Have you ever had a wife, girlfriend, etc that always complains of being cold? Meanwhile it’s like 72 degrees in the room and your sweating like a fat dude on DNP (or maybe you are a fat dude on DNP). Believe it or not this condition is what is known in research journals as “cold constitution” or Hiesho in Japanese. Now this might not be a condition your girlfriend actually has as she just might be crazy, but in some women it’s believed to reduce skin temperature and reduce blood flow to things like hands and feet.

The Study that Warms Women

A new research paper decided to overcome Hiesho by giving women Anronia melancarpa or “wild choke berry”. Anronia contains a large amount of anthocyanins which is a strong anti oxidant/inflammatory agent. It has been attributed to:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Vasodilation (via angiotensin II inhibition)
  • Thermogenesis
  • Improved Memory
  • Increased HDL cholesterol
  • Decreased LDL cholesterol
  • Weight management
  • Eye health

And probably a whole host of other benefits we are yet unaware of. In this particular case the women were given 150mg’s of aronia extract per day thirty minutes after breakfast. One month later (under the same conditions) skin temperature increased 2.5 to 3 degree Fahrenheit. This was a significant increase in thermogenesis (see graph). Blood flow to the hands also increased slightly but not to statistical significance.

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Plasma levels of noradrenaline over the thirty days also increased approximately 32%. Suggesting thermogenesis increased. More importantly women who completed a subjective test indicated their hands, feet, and hips no longer felt cold (note no improvements in shoulders or back).

The authors conclude:

These data suggest that dietary Aronia melanocarpa extracts improve the maintenance of body temperature in healthy women with a cold constitution, which may be mediated by noradrenalin and oxidative stress levels.

Practical Anthocyanin Use

You dont have to go out and look for aronia supplements to warm up your girlfriend.  In fact there are several foods that are loaded with them included blueberries and black rice (the forbidden rice).  Whether or not anthocyanins might be useful to men on prohormones, I don’t know.  The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanins will help your overall health and perhaps increase thermogenesis and fat burning, so they certainly can’t be foods that hurt.  One supplement company Antaeus Labs uses a anthocyanin loaded extract in their support product called Talos.  There is also a product by Biotest called Indigo 3G that uses one primary anthocyanin known as cyanidin 3-glucoside; C3G, the product is popular according to Biotest marketing.  🙂

-Travis DeGraff

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