Buzz is building about a nutmeg-like spice with a secret superpower: It heals even very damaged metabolisms. Called glomerata, the tasty plant is native to West Africa, which is where scientists first noticed it seemed to block high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and other metabolic issues in folks who eat lots of processed food.
Studies later revealed that a daily dose of the spice can help an average woman transform her health and shed up to 30 pounds in 60 days without dieting. “I’ve never seen such impressive results from a natural ingredient,” says wellness expert and bestselling Glow15 author Naomi Whittel, who recently assembled a team to make glomerata available to anyone who needs it stateside. Women already report using her GloSlim SpiceFruit supplements to reverse many weight-related ailments and shed over a pound a day!
What is glomerata?
Glomerata is the fruit of a flowering tree particularly abundant in Cameroon, West Africa. “They’re large and beautiful trees,” says Whittel, who took four planes and traveled hours by SUV to meet farmers who gather glomerata in Cameroon’s lush forests. “The fruit falls and then the farmer just picks it up from the forest bed and dries it to grind into the spice.”
Farmers have competition: Glomerata is a favorite food of giraffes and antelope in the region, says University of Yaoundé’s Julius Oben, PhD, the world’s leading expert on the plant. Trained in the UK with a specialty in fat metabolism, Dr. Oben was conducting research at universities abroad when he began to hear reports about a spice he’d grown up eating in his homeland. Intrigued, he returned to Cameroon and began setting up gold-standard studies on glomerata through double-blind, placebo-controlled experiments.
“What we found was amazing,” he says. “Just amazing.”
How does glomerata work?
By CDC estimates, nearly 100 million of us have or are at risk for metabolic syndrome — a cluster of symptoms including high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and excess belly fat — which develops when our metabolism can’t keep up with all the blood sugar-spiking foods we eat.
Dr. Oben says this syndrome puts so much stress on our body; it’s a direct cause of diabetes, heart disease, and many of our biggest health challenges. “We knew if [glomerata supplement] SpiceFruit was found to reduce this stress, that means it’s going to improve a lot of metabolic conditions,” he says. “That’s exactly what we found.”
In one eight-week study, overweight folks who took 300 milligrams of SpiceFruit a day saw energy-zapping and hunger-inducing blood-sugar issues improve by 35 percent. Their cholesterol plummeted by 44 percent. They also experienced a 22 percent increase in adiponectin, a hormone that helps improve metabolism, notes Dr. Oben. Perhaps most impressive: Their waist shrunk by up to five-and-a-half inches while they still ate their usual foods.
The explanation? Glomerata is bursting “with compounds that have profound effects on human physiology,” says Mike Hoaglin, MD, a San Francisco-based integrative physician fascinated by the spice. “For example, there are flavonoids, which have been proven to help prevent cell damage. There’s also berberine, which works in a way similar to the diabetes drug metformin.” Other potent substances include metabolism-boosting catechins, blood sugar-stabilizing lignans and fat-burning saponins. And that’s just for starters!
Both Dr. Oben and Whittel also believe the plant likely contains potent compounds yet to be discovered. “I look at it like a multivitamin for my metabolism,” says Whittel, who personally used it to eliminate inflammation-related health concerns.
How can you include it in your diet?
In regions where glomerata grows, 75 percent of households use it to season meals every day. “It’s delicious!” says Whittel, who loves opening up capsules and using the quarter teaspoon of spice inside to cook for her family. “It’s mild, like nutmeg. My kids can be picky eaters, and even they love it,” she says. Here, she shares some fun ideas for you to try. As always, get your doctor’s okay to use any new supplement.
POUNDS-OFF YOGURT BOWL: Blend half a cup of yogurt, two tablespoons of cream, one-eighth teaspoon of SpiceFruit or another glomerata supplement, and honey or sweetener to taste; top with berries and nuts.
FAT-BURN VINAIGRETTE: Mix one cup of olive oil, six tablespoons of wine vinegar, two tablespoons of Dijon mustard, a drizzle of honey, a quarter teaspoon of glomerata, and a pinch of salt.
QUICK & SLIMMING FRIDGE PICKLES: Mix eight ounces of water, one-third cup of vinegar, two tablespoons of sugar, a quarter teaspoon of glomerata, and two teaspoons of salt. Add three cups cucumber and onion; chill.
KICKED-UP BARBECUE: Mix a quarter teaspoon of glomerata into any barbecue sauce, marinade, or spice rub and use as you normally would.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.