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Weight loss with salacia reticulata and just 200 IU of vitamin D – RCT 2013

Complementary treatment of obesity and overweight with salacia reticulata and vitamin d.

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.

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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)
Doubt that the 200 IU made any difference
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.
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