If you’re trying to change other unhealthy habits, Craving Control can help, by boosting your willpower to stay more in control.
Together with a healthy diet, exercise and Dr. Amen’s brain-healthy strategies, Craving Control can diminish the frequency and intensity of your cravings, helping you to more effectively achieve better control over your behavior.
Taken as directed, Craving Control helps to:
- Reduce cravings for sweets, other foods, and other cravings
- Support healthy blood sugar and insulin levels
- Support your weight-loss goals
- Promote healthy mood and positive outlook
- Provide antioxidants and other essential nutrients
Reducing cravings by calming the brain Craving Control contains six active ingredients that work synergistically to help calm the craving centers in the brain, balance blood sugar and insulin levels and promote a positive mood with clinically studied, all-natural ingredients.
Not just for food cravings. Craving Control works to help balance your brain chemistry, so no matter what you’re craving, it can help support your brain power to make better choices.
Ingredients & Facts
This powerful anti-oxidant also helps to reduce cravings. As a vasodilator, NAC helps to relax blood vessels, improving the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen everywhere in the body.
An amino acid that supports healthy muscle and cell metabolism and has also been shown to help reduce food cravings.
This diet-friendly element has been shown to ease cravings for fatty foods by supporting healthy blood sugar and insulin levels.
Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant made by the body. It’s found in every cell, where it turns glucose into energy. Alpha lipoic acid helps support healthy blood sugar, which is important to brain health and decreasing cravings.
This amino acid helps to produce three key brain neurotransmitters: dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. So it helps promote alertness, mood, and appetite control.
Cocoa flavonoids exhibit significant anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating effects. By stimulating blood flow to the brain, these flavonoids can promote a more positive mood and sharper mind.
WARNING: Phenylketonurics should not take this supplement, as it contains phenylalanine.
|Serving Size 6 Capsules
Servings Per Container 15
|Amount Per Serving||% DV|
|Chromium (as picolinate)||1000 mcg||833%|
|N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC)||1200 mg|||
|Alpha-Lipoic Acid||300 mg|||
(Theobroma cacao,) Seed Extract
[standardized to 20% polyphenols and 10% catechins]
|† Daily Value (DV) not established.|
Vegetable cellulose (vegetarian capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide.
Free from milk/dairy, gluten, wheat, yeast, eggs, corn, or artificial colors or flavoring.
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NAC is needed to produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. NAC crosses cell membranes and promotes removal of toxic elements within the cells, making it a molecule helpful to brain health. NAC also functions to decrease inflammatory cytokines, restore oxidative reserves and preserves mitochondrial bioenergetics.1,2 Clinical trials support the use of NAC to help diminish and suppress cravings by restoring glutamate homeostasis.3-9 In addition, NAC has been shown to have a vasodilatory effect through its production of nitric oxide, working to relax blood vessels and allow for more oxygen delivery to in the body.10
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L-glutamine is an amino acid that improves insulin sensitivity which can help to support glucose metabolism.1 It is involved with the production of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate and the inhibitor neurotransmitter GABA and is a modulator of oxidative stress.
- Laviano A, Molfino A, Lacaria MT, et al. Glutamine supplementation favors weight loss in nondieting obese female patients. A pilot study. European journal of clinical nutrition. Nov 2014;68(11):1264-1266.
Chromium picolinate is an essential trace element and nutritional supplement used to aid the body in the regulation of insulin, which enhances its ability to efficiently metabolize glucose and fat. It has been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar and insulin levels while increasing insulin sensitivity in clinical trials.1 In a 6 month double-blind, randomized pilot trial of chromium picolinate in binge eaters, supplementation was shown to maintain normal glucose levels in participants, allowing for effective appetite regulation and subsequent weight loss.2 Chromium picolinate has been shown to be an effective nutritional supplement in glycemic control, appetite regulation and reducing carbohydrate cravings.2-5
- Kim CW, Kim BT, Park KH, et al. Effects of short-term chromium supplementation on insulin sensitivity and body composition in overweight children: randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The Journal of nutritional biochemistry. Nov 2011;22(11):1030-1034.
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- Anton SD, Morrison CD, Cefalu WT, et al. Effects of chromium picolinate on food intake and satiety. Diabetes technology & therapeutics. Oct 2008;10(5):405-412.
Alpha lipoic acid is an essential cofactor for mitochondrial respiratory enzymes important in energy production. Supplemental ALA has antioxidant capacity and has been found to attenuate insulin resistance and improve glucose metabolism, making it an important regulator of metabolic parameters in the body.1 Clinical trials with supplemental ALA support its use in managing body composition.2-4
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- Huerta AE, Navas-Carretero S, Prieto-Hontoria PL, Martinez JA, Moreno-Aliaga MJ. Effects of alpha-lipoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in overweight and obese women during weight loss. Obesity (Silver Spring). Feb 2015;23(2):313-321.
- Ratliff JC, Palmese LB, Reutenauer EL, Tek C. An open-label pilot trial of alpha-lipoic acid for weight loss in patients with schizophrenia without diabetes. Clinical schizophrenia & related psychoses. Jan 2015;8(4):196-200.
- Koh EH, Lee WJ, Lee SA, et al. Effects of alpha-lipoic Acid on body weight in obese subjects. The American journal of medicine. Jan 2011;124(1):85 e81-88.
DL-Phenylalanine is an amino acid building block to neurotransmitters that are important in regulating mood, including dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine and endorphins.
High-flavanol cocoa is derived from the cacao bean, which is derived from the Theobroma cacao tree. Cocoa flavonoids contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating effects and have been demonstrated to improve mood, cognitive performance1-4 along with positively impacting metabolic function.5,6 Cocoa flavanols function as a free radical scavenger, binding to highly reactive molecules and neutralizing them to prevent cell damage. Cocoa has a high content in phenols and flavanols which have beneficial effects on vasodilation, normalizing blood pressure, supporting insulin function7 and reducing cravings8
- Massee LA, Ried K, Pase M, et al. The acute and sub-chronic effects of cocoa flavanols on mood, cognitive and cardiovascular health in young healthy adults: a randomized, controlled trial. Frontiers in pharmacology. 2015;6:93.
- Scholey AB, French SJ, Morris PJ, Kennedy DO, Milne AL, Haskell CF. Consumption of cocoa flavanols results in acute improvements in mood and cognitive performance during sustained mental effort. J Psychopharmacol. Oct 2010;24(10):1505-1514.
- Desideri G, Kwik-Uribe C, Grassi D, et al. Benefits in cognitive function, blood pressure, and insulin resistance through cocoa flavanol consumption in elderly subjects with mild cognitive impairment: the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) study. Hypertension. Sep 2012;60(3):794-801.
- Scholey A, Owen L. Effects of chocolate on cognitive function and mood: a systematic review. Nutrition reviews. Oct 2013;71(10):665-681.
- Davison K, Howe PR. Potential Implications of Dose and Diet for the Effects of Cocoa Flavanols on Cardiometabolic Function. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. Jul 28 2015.
- Mastroiacovo D, Kwik-Uribe C, Grassi D, et al. Cocoa flavanol consumption improves cognitive function, blood pressure control, and metabolic profile in elderly subjects: the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) Study--a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. Mar 2015;101(3):538-548.
- Ferri C, Desideri G, Ferri L, et al. Cocoa, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Health. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. Jul 13 2015.
- Copenhagen Uo. Dark Chocolate Is More Filling Than Milk Chocolate And Lessens Cravings. 2008; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081210091039.htm.