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Appethyl Spinach Extract – the Natural Appetite Suppressant

Appethyl Spinach Extract WorksDieting can be tough.

Perhaps the worst part is that you seem to always be hungry.

Finally there is help for a lot of people to naturally  just not feel hungry.  

Now, in 2015 we can finally buy Appethyl spinach extract in the United States.  More information on the suggested retailer is in the “buy Appethyl” section at the bottom of this page. 

After a full year of waiting during 2013, Appethyl Spinach Extract, a natural appetite suppressant, finally reached the North American market in December 2014.  And several clinical trials offer some very promising appetite suppressing benefits.  If you are one of the millions of Americans looking for how to curb your appetite and lose weight by learning how to control your hunger, this new natural product provides a lot of hope.

Appethyl was extremely well received during 2013 when the product was first launched in the three European countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway.  In fact, it sold out in its first two weeks.  Additionally, it became the number one selling supplement of any kind in Sweden within several weeks of being on the market.

This Review of Appethyl is structured in four parts.

Part one begins the full Appethyl Review discussing its effectiveness based on extensive research.

Part two is an examination of the Clinical Trials discussing the question Is It Safe?

Part three are Tips for using.

Part four is the where to buy section with the Best source of where Appethyl can be purchased.

What is Appethyl?

Appethyl Spinach Extract PowderAppethyl is a natural appetite suppressant product based on Spinach extracts called thylakoids which are designed to suppress hunger and send signals of satiety to the brain.  In other words, to cause you to feel full more quickly and for a longer period of time.  And they accomplish this naturally.

It was created by GreenLeaf Medcial in Stockholm, Sweden in conjunction with Lund University over the past several years.  As mentioned, it has been very well received in Europe and was finally available in the United States starting in December of 2014.  GreenLeaf Medical refers to it as the Green Gold.

In March of 2013, this product was awarded “Best New Ingredient” at the 2013 Nutracon event.  Since that time, it has been tested in 8 clinical trials and has now received its US patent.

According to the creators, it is intended to address the idea of how to decrease appetite and help you lose weight by three distinct methods:

1) Reduces appetite

2) Delays absorption of fats thereby releasing satiety hormones so you feel full

3) Prolongs the absorption of carbohydrates

The added side benefits according to GreenLeaf Medical include lowering of blood glucose levels. This means lower insulin spikes and reduction of waist circumference.



Does Appethyl Work?

Appethyl Result -Smaller WaistIt seems to work extremely well. That’s what 48 women discovered when they took part in GreenLeaf Medical’s 8th clinical trial in early 2013.

Every one of the 48 women lost weight, and didn’t crave sweets in-between meals.  In fact the desire for sweets diminished even more than overall food cravings.  Now that is a sweet Deal! (Yes the bad food humor was intentional).

In a related Clinical Trial, 36 overweight women took Appethyl with a blueberry beverage at breakfast.   The study attempted to examine the release of GLP-1, a hormone which sends satiety signals to the brain.  It also controls blood glucose,  insulin levels and also cravings for fats, sweets and salt.  Hunger was dramatically reduced after the first dose.  The effect was even stronger after 6 days.  By the end of 6 days, the release of the GLP-1 hormone was significantly increased and the decrease cravings for sweets continued to be improved each day.

The research at Lund University also showed an increase in prebiotics, improving gut health.  ScienceDaily reported very successful results in this 3 month long clinical trial with 38 women.

Our Own Tests

While impressed by these results, I decided to test this “Thylakoid Storm” for myself.  Although the appetite control and suppression appears to last for 6 hours according to the clinical trial results, I wanted to test to see if these spinach thylakoids curbed appetite for myself and others.  I first tried the product with breakfast and it did in fact significantly reduce any hunger feelings and even thoughts of food in between breakfast and lunch.  I shared a sample with a woman who described to me that she had the sensation of having had a large Thanksgiving type of dinner and felt full for several hours.

Laura’s feedback to me: “Appethyl did reduce my hunger and it was great.  What I really liked was not experiencing anything bad.  I didn’t feel jittery and there is nothing in it to rev up your metabolism or make me feel nervous or anything.  I just felt full. I wish I hadn’t run out of the sample you gave me.”

To gain more personal feedback, I gave some of the sample to a local Dentist.  After giving some of the sample to one of his office staff he reported to me that both he and his staff member experienced significant reductions in hunger and did not crave any food in-between meals.

My personal conclusion was that in every case I am aware of, hunger sensations were noticeably reduced and every person experienced appetite suppression.

