Very Expensive Wegovy Weight Loss Drug Duplicated By a Cheap Andean Tuber

— It’s Not Hype To Say Miracle Drug…Miracle Plant

A good place to start this unbelievable and serendipitous story is at the beginning.

Last September, I moved into this new place and found myself residing between two young Thai women. Both turned out to be real sweethearts. The one to my left, Thanida, works at a French-style bakery owned by a Vietnamese guy (the one to my right, Khip, works as a secretary at a hotel and is pregnant). Thanida had a British boyfriend, but he liked hitting the girl bars too much, so she dumped him. They’re still friends and I’m acquainted. He’s older, in my age range, a bit of an asshole, but smart and competent. Good-hearted fundamentally, he set her up with a real computer and still helps her in various ways.

Here’s her and I on a morning walk and then breakfast. Yes, the 2.5 min video title is shameless and intentional clickbait.

Enter her new boyfriend since last year, Pico, who recently arrived from Germany for a few months. Near the same age, he and I have hit it off marvelously. Super good guy.

Notice the age difference (she’s about 35, he’s over 55); and Thanida is neither a gold digger nor has she ever worked in a bar. She works 10 hours per day, six days per week, for incredibly low wages by our standards (less than $500 per month). He helps out, but she insists on working.

So, in reference to the foregoing pike and what’s coming down it, I have a post on that general topic as well. Prepare to have assumptions, stereotypes, and projections utterly, iconoclastically dismantled (in a gentle way…especially for the ladies who, in some sense, have a perfectly natural and logical disdain for this sort of thing).

…A few weeks ago I saw Pico munching on something and I asked what it was. He had no idea, but said it’s a root, like a potato, but is crunchy and a little bit sweet, like an apple. He gave me one out of the fridge, which he recommended doing.

On the outside, it looks like a typical sweet potato, or what some erroneously call yams. Thanida had acquired them from up in Chiang Mai, 1000 miles away. There’s some altitude up there and it’s cooler. Apparently, this Andes native—colloquially known as Peruvian apple—grows well up there and a farmer ships them for 160 baht for a 5 kilogram box (11 pounds for $4.65, including shipping).

What are they? I snapped a photo and did an image search and one of the results was a plant called “yacon.” Then image searching on that specifically confirmed it because of the melon or apple-like inside. (I always have to be careful typing it, because autocorrect thinks I mean bacon.)

A weighty financial decision, but I splurged for a 5k box of my own.

So, nothing much to see yet and your first query would naturally be various cooking alternatives.

But nope, you eat them raw.

I’ll get to taste and texture in a bit. They’re extra delicious and could easily be my favorite “fruit.” I need to buy a blender so I can make smoothies from two of them and fart up a damn storm (1st hint).

I noticed something quite radical after eating a couple of them per day for a few days in a row. My ravenous hunger subsided. Remember what motivated me to try cutting out the booze? Complete loss of appetite. The rest of that story is history.

But when I stopped boozing and in 3 days had my appetite back, it went all Yin to Yang on me and I was hungry all the [damn] time. So, what I’m saying is, that experience was serendipity number one. I was in the ideal time and place to notice a profound change and it was highly correlated with consuming these things. Add to that, I know a thing or two about gut health, and profound flatulence informed me on that score.

Touted yacon syrup results

So I started looking into it, just idle Google searches, including for those touted to produce weight-loss results with before-after pics like the one to the left. Interestingly, there are few pics and not a lot of information. Contrasted with new and hyper-expensive Wegovy—which you’ll learn about below—there’s tons of stuff to be “found.” Thanks, Google. One hopes there’ll be lot more info about cheap yacon syrup soon. I’m sure you’re anxious to include it in search results, right along with patented and expensive Wegovy.

I did come up with an interesting read and it contained a study with head-shaking results.

