Can Tangerines Keep You Healthy and Slim?

The tiny tangerine is a powerful super food, say researchers. A substance in tangerines is believed to combat obesity, and protect against diabetes, too.

Can Tangerines Keep You Healthy and Slim?© iStockphoto/Thinkstock

The tiny tangerine is a powerful superfood, say researchers at the University of Western Ontario. Not only can a substance found in tangerines combat obesity, it also keeps arteries healthy, and protects against type 2 diabetes.

Scientists fed mice a high-fat, high-sugar diet similar to that of most western societies. One group of mice became obese, with elevated cholesterol and insulin levels, and a fatty liver—symptoms that increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

But mice given nobiletin, a substance found in tangerines, did not gain weight, get a fatty liver, or have elevated blood fats—despite consuming the same diet. These mice also had less fatty build-up in their arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

Nobiletin was 10 times more effective than a similar compound found in grapefruit.

Scientists believe that the substance could be of use to humans.

“The nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Dr. Murray Huff, who led the research. “This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is a suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people.”

Sources: Canada.com, The Vancouver Sun, American Diabetes Association, Obesity Hub, Eurekalert.org, The Express

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  • Your Comments

    • DJack

      Finally, something healthy that is one of my favorites!!!

    • Claritadavidson

      would like to see more tips on food choices and their effect on the human body.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if other citrus fruits do the same?

    • Anonymous

      off to the supermarket for tangerines!

    • Anonymous

      Oh Yum! Tangerines!