Citrus fruits 'can help prevent several obesity-related diseases'

23 August 2016

A new study has offered evidence that citrus fruit consumption can help protect people against a number of obesity-related conditions.

Researchers from Brazil's Universidade Estadual Paulista conducted an experiment with 50 mice with no genetic modifications that were fed a high-fat diet, treating them with flavanone antioxidants found in oranges, limes and lemons.

Although no weight loss was associated with the citrus flavanones, these agents nevertheless helped the animals to become healthier through lower oxidative stress, reduced liver damage, lower blood lipids and lessened blood glucose levels.

These findings also suggest that people who are not obese but have diets rich in fat could cut their risk of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and abdominal obesity by eating more citrus fruits.

Paula Ferreira, a graduate student with the research team, said: "Our results indicate that in the future we can use citrus flavanones, a class of antioxidants, to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans."

Efforts will now be made to assess whether these flavanones are most effectively consumed via citrus juice, by consuming the fruit itself or through a pill containing these antioxidants.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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