The Use of Green Leaf Membranes to Promote Appetite Control, Suppress Hedonic Hunger and Loose Body Weight

Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2015 Sep;70(3):281-90. doi: 10.1007/s11130-015-0491-8.


On-going research aims at answering the question, which satiety signal is the most potent or which combination of satiety signals is the most potent to stop eating. There is also an aim at finding certain food items or food additives that could be used to specifically reduce food intake therapeutically. Therapeutic attempts to normalize body weight and glycaemia with single agents alone have generally been disappointing. The success of bariatric surgery illustrates the rationale of using several hormones to treat obesity and type-2-diabetes. We have found that certain components from green leaves, the thylakoids, when given orally have a similar rationale in inducing the release of several gut hormones at the same time. In this way satiety is promoted and hunger suppressed, leading to loss of body weight and body fat. The mechanism is a reduced rate of intestinal lipid hydrolysis, allowing the lipolytic products to reach the distal intestine and release satiety hormones. The thylakoids also regulate glucose uptake in the intestine and influences microbiota composition in the intestine in a prebiotic direction. Using thylakoids is a novel strategy for treatment and prevention of obesity.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Animals
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / pharmacology
  • Appetite Regulation / drug effects*
  • Biological Products / pharmacology*
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Body Weight*
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Hunger / drug effects*
  • Obesity / diet therapy
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Plant Leaves*
  • Plants
  • Satiation / drug effects
  • Thylakoids*


  • Anti-Obesity Agents
  • Biological Products
  • Blood Glucose