Yacon Helps You Lose Weight

Yacon Helps to Regulates Blood Sugar, Improves Liver Health and Kidney Health.

Yacon has been used for centuries for as food and as traditional tea to help maintain good health.


Specifically the Yacon leaves tea is used to treat diabetes. There are several studies in laboratory diabetic-induced rats that shows positive effects reducing hyperglycemia, improves liver health, kidney health and cholesterol levels.


One of this studies was done in England. Yacon roots extract was used in diabetic induced rats. The diabetes mellitus 1(DM1) was induced by the use of streptozotocin(STZ) (60 mg kg⁻¹ body weight). Diabetes causes the patient to be very hungry and very thristy. This happened to the laboratory animals too.


The diabetic animals received yacon roots aquous extract (YRAE) for 30 days. After this time it was observed that the rats were eating and drinkin less water than when they were initially diabetic. This treatment reduced glucose, total cholesterol, and bad cholesterols VLDL, LDL-c and triacylglycerol levels in diabetic rats.


YRAE normalized the activity of the liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase (ALT), which is a sign of a better function of the liver, suggesting a hepatoprotective effect in rats with STZ-induced DM1.
Studies in the laboratory in the University of Tucuman, Argentina have shown a cure of early nephropathy in diabetic-induced rats.
Other studies in the laboratory show that yacon leaves tea Improves hepatic insulin resistance.

There are studies in laboratory diabetic-induced rats is the Sao Paulo State University in Brazil. Some of these studies showed that yacon extract lowers triglycerides and increases HDL, the good cholesterol.

Studies in the laboratory of Yacon leaves extract shows reduction of problems in the metabolism and cardiomyopathy in laboratory-induced diabetic rats. It helped the pancreas to produce the hormone Insulin and reduced hyperglycemia and fatty acids in the serum. Increased activity of antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase).

It also decreased cellular disorganization and fibrosis in the heart. Reduces dysmetabolism and oxidative stress in pancreas and heart.

12 thoughts on “Yacon Helps You Lose Weight

  1. Interesting post about Yacon helping you lose weight.
    Anything that can help with losing weight is worth looking into, and this looks like a healthy and safe way to go about it!
    I will do some more research on Yacon, as this sound promising!
    Cheers 🙂

    • Yes, yacon is a healthy and safe product that helps you lose weight and makes you healthier. Tastes good too if you want to use it as a sweetener. Thank you for your comment

  2. Wow, this is something that I’ve never heard of and I am both petite and wanting to release some weight, so I am super excited! Thank you!!

  3. Hi Shellie, yes, yacon can help you release some weight, it has been used for a lot of years in its different forms. Thank you for your comment.

  4. JJ

    Seems I need some yacon. This is the first time I am hearing about this plant.  I have been battling with about 6 pounds for over a year. I have used different diets and programs. I don’t eat much and I am fit. There are just these last few pounds that might need  with a yacon nudge. About how long does it take to show results?

    • Nieves I.

      It depends on how often you substitute all carbohydrate-rich foods, like bread, pasta, rice, potato, cookies, with greens and add yacon. If you can do that, I could say that you would begin to feel lighter in a week. Try with a small portion first and see how you feel. You have to be consistent and eat a variety of other nutritious foods according to your size. Thank you for your comment.

  5. mohammadahm1

    I have benefited greatly by reading your article.You discuss in your article about Yacon . You also said yacon helps to lose weight, it’s importance, it’s uses etc. After reading your article i have learned in this topics clearly. Lot of information through your article. So, Thank you very much for sharing your article.      

    • Nieves I.

      I am glad you find this article useful and informative. Yes, yacon has a lot of health benefits. Thank you for your comment.

  6. John

    This is great and interest article . I am so much interested in any product that can reduce the unnecessary weight. Yacon ? I have never heard it and I believe I need to research more on yacon because I have people at my home who need to loss weight. May I ask where can we find yacon? Can it be find in supermarket or where? Thanks for this great information.

    • Nieves I.

      Hi, yacon is very good to help with losing weight, it has been studied since the ’50s. Yacon is available in places that sell vitamins and supplements. It is available in Amazon too, the article has some links from Amazon in the different forms, powder, syrup, and capsules. Thank you for your comment.

  7. coralie

    I have never heard of this plant before, but it certainly has many of the things that we look for in any kind of weight loss product. Seems like the best way to eat it really is in a salad.

    The health benefits of lowering inflammation really appeals to me, so I think I may have to check this Yacon out.

    Your review, really breaks down everything from how and where it grows, to the amazing health benefits.

    Great job

    • Nieves I.

      Yes, one of the best ways is of eating it on a salad when it is raw, you can boil it too and eat it as a substitute of sweet potato, or use it as an edulcorant as a syrup or powder. Thank you for your comment.

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