This was a Thursday morning, 10.30, and it’d be either 13 or 15 hours ahead of chez Eades, depending on whether Mike, the LC diet doc, was in Dallas or Montecito. That would make it Wednesday evening and he gets out The Arrow newsletter Thursday afternoon, his time (Friday morning in Thailand). Maybe I could catch him, maybe he’ll opine. Who knows?

Hey Mike,

Stumbled onto something. Thought it might interest you.

One afternoon a couple of weeks ago, my Thai neighbor’s boyfriend (who recently arrived from Germany) was munching on something that looked like a raw potato. Asked him what it was, he had no idea, but he gave me one. Looks just like a dark brown sweet potato on the outside.

When you peel it, whole different look. Looks like honeydew melon a little.

It was already chilled (recommended) so I peeled it and tried. Jesus. I found a pretty apt description.

“…it’s like a sweet cross between early apples, watermelon and very mild celery, with a touch of pear.”

It’s so weird. But delicious and only mildly sweet. Best is the texture. Chilled, it has the crisp and snap of a perfect apple.

Turns out it’s native to S. America like Columbia, Peru, Argentina. But it’s grown up north in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Guy shipped me a 5 Kilo box of them 1000 miles for 160 baht ($4.65), including the shipping! So the lower bin in my fridge is filled with yacon (autocorrect wants to change that to bacon, LOL).

I’m eating about 2 per day because delicious and also very easy on the carb counter.

I noticed something. HUGE suppression in appetite and particularly noticeable because no appetite was the issue that got me to knock off the booze and since then I’m ravenous 24/7.

But not anymore. So I looked into it.

This is an interesting read, packed with lots of info.

Can Yacon Syrup Really Help You Lose Weight? An Objective Look

It focuses on the syrup, but whole food is better, of course. (I haven’t yet looked into how much raw root you’d have to eat to get the concentrations found in the syrup.)

This really jumped out at me and I knew I had to share with you.

Pretty much all claims behind yacon syrup are based on one study:

Yacon syrup: Beneficial effects on obesity and insulin resistance in humans

This study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The participants were 55 obese women with cholesterol problems and a history of constipation.

The women were split into two groups. A total of 40 women took yacon syrup, while 15 women took another type of syrup with no active ingredients (placebo).

All of them were advised to eat a low-fat diet and mildly restrict calories. The study went on for about four months.

At the end of the study, the women in the yacon syrup group had lost 33 pounds (15 kg) on average. At the same time, the placebo group gained an average of 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).

The study also found reductions in waist circumference.

The women in the yacon syrup group lost 3.9 inches, or 10 centimeters, of their waist circumference. No significant changes were seen in the placebo group.

There were several other effects noted in the yacon syrup group:

  • Their body mass index (BMI) decreased from 34 to 28 (from obese to overweight).
  • Their stool frequency increased from 0.28 per day to 0.99 per day, effectively curing them of constipation.
  • Fasting insulin levels went down by 42%.
  • Insulin resistance, a major risk factor for diabetes and heart disease, was reduced by 67%.
  • LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol went from 137 mg/dL to 97.5 mg/dL (a 29% decrease).
  • Overall, the women who took yacon syrup had dramatic improvements in both body weight and metabolic health, while the women taking the placebo stayed pretty much the same.

When you’re used to poor studies touting a dietary intervention where differences are measured in cunthairs, that’s an ASTOUNDING difference. DB and PC too!

Plus, it shows how stupid LF diets are. ;)

There’s a free bonus.

…I checked FTA and it turns out I did blog about Yacon syrup back some years ago. I got a bottle myself, but it was expensive and plus, I just couldn’t see myself taking tsps of syrup every day. Perhaps I should have thought better about that.

At any rate, the tubers themselves are a real enjoyable treat and looks like the cost of consumption is green lights all around.

Enter Serendipity #2

I didn’t get a reply from Mike, but that’s not unusual. Once he gets close to drafting and publishing time, I might not get a reply for a few days.

Newsletter comes out Friday morning my time, as usual.

