Yacon is a natural weight management supplement. It is a plant native to the Andes mountains which leaves and tubers are consumed as a food in several countries of Latin America. It has been used by natives for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Yacon is rich in inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), and low calory fibres. The consumption of FOS in the diet has a positive effect on the intestinal flora by increasing general intestinal health. Yacon is an inhibitor of appetite which helps you to eat less naturally.
The benefits of Yacon are: it helps control appetite, it improves metabolism, improves the health of the gastrointestinal transit, improves the absorption of essential nutrients. Yacon aids you in managing your weight in a very natural and healthy way by increasing your metabolism, suppressing your appetite, and rising your digestive health. Yacon promotes overall body health by helping in reducing your blood sugar and unhealthy cholesterol levels and it comes in a pill form.
The concentration of FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides), the ingredient leading to weight loss, in Yacon is very high. Fructo-oligosaccharides are sugar molecules that can stimulate the taste buds but are not digested. Because it is not digested it is used as a low-calorie alternative to sugar.
The consumption of FOS in the diet has a positive effect on the intestinal flora by increasing general intestinal health. This benefits the body at various levels, including increasing the absorption of calcium and essential minerals and increasing resistance to the bacteria responsible for diseases.
It has also been shown that FOS regulate the creation of certain gastrointestinal peptides involved in gastric evacuation rates and help to modulate food desires. This means that the Yacon is also an inhibitor of appetite which helps you to eat less naturally.
The active ingredients in Yacon, fructo-oligosaccharides, feed the friendly bacteria in the intestine and lead to various beneficial effects on metabolism. Yacon has the capacity to assist with metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and diabetes.
The effectiveness of the Yacon as an aid to weight loss was measured in a double clinical test, controlled by placebo. Participated in this test 55 obese women with cholesterol and constipation problems. The patients were divided into 2 groups: 40 women have taken the Yacon while 15 women took a formula without active ingredients (placebo). All have been advised to make a low fat diet and reduce caloric intake. The study extended over 120 days. Here are the results: After a period of study of 120 days women in the yacon Group had lost 15kg on average. At the same time the placebo group experienced an increase in weight of 1.6 kg on average. Also women who took yacon lost an average of 10 cm of round of belt. There has not been a significant changes within the placebo group. Other effects were also observed within the group which took the yacon: Body mass index (BMI) increased from 34 to 28 on average (from obesity to overweight) and the frequency of evacuation of stool which increased from 0.28 to 0.99 per day which demonstrates its effect on constipation. Generally, the women who took yacon have greatly improved their body weight and their metabolic health, while women who took the placebo saw virtually no change.