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Lower levels of bad cholesterol

YACON root contains a type of sugar called fructooligosaccharide (FOS), which can lower levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein, the “bad” cholesterol.

A study published in October 2011 in “Chemico-Biological Interactions” found that diabetic rats supplemented with yacon root daily showed lower levels of fasting plasma triacylglycerol, a triglyceride, and LDL cholesterol.

The study published in April 2009 in “Clinical Nutrition” confirmed that LDL cholesterol levels were reduced in people after daily yacon consumption as well.

“ Lower levels of lipids like triglycerides and LDL cholesterol are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

References
  • Caetano, B. F., de Moura, N. A., Almeida, A. P., Dias, M. C., Sivieri, K., & Barbisan, L. F. (2016). Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) as a food supplement: health-promoting benefits of fructooligosaccharides. Nutrients, 8(7), 436.
  • Canfora, E. E., Jocken, J. W., & Blaak, E. E. (2015). Short-chain fatty acids in control of body weight and insulin sensitivity. Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 11(10), 577.
  • 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.
  • 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 interactions194(1), 31-39.