According to scientists the purple chrysanthemum could be able to help you to lose half a stone in just 12 weeks.
These results that were revealed in the Nutrition Research journal suggests that the weight loss pill created using this purple flower could be 4x as effective as the strongest current diet product currently available on the market.
Where does the Purple Chrysanthemum grow?
This flower is found growing in the far east (Japan, Korea, China and eastern Russia). Its scientific name is Aster Spathulifolius Maxim or ASM, and it is eaten as a vegetable in Korea.
What research was undertaken?
During the study, researchers at Kyung Hee University chose 41 males and females who had a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 25 and 30, which is classed at clinically obese in Asia.
The participants were height averaging 5ft 6in, with an average weight of 12 stone. Their waistline was 38 inches.
These volunteers were then split into 2 groups, with one group given the weight loss pills containing the ASM that they had to take daily after breakfast.
The second group were given placebos instead.
Along with their use of this weight loss pill, each participant had their calorie intake monitored.
What were the results?
At the end of the 12 week study those who were taking the placebo saw very little change in their weights.
Those who took the ASM however, saw noticeable changes.
The average weight loss was 7 pounds, with their waistlines dropping to 35.5 inches. They also saw their BMI drop from 27 to 26.
A spokesperson from the University had this to say about the results:
“Supplementation of ASM significantly decreased body weight and fat mass without serious adverse events in obese humans.”
“[These] results suggest that it is a promising and efficacious food supplement for the management of obesity.”
How does ASM work?
ASM contains chlorogenic acid that is believed to cause a change in your metabolism.
This change ensures that your body sends signals to burn fat for energy rather than storing it.
Is ASM safe to use?
According to the research undertaken ASM did not cause any side effects, so would be completely safe to use.
While research is still in its infancy, the results are certainly promising. We will have to keep an eye out for further studies that can prove conclusively whether this is as effective as it first appears.