Objectives Excess weight and obesity are a crucial public health problem worldwide and are considered as the main cause of many chronic diseases. The present study evaluated the effects of Aronia melanocarpa extract (AMEX) supplementation on body compositions in overweight or obese people.
Methods This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was carried out on 66 healthy overweight or obese peoples. The eligible subjects were divided into AMEX and placebo supplement treatment for 12 weeks. Anthropometrics, body composition (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry), and blood analysis were performed pre- and post intervention.
Results We observed significant reductions in the body weight and body mass index in both groups; however, the decrease was higher in the AMEX group. Body fat mass and percent body fat showed a tendency to decreases after AMEX supplementation. No clinically significant changes were observed for any safety parameter.
Conclusions In conclusion, the data of this trial indicate that AMEX were not effective in reducing body compositions, but as a safe supplement, it may help weight loss in overweight or obese people. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2020; 30(1):105-113)