Can Coffee Help Prevent Obesity?

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A new study published in Pharmecutical Research concluded that a chemical commonly found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity. Specifically, chlorogenic acid (CGA) found in coffee significantly reduces insulin resistance and accumulation of fat in the livers of mice who were fed a high fat diet. This compound that is found in great abundance in coffee is also found in fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, tomatoes and blueberries.

Two side effects of obesity in addition to weight geinare increased insulin resistance and the accumulation of fat in the liver that can lead to diabetes and poor liver function.  To test the effects of CGA a group of mice were fed a high fat iet for 15 wqeeks and were also injected with a CGA solution twice weekly. Findings showed that the CGA not only effectively prevented weight gaij, but also helped maintaihn normal blood pressure and healthy liver composition. The researchers said “CGA is a powerful antioxidant that reducesinflammation….A lot of evidence suggests that obesity-related diseases are caused by chronic inflammation. so if we can control that, we can hopefully ofset some of the negative effects of excessive weight gain.”

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