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Title: Amylase Inhibitors in Weight Control:
Slowing Carbohydrate Breakdown?

Amylase breaks down many of the carbohydrates we eat. Many of our "carbs" are like decks of cards that get thrown in the air and dissolve in the presence of Amylase and other enzymes. The faster the breakdown, the likely it becomes fat.

Amylase is in saliva and is also released in the gut. This is a different angle in treating weight problems. We are gaining many new insights into the way fat cells work and the way insulin functions. The future holds many new treatments. However, we would like better treatments now.

In this article we review the use of these types of interventions—ones that block amylase. It looks at what we know, what is claimed and tries to give the reader the facts.

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