Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: July | Volume: 3 | Issue: 7 | Pages: 6-11
Role of Lagenaria Siceraria Fruit Juice in Overweight and Obesity
Amit Vaibhav1*, Jai Prakash Singh2**, Om Prakash Singh3**
*Department of Kaya Chikitsa, Dr. Vijay Ayurvedic Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Kaithi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
**Department of Kaya Chikitsa, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Corresponding Author: Amit Vaibhav
Objective: Obesity is a global and a major health problem because of the consequent life-threatening complications leading to premature morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of obesity is increasing at an alarming rate throughout the developed and semi-developed countries. Keeping these facts in the account a research work has been framed to evaluate the role of very common and cheap vegetable, Lagenaria siceraria (Bottle gourd) fruit juicein Overweight and Obesity.
Methodology: In this present study, total 32 obese individuals were randomly selected and divided into two groups having 16 obese individuals in each group. In Group I patients were advised to take 200 ml of fresh fruit juice of Lagenaria siceraria (Bottle gourd) empty stomach at morning and Group II obese individuals were advised for the brisk walk at early morning for 30 minutes daily. Improvement assessed on the basis of change in weight, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI). The total duration of study is 45 days with follow-up of 15 days.
Result: Significant change in weight, waist circumference, and body mass index observed in both group but relatively better result found in group I.
Conclusion: Lagenaria siceraria (Bottle gourd) fruit juice effectively controls obesity and overweight. Its antiobesity potential is relatively better than brisk walk group. So, we can conclude that Lagenaria siceraria fruitjuice is a safe and effective therapeutic measure for obese individuals.
Keywords: Obesity, overweight, Lagenaria siceraria, Bottle gourd, BMI.