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Supplement Made of Flower Heads and Fruit Rind May Help With Weight Loss

A recent study suggests that supplements containing Sphaeranthus indicus flower heads and Garcinia mangostana fruit rind may help reduce body weight and BMI in overweight people.


Participants in the study included 57 overweight men and women who were given either 800 mg of the supplement or a placebo daily for 16 weeks.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the supplement was associated with an 11.2 lbs reduction in body weight, compared with a 2.4 lbs of weight loss in the placebo group. Additionally, the supplement group had BMI reductions of 1.9 kg/m2, compared with 0.4 kg/m2 in the placebo group.


Waist size and hip size decreased by 3.9 and 4.1 inches, respectively, in the supplement group and only 1.5 and 2.0 inches in the placebo group. Finally, the supplement was associated with a decrease in LDL cholesterol by 21.0 mg/dL, triglycerides by 30.0 mg/dL, and total cholesterol by 19.3 mg/dL when compared with the placebo.


Researchers from Meratrim® conducted the study. It was presented at the 56th annual American College of Nutrition in Orlando held November 11-13, 2015.


Sphaeranthus indicus flower head is also known as East Globe Indian Thistle. It is an Ayurvedic medicine that has traditionally been used as an anti-diabetic agent as well as increasing testosterone levels. Garcinia mangostana is commonly known as mangosteen. The rind is rich in antioxidants and tannins. It may help with diarrhea, although studies on both fruits are still rare.

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