(NaturalHealth365) The tangerine is a type of mandarin orange, though smaller in size than the typical oranges. It is a citrus fruit high in vitamin C, and pectin, which is known to increase the beneficial microflora in the gut.
The fibrous white tissue between the segments of tangerines is called lamelia, and this membrane is a great source of soluble fiber known for its ability to reduce cholesterol and protect against atherosclerosis.
While tangerines are known for their heart healthy properties, there is new research, which has found a flavonoid in tangerines, called Nobiletin, which protects against obesity.
In a model of the metabolic syndrome developed by the Huff laboratory at the Roberts Research Institute, Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulch School Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvibil, a PhD student, studied the effects of Nobiletin.
In this study one group of mice were fed a “western” diet high in fats and simple sugars. This group became obese and had all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high insulin and glucose and a fatty liver.
The second group of mice were fed the exact same diet, but with the addition of Nobiletin and experienced no elevation of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose, and gained a normal amount of weight.
Nobiletin was found to prevent the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, while inhibiting the genes responsible for manufacturing fat.
Huff reported: “The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity.” “And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people.”
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Huff’s research uncovered earlier a flavonoid in grapefruit called Naringenin, which provided similar protection against obesity, but as Huff said “What’s really interesting to us is that Nobiletin is ten times more potent in its protective effects compared to Naringenin, and this time, we’ve also shown that Nobiletin has the ability to protect against atherosclerosis.”
On top of all this Nobiletin was found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor invasion, anti-proliferation, and anti-metastasis in studies of cancer cell lines of the liver, stomach, prostate and colon. This is all without being toxic to normal cells.
Being overweight is linked to serious physical ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Weight loss can be aided by the potent life-changing fruits and vegetables nature provides.
Will all the choices of weigh loss supplements and diets, it seems the simplest program available is in the produce aisles. Looking for the bright orange, sphere shaped, and sweet tangerine may help you shed pounds.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.