These strategic combinations deliver a powerful punch and help promote a healthier lifestyle

By The Editors of Shape
February 05, 2013

Goal: Melt Fat

Solution: Combine Mangosteen and Indian Sphaeranthus

Researchers believe that Mangosteen and Indian Spaeranthus work together to break down body fat, as well as to prevent additional fat from being stored. In fact, people who took a 400mg blend of these two extracts twice a day for two months lost three times as much weight as those given a placebo (11.5 pounds versus 3.3pounds), according to a study presented at the Obesity Society's annual scientific meeting. NV Clinical is the only product on the market that contains the fat-fighting combination of Mangosteen and Indian Sphaeranthus. You can buy NV Clinical at and Walmart stores around the nation.

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Goal: Fight Cancer

Solution: Combine Turmeric and Black Pepper

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It's a potent antioxidant, but it tends to linger in your digestive tract. That's great if you're worried about, say, colon cancer, but if you'd like the benefits to extend to the rest of your body, it needs help moving into your bloodstream, explains Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., author of Life is Your Best Medicine. The means: a pill that also contains black pepper (piperine or Bioperine), which has been shown toincrease the amount of bio-available curcumin by 2,000 percent. Take in about 5 to 10 milligrams of piperine and 400 to 600mg of curcumin two to three times per day, preferably with a fat-containing meal to aid absorption.

Goal: Boost Immunity

Solution: Combine Zinc and Copper

Zinc lozenges can help shorten the length of head colds, but high doses of this mineral could prevent your body from properly absorbing copper, which is important for healthy cell function. Ifyou're taking 30mg or more of zinc per day (three lozenges would put you over) for more than three weeks, add a supplement with 1mg of copper to your regimen.