Weight loss supplements and drugs have gained a lot of popularity in recent years all thanks to the increasing rates of obesity today. Infact, its huge market has made it a multi-billion-dollar industry.
From garcinia cambogia to the African plant hoogia- there are several promising herbs and plants that when consumed, could speed up the metabolism and promote weight loss. But nothing seems to be able to beat the recent newly discovered Chinese plant known as ‘thunder god vine,’ the extracts of which can reduce food intake and dramatically reduce body weight.
Infact, studies on mice have revealed that upto 45% decrease in body weight was noted among obese mice who took the extracts of this plant.
The researchers believe that these extracts work by enhances the production of the hormone leptin, which signals the body that it has enough of the fuel and energy it needs. Individuals who lack out on this hormone tend to consume huge amounts of food and become morbidly obese.
“During the last two decades, there has been an enormous amount of effort to treat obesity by breaking down leptin resistance, but these efforts have failed. The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work,” the researchers added.
They found that just one week of treatment with the extracts of this plant helped mice reduce their food intake by 80% as compared to those who were not given these extracts. What’s more, the mice also managed to lose their body weight dramatically, and its results were even more effective than the popular weight loss surgery.
In addition, the researchers also noted a decrease in blood cholesterol levels and improvements in the liver function.
For now, there are no toxic side effects observed with the use of these extracts- however, the researchers caution obese individuals to avoid consuming it before its safety for human use has been approved.
“Celastrol is found in the roots of the thunder god vine in small amounts, but the plant’s roots and flowers have many other compounds,” the researchers explained. “As a result, it could be dangerous for humans.”