Algae Can Help You Lose Weight

According to latest research, fibers obtained from brown algae can help you lose weight. These dietary fibers help in controlling hunger pangs by creating a sensation of satisfaction when food is consumed. Brown algae dietary fibers are the best to use. The study has been carried out by Faculty of Life Sciences researchers hailing from the University of Copenhagen. Nutritionists and dieticians have always asserted that fibers are good for people who are on a diet regime because they help in maintaining constant weight. However, the precise algae that can provide useful dietary fibers were not singled out. In this regard, the present study is a path breaker. Researchers said that dietary fibers from brown algae, which are called alginates, make a person feel full, even if he or she eats small quantities. This is an excellent benefit for people trying to lose weight. The study has succeeded in narrowing down the list to three major algae groups. They are chlorophyta, which are the green algae, rhodophyta, which are the red algae and phaephycecae, which are the brown algae.

Palm seaweed fibers, which are obtained from brown algae or phaephycecae, are the focus of this study. The study is a PhD thesis of Morten Georg Jensen. The scientists have been able to illustrate how consuming certain types of algae fibers help in curbing hunger in participants of the study. It is distinctly noticeable that people ate less than their normal appetite and felt fuller early. These fibers were provided in the form of fiber drinks.

The research consisted of a study that involved ninety six people, who all had a BMI in the obese or overweight range. Half of the study group was made to consume a specially formulated drink containing algae fibers. The other half of the group was given a drink devoid of these alginates. The results of the study provided conclusive facts because people who drank dietary fibers from algae gained effective weight loss when compared to the other half of the group. Difference in weight loss between the two groups was 1.7 kg on an average. Majority of the weight loss was in the form of loss of fats.

The researchers elucidated on the mechanism by which this fat loss happens. A gel kind of substance is formed in the stomach that is responsible for creating the feeling of fullness in the stomach. The gel occupies space and the person cannot accommodate more food. The results got from the study can be successfully used as a treatment for obesity.