As the nation battle an obesity epidemic, doctors are trying to educate people about the need to eat healthy and exercise. Aside from dealing with added pounds, obesity leads to other health complications including diabetes and heart trouble. To help fight against the effects of obesity, researchers believe “stone fruits” could play a vital role.
Research from Texas shows “stone fruits” – or any kind of fruit where a pit or stone needs to be removed – could help people trying to deal with extra weight.
“Our studies have shown that stone fruits – peaches, plums and nectarines – have bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome,” said Cisneros-Zevallos, who also is an associate professor at Texas A&M University.
“Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL which is associated to cardiovascular disease.”
These fruits offer a mixture of the bioactive compounds that work simultaneously within the different components of the disease. Recently, researchers also discovered unknown health benefits of berries.
Helping the body
“Our work shows that the four major phenolic groups – anthocyanins, clorogenic acids, quercetin derivatives and catechins – work on different cells – fat cells, macrophages and vascular endothelial cells,” he explained. “They modulate different expressions of genes and proteins depending on the type of compound.
“However, at the same time, all of them are working simultaneously in different fronts against the components of the disease, including obesity, inflammation, diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” he explained.
While Cisneros-Zevallos says these fruits are not a cure-all for obesity problems, they could help people prevent obesity complications. Cisneros-Zevallos says eating habits and lifestyle choices shouldn’t be downplayed when it comes to obesity, and hopes his findings can add to potential suggestions for obese patients.