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Phytochemistry. 2010 Oct;71(14-15):1625-41. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2010.07.011. Epub 2010 Aug 21.

Possible anti-obesity therapeutics from nature--a review.

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Department of Biotechnology, Daegu University, Kyungsan, Kyungbuk, Republic of Korea. jwyun@daegu.ac.kr

Abstract

Obesity is associated with many diseases, particularly diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and heart disease. The obesity incidence has increased at an alarming rate in recent years, becoming a worldwide health problem, with incalculable social costs. Two different obesity-treatment drugs are currently on the market: orlistat, which reduces intestinal fat absorption via inhibiting pancreatic lipase; and sibutramine, an anorectic or appetite suppressant. Both drugs have hazardous side-effects, including increased blood pressure, dry mouth, constipation, headache, and insomnia. For this reason, a wide variety of natural materials have been explored for their obesity treatment potential. These are mainly complex products having several components with different chemical and pharmacological features. This review aimed to survey the literature covering natural products with anti-obesity activity and to review the scientific data, including experimental methodologies, active components, and mechanisms of action against obesity.

PMID:
20732701
DOI:
10.1016/j.phytochem.2010.07.011
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