American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Excess Body Fat Elimination (Anti-Obesity) Effects of Vernonia Amygdalina Leaf Extract

Utoh-Nedosa Uchechukwu Anastasia, Anowi Chinedu Fred, Nedosa Kenechi Stanislaus and Oduche Uzoamaka Anthonia

DOI : 10.3844/ajptsp.2011.55.58

American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Volume 6, Issue 2

Pages 55-58


Problem statement: Many obese or overweight persons complain that they don’t know what makes them fat. They would also like to know how to loss excess fat and maintain the fat loss. Approach: This research study was structured to make the obesed subject loose excess fat and at the same time learn what makes people fat so that in the future they would prevent developing obesity by eating proper diets. Results: Thirty nine obese human subjects took Vernonia amygdalina leaf extract orally for one month. The subjects were required to adhere to dietary restrictions during the treatment period. The dietary restrictions included abstaining from fattening foods, soups and stews or gravy; acidic beverages; soft drinks; acidic/spicy foods, soups, stews, drinks; artificial seasoning; alcohol; tobacco and consumption of large quantities of carbohydrates. Thirty seven of the subjects who obeyed the dietary restrictions lost 16 kg of excess body fat in one month. One of the subjects who also adhered to the dietary restrictions of the treatment lost 15 kg of excess body fat. The subject who kept all the dietary restrictions except the consumption of alcohol and the consumption of two thirds of formerly consumed carbohydrates; lost 10 kg of excess body fat. These results show that V. amygdalina leaf has specific and efficacious excess body fat elimination (anti-obesity) properties. Conclusion: The results of the study enable us to conclude that the excess fat elimination effects of V. amygdalina leaf extract can be antagonized by consumption of excess calories like those provided by alcohol, the consumption of acidic foods and drinks. The consumption of three thirds leafy vegetable equivalent of a certain amount of carbohydrates together with required daily amounts of proteins, minerals, vitamins and water enables one to avoid accumulation of excess body fat.


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