Diabetic-friendly Superfood

Yacon has long been recognized by folk medicine as an effective alternative for diabetes treatment thanks to its hypoglycemic properties. Several preclinical and clinical trials have shown that yacon root FOS have a notable hypoglycemic effect.

In a trial evaluating the daily intake of freeze-dried yacon among elderly individuals, FOS content was positively correlated with decreasing serum glucose levels.

Among obese and slightly dyslipidemic pre-menopausal women, researchers observed that yacon syrup at 0.14 g/kg body weight reduced fasting serum insulin and was significantly associated with decreased beta-cell function and insulin resistance in a homeostasis model assessment (HOMA), suggesting that yacon syrup FOS promote glucose absorption in peripheral tissues and improve insulin sensitivity via SCFA production.

“Dieters as well as people suffering from diabetes can safely use yacon syrup as low-calorie sweetener.

References
  • Yacon flour Rats (Wistar) Increase insulin-positive pancreatic cell Habib, N. C., Honoré, S. M., Genta, S. B., & Sánchez, S. S. (2011). Hypolipidemic effect of Smallanthus sonchifolius (yacon) roots on diabetic rats: biochemical approach. Chemico-biological interactions, 194(1), 31-39.
  • Dried extract of yacon root Rats (Zucker fa/fa) Improve insulin sensitivity in the insulin-resistant state Satoh, H., Kudoh, A., Hirai, H., Fujiwara, M., Hasegawa, K., Nakajima, S., … & Watanabe, T. (2007). Yacon Diet Improves Hepatic Insulin Sensitivity via Reduction of TRB3 Expression in Zuker fa/fa Rats. Diabetes, 56.
  • Dried extract of yacon root Elderly man and woman Decrease in serum glucose levels Scheid, M. M. A., Genaro, P. S., Moreno, Y. M. F., & Pastore, G. M. (2014). Freeze-dried powdered yacon: effects of FOS on serum glucose, lipids and intestinal transit in the elderly. European journal of nutrition, 53(7), 1457-1464.
  • Yacon tuber extract Rats (Sprague-Dawley) Decrease in serum glucose levels Park, J. S., Yang, J. S., Hwang, B. Y., Yoo, B. K., & Han, K. (2009). Hypoglycemic effect of yacon tuber extract and its constituent, chlorogenic acid, in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Biomolecules & Therapeutics, 17(3), 256-262.
  • Yacon syrup Obese and slightly dyslipidemic pre-menopausal women Improve insulin-resistance state Genta, S., Cabrera, W., Habib, N., Pons, J., Carillo, I. M., Grau, A., & Sánchez, S. (2009). Yacon syrup: beneficial effects on obesity and insulin resistance in humans. Clinical Nutrition, 28(2), 182-187.