Obesity levels are at an all time high, which has led to research around the globe for a possible solution.
One recent study has shown that mulberries could help, with research showing that this fruit contains a natural compound that can activate brown fat, helping to boost metabolism and eventually aid weight loss.
Why was this research undertaken?
Research has shown that in the USA 1 in 3 people are obese, with 1 in 6 children also found to be obese too.
This puts them at a higher risk of developing serious medical conditions that can put their lives at risk. These medical conditions include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Various cancers
Obviously a change in lifestyle choices can have a big impact, so a healthy diet and regular exercise is of course recommended.
How can mulberries aid weight loss?
Mulberries contain a compound called rutin, which researchers at the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences set out to investigate.
In the study (published in The FASEB Journal), it was revealed that the researchers added rutin to the drinking water of 2 groups of mice.
The first set of mice were genetically obese, while the second group were obese due to the diets given to them.
Both groups were fed a regular diet throughout the study.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the rutin activated the brown adipose tissue (BAT), which is otherwise known as brown fat.
This led to the mice burning more calories or energy, and saw reduced fat levels.
According to the researchers the rutin acted like a “cold mimetic”, which increased the activity of a gene called UCP1, along with the mitochondria found in brown fat.
Other health benefits of mulberries
Apart from the new found research, mulberries have also been shown to provide various other health benefits including:
- Reduced cholesterol levels
- Improved blood sugar levels
- Lower risk of cancer
Perhaps with all these health benefits it is about time you started adding mulberries to your weekly shopping list.