Merastin™ weight management clinical research findings were presented at Obesity 2011, Obesity Society’s 29th annual scientific meeting in Orlando, Florida, October 1-5. The research was headed by Judith Stern, Sc.D, Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine/Division of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of California, Davis.
Pooled data from two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies compared the weight loss effects of 800 mg of Merastin™ or a placebo on 100 people for eight weeks. “We found that Merastin™ significantly reduced body weight, waist and hip size in two weeks,” said Dr. Stern. “By the end of the study, Merastin™ significantly reduced weight by 11.5 pounds and waist and hip size by 4.7 inches and 2.5 inches, respectively. In contrast, placebo reduced weight by 3.3 pounds and waist and hip size by 2.4 inches and 1.2 inches, respectively.”
Study participants walked five days a week and followed a standard calorie diet (2000 kcal/day) as opposed to being placed on a low-calorie diet which is a common practice in weight control studies. Dr. Stern felt that including these parameters in the study reflected real-life weight loss scenarios. “By taking this approach, we wanted to address, as well as to avoid, the well-documented failure of individuals to maintain their diet restrictions. This is the classic yo-yo effect seen in many diet restriction programs. Therefore, we believe that the results derived from this study are more readily applicable to personalized diet planning, and emphasize the need to combine a healthy lifestyle change that includes improved nutrition and moderate increases in physical activity together with Merastin™ supplementation to achieve optimal results.” Dr. Stern is the co-founder and former vice-president of the American Obesity Association, which merged with the Obesity Society in 2006.
InterHealth will be showcasing Merastin™, a proprietary blend of two plant extracts, Sphaeranthus indicus flower heads and Garcinia mangostana fruit rind, at the upcoming Supply Side West show in Las Vegas.
About InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc.
InterHealth Nutraceuticals researches, develops, markets and distributes specialty nutritional ingredients, which are sold worldwide to manufacturers of dietary supplements and nutraceutical food and beverage products. The company’s products include Merastin™ for addressing fat storage and facilitating fat breakdown for weight management; Super CitriMax®, a satiety ingredient for weight management; UC-II®, a natural ingredient for joint health; and Zychrome™ next generation chromium that addresses insulin function. In addition, InterHealth offers ChromeMate®, LOWAT™, Aller-7®, OptiBerry®, L-OptiZinc®, Protykin® and ZMA®. For more information about InterHealth and its products, call 1-800-783-4636 or 1-707-751-2800 (outside U.S.) or visit www.interhealthusa.com.