Citrus-derived supplement could limit obesity-related factorsBy Matthew Francis • Jul 14th, 2009 • Category: Blood Sugar, True Health News
Obesity has the tendency to increase the difficulty in controlling blood sugar for people who develop type 2 diabetes, but researchers say that a new supplement developed from citrus fruit could limit those effects.
Scientists at the Robarts Research Institute say that a chemical called naringenin may hold promise in reducing the effects of obesity by both limiting the ability for fat to generate and limiting poor health outcomes like higher blood pressure and insulin resistance.
The findings come after trials involving animal models that were split into two groups: one fed a high-fat diet and naringenin supplements, and one that just received a high-fat diet.
Data from the study showed that study subjects who that (b/c they’re animals) received the citrus chemical were less likely to become obese through the diet, and also reduced levels of trigylcerides in their bloodstream.
While the supplement may not yet be available for human use, incorporating more citrus into one’s diet can also be of benefit, according to research from the Slone Epidemiology Center.
They found that women who switched from soft drinks to fruit juices like orange juice and grapefruit juice were less likely to develop diabetes.