The last day before MD and I left to go back to Texas a month ago, I played a round of golf with a true A-List Hollywood celebrity. As happens in rounds of golf, all kinds of things come up in conversation. In this round—on the 11th hole, if you must know—talk turned to weight loss. The celeb tells me “everyone in Hollywood” including he, himself, is on Wegovy. He tells me it’s great, that he isn’t really ever hungry, and that he can eat pretty much what he wants and still stays thin. He is a middle-aged guy and is flat bellied.

He emphasized that just about everyone he knew in the biz was on the drug. And loved it.

Wegovy, generic name semaglutide, is in the class of drugs called GLP-1 agonists. GLP-1 is short for glucagon-like peptide 1, which is an incretin hormone released in the lower part of the GI tract in response to food. When certain foods reach the lower end of the small bowel, they stimulate the release of this hormone from cells in the small bowel called L-cells. The hormone travels through the blood to the pancreas where it stimulates the release of insulin and inhibits the release of glucagon. And it feeds back on the GI tract to slow down the transit of food, which makes you feel full and less hungry.

Here is a graphic I used to show the effects of GLP-1 in a talk I gave:

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As you can see, GLP-1 does a lot of good things metabolically.

When people develop type 1 diabetes, they can produce no, or very little, insulin while at the same time producing a ton of glucagon. This continuous release of glucagon drives the liver to continuously produce glucose, which, of course, runs glucose sky high.

The fact that GLP-1 does just the opposite—it increases the release of insulin while inhibiting the release of glucagon and increasing insulin sensitivity—attracted the attention of pharmaceutical research scientists, who are always on the lookout for new drugs to treat the booming diabetic epidemic. Then they found one in semaglutide, which works by stimulating the GLP-1 receptors to produce more of the hormone. (Drugs that stimulate receptors are called agonists.)

Novo Nordisk released the new drug under the trade name Ozempic, which was an anti-diabetic drug. It was designed to be used as a weekly subcutaneous injection, with dosage to increase over time until blood sugar stabilization, or until maximum dosage was reached.

It didn’t take long before the manufacturer of the drug figured out it could be used as a weight loss drug as well as an anti-diabetes drug. And that the profits from an anti-obesity drug would dwarf those of Ozempic. Thus Wegovy was born. Same drug, different name, different dosage.

Wegovy, like Ozempic, is given subcutaneously once per week. The dosage of Wegovy starts low and moves upward over time until a max of 2.4mg/week is reached. (Which is a bit higher than the max for Ozempic (2.0mg/wk).)

If you look at the package insert for Wegovy, you’ll notice a couple of things.

First is a big warning about the risk of a specific type of thyroid cancer. Followed down the page with a recitation of possible adverse reactions from taking the drug:

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Next comes the indications for use.

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See that first figure of 30 kg/m2 or greater? (Kg per square meter is how BMI is measured.)

Here is how the CDC classifies obesity as a function of BMI.

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To fit the Wegovy indication for usage as described in the package insert, you must have a BMI of at least 30. Or higher. Which the CDC classifies as obese.

Or you must have a BMI of at least 27, which is right in the middle of the Overweight category, AND at least one of the other “weight-related comorbid condition[s]” described in the insert.

I can assure you that my new A-List Hollywood friend did not have a BMI of even 25. Nor do most of the folks you see from Hollywood. But “everyone” there is on Wegovy. Supposedly, as my friend told me, because they’re never hungry and they can eat what they want to eat when they do eat.

They had better be making star wages, because Wegovy costs around $1,500 per month. […]

So, here we have a drug Wegovy, a GLP-1 agonist, that should help us lose weight, but at a fairly hefty price.

Does it really work?

I had, of course, heard of Wegovy, but I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it. I came home after my time with my new friend and looked up the papers. And took a run through YouTube to see if I could find any physicians with hands on experience talking about it. I did indeed find a bunch of them. And most were practically orgasmic about the drug’s efficacy. Go to YouTube and enter “semaglutide,” and you’ll see what I mean.

