Purple Flower Pill Causes Weight Loss Says New Obesity Study
Looking for a way to lose approximately 3 inches from your waist in just 12 weeks? Here’s one new obesity study that shows the power of a purple flower pill for helping obese patients achieve weight loss success without added dieting or exercise.
A new study published in the journal Nutrition Research reports that researchers may have discovered a new anti-obesity pill that consists of an extract from a common purple flower found near the coastlines of Japan, Korea, China and eastern Russia.
The purple flower is a type of purple chrysanthemum called “Aster spathulifolius Maxim” (ASM) that is typically eaten as a vegetable in Korea. Researchers have been studying the plant for years for its potential natural protective properties against the flu virus, tumor growth and diabetes.
More recently, however, based on animal studies that demonstrated than an extract of ASM resulted in weight loss in rats on a high fat diet, researchers have advanced to the first human clinical trials to determine if ASM extract will cause safe weight loss in humans too.
The Purple Flower Pill Study
The study consisted of forty-four obese participants with a body mass index [BMI] of 25-30 kg/m2) who were randomly assigned in double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in Korea to take either a daily ASM extract pill or a placebo after breakfast for 12 weeks.
The participants were instructed not to engage in any added exercise or change in their normal diet during the 12-week long study period. Before and after measurements of each of the participants were made consisting of weight, BMI, waist circumference and calculated fat mass.
The Study Results
What the researchers found was that the participants in the extract pill group lost an average of approximately 7 pounds in weight and 3 inches in waist size in comparison to the participants in the placebo group who remained relatively unchanged. However, neither group experienced any change or improvement in their lipid profiles, fasting plasma glucose, and hemoglobin A1c numbers.
Furthermore, there were no adverse events or side effects to taking the extract pill.
The researchers concluded that their extract pill significantly decreases body weight and fat mass in obese humans, suggesting that it may be a potential therapeutic candidate for reducing obesity.
Why the Weight Loss Success?
So what is it about the purple flower pill that may be causing weight loss? Reportedly, the researchers suspect that their results may be due to the flower possessing a key ingredient called chlorogenic acid.
Chlorogenic acid is a natural chemical that can be found in green coffee beans that is believed to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. It reputedly works by boosting the metabolism or the “burning” of fat in the liver and inhibiting the release of glucose in the body— two mechanisms that work together to inhibit the absorption of fat and eliminate weight gain. Chlorogenic acid gained a large amount of attention in the media not long ago during the disputed green coffee bean weight loss promises reported on The Dr. Oz Show.
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Reference: “Aster spathulifolius Maxim extract reduces body weight and fat mass in obese humans” Nutrition Research, Volume 36, Issue 7, 671–678; Cho, In-Jin et al.