Tangerine Flavonoid Supports Healthy Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels to Help Stop Prediabetes Metabolic Syndrome.
Citrus fruits have a reputation for being a good source of vitamin C, but they also contain biologically active “polyphenol” compounds including flavonoids that have been shown to have antiatherogenic properties ( that is a fancy way of saying that they appear to offer some protection from developing poor blood circulation).
Naringenin is one flavonoid that has been identified in grapefruits. It has been shown to offer some protection against obesity and other signs of pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome – Remember the grapefruit diet?
There is another citrus flavonoid compound with similar properties that has been identified in high concentration in the white pith of tangerines. This flavonoid is called nobiletin. A recent study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that nobiletin may help to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol, glucose, and insulin, as well as prevent the build up of fat. Citrus should be a part of the prediabetes and diabetes diet as part of your effort to stop prediabetes metabolic syndrome and prevent full diabetes along with all its potentially life-altering complications.
The study looked at the experimental effects of this flavonoid polyphenol compound in human cell cultures along with a mouse model of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis. The researchers made several observations.
Among them were:
- Nobiletin lessened bad blood fat levels through a reduction in VLDL-triglycerides.
- Nobiletin prevented hepatic triglyceride accumulation… and enhanced the “burning” of fatty acids.
- Nobiletin increased liver and peripheral insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance and dramatically lessened blood flow blockage in the aortic sinus.
The authors of the above cited study concluded:
Nobiletin provides insight into treatments for dyslipidemia and atherosclerosis associated with insulin-resistant states.
More studies are needed on how this and other flavonoids affect human physiology, but this study does give some insight as to how these plant-based polyphenol compounds may affect human health.
Incorporate some citrus into your prediabetes diet. Diabetics only a moderate amount at a time.