Science and Technology
15.04.2011

Blueberries may inhibit the development of fat cells in the body

Results suggest that the high content of polyphenols in blueberries can help in reducing the epidemic of obesity

Consumption of blueberries may reduce the development of fat cells in the body. The discovery by researchers from Texas Woman's University, USA.

Results suggest that the high content of polyphenols in blueberries can help in reducing the epidemic of obesity.

The study's leader, Shiwan Mogh and his colleagues decided to evaluate whether the blueberry polyphenols play a role in adipocyte differentiation, the process whereby a relatively unspecialized cell acquires specialized features of adipocytes, a cell of the connective tissue of animals specialized for synthesis and fat storage.

Plant polyphenols have been shown to fight adipogenesis, which is the development of fat cells and induce lipolysis, which is the breakdown of lipids or fat.

"I wanted to evaluate whether the use of blueberry polyphenols may inhibit obesity in the molecular phase," said Moghadam.

The study was performed in tissue cultures taken from rats. Polyphenols showed a suppression of adipocyte differentiation-dependent dose consumed.

The fat content in the control group was significantly higher than the content of the tissue of mice that received three doses of polyphenols of blueberry.

The highest concentration of polyphenols of blueberry yielded a 73% decrease in lipids, the lowest dose resulted in a reduction of 27%.

"We still need to test this dose in humans to make sure that there are no adverse effects, and to see if the doses are effective. This is an emerging area of ​​research. Determining the best dose for humans is important," said Moghadam . "The promise is that cranberry helps reduce the formation of adipose tissue in the body."

These preliminary results contribute a new addition to the list of benefits related to blueberries, which have been shown to alleviate health conditions like cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

Source: Isaude.net