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Plant Extract Helps Trim Diet
Risun Bio-Tech Inc | Updated: Jun 13, 2016

Plant Extract Helps Trim Diet 

Kiwi researchers experimenting with a bitter plant extract have developed a potential appetite suppressant, they have told an international obesity conference.

They have not named the plant but presented test results to the European Obesity Summit in Sweden, showing that taking capsules containing the plant extract, Amarasate, was associated with subsequently consuming fewer kilojoules.

The experiment was done in 19 men of normal weight. For three treatment days, after fasting overnight, they ate a standardised breakfast and took capsules at 11am.

Participants given active capsules consumed on average 911 kilojoules less for lunch and 944kJ less snack food.

In 2008/09, the New Zealand Adults Nutrition Survey found the median daily energy intake was 10,380kJ for men and 7448kJ for women.

Amarasate, described as a "bitter brake", has been developed by researchers from Plant & Food Research and Auckland University and they have a registered a trademark for the product.

"Activation of the bitter brake mechanism by a bitter plant extract can stimulate the release of gut peptide hormones involved in appetite regulation and suppress subsequent feeding behaviour in healthy men," they say.