein, fat and the stretching of the stomach by food/drink volume; Galanin, in response to fat Ghrelin, in response to an empty stomach. They signal the brain directly. CCK and galanin reduce hunger while Ghrelin stimulates it.
  • Pancreatic hormones: high insulin levels signal the brain to reduce hunger if the tissues are insulin sensitive.

The amino acid L-Tryptophan (LT) converts into 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which converts into 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), also known as serotonin. 5-HTP readily enters the blood brain barrier and makes serotonin. Oral administration of 5-HTP has been shown to successfully raise serotonin levels. Serotonin is known to control sleep, depression, anxiety, aggression, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior and pain sensation.

  • Other neurotransmitters and CNS chemicals, such as melatonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and beta-endorphin have all been shown to increase following oral administration of 5-HTP.
  • This ability to increase not only serotonin levels in the brain, but also dopamine and norepinephrine, allows 5-HTP to produce some significant and unique effects on brain chemistry and on serotonin-related conditions which other substanc¬es, including L-Tryptophan, cannot duplicate.
  • L- Tryptophan may raise serotonin levels or may be shunted into the synthesis of niacin or the production of protein.

Research shows that Type II Diabetics have lower brain tryptophan levels and higher rates of depression. This may help explain their propensity towards sugar addiction beyond the typical fluctuating blood glucose levels. When twenty overweight, NIDDM patients were given 750 mg/day of 5-HTP or placebo for two weeks in a double-blind study, their daily energy intake decreased considerably as well as their carbohydrate and fat intake. Body weight also diminished along with appetite!