Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2013;83(4):216-23. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000162.
Ofner M1, Tomaschitz A2, Wonisch M3, Litscher G4.
1Department of Sports Physiology, University of Vienna, Austria.
2Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Graz, Austria.
3Department of Cardiology, Private Hospital Hansa Graz, Austria.
4Stronach Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Austria.
In just 4 weeks with lifestyle and fitness training
Control group lost 1.8 kg
Salacia reticulata and Vitamin D group lost 5.6 kg ( 9.6 lbs more)
This appears to NOT be placebo controlled (control group did not get a placebo)
The Indian plant root Salacia reticulata, which is rich in alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, is used for metabolic disorders in Ayurvedic medicine. Vitamin D₃ is also used in the treatment of some metabolic diseases. Our goal was to determine its potential effect for humans with obesity.
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 µg (i. e. 64 IU) Vitamin D₃ (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 D₃ might be highly valuable and potent to treat overweight and obesity, especially in addition to a modifying lifestyle program. Further research is needed in addition to this study to clarify pathways and effect mechanisms.
- Overweight women lost fat in 12 weeks with just 1000 IU vitamin D daily – Sept 2012
- Weight loss of at least 10 percent resulted in 5 ng increase in vitamin D levels – Sept 2012
Overview Obesity and Vitamin D contains the following summary
- FACT: People who are obese have less vitamin D in their blood
- FACT: Obese need a higher dose of vitamin D to get to the same level of vit D
- FACT: When obese people lose weight the vitamin D level in their blood increases
- FACT: Adding Calcium, perhaps in the form of fortified milk, often reduces weight
- FACT: 153 trials for vitamin D intervention of obesity as of Sept 2020
- FACT: Less weight gain by senior women with > 30 ng of vitamin D
- FACT: Dieters lost additional 5 lbs if vitamin D supplementation got them above 32 ng - RCT
- FACT: Obese lost 3X more weight by adding $10 of Vitamin D
- FACT: Those with darker skins were more likely to be obese Sept 2014
- OBSERVATION: Many mammals had evolved to add fat and vitamin D in the autumn
- and lose both in the Spring - unfortunately humans have forgotten to lose the fat in the Spring
- SUGGESTION: Probably need more than 4,000 IU to lose weight if very low on vitamin D due to
risk factors such as overweight, age, dark skin, live far from equator,shut-in, etc.
- Obesity category has
Weight loss with salacia reticulata and just 200 IU of vitamin D – RCT 2013
- Salacia root, a unique Ayurvedic medicine, meets multiple targets in diabetes and obesity. 2008 PDF costs $28
- Salacia reticulata at Examine.com - good review
. . which appears to have anti-diabetic activities, namely by inhibiting carbohydrate uptake from the intestines; . .
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