Yacon Supplement

Updated | 2021-01-26

Written and reviewed by the NatureClaim Team


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Yacon


Overview of Yacon

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:

insufficient information

Good:

insufficient information

Promising:

insufficient information

Conflicting (Unclear):

insufficient information

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:

insufficient information

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:

insufficient information

Moderate:

insufficient information

Potential:

insufficient information


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.