And, then, of course, there is a nice article in Variety, the Hollywood trade rag about how everyone is going wild over Ozempic, Wegovy’s predecessor. Remember the submarine. I’m sure Novo Nordisk has a big-time PR company working for it full time.

So, let’s look at a study, which was published in Nature Medicine, a highly prestigious journal.

Here is the set up:

304 subjects (68 men; 236 women) were randomized into a control group (152) and a study group (152).

Those in the study group got an injection of 2.4 mg semaglutide weekly; those in the control group got a weekly injection of placebo.

Both groups received “behavioral intervention,” whatever that is. It wasn’t defined in the study.

The subjects in both groups had BMIs of ~38.5, which almost reaches the state of morbid obesity (BMI of 40 or higher).

The study ran for two years.

What happened?

The results were pretty impressive:

https://michaeleades.substack.com/p/the-arrow-102

So, given this coincidental subject matter—with results from a very expensive drug that mirror the results from a cheap tuber I’d just learned about less than 24 hours prior—I was sure he hadn’t seen my email yet. Sure enough, a few hours later:

Wow!

I’ve never heard of this plant. It is also called Peruvian apple. I can’t find any to buy here in the US right now. Found one place that sells it, but it’s “out of season” right now, so not available. I’m sure when it is available, it will be a helluva lot more expensive that $4.65 for 5 kg (shipping included). I suspect just the shipping will be a lot more than that.

I’m dying to try it.

Thanks for giving me the heads up.

I replied saying that now I was on the trail to see if the same mechanism in play (GLP-1) for Wegovy might be what’s behind the similar study results with yacon syrup. Sure enough. I also did some calculatin’.

To follow up, I did a quick napkin calc.

Without going through all the scratches which you can probably do in your head, this person makes their own syrup, yield about 60 tsp for 5 kilo.

Homemade Yacon Syrup From Scratch

In the study which I got full tex via sci-hub, they’re dosing 430mg per kg body weight per day. So, at my ~80 kg, that’s about 8tsp per day.

So, a 5kg box is a smidgen over a week’s supply.

There were about 20 tubers in the box. If I eat 2 per day, that’s a 10-day supply, 6tsp equivalent, so damn close to the study dosages.

Which would explain why I have experienced the appetite suppression.

Cool, huh?

And…

Update.

I hadn’t read the study yet, just grabbed the dose so I could do my calcs, but I misread. It wasn’t 2 doses (.14 and .29g / kg) per day, it was one or the other and the double dose was intolerable. Girls don’t like to fart (yea, there’s flatulence I can assure you).

So, study uses .14g / kg per day, so about 22g per day at 80 kg, a smidge over 5 tsp. So, at 2 medium sized tubers per day, I’m at least or above study dosage.

NEXT, the biggie and makes your Arrow today so serendipitous with what I had emailed yesterday.

“Yacon roots and the syrup made by concentrating root juice are natural products rich in FOS. It has been shown that dietary FOS are able to modulate the production of gastrointestinal peptides such as Glucagon-like protein 1 (GLP-1), Glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) and ghrelin. These peptides cause the suppression of glucagon secretion, delay gastric emptying and regulate food intake. The present study showed a positive effect of yacon syrup on weight loss in initially abdominal obese patients with a remarkable mobilization of visceral adipose tissue. This finding could be attributed to the high content of FOS in the product administered, probably through the above mechanism.

“In addition, syrup supplementation was able to enhance satiety sensation. This subjective effect could be related to the delay in gastric emptying, an indirect action of FOS. This fact would contribute to weight loss.”

So, if this pans out, you can tell your peeps that Yacon is the poor man’s Wegovy.

And, they need not worry about getting the tubers (though quite delicious…I love ‘em…greatest munching snack ever and given their medicinal properties downright magical superfood).

Amazon is replete with Yacon syrup. About $2 per ounce so under 2 bucks per day for most folks to supplement.

This could get pretty interesting.

