Findings from Medical University Reveals New Findings on Obesity (Complementary Treatment of Obesity and Overweight with Salacia Reticulata and Vitamin D)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- Current study results on Diet and Nutrition Disorders have been published. According to news originating from Graz, Austria, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The Indian plant root Salacia reticulata, which is rich in alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, is used for metabolic disorders in Ayurvedic medicine. Vitamin D-3 is also used in the treatment of some metabolic diseases."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Medical University, "Our goal was to determine its potential effect for humans with obesity. Material: In a randomized open-label study, we investigated 40 healthy participants aged 30-60 years, physically active, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-45. The participants were randomly allocated into two groups. Body weight, BMI, and body composition were measured. Both groups (A and B) received a guideline for lifestyle and fitness training for 4 weeks. Group B additionally took one capsule containing 200 mg of Salacia reticulata and 1.6 mu g (i.e. 64 IU) Vitamin D-3 (SRD) 3 times/day with the meals. Significant weight and body-fat reduction within 4 weeks was observed. Group A lost 1.8 kg or 2.1%, group B lost 5.3 kg or 6.1% (p = 0.03), therefore BMI reduction was achieved. While Group A lost 1.4 % of body fat, group B reduced it by 4.5 % (p = 0.01). These promising results suggest that the combination of Salacia reticulata and Vitamin D-3 might be highly valuable and potent to treat overweight and obesity, especially in addition to a modifying lifestyle program."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Further research is needed in addition to this study to clarify pathways and effect mechanisms."
For more information on this research see: Complementary Treatment of Obesity and Overweight with Salacia Reticulata and Vitamin D. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 2013;83(4):216-223. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research can be contacted at: Verlag Hans Huber, Langgass-Strasse 76, Ch-3000 Bern 9, Switzerland (see also Diet and Nutrition Disorders).
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M. Ofner, Medical University of Graz, TCM Res Center Graz, Graz, Austria. Additional authors for this research include A. Tomaschitz, M. Wonisch and G. Litscher.
Keywords for this news article include: Graz, Europe, Austria, Obesity, Bariatrics, Overnutrition, Diet and Nutrition Disorders
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