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Response - 1 Tablespoon a Day Burns Belly Fat and Keeps Clogged Arteries Away | Dr Mandell

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In his video titled, “1 Tablespoon a Day Burns Belly Fat and Keeps Clogged Arteries Away,” Dr. Alan Mandell shares his recipe for clogged arteries and losing belly fat. In this article I respond to HIS video, critiquing his health claims for each ingredient. Does this elixir really burn belly fat and keep clogged arteries away? We’re about to find out…


Okay before we even start the first thing I notice is “medical information” and clearly that is a medical doctor’s uniform, his channel is called “motivational DOC” so Dr Mandell is obviously a medical doctor, right? Actually no, I looked him up and he is a Chiropractor. Now I have nothing against chiropractors, but they are not trained in medicine or giving out medical information. So I admit right away my defenses are up. But let’s keep going with an open mind…


So his first claim is: this elixir is going to get oxygen to ALL cells of your body. Hmmm, Okay I’m listening…


In the next clip there were about 6 different health claims for olive oil. The first one was that it lowers cholesterol. And you know what, that’s true. Then he says it lowers the risk of clogged arteries, also true. He says it sustains blood sugar levels, true again. Now when I say “true” that means there is real research backing up his claims. Then he says it promotes satiety, or the FEELING of fullness after you eat, and will help prevent you from binging. Now that sounds kind of subjective, but guess what? In a 2013 study, a group of people who consumed olive oil showed a higher blood concentration of the satiety hormone serotonin compared to the no olive oil group. AND the olive oil group also subjectively reported that they found the food with olive oil  (quote) “very filling.” And the last one, olive oil helps with digestion. Again true! Dr Mandell you are winning back my confidence! My only question is regarding dosage, because most reports I looked at said you need 1½-2 tablespoons to elicit these health benefits. And keep in mind the research was done before, during and right after a meal containing olive oil, suggesting it might be necessary to consume olive oil with every meal to experience these benefits. Of course that can add a couple hundred extra calories to every meal. At the end of his video he’s gonna give us his recipe, so we’ll find out if his recommended dosage is on point. Let’s go on…


Again Dr Mandell makes about 8 health claims for cayenne pepper. So without getting into too much detail let’s quickly look at each one. Research confirms cayenne pepper increases circulation and reduces plaque buildup. It also decreases appetite, and lowers ldl cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and raises hdl (the good one). And like Dr Mandell stated it favorably affects endothelial cell function within arteries. Regarding burning fat, one study found that half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, either mixed in food or swallowed in a capsule, helped normal weight young adults burn about 10 more calories over a four hour period. Obviously 10 calories isn’t significant. Okay, moving on…


Onto lemon. Yes lemon is good for your liver and bile production, it has a lot of vitamin C, and is a natural diuretic. And many articles I found SAY lemon is good for the lymphatic system, but I couldn’t find any research specifically supporting that claim. But I DID find research stating that lemon polyphenols from lemon peel suppressed body fat accumulation in obese mice.


The last ingredient he discusses is honey. According to a research review article on the US National Library of Medicine web site, honey contains flavonoids and polyphenols that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants have a whole range of health benefits, many you are probably aware of. Good so far. Then Dr Mandell talks about a specific sugar found in honey that reduces plaque in arteries called trehalose. BUT what he missed from that research article is the fact that the trehalose was INJECTED into the mice. Plaque was NOT reduced in the group of mice that received it orally. THAT’S kind of an important detail. But hopefully it was an honest mistake. He goes on to mention honey is a prebiotic, which is true. Okay now let’s get into the actual recipe…


(1 tablespoon olive oil) Like I said earlier, you’ll probably need 1½-2 tablespoons multiple times a day to elicit all the health benefits spoken about, which could add several hundred extra calories to your diet…


(1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper) Okay the research I found on cayenne pepper was using about 4mg capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper. Ground cayenne pepper contains 2.5 mg of capsaicin per gram. So to get 4mg you’d have to eat 1.6 grams, or just under half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. So objectively speaking, 1/8 of a teaspoon probably isn’t gonna do much…


(Good squeeze of lemon juice) So mice in the lemon juice research were given 10ml per kg bodyweight – of centrifuged lemon juice mixed with deionized water at a 1:1 ratio. So if you weigh 150 pounds, that is equivalent to about a cup and a half of pure freshly squeezed lemon juice. So a “good squeeze” probably isn’t enough to really do anything. And if you recall, the research about lemon polyphenols suppressing body fat in obese mice, used lemon PEEL in the research, which is not an ingredient in this elixir…


(1-2 drizzles honey) Again that is most likely not enough honey to reap any of the antioxidant or pre-biotic benefits. The study I found used 4 tablespoons of honey per day, which is a lot of added sugar to your diet, and calories...


There he goes again about increasing your metabolic rate! To be clear: 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper will NOT increase your metabolic rate enough to make any real difference, even if you eat a half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper you only burn an extra 10 calories according to the research.


Okay, my conclusion is: all these ingredients are super healthy and it certainly won’t hurt anybody to take his elixir a couple times a day. It *may* help you lose weight by helping you feel fuller so you eat a little less than you normally would. I am in favor of using honey instead of sugar, and using olive oil in place of other less healthy oils, and using lemon in your diet. BUT, in my humble opinion, taking this elixir once or even twice a day is NOT going to increase fat loss significantly, or make a huge difference unclogging your arteries. If you really want to see the health benefits from these ingredients you’d have to eat quite a bit more than what Dr Mandell is recommending, and apparently you’d have to inject the trehalose. So the title of his video, “1 Tablespoon a Day Burns Belly Fat and Keeps Clogged Arteries Away” is just not accurate at all. If you want to burn fat you’re going to have to eat in a calorie deficit. And if you want to keep clogged arteries away, the best way is by eating healthy and exercising regularly. That’s my 2 cents, but I’m not a doctor or research scientist, do your own research, ultimately YOU are responsible for what you put in your own body.

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Okay that’s it for this article. Thank you for spending a little time with me today! If this article has helped you please share it so we can help as many people as possible!

God bless you, and I’ll see you next time…

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  • Deborah on

    Thank you brother Jerry for checking all this information out good to know I do use honey instead of sugar never knew that about the lemon or the cayenne pepper and I try to get all my eating done my six and not put anything else in my mouth after that we do have to move we do have to exercise glory to God

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