That’s right, if you CLICK THIS LINK, it takes you right to the search results for yacon syrup at Amazon along with my associates tracking id. Purchase a truckload. It’s for a good cause. My GF’s 30th birthday is 1/3.

…To come full circle on this, Mike’s Arrow #103 closed the loop and rounded everything out.

Wegovy in a Jar?

After last week’s Arrow, I got an email from Richard Nikoley, an expat blogger and friend of mine now living in Thailand. He wrote:

[He quotes my email, up above.]

Richard found an article in Healthline.com about Yacon syrup and included it in the email.

The article linked to a study, which Richard had also read.

The study is pretty amazing. In fact, it’s beyond amazing. But before I get on with it, I’ve got to enumerate a list of caveats. First, it is one study and one study only. I couldn’t find another that replicated the results in this one. Second, the number of subjects is small. Third, this was kind of a set it and forget it study in that the subject were evaluated once then sent on their way. They came back in four months for a recheck of all the parameters, and that was it. Fourth, the results were astounding. And when you see results this astounding, it should give you pause. Fifth, because the results were so phenomenal, it makes me wonder if others studied the same thing, couldn’t reproduce the results, and abandoned the study. Or couldn’t get it published because it was a negative study. And Sixth, there were a few scientific errors in the study in terms of how the authors described certain metabolic processes.

Here is a link to the full study.

The researchers were from Argentina and Peru, which makes sense as that is where the Yacon plant is native. The agent used in the study was Yacon syrup, made by concentrating the juice from the root of the Yacon plant. The same root Richard describes eating in his email above.

Yacon syrup contains about 41 percent fructooligosaccharides (FOS). According to the authors

FOS are sugars found naturally in many types of plants but never in concentrations as high as in yacon roots. FOS are able to resist the hydrolysis of enzymes in the upper part of the human gastro-intestinal tract. For this reason, they have a low caloric value for humans.

The part about FOS being able to resist hydrolysis means these compounds make it through the upper GI tract into the area where they can stimulate the release of GLP-1. GLP-1 inhibits gastric emptying, decreases the release of glucagon, increases the release of insulin and improves insulin sensitivity.

The researchers reported that 35 out of 55 subjects completed the study, which is a small sample. Especially since randomization sent 15 subjects to placebo and 20 to each of two groups getting different doses of the syrup.

The subjects were obese women 31-49 years old with no menopausal disorders and mild dyslipidemia and a history of constipation. Their body weights were a little lower, and their BMIs were smaller than those subjects in the Wegovy study we discussed last week. The average weight of those in the Wegovy study were ~106 kg (244 pounds), but that study included both males and females. The average weight in this study was ~90kg (198 pounds). The average BMI in the Wegovy study was ~38.5, while that in the Yacon syrup study was 33.5. So, the subjects in the Yacon study were smaller, which makes the results even more amazing as it’s more difficult for smaller people to lose than it is for those much larger. And it’s especially more difficult for women to lose weight than it is for men.

During the experimental period, the subjects maintained a healthful slightly hypocaloric diet (carbohydrates 50%, fat 30%, protein 15% of total energy intake, and 10 g dietary fibre/day, as calculated using the Argentine table of food composition). All patients excluded food products containing large amounts of FOS such as onions and leeks from their diet. They were instructed to maintain their habitual lifestyle behavior with moderate physical activity (45 min walks twice a week). None of the subjects used medication throughout the study.

The study subjects were divided into two groups of 20, one of which got a 0.14g/FOS per kg dose while the other got double that. Those on placebo got a “placebo syrup,” which wasn’t defined. Molasses, maybe?

As it turned out, those getting the double dose of FOS had significant symptoms, which led to

significant gastrointestinal adverse effects reported by the patients such as diarrhea, severe abdominal distention, flatulence and nausea. The subjects considered the flatulence severe and unacceptable and no adaptation in symptoms occurred over time. Therefore, this group was excluded from the present study.

