That tasty miso soup you had for lunch may be more than delicious -- it could help you burn away excess fat...
They found that fucoxanthin, the brown pigment in the seaweed, promoted a 5 to 10 percent weight loss in mice and rats by shrinking abdominal fat. The compound appeared to stimulate a protein that causes fat oxidation and conversion of energy to heat.
This protein is found in white adipose tissue -- belly fat -- and that means fucoxanthin might be particularly effective at shrinking oversized guts, the researchers hypothesized... "The exciting finding is that fucoxanthin may increase metabolism and weight control," said Connie Diekman, director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. "But the downside is that this is an animal study, and we can't automatically translate from animals to humans." http://www.healthcentral.com/newsdetail/408/534849.html
- from VegMichigan
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