Personal Experience with the Product

I have personally tried the product although I do not personally have hunger issues to deal with.  The taste was mild, but much like spinach.  I did add cinnamon one day and some peppermint extract on another and that did remove some of the taste if it is too strong for you.  I did find it reduced hunger sensations a bit for me as well.  Even though I normally do not have issues with this.  One day I felt very full, like I had eaten a moderately large Thanksgiving Day meal.  For 5 hours I felt full.

I have three friends who have taken it regularly for a few months and they all had positive results.  Two more than the others, but one lost well over 20 pounds over a few months.  He looks much better now.

Early reports from customers in the United States were very favorable.  I have also received testimonials from customers that have made repeat purchases based on their positive experiences in hunger control.  Now again in late 2015 there is even more media coverage on the product.

But Is It Safe?

It appears to be extremely safe.  Very noteworthy is the lack of any evidence of any negative results or side effects.  In all clinical trials, no reports of any negative side effects have been found.  This appears to be another significant benefit of choosing this natural product derived from Spinach.  With prescription and OTC  weight loss pills or appetite suppressant pills, often there are negative effects including dry mouth, cramps, digestive problems and even some liver issues.  All of these seem to be completely avoided by using Appethyl.

Additional side benefits included a lowering of blood glucose levels and increase in prebiotics which over time improves the condition of the gut flora (healthy bacteria in the intestines).


What Clinical Trials Have Been Done?

Appethyl was used in 7 clinical trials during 2013, each showing weight and hunger control benefits while not exhibiting any negative side effects.

During 2013, 5 human trials and 2 animal trials were conducted. The patented technology and product for these trials are from Lund University in Stockholm Sweden.


Detailed Results from 5 Human Trials of Appethyl

  1. Appetite was significant reduced for 4-6 hours after taking Appethyl with a meal. The 3.7 g and 7.4 g dosages resulted in the same hunger reductions. As well, subjects experienced a reduction in even thinking about food.
  2. Cravings for sweets specifically were also reduced after the first dose. However, this increased even more over 3 months of using the product.
  3. Weight loss and fat loss was substantially higher in the control group than in placebo groups.
  4. After even just one dose, subjects experienced a sustained decrease in appetite over 3 to 4 days.

In one trial, 48 overweight women all lost weight and did not experienced cravings for sweets in between meals. This desire for sweets decreased even more than the overall desire for any food.  This holds tremendous hope for many dieters.

The Two 2013 Animal Trials

Two animal trials were conducted to study the physiological effects of the spinach extract. The first was using 10 rats to study the effect on the gut flora (good bacteria in the intestines). The rats were fed Apethyl for the 10 days had a significant increase in beneficial probiotics, showing the periodic benefit of the product. As well, the rats had a reduction in hunger, ate less, and had a lower insulin level.

The second trial used Pigs, to study glocuse levels and CCK hormones. Within the first hour, the CCK hormones increased to send satisfied signals to the brain and blood glucose levels were lower.


Details of the 2014 Appethyl Studies

The studies from 2013 showed that thylakoids did slow down fat digestion and produced satiety hormones such as CCK.  In this next study, they want to confirm if the intestinal hormone GLP-1 was also released and if the normal hunger urge was affected.

They also found the prebiotic effects were also noted in the trials.

Data on this study was published in Appetite and involved 38 overweight women between the ages of 40 and 65 and lasted for 12 weeks. Appethyl or a placebo were taken before breakfast over the 12 weeks.

Those taking Appethyl lost an average of 5kg (11 lbs) during the study, 43% greater body weight loss than the placebo group.  LDL cholesterol also decreased a significant amount.  Exercise and other factors were required of all study participants as well.

Lund University researchers proposed that the thylakoids (green leaf membranes) slow down the digestion process and allow the proper hormones to be sent to the brain signifying a sensation of being full – satiety hormones.

Charlotte Erlansons-Albertsson, author of the study and Professor of Medicine and Physiological Chemistry at the Lund University, stated that their research is all about using the time it takes to digest food to hep the body produce more of the hormones that tell our brains that we are full and satisfied. This means that people are better able to eat the foods they should and reduce the cravings for the sweets and snacks.

Summary Result: They also discovered that the thylakoids increased the release of GLP-1 hormone, the satiety hormone.  Very significantly, the urge to eat sweets and chocolate which is a measure of hedonic hunger, decreased substantially.  The hedonic hunger decreased even more over the first week.