Which left 20 subjects on the lower dose to compare with the 15 on placebo syrup. As I said, a small study.

But 120 days later the results were astounding.

Here is the chart for weight loss and waist circumference.

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We’ll see just how astounding that is in a moment.

And here is the chart showing changes in blood sugar and other parameters.

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Pay particular attention to the area I’ve put the red rectangle around. HOMA is a method of measuring insulin sensitivity in use by many researchers. The lower, the better. Take a look at how much it changed in the study group. A drop of that magnitude is impressive.

You can see the weight loss in the first chart, but it’s difficult to put it in perspective. I created the graphic below to show how Yacon syrup compares to Wegovy. Remember, folks fork over $1,500 per month to get weekly injections of Wegovy because it works so well.

The Wegovy study went on for two years. The Yacon syrup study lasted for ~17 weeks. The lines above represent the body weight percentage change over time, which I calculated for the Yacon syrup. The absolute amount of weight loss was 15 kg (33 pounds) over the 17 weeks. Pretty impressive!

All we have are a starting point and an ending point, so we don’t know how the curve really looks. Was most of the weight loss early on? We don’t know. Or did it start slow and accelerate? Again, no idea.

But a 33 pound weight loss in 120 days is an impressive feat, especially considering the subjects were on basically a high-carb (50% of calories) diet, which generally doesn’t lead to such a dramatic weight loss.

We also don’t know what the results would be on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. More weight loss? Don’t know.

As you might imagine, this study prompted me to search for Yacon syrup, of which I found many brands on Amazon. I purchased this one simply because it was the least expensive, though not by much. All of them are within a buck or so in price.

The syrup is a golden brownish color and mildly sweet. I was expecting it to be much sweeter than it is. Once opened, it should be refrigerated. Some commenters said if it isn’t refrigerated, it grows mold. So we tried it out and popped it in the fridge. I figured it would be hard as a rock when we got it out, but it pretty much retains its consistency.

I don’t have anything to compare it to taste-wise. But it is not unpleasant. MD thinks it tastes a bit like brown rice syrup. I couldn’t tell you what brown rice syrup tastes like.

MD, to a greater extent, and I, to a lesser extent, noticed a diminution in appetite. After taking it for a few days, we went out to dinner at one of our regular spots. MD always gets the Philly cheesesteak sandwich without a bun and a Caesar salad no croutons. And she always eats every bite. She quit about two thirds of the way through and said she was full. I can’t even remember what I had, but I ate it all.

Other than a reduced appetite, I can’t really report anything else as we haven’t been on it for that long. We have got a few friends on it, but haven’t had feedback yet. I was going to wait to write about this till I had some more data, but then I realized that right after Christmas is when everyone plans to start dieting. So, I decided to throw it out there for anyone who might want to give it a try.

If you do give it a try, keep me posted with your results.

Here is how we dose it.

The study used 0.14g of FOS per kg of body weight. Based on some reading I did, it looks like Yacon syrup contains between 45-50 percent FOS. Going through the calculations and conversions, it turns out that it takes about a teaspoon per every 30 pounds of body weight to hit the 0.14g per kg used in the study. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you take 5 teaspoons of the syrup per day.

MD divides the dose and takes it twice per day, morning and evening. I take mine whenever I think of it throughout the day. Neither of us have experienced symptoms of any kind. Your mileage may vary.

The paper is far from clear as to when it is to be taken. Here’s what the authors wrote:

The subjects were instructed to consume the syrup 1 h before meals. The intake of 0.14 or 0.29 g FOS/kg body weight of the syrup or of the placebo was spread over the day as a half-dose after breakfast and another after dinner.

So, the study is far from clear on this. One hour before meals? Or after meals. How did the editors miss that one?

You may be able to find bulk Yacon syrup somewhere, but if you order the stuff we did or similar, you’ll find that it will take you three to four jars per month, depending upon your weight. Each jar costs about $15, so it will run $45 to $60 per month, which is significantly less expensive than the $1,500 you would shell out for Wegovy.

