Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Blueberries & belly fat or no belly fat!!
Busting belly fat may be yet another of blueberries’ health benefits.
A new study shows rats who ate a diet rich in blueberries lost abdominal fat -- the kind of fat linked to heart disease and diabetes -- as well as experienced other health benefits like lowered cholesterol and improved glucose control even if their diet wasn’t otherwise heart-healthy.
"Some measurements were changed by blueberry even if the rats were on a high-fat diet," researcher E. Mitchell Seymour, MS, of the University of Michigan’s Cardioprotection Research Laboratory, says in a news release.
Researchers say the results suggest that antioxidant-rich blueberries may change how the body stores and processes glucose or sugar for energy, thereby reducing the risk of both heart disease and diabetes.
"The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables have been well researched, but our findings in regard to blueberries show the naturally occurring chemicals they contain, such as anthocyanins, show promise in mitigating these health conditions," researcher Steven Bolling, MD, of the University of Michigan, says in the release.
The above from WebMD
With that being said or typed LOL I am happy to announce that since I started taking Blueberry supplement my belly HAS become flatter!! The proof is in the pants....I made no other changes to my diet, except for that 15 minute brisk walk every other day.