Shopping List for Obesity/Weight Management

Below are items which have been demonstrated through scientific or clinical studies to have significant positive effects on obesity. These are provided for educational and research purposes only. As always, be mindful of any allergies you may have and consult with your physician before starting any regimen in addition to your prescribed therapy.

  • Ashwaganda (for weight management under chronic stress)
  • Huang Qi San (astralagus, kudzu root, and mulberry leaf)
  • Korean white ginseng 
  • Psyllium fiber
  • Saffron extract (e.g. Satiereal)


Brum JM, Gibb RD, Peters JC, Mattes RD. Satiety effects of psyllium in healthy volunteers. Appetite. 2016 Oct 1;105:27-36.

Choudhary D, Bhattacharyya S, Joshi K. Body weight management in adults under chronic stress through treatment with ashwagandha root extract: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine. 2017 Jan;22(1):96-106.

Gout B, Bourges C, Paineau-Dubreuil S. Satiereal, a Crocus sativus L extract, reduces snacking and increases satiety in a randomized placebo-controlled study of mildly overweight, healthy women. Nutrition Research. 2010 May 1;30(5):305-13.

Hao M, Guan Z, Gao Y, Xing J, Zhou X, Wang C, Xu J, Li W. Huang-Qi San ameliorates hyperlipidemia with obesity rats via activating brown adipocytes and converting white adipocytes into brown-like adipocytes. Phytomedicine. 2020 Nov 1;78:153292.

Lee YS, Cha BY, Yamaguchi K, Choi SS, Yonezawa T, Teruya T, Nagai K, Woo JT. Effects of Korean white ginseng extracts on obesity in high-fat diet-induced obese mice. Cytotechnology. 2010 Aug;62:367-76.

Pal S, Khossousi A, Binns C, Dhaliwal S, Ellis V. The effect of a fibre supplement compared to a healthy diet on body composition, lipids, glucose, insulin and other metabolic syndrome risk factors in overweight and obese individuals. British Journal of Nutrition. 2011 Jan;105(1):90-100.