Ordinary Fruit Destroys Heart Disease, Diabetes and Liver Disease

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

“I’ll have a double burger, super-large fries and a diet soda.”

How many times have you heard (or placed) this order?

By now, you’ve probably figured out that skipping the sugar from a regular soda will not negate the detrimental effects of these Western diet staples.

Nor will a diet soda stave off the heart disease, liver disease and diabetes associated with obesity.

But that doesn’t change the almost robotic compulsion to order this diet drink in hopes it will somehow right all the wrongs of an indulgent lunch.

Personally, I’ve ordered this meal several times. And always ended the order with a diet soda — a sad afterthought for my health.

But as it turns out, if I wanted to decrease my risk of the diabetes, heart disease or liver disease that accompany my greasy and carb-filled midday delight, I should’ve replaced that diet soda with an ordinary fruit.

--Western-Style Sickness

Recent research from the American Chemical Society shows oranges and other citrus fruits may help prevent or delay chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and liver disease caused by obesity.

Citrus fruits contain high levels of antioxidants. Of these, a certain class called flavanones is thought to be able to combat the obesity-driven chronic diseases.

To further explore this, researchers at São Paulo State University, in Brazil, conducted an experiment on mice.

They split 50 mice into three different groups. They were fed either a standard diet, a Western-style diet or a Western-style diet plus a dose of flavanones from oranges, limes or lemons.

The mice that ate the Western-style diet without taking the additional antioxidants experienced a significant increase in cell damage markers called thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), which measure levels of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is responsible for igniting the chronic diseases associated with obesity.

In fact, they saw a TBARS increase of 80 percent in the blood and 57 percent in the liver compared with the mice that were on the standard diet.

However, the mice fed the Western-style diet with the citrus antioxidants saw a significant decrease in both TBARS levels. In fact, one of these antioxidants, eriodictyol, decreased TBARS by 64 percent in the blood and 47 percent in the liver when compared with those fed just the Western-style diet.

And even more amazing, mice fed eriodictyol had lower fat accumulation and damage in the liver.

This means eating citrus might help protect your liver, heart and other organs from the stress of obesity!

--The Future of Flavanones

To sum these findings up, Dr. Thais B. Cesar, who lead the research team reports:

“Our studies did not show any weight loss due to the citrus flavanones. However, even without helping the mice lose weight, they made them healthier with lower oxidative stress, less liver damage, lower blood lipids and lower blood glucose.”

And while mice were used for the experiment, researchers believe these results may translate well to humans. Paula S. Ferreira, a graduate student on the research team, says, “Our results indicate that in the future we can use citrus flavanones… to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans.”

Ferreira also explained that eating citrus fruit likely has beneficial health effects for folks who aren’t obese but eat Western-style diets that put them at risk for developing obesity, heart disease and insulin resistance.

While this is great news, it doesn’t mean eating a single orange with a bucket of chicken or a pound of nachos will keep you free of diabetes, heart disease or liver disease. But it does mean adding a piece of citrus to your daily routine is an easy way to help keep your heart and liver healthy.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily


Sources

[1] Citrus fruits could help prevent obesity-related heart disease, liver disease, diabetes

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

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