Apr 8, 2011

Another fruit that helps prevent diabetes: tangerine

A new study has found that tangerines could be able to lower the risk of heart attacks, type 2 diabetes and strokes . Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada have showed that the flavonoid Nobiletin that is present in the fruit could provide a range of health benefits including helping to combat obesity.

The flavonoids, which are a type of plant pigment, are thought to be 10 times more effective than similar ones found in grapefruit. The researchers tested two groups of mice, one that had the flavenoid added to their food, while the other were given a common Western diet that was rich in fat and sugar .

The diet of the latter group resulted in obesity, high cholesterol levels, increased blood sugar and a fatty liver, known causes of diabetes and heart disease, while the mice who had taken Nobiletin exhibited no symptoms at all.

Lead researcher Murray Huff, commented "In longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke ."

He added "This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is a suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people."

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