The Effect of Piceatannol from Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) Seeds on Metabolic Health in Humans

Nutrients. 2017 Oct 18;9(10):1142. doi: 10.3390/nu9101142.


Animal studies have shown the beneficial effects of piceatannol on metabolic health; however, there is a lack of human studies designed to examine these effects. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of piceatannol on metabolic health in humans. This randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted on 39 subjects, including 10 overweight men and 9 overweight women (BMI ≥ 25), as well as 10 non-overweight men and 10 non-overweight women (BMI < 25). Subjects received piceatannol (20 mg/day) or placebo capsules for eight weeks in a random order. The primary outcome was the effect of piceatannol on glucose-metabolism, including insulin sensitivity. The secondary outcomes were the effects on other parameters, including blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), endothelial function, lipids, inflammation, oxidative stress, mood status, and Sirt1 and phospho-AMP-activated kinase (p-AMPK) expression in isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs). Supplementation with piceatannol in overweight men reduced serum insulin levels, HOMA-IR, BP and HR. Other groups, including non-overweight men, as well as overweight and non-overweight women, showed no beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity, BP and HR. Furthermore, piceatannol is not associated with other data, including body weight (BW), body composition, endothelial function, lipids, inflammation, oxidative stress, mood status, and Sirt1/p-AMPK expression in PBMNCs. In conclusion, supplementation with piceatannol can improve metabolic health, including insulin sensitivity, BP and HR, in overweight men.

Keywords: an analogue of resveratrol; insulin sensitivity; metabolic health; piceatannol.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Capsules
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Energy Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Heart Rate / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Overweight / blood
  • Overweight / diagnosis
  • Overweight / drug therapy*
  • Overweight / physiopathology
  • Passiflora* / chemistry
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Seeds* / chemistry
  • Stilbenes / administration & dosage*
  • Stilbenes / adverse effects
  • Stilbenes / isolation & purification
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Biomarkers
  • Capsules
  • Stilbenes
  • 3,3',4,5'-tetrahydroxystilbene