Mulberry extract may 'activate' brown fat, help treat obesity
UPI Health News (Business)
Researchers from the
The compound, known as rutin, was found to have weight loss properties in a study published in
"The beneficial effects of rutin on BAT-mediated metabolic improvement have evoked a substantial interest in the potential treatment for obesity and its related diseases, such as diabetes," researcher Wan-
Scientists in the study analyzed the effects of brown fat, also referred to as brown adipose tissue or BAT, using both genetically obese mice and mice with diet-induced obesity. Unlike ordinary white fat, brown fat can burn calories and produce heat.
During the experiment, supplemental rutin was added to the drinking water of both groups. Researchers observed improved glucose homeostasis in both cohorts.
The investigators concluded the rutin improved metabolic functions in the mice. Scientists are confident similar remedies can be used to treat obesity in humans.
"Unlike hibernating animals, we humans have only a small spot of brown fat, and yet its importance in human metabolism has only recently come into view," FASEB Journal Editor-In-Chief