…So I think that’ll wrap everything up. I’ve done a short trailer video to help you promote this important information to friends and loved who sorely need it. You’ve got three ways. This post is public so you can share the link. The whole thing is in email if you’re subscribed to the newsletter. But, it’s long and so perhaps this little vid might encourage the reluctant to read it anyway.


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12 Comments

  1. Andrea Geller on December 29, 2022 at 05:44

    Hi Richard,
    interesting information, I’ll give it a try!
    Best,
    Andrea

  2. Jackie Danicki on December 30, 2022 at 00:21

    I was looking into this for a diabetic family member a couple of months ago. Since then the topic has REALLY blown up. A friend of a friend (not obese) has been taking it for her diabetes and has been losing a couple of pounds per month without any special effort. I’m sure if she were heavy, the results would be more pronounced, but it’s definitely intriguing.

    Any recommendations on when and how to take the yacon syrup? How would you integrate it into a morning routine that includes raw potato starch on an empty stomach?

    • Richard Nikoley on December 30, 2022 at 01:24

      Check out the 2nd post of Mike’s I linked above. I didn’t quote it, but he continued on about dosing the syrup and how he and MD are doing so, and their experience so far, more pronounced for MD.

  3. Stephen Smith on December 31, 2022 at 04:19

    Wondering if supplementing with this could make a leaner person more resistant to fat gain…

    • Richard Nikoley on December 31, 2022 at 10:31

      Likely, since in the study results, it increases insulin sensitivity.

      • Stephen Smith on January 1, 2023 at 00:05

        I tried a heaping tsp of yacon root powder the other day- I definitely felt it . Inulin seems to be a little more aggressive compared to other fibers



  4. Mark J on January 6, 2023 at 08:15

    Powder seems a lot cheaper too (bulk supplements brand is like 88c an ounce on amazon — I want to make sure you get the credit though if I buy it instead of one of the listed. I’m assuming just following your link to amazon and then buying whatever product still gives you a little sumtin sumtin?

    • Richard Nikoley on January 6, 2023 at 09:27

      That’s correct. The generic link has the code, drops a cookie good for like 30 days or something unless superceded by someone else’s at a later time. Most recent affiliate cookie wins.

      • Mark J on January 6, 2023 at 13:55

        Cool deal. Will do that.



      • Stephen Smith on January 22, 2023 at 04:46

        Maybe supplementing FOS powder will have similar benefit..My wife wants to loose weight and no way she’ll spend that much on yacon root syrups/powders. I’m looking at NutraFlora FOS as an alternative. It seems cheaper



    • Richard Nikoley on January 22, 2023 at 06:27

      Stephen,

      Maybe you can do an A/B test.

      She takes the powder, you take the syrup, compare notes on feelings of satiety, less desire to eat anything, etc.

      It sure seems to quell appetite for me. In a gentle and not a drugged sort of way. Just recently acquired the syrup via iHerb, which has quite an international shipping operation. Gets here pretty quick, no shipping rape (some companies will ship to Thailand, but shipping can be more than the product itself), and sails through customs.

      Weirdly, I’ve found that the tuber itself is quite well known in Thailand, bạw h̄ima (บัวหิมะ translates to “snow lotus.”) but no syrup anywhere. I’m considering making my own syrup since it’s easy to get the tuber.

      I was just in the village and stepped outside where the ladies were cooking up something and one of them is peeling a large yacon. Turns out she grows them herself right there. She delivered 2 ENORMOUS tubers to me the next morning. I’m talking bigger than the biggest Winnemucca Potatoes (largest russets). A bit less sweet than those they grow in Chiang Mai / Rai that I get which are average sweet potato size.

      Watch this, see if you can pick out the words bạw h̄ima and yacon.

      https://youtu.be/r4Xa3J1Uzl8

      • Stephen Smith on January 26, 2023 at 02:49

        Great! Thanks for the response



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