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Citrus Fruits, Antioxidants Help Stop Obesity-Related Chronic Diseases, Study Says

by Anna Scanlon, Natural Society:

Scientists have yet again shed light on how nutritious citrus fruits really are, showing that these little fruit can help prevent obesity-related heart disease, liver disease, and diabetes.

The team at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil experimented on 50 mice for their research. They looked at how flavanones – hesperidin, eriocitrin, and eriodictyol – found in oranges, lemons, and limes, would affect mice who were fed high-fat diets. The mice were divided into a few different groups:

  • A group fed a standard diet
  • A group fed a high-fat diet
  • A group fed a high-fat diet plus hesperidin
  • A group fed a high-fat diet plus eriocitrin
  • A group fed a high-fat diet plus eriodictyol

Ferreira says that overweight humans likely develop these chronic issues due to oxidative stress and inflammation. When someone has excess fat, the fat cells produce “excessive reactive oxygen species,” which can further damage cells in a process known as oxidative stress. The citrus flavanones may be able to lessen the oxidative stress and inflammation in humans, as has been observed with cells in test tubes and animal subjects.

As reported by Medical News Today:

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