December 7, 2011

Superfruit fights diabetes, weight gain, and cholesterol as well as drugs

One of the most eaten fruits on the planet may treat your diabetes and lipid problems as effectively as drugs.

Researchers from Oklahoma State University conducted a study on mice to see if the mango can help treat diabetics. The researchers used the Tommy Atkins variety of mango since it is readily available in the U.S.

In the study, the researchers looked at the effects of 1% and 10% mango diets on a variety of diets. Six of these diets were high-fat diets. The control group ate a low-fat diet.

The high-fat diets all had similar carbohydrate, fiber, protein, fat, calcium, and phosphorous content. The researchers allowed the mice to eat and drink at will for two months.

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The study revealed no statistically significant differences in body weight among the mice. But, the amount of body fat varied according to the diets. The diets containing mango reduced body fat as effectively as the drugs rosiglitazone and fenofibrate. The mice consuming diets with mango or the two drugs had body-fat levels similar to those mice eating the low-fat diet.

We know that dietary fat impairs insulin. In this study, the mango-containing diets also exhibited glucose and cholesterol-lowering properties. This indicates the mango preserved insulin function. In fact, the 1% mango diets have a similar or even a more pronounced effect in reducing blood glucose than the diet containing the rosiglitazone. You probably know the latter as Avandia, a drug used to make insulin more effective. But it also kills people.

The mice fed mango also had other benefits. Mango reduced the circulating level of the hormone leptin, which fat cells produce. Its concentration in the blood is directly proportional to the body’s fat content. As your body fat stores increase, the levels of leptin in your body also rise. Leptin also plays a key role in regulating appetite and energy intake and expenditure. In this study, mice receiving the high-fat diets containing mango had significantly lower levels of leptin than mice eating the high-fat diet alone.

Eating a high-fat diet is a sure way to die young. But eating some mango regularly could help reduce the diet’s effects. And the fruit is much better for you than drugs. They’re a great first step in moving toward a low-fat diet. Mangos are readily available at most markets.


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