Citrus fruits can counteract the harmful effects of obesity caused by a Western diet high in fat and sugar.
The fruits are not just a bunch of vitamins, but antioxidants that prevent diseases caused by obesity.
While not prevent obesity, people who enjoy a high-fat diet, but not yet obese could also benefit by preventing food-related illnesses consuming.
One in four British adults and one in five children 11 years old are obese make the UK the “fat man of Europe”.
Graduate student Paula Ferreira said. “Our results indicate that in the future we can use flavanones citrus, a class of antioxidants, to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans
“This study also suggests that eating citrus fruits could probably have beneficial effects for people who are not obese but who have high-fat diets, putting them at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and abdominal obesity. “
study of the Paulista State University in Brazil suggested that obesity increases the risk of developing heart disease, liver disease and diabetes because of oxidative stress and inflammation.
Eating a high fat diet causes fat to accumulate fat in their bodies and these fat cells produce reactive species of excessive oxygen, which can damage cells in a process called stress oxidative.
The body can usually fight the molecules of antioxidants, but fat cells are enlarged much obese, which can lead to even higher levels of reactive oxygen species that exceed the body’s ability to counteract levels.
Previous research suggested flavanone lowered cell cultures and oxidative stress in animals.
The study aimed to explore the effects of flavanone for the first time in mice without genetic modifications that were fed a high-fat diet.
were included 50 mice by treating them with three flavanone found in oranges, limes and lemons – hesperidia, a diet high in fat, more Eriocitrin or a high-fat diet, more eriodictiol .
The high-fat diet without flavanone increased levels of markers of cell damage called thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) by 80 percent in the blood and 57 percent in the liver compared with mice on a diet standard.
But hesperidia, eiocitrin and eriodictyol decreased TBARS levels in the liver by 50 percent, 57 percent and 64 percent, respectively, compared to animals fed a high-fat diet mice, but not give flavanones.
Eriocitrin and eriodictiol also reduced TBARS levels in the blood by 48 percent and 47 percent, respectively, in these mice.
In addition, mice treated with hesperidin and eriodictiol had reduced fat accumulation and liver damage
teacher Lead author Dr. Thais Cesar said: . “Our studies did not show any weight loss due to flavanones citrus.
” However, even without help mice lose weight, which made healthier with less oxidative stress, less damage to liver, lower blood lipids and lower blood glucose. “
further research will look at the best way to manage these flavanone, either in citrus juice, by eating fruit or development a pill with these antioxidants. are also provided
human clinical trials.