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Belly Fat Blueberries Research

Belly fat blueberries research shows multiple benefits

Studies show that eating blueberries

  • reduced belly fat (abdominal adiposity),

  • lowered blood cholesterol,

  • lowered blood triglycerides, and

  • improved insulin sensitivity (a biomarker for metabolic syndrome which is associated with diabetes II and heart disease).

Researchers at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center found that obesity-prone rats on a high fat diet were protected by the addition of whole highbush blueberry powder compared to controls.

Better results with a low fat diet

They also tested eating blueberries with animals on a lowfat diet and got even better results.

In addition to

  • less belly fat,

  • improved blood lipids,

  • and insulin sensitivity,

these animals also had

  • lower total body weight,

  • lower total fat mass, and

  • reduced liver mass

compared to all the other groups (Seymour et al, Blueberry intake alters skeletal muscle and adipose tissue peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor activity and reduces insulin resistance in obese rats, Journal of Medicinal Food, December, 2011).

Anthocyanins from fruits and vegetables

While these results are considered preliminary, other studies show benefits from anthocyanins from blueberries and strawberries, and initial studies with humans found some insulin metabolism improvements from drinking wild blueberry juice.

Anthocyanins are the colorful (red, purple, blue pigments) phytonutrients that interact with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), which, in turn, can improve energy metabolism leading to improvements in metabolic syndrome including belly fat.

Blueberry extract and blood pressure

Other health benefits of blueberries include reduced blood pressure (Shaughnessy, Diets containing blueberry extract lower blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive stroke-prone rats, Nutrition Research, February 2009).

A follow-up study found that including blueberries in the diet for six weeks helped animals that are prone to strokes from high blood pressure.

This follow-up study tested ACE or angiotensin-converting enzyme which is a target of some medications to control high blood pressure.

With blueberries added to their diet, the animals showed inhibited ACE activity (Wiseman et al, Feeding blueberry diets inhibits angiotensin II-converting enzyme (ACE) activity in spontaneously hypertensive stroke-prone rats, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, January, 2011)

This fruit is known to be rich in antioxidants as well as being low calorie.

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