A recent study has shown that blueberries have the potential to prevent fat formation in the body.
Blueberries have recently taken on the mantle of 'superfood' as it appears to have many benefits across the health spectrum. The benefit of their consumption has been shown in the areas of heart protection, anti-ageing in nerves and improving insulin sensitivity.
In a new study by Shiwani Moghe, a graduate student at the Texas Woman's University, it has been shown that the use of blueberry polyphenals brought about a dose dependant reduction on lipids in mice. The lowest dose used reduced lipids by 27%, the highest by 73%.
“We still need to test this dose in humans, to make sure there are no adverse effects, and to see if the doses are as effective. This is a burgeoning area of research. Determining the best dose for humans will be important,” said Moghe in the experimental biology 2011 news piece. “The promise is there for blueberries to help reduce adipose tissue from forming in the body.”
But before you go out and stock up on blueberries, make sure they are part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Just adding blueberries to an already poor diet and sedentary lifestyle will, in all probability, achieve little.