Body fat, waist measurements and leptin levels all decreased as well. [1]

[1] Appetite, “Body weight loss, reduced urge for palatable food and increased release of GLP-1 through daily supplementation with green-leaf membranes for three months in overweight women”  authors: Caroline Montelius, Daniel Erlandsson, Egzona Vitija, Eva-Lena Stenblom, Emil Egecioglu, Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson


User Tips: How to Take Appethyl Spinach Extract

Appethyl Spinach Extract Powder The spinach extract powder is very easy to incorporate into your day and add to a meal.  One thing to keep in mind is that this product is available in powder form so it is less convenient to take than a pill or tablet.

However I found it very easy to take as it can be mixed in juice, water, applesauce and basically any other food.  It has a mild green taste, but is very acceptable  even for those that do not like a spinach or a vegetable taste.

Also, keep in mind this is not an instant weight loss pill but rather a natural product that works instantly for several hours.  But as well it does appear to increase in effect over time and after a week reduces the craving for sweets drastically and even retrains the body’s digestion over time.

This spinach extract powder should be taken with a small amount of fat to provide optimal results.  Just a little Olive oil, butter or other fat will multiply its effect.

It will likely not help you lose 15 pounds in a week as it is not a miracle diet pill and will not artificially ramp up your metabolism or unnaturally start burning fat.  However, it is this characteristic which also makes the product beneficial for those that do not want the artificial stimulant of a product which adds Green Tea, coffee or other stimulant.   Instead, it naturally curbs your appetite and allows you to simply not think about food in between meals and reduces the overall amount of food you will eat by sending the signals to your brain that you are satiated and full.

I believe this approach is not only safer but appears to be a tremendous short term and long term appetite control and weight control solution.

Short Purchase Advice 

Currently an Appethyl approved retailer where you can buy Appethyl is Rocky Mountain Naturals, an online retailer of organic and non-gmo products.

One of the benefits of buying this from Rocky Mountain is that they have over 2500 organic products to add to the order.  Shoppers at Rocky Mountain have reported a 35% average savings on natural and organic foods versus almost anywhere else.  That prompted me to perform a full in depth review of GPDB (Rocky Mountain’s distribution company) which included an interview with Rod Smith, the company’s CEO.  In researching GPDB and Rocky Mountain Naturals, in almost all cases I did find them to have the lowest prices on any product when compared to other organic food retailers.

To repeat an important point mentioned earlier: When this product was first put on the market in Sweden, Finland and Norway during 2013, It sold out in its first few weeks.  In just 2 weeks it became GPDB’s fastest selling product. So if you are really considering Appethyl buy it soon as it was also just featured on the cover of Women’s World Magazine October 19, 2015.  Their customer services was very busy  in January when featured on the cover of Women First Magazine so this promotion may likely be similar.  If it does sell out in the US as it did in Europe, you could wait until it is back in inventory.

Where to Buy Appethyl?

So you have heard the buzz about the Revolutionary new natural appetite suppressant.  You may have even read about it in Women First magazine or seen it on the recent cover of Women’s World magazine in October 2015.  So where are the places that you can you buy it?  For most of the past year,  Appethyl spinach extract, the revolutionary new natural appetite suppressant, could only be purchased from one retailer.  

There are now a couple other places  where it is available.  We consider Rocky Mountain Naturals to be the best place to purchase.


Buy Appethyl Spinach Extract

What Are the Current Retailers?


1. As mentioned Rocky Mountain Naturals is the number one retailer of Appethyl right now.  They are partnered with the official endorsed distribution company in the United States.  It is the most recommended as while buying this product, you can add any of 2500+ other organic and non-GMO products to the order.  They also have sales on Appethyl every few months selling it at an even lower prices of $39 for a month supply.   Once you become a customer, you will receive notification of when it goes on sale.  This site is where our family purchases a large portion of our groceries.

2. Dr. David Williams.  I have not personally ordered from Dr. William’s site so I am unsure how all the processes go or customer satisfaction.  As my readers know I do a lot of research and usually test a service several times before I report on it or recommend it, however in this case I think this is an acceptable place to purchase the product. A benefit is this store offers a half month supply to effectively try the product.

But remember that best results are seen after using for about 7-10 day s straight.  By this time you will be almost out of a half month supply and waiting for the next shipment, you may be without for a few days, which is ok if you  are a person of good discipline to not slip back into eating junk food while waiting.  I usually recommended a full month’s supply even to start for this reason.  The site also sells other supplements which can be added to an order but lacks organic foods.

