A recent pilot study that appeared in the Journal of Medicinal Food demonstrated that Viscofiber, a flagship compound from Natraceutical Canada Inc., is effective in promoting earlier satiety onset, resulting in loss of body weight. Viscofiber is a high-viscosity, high beta-glucan, water-soluble fiber derived from oat.
The study, entitled “Fourteen Weeks of Treatment with Viscofiber Increased Fasting Levels of Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 and Peptide-YY,” by Greenway, et al., enrolled 7 volunteers who were either overweight or obese. They were given a protocol of healthy diet and lifestyle, along with 4 grams of Viscofiber daily for 14 weeks.
This pilot study resulted in a statistically significant weight loss of more than 3 kg, as well as a significant increase in satiety at the one-hour postprandial time point. The baseline levels of GLP-1 and PYY rose significantly from baseline to week 14 in a manner similarly demonstrated by a previous study involving rodents.
“The increase in satiety reached statistical significance at the one-hour postprandial time point despite the small number of subjects enrolled in this pilot study and the small amount of food ingested,” said Kristina Williams, vice president of marketing and sales for Natraceutical Canada. “These findings suggest that Viscofiber may be more potent for weight loss than other fibers previously tested for this purpose.”
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