We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
But have you ever heard that a tangerine a day keeps obesity away?
Well, a new study done at the University of Western Ontario has found just that. Scientists have discovered that a certain substance found in high concentrations in tangerines prevents obesity and offers protection against type 2 diabetes in lab mice.
It’s a substance called nobiletin.
Scientists fed one group of mice a diet something similar to that of what most of western society is used to – a diet high in fats and high in sugars. This group of mice quickly and efficiently became obese, showing signs of elevated insulin and cholesterol levels – all symptoms that boost your chances of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
A second group of mice were on the exact same diet but with one exception – they had small doses of nobiletin added to their diet.
The second group of mice experienced NONE of the symptoms of the first group.
“The nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” Murray Huff, a scientist at the University of Western Ontario said.
Scientists have discovered, in the second group of mice, nobiletin prevented the buildup of fat in the liver by blocking the specific genes responsible for manufacturing fat.
Nobiletin is one of the citrus bioflavanoids. Found naturally in citrus fruits and juices, nobiletin is known for having a healthy, strengthening effect on the walls of blood vessels. It’s mostly known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as its cholesterol-lowering effects.
The study, which was published in the journal Diabetes, found that the naturally occurring substance nobiletin also helped to protect against atherosclerosis – the disease responsible for majority of heart attacks and strokes.
“In longer-term studies, nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.”
I think it’s time to jump on the tangerine bandwagon.
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