FAT FIGHTIN’ PHYTOCHEMICALS
Berries, Blood Oranges, Red Grapes Contain Anti-Obesity Compound According to Animal Study
Japanese researchers may have identified an antioxidant found in certain fruits and vegetables that could fight fat with double biological barrels.
Spanish olives, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, red grapes, blood oranges, purple corn and açaí berries contain the phytochemical C3G that was found to increase production of both adiponectin and leptin in animal trials at Doshisha University.
Adiponectin is a protein that enhances fat burning. Leptin, on the other hand, is a hormone that suppresses appetite and triggers thermogenesis — the conversion of calories to body heat. In fact, the word “leptin” derives from the Greek “leptos,” meaning thin. A second study found that mice on a high-fat diet gained less weight when C3G was added to their food than a control group.
The data suggest that certain anthocyanins, long recognized for their free-radical scavenging prowess, could also have potential explore the same benefits in humans.
Published October 12, 2004