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Seaweed Help Lose Weight

Posted by Rifki Hakim Monday, 12 December 2011

Seaweed type of brown algae species can help you lose weight. Fiber content is very useful for diet, because the brown algae can cause the sensation of full stomach and people will eat less. This is useful for losing weight.

Thus the results of the study the researchers at the Faculty of Science of living things (LIFE) University of Copenhagen, Denmark, recently. According to the researchers, dietary fibers from brown algae, or alginate very well to create a feeling of fullness in the stomach.

Over a period of three years of the study, they examined different doses of alginate. They showed that healthy subjects who consumed alginate will feel less hungry. In fact they will eat less as compared with subjects who did not drink beverages with alginate fibers.

The study takes 12 weeks, involving 96 overweight men and women. A total of 48 subjects suggested a special drink with alginate as a dietary supplement them three times a day, before eating the main course. While 48 others drank a placebo beverage without alginate.

The result, as many as 80 subjects achieving weight loss is much greater than those who drank the same drink without alginate. On average the subjects who ate seaweed fibers can lose weight up to 1.7 kilograms.

Weight loss was due to decreased body fat percentage due to alginate which forms a gel in the stomach and strengthen the satiety signals to the brain. Stomach feel full, so the desire to eat will be reduced.

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