Yacon

Updated | 2018-10-29


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Yacon


Overview

Botanical Name: Smallanthus sonchifolius


Order: Asterales


Family: Asteraceae


The sweet tubers (roots) of this plant are prepared as a snack or used to make syrup. The syrup contains a high amount of fructooligosaccharide, an indigestible fructose complex; thus, yacon has little caloric value.



Evidence

Strong:

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Good:

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Promising:

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Conflicting (Unclear):

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Limited Evidence:

  • Constipation [1]
  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, yacon in combination with milk thistle may be effective [2]
  • Weight Loss in Obese Pre-Menopausal Women with Insulin Resistance [3]

No Evidence:

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No Clinical Research:

All other conditions.


Side Effects
Side effects may include:
  • Bloating
Precautions and Adverse Events:
  • Avoid or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, if you have allergies to plants in the family Asteraceae (ragweed, chamomile, etc.).
  • Since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing yacon, use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner.
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Pregnant or Nursing

There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing yacon during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use. [4]



Interactions

Major

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Moderate

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Potential

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Dosage

Yacon is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.



Compounds
Yacon compounds


The "-" means there is no information.