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Helianthus annuus Seed Extract Affects Weight and Body Composition of Healthy Obese Adults during 12 Weeks of Consumption: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study

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Vidya Europe SAS, 7 avenue de Norvège, 91140 Villebon sur Yvette, France
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StatistiCal BV, Strandwal 148, 2241 MN Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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R&D Centre for Excellence, Vidya Herbs Pvt. Ltd., #14A, Jigani I Phase, Bangalore 560105, Karnataka, India
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Nutrients 2019, 11(5), 1080; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11051080
Received: 18 April 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
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Abstract

The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the effects of a sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seed extract, standardized for 40% chlorogenic acids on weight and body composition of obese adults. Fifty subjects were randomly assigned to sunflower extract or isocaloric placebo groups, receiving respectively 500 mg/day of treatment for 12 weeks. At the end of the intervention, a significant decrease in body weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), and waist circumference was observed, especially for obese female subjects above 30 years. Those changes were associated with modified body composition related to fat mass loss. A decrease in blood cholesterol was also observed, supporting the potential action of sunflower extract on lipid metabolism. It was concluded that consumption of sunflower extract has a beneficial effect on body weight, fat mass, and lipid profile, providing evidence for its use as a natural anti-obesity herbal extract. View Full-Text
Keywords: sunflower seeds; chlorogenic acids; weight loss; BMI reduction; fat mass reduction; cholesterol sunflower seeds; chlorogenic acids; weight loss; BMI reduction; fat mass reduction; cholesterol
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Leverrier, A.; Daguet, D.; Calame, W.; Dhoye, P.; Kodimule, S.P. Helianthus annuus Seed Extract Affects Weight and Body Composition of Healthy Obese Adults during 12 Weeks of Consumption: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Nutrients 2019, 11, 1080.

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