From the Smallanthus sonchifolius plant originally from South America comes Yacon root. Used as a natural sweetener and food and, potential health benefits of yacon root has led to its use as a nutritional supplement too. For overweight people Yacon root has beneficial effects and for those struggling with digestive conditions and for those with high cholesterol.
- Potential Weight Loss
In some people, the syrup contained in yacon root is associated with weight loss. Overweight women who consumed 0.15 to 0.30 gram of yacon syrup per pound of body weight per day over the course of hundred and twenty days saw a reduction in body mass index ,waist circumference and weight – according to a study which has been published in 2009. This is partly attributable to yacon root’s influence on satiety after eating and increasing defecation.
- Reduced Triglycerides and Cholesterol
I heard about Yacon syrup from MyFitPal. Yacon root contains a fructooligosaccharide which is a type of sugar called. Fructooligosaccharide can lower levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Diabetic rats supplemented with yacon root every day showed lower levels of fasting plasma triacylglycerol, and LDL cholesterol and a triglyceride- published in one study in October 2011. Also the study published in 2009 confirmed that LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) were reduced in people after every day consumption yacon. Lower levels of lipids such as LDL cholesterol and triglycerides are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
3. Improved Digestive Health
Yacon root contains compounds that function as probiotics in the body, treating certain types of colitis and improving digestive health. In the digestive tract these probiotic properties influence the development of microflora, leading to improved gastrointestinal fermentation. The increased bowel movements regularity related to yacon root can be attributed to this probiotic effect.
4. Appetite Suppression
Significant reduction in appetite is shown with people who regularly take Yacon – according to some studies. Naturally, your body has lesser calories to process when you do not eat as much. There will be a significant deficit at a certain point in which case the body will start to metabolize its calorie reserves.
5. Increased Rate of Metabolism
From carbohydrates and fat your body will burn off twice as much calories. Increased metabolic rate and appetite suppression are the one-two punch of effective weight loss so you can definitely expect positive results.
6. Re-conditioned System
In order to completely rebooting your body by taking Yacon syrup every day is as close as you can get. After some time your body will be put back into its original state where it can absorb as much nutrients as it needs and do away with the extra calories efficiently.
So, Dr. Oz also said that this syrup is good and has very good effects on your weight loss. So, maybe you should think about using it in order to lose some weight. Don’t wait for miracle, you will need to combine it with some exercises and healthy food diet as well.