Obesity is a global epidemic for which there is a need for strong corrective measures. Over the counter pills, and other weight loss methods are not without their side-effects and mostly ineffective.
Perhaps it’s time to think outside of the box. Speaking of which, Kratom aka Mitragyna Speciosa – a natural herbal supplement hailing from Southeast Asia could be the answer to this worldwide issue.
Most people who know anything about this herb know it for its relaxing, energetic, and therapeutic effects. Unfortunately, not many know that kratom could be a potential solution for weight loss.
And, while you may not find someone recommending you kratom for losing weight, research is coming up every now and then shedding light on this subject.
Connection Between Kratom and Weight Loss
Fitoterapia recently published a study that centered around kratom and its effect on food/water intake on animals. This research was a collaborative work between Faculty of Science, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Prince of Songkla University published as part of Thai literature.
It showed how the administration of kratom led to a decrease in water and food intake among animal subjects.
The most interesting observation was how kratom helped in appetite suppression which ultimately led to weight loss. As per the research, the suppression effects were consistent all the time kratom was administered which was for 2 months straight.
In 2014, a research was published by Global Journal of Pharmacology describing kratom’s effects on the body. It highlighted Mitragynine, the primary alkaloid to be the heart of kratom and the primary reason responsible for most physiological effects.
The study outlined kratom extract’s effects on the gastrointestinal system, urinary system, and the central nervous system. Administration of extract showed a significant suppression in appetite and a reduction in weight.
Here’s one more study pointing in the same direction. It centered around the case in which kratom administration led to reduced defecation frequency. Also, the fecal weight reduction during the periods of oil-induced diarrhea in animals was noticeable.
How Does Kratom Help in Weight loss?
Kratom doesn’t work directly when it comes to losing weight. Some of those ways are direct while others are rather indirect. But, ultimately it could help reach your goal weight. Indirectly, kratom works by reducing appetite and fighting weird food cravings thus cutting down on food intake.
Let’s break down each of those direct and indirect channels –
There are no controlled clinical studies affirming kratom’s effect on appetite suppression. But, anecdotal evidence is stacking up verifying those effects of kratom.
Here’s what many kratom users have to say about kratom and resulting appetite-suppression. These results might become more significant and noticeable after a couple of doses as you up the dose slowly.
The best part about using kratom for losing weight is that it’s not hard on your stomach or intestinal lining. It certainly is safer and more effective than most weight loss supplements and pills you might stumble upon in the market.
When administered in a safe and controlled manner, a user should face no side-effects, which is not the case of weight loss pills that come with a fair share of almost inevitable side-effects.
To make things even simpler, you might feel less hungry than you were feeling before. The less you eat, the more likely you are to get rid of those extra pounds. It’s that simple.
Lesser food cravings
The one thing that makes weight loss journey most challenging is the constant effort to fight off various urges and food cravings. In fact, after a point, this approach becomes counterintuitive.
Cravings, especially for desserts, fast food, and refined carbs can add to the challenge.
Most members of kratom community would agree that the herb helps them overcome weird food cravings. On top of everything, kratom could also fight cravings for alcohol.
Indirect Effects of Kratom
Craving control and appetite suppression are the two main indirect channels through which kratom as a weight-loss tool works. But, it’s interesting that it may have direct involvement in the process too.
Many of you may know that kratom is supposed to be most effective on an empty stomach.
To set kratom’s effects as a weight-loss tool into motion, it’s crucial that a user maintains regularity and consistency in the way they intake kratom. When used in a structured and disciplined way, it could cause kratom alkaloids to start breaking down fat.
Best Strains For Weight Loss
Not all kratom strains are the same. You will need to choose and pick the best ones for best results. With that said, Maeng Da, White Vein, and Thai kratom strains might be most effective in triggering fat meltdown.
Any strain that makes you more energetic rather than dull are ideal choices in this context.
If you are using kratom solely for reducing in weight, you might want to avoid using red vein, Indo, Bali and Borneo strains.
Tips For Accelerating the Process
If you can stick to a disciplined intake schedule, stick to the right type of strain, and maintain the right dose, you might begin to notice promising results sooner rather than later.
But, in addition to all those things, you might want to follow these guidelines too for more successful and quicker results –
- Make sure to take kratom on an empty stomach
- Drink plenty of water
- Kratom works best as the first thing in the morning; ideally before breakfast
- Make sure never to combine kratom with other weight loss measures such as pills, etc.
What should be an ideal dose?
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine what dose will work for you. Dose may vary from one individual to another.
You will have to work your way before establishing the ‘right’ dose for yourself. With that said, you can start with 1-2 grams.
This is considered a moderate dose. 5 grams is high and anything above 10 grams is extremely high.