Aster Spathulifolius Maxim Extract Associated With Weight Loss
Previous research suggests that a sustained weight loss of as little as 3% to 5% can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. A recent study suggests that twelve weeks of supplementation with Aster spathulifolius Maxim may reduce body weight by more than 4%.
Participants in the study included 43 people who were given either a placebo or a 700 mg A. spathulifolius Maxim leaf extract daily for 12 weeks. Weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat mass and laboratory tests were assessed at baseline and at 12 weeks.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 7.4 pound reduction in body fat in the supplement group, compared with a 1 pound reduction in the placebo group. No changes were noted in lipid profiles, fasting blood sugar, or hemoglobin A1c levels in either of the groups.
Researchers from Kyung Hee University in Korea conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on March 3, 2016, in Nutrition Research.
This was the first study to examine the effects of Aster spathulifolius Maxim on weight loss in humans. The plant is a flower native to South Korea, Japan, and China. Parts of it have traditionally been eaten in Korea but they are not commonly eaten in the West. If you’re interested in consuming Aster spathulifolius Maxim for weight loss, it is recommended that you find a high quality supplement.