One negative with this source is that contact with this store felt awkward.  You reach Dr. David Williams, but order from a different named site.  As well, the 2 people I talked to gave me a feeling of being pressured to buy.

3. DoTerra.  I do not recommended buying from this group as it is a MLM, Multi Level Marketing Program.  It’s product line is a network of Essential Oils.  It just recently expanded by adding Appethyl to its product offering simply as this spinach extract is selling so well.

When investigating them, it was confusing and all information seemed to talk about groups and up-selling and had all the markings of an MLM, which usually marks up its products to pay commissions of every sale down through the multi levels.  There are a lot of DoTerra postings all over Twitter every day from a lot of people selling it, most of which did not appear to even understand the full potential of this appetite control product, or tips on how to take it for the greatest benefit.

4. Vitamin Shoppe.  This retailer is listed by Appethyl as an approved retailer, yet during my one online chat and 2 subsequent phone calls, no representative has ever heard of the product or have any knowledge if they have re-branded it with the Vitamin Shoppe brand name.  So for the time being it is not available here.

5. There is one other retailer but I do not recommended it as it is a very small startup carrying only this one product and it heavily promotes a free trial and auto ship program only.  I usually do not favor these auto ship programs at all for supplements for a few reasons.

First, to make this system work and know whether or not you wish to use the product longer term, you need to start on the product the day you receive it as the clock for auto ship to begin is ticking.  If you can’t start for a few days you will not even have enough time using it to decide if you want to cancel before you card is charged and your shipment on its way.  The best results on this spinach extract are obtained after 6-7 days, especially for Hedonic Hunger issues.

Secondly, it is known that many people, due to the time constraints, cancel with the reason that it did not work when they have not even started the trial product yet.  This happens in over 50% of the cases of cancellations in auto ship programs.

Third, this approach was tried by Green Polkadot Box in the early part of 2015 and it was very poorly received.  The reputation for the product dropped and they informed me that there was over an 80% cancellation rate.  In contrast those that tried the monthly amount from the start had high percentage of success and reordered a month later.  So a short trial period followed by auto ship in the ends hurts the very people that could be potentially helped in their hunger battle but stop the first shipment prior to even knowing if it will indeed help them.

Lastly, as hinted towards above, this type of approach of diet pills with an auto ship has a very poor reputation in the industry and I wish this product was not offered in a similar fashion.

What is the Rocky Mountain Naturals and Green Polkadot Box?

If you are not yet familiar with the company, Rocky Mountain Naturals is an online retailer of Non-GMO and organic foods established in 2007.  It began its online purchases in December of 2011 and is structured similar to the Costco business model being an online buyers club.  On their Homepage there is an option to register as a site member.  From there, you can choose the Brands button and Appethyl will be one of the first products listed.

I have had the opportunity to interview Rod Smith, the founder and CEO of the distribution company on two occasions and I have been greatly impressed with the company’s focus on exceptional quality.  Every product it carries is carefully screened to be of top quality with no harmful ingredients or GMOs.  Rod shared with me that only about 25% of the brands and products that apply to be carried and distributed by them are added to their inventory.

On June 24, 2014, Green Leaf Medical in Stockholm, Sweden, awarded Appethyl’s exclusive intellectual property rights to Green PolkaDot Box and they were for 2015 the only retailer where you can buy Appethyl.  They had stated they may likely sell to a couple other re-sellers who will sell it at a higher price.  It appears this has been what they did this past year.  They have partnered with Rocky Mountain and are Rocky’s fulfillment center. They do ship it from their warehouse even when ordered at a couple other places.

As well, I have spoken with several customers  and every customer I have spoken to has praised their experience, with most stating they have saved an average of 30% over shopping for organic foods anywhere else.  I placed 2 test orders myself in 2012 and had the same experience.  And the products are shipped in some of the sturdiest packing I have ever received.

I am glad, after waiting a year for Appethyl to reach the United states, that it is being sold by a  company of the quality of Rocky Mountain Naturals and Green Polkadot Box. You can buy it here.


Millions of people in the United States struggle with how to control appetite or being overweight. Based on our research we believe this is a product that can really help anyone looking to control their appetite, reduce hunger sensations while on a diet and lose weight in a safe and natural process.

It was available during all of 2015 at what was the best available price.  You can Buy Appethyl from  Rocky Mountain Naturals here.

For these reasons and more, we give Appethyl our full recommendation.

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