Who knew? Compound in apples fights obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease

by: John Phillip

(NaturalNews) Overweight and obesity continue to plague a majority of men, women  and children alike, placing them at considerable risk for heart disease,  diabetes and fatty liver disease as a result of chronic metabolic dysfunction.  Alternative health practitioners understand that the problem is the result of  much more than a simple ‘calories-in, calories-out’ equation, as refined,  synthetic foods provide the dominant source of calories in most modern diets.  Our genetic structure does not support a high yield of calories from unnatural  sources, and we rapidly become metabolically ‘broken.’
Researchers from  the University of Iowa, publishing the result of their work in the  journal PLoS ONE, have found that a substance known as ursolic acid  reduces obesity and its associated health problems by increasing the amount of  muscle and brown fat, two tissues recognized for their calorie-burning  properties. Ursolic acid is highly concentrated in the skin of apples, and can  now be added to the growing list of natural compounds (including green tea and  green coffee bean extracts) that increase metabolism and directly influence gene  expression to aid weight management and health issues.

Ursolic acid from apple skins triggers weight loss and improves metabolic  dysfunction

The study, conducted on mice that have demonstrated similar  metabolic characteristics to humans, involved feeding a high-fat diet over a  period of three weeks to test for weight gain or loss, and comparing to a  control group. Prior studies have shown that the active natural compound,  ursolic acid, increases muscle mass and also stimulates the production of  metabolically active brown adipose tissue. Recent studies have shown that this  type of fatty tissue is associated with reduced body weight as compared to white  adipose cells known to expand and store excess body weight.
The lead  study author, Dr. Christopher Adams commented “Since muscle is very good at  burning calories, the increased muscle in ursolic acid-treated mice may be  sufficient to explain how ursolic acid reduces obesity. However, we were  surprised to find that ursolic acid also increased brown fat, a fantastic  calorie burner.” The mice that received a high-fat diet along with ursolic  acid derived from apples gained less weight and their blood sugar level remained  near normal. Ursolic acid-treated mice also failed to develop obesity-related  fatty liver disease, a common and currently untreatable condition.
Dr.  Adams concluded “Our study suggests that ursolic acid increases skeletal  muscle and brown fat leading to increased calorie burning, which in turn  protects against diet-induced obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver  disease.” The researchers used a low concentration of ursolic acid  equivalent to eating one or two apples each day to conduct their study. An apple  a day, along with a natural food diet void of refined carbohydrates and  hydrogenated fats may be just what the naturopathic doctor ordered to control  obesity and prevent metabolic syndrome and fatty liver  disease.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.plosone.org

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120620212855.htm

http://www.foxnews.com

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/246924.php

http://www.nutraingredients.com

 

About the  author: John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes  regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted  supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is  the author of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’, a comprehensive EBook explaining  how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your  weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health  Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download  your Free 48 page copy of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’.

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