Experts have found that blueberries are able to break down existing fat cells as well as preventing new ones from forming, a finding which could prove useful in the fight against rising obesity levels.
Blueberries contain what are known as polyphenols, a group of chemicals which can reduce the number of fat cells in the body by a staggering 73 per cent with the largest dose and a still rather impressive 27 per cent with the smallest dose.
The study, which was presented at the American Society for Nutrition’s Experimental Biology 2011 meeting, involved using tissue taken from mice to investigate the effects of polyphenols in blueberries. The researchers hoped to find that the chemicals may help the breakdown of fats within the body and were not disappointed.
The results they presented showed that the highest dose of blueberry polyphenols reduced lipids in the mouse tissue by 73 per cent. Shiwani Moghe who authored the study has said these findings are extremely promising, though more tests need to be done in humans to see if the dosages are as effective.
‘The promise is there for blueberries to help reduce fat tissue from forming in the body.’ She said.