A gastric emptying study is a procedure that measures the speed with which food empties from the stomach and enters the small intestine. This is a vital part of feeling full (satiety) and over eating.
In order to assess the connection between stomach fullness and gastric emptying, 7 subjects – who had previously fasted prior to the study – were given Zotrim formulation on one occasion and placebo capsules of lactose on another occasion in a double blinded study.
Asked to drink 20ml of apple juice followed 15 minutes later by a further 400ml, their gastric volume was monitored through ultrasound measurement every 10 minutes until their stomachs had emptied.
Zotrim: average gastric emptying 58 minutes
Placebo: average gastric emptying 38 minutes