Research in mice show antioxidants in blue maize have protective effect against metabolic syndrome

A new study shows that a rat model of metabolic syndrome fed a high-sugar and high-cholesterol diet and given blue maize extract showed significant improvement in systolic blood pressure, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels compared to those not given the extract. The natural antioxidants present in blue maize may help protect against… Continue reading Research in mice show antioxidants in blue maize have protective effect against metabolic syndrome

Aspartame in sweeteners promotes weight gain in an animal study

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found a possible mechanism explaining why the use of the sugar substitute aspartame might not promote weight loss. In their report published online in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, the researchers show how the aspartame breakdown product phenylalanine interferes with the action of an enzyme previously… Continue reading Aspartame in sweeteners promotes weight gain in an animal study

New approach to treating Obesity with fat burning molecule ABX300

A small molecule ABX300 could provide valuable help in combating the global epidemic of obesity. When it was fed to obese mice, the animals’ metabolism sped up and their excess weight was shed. It is doing so by recruiting the help of a body’s own genes in countering the effects of a high-fat diet. The… Continue reading New approach to treating Obesity with fat burning molecule ABX300

Research discovers beneficial role of omega-3 fatty acids on brown fat

Omega-3 fatty acids are able to stimulate the activation of brown and beige adipose tissues, a discovery that would promote the development of new therapies for obesity and other metabolism diseases, according to a research study published in the journal Nature Communications under the supervision of Professor Francesc Villarroya, from the Department of Biochemistry and… Continue reading Research discovers beneficial role of omega-3 fatty acids on brown fat

Understanding biochemical functions of Xanthohumol – a possible avenue to treat metabolic syndrome

(Corvallis) – Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental advance in understanding xanthohumol – a compound found in hops that’s of significant interest to prevent or treat the lipid and metabolic disorders that are a primary killer of people in the developed world. The scientists identified for the first time more precisely how… Continue reading Understanding biochemical functions of Xanthohumol – a possible avenue to treat metabolic syndrome