Caffeine may offset holiday weight gain, study says

Caffeine may offset holiday weight gain, study says

Caffeine may offset holiday weight gain, study says

Rats that consumed caffeine extracted from mate tea gained 16 percent less weight and accumulated 22 percent less body fat than rats that consumed decaffeinated mate tea, scientists Manabu T. Nakamura, Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, and Jan E. Novakofski found.

The researchers fed a group of rats a diet that consisted of 40 to 45 percent carbohydrates and only 15 percent protein for four weeks.

Mate tea - this herbal drink rich in phytochemicals, flavonoids and amino acids, which is used as a stimulant by people in the South-Eastern countries of Latin America. Similar effects were observed with synthetic caffeine and that extracted from coffee.

They discovered that irrespective of its supply, caffeine lowered the buildup of lipids in adipose cells via 20 consistent with cent-41 consistent with cent.

The researchers note that the lean body mass in these rats "differed significantly" in each group.

Now, researchers from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign found that caffeine could be an effective way for consumers to boost their diets and offset some of the negative risks associated with eating foods high in fats or sugars.

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These findings can be scaled according to the human model to further explore the efficacy of caffeine-containing beverages, like coffee and tea, in aiding weight loss and cholesterol control.

The scientists also tracked the expression of several genes associated with obesity and lipid metabolism.

All of the caffeine treatments, regardless of origin, significantly downregulated the expression of both Fasn and Lpl. Fatty acid synthase gene (Fasn), an enzyme associated with the synthesis of fatty acids from glucose; and lipoprotein lipase gene (Lpl), which water-soluble enzyme that helps in breaking down triglycerides, were also studied to understand the process. The researchers conclude that both caffeine and mate tea are potentially 'anti-obesity agents, ' helping people avoid weight gain and the metabolic conditions that can result from obesity.

"The intake of caffeine from mate or from different assets alleviated the detrimental affect of a high-fat, high-sucrose nutrition on frame composition because of the modulation of sure lipogenic enzymes in each adipose tissue and the liver", de Mejia stated. A reduction of 51-69 percent in the expression of Lpl, and a decrease of 31-39 percent in Fasn expression was found during cell culture studies.

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