Plant extract that ‘suppresses appetite’ discovered

An extract from salacia, a plant native to India and Sri Lanka, has demonstrated appetite reduction, satiety and blood sugar management benefits, according to new research published in the journal Nutrients.

Salacia is a genus of woody climbers well known for its traditional use in Ayurveda as a medicinal food supplement for various health conditions.

The study is the first to examine the effects of a proprietary extract of Salacia chinensis on glycemic indices and gut hormones after a meal. It was a randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled, 3-way cross-over study.

The researchers discovered that, when taken with a meal, the plant extract caused an improved glycemic response and changes in gut hormones in overweight people, thereby reducing blood sugar spikes and impacting appetite and satiety.

Sue Shapses, one of the study’s lead researchers, said: ‘The herb, Salacia chinensis, was shown to reduce glycemic indices and affect gut peptides after a meal. What does this mean? It means Salacia chinensis from OmniLean may be an appetite modulator, and because it lowers glycemic indices, would be beneficial to persons at risk for diabetes including overweight/obese person.’

‘The CARBS Study demonstrated that OmniLean reduced the feeling of hunger and reduced spikes in blood sugar – key components of weight management – which may be the missing piece for a vast population struggling with maintaining a healthy weight.’