Prevent type 2 diabetes: THIS fruit could help you lose weight
A Mediterranean diet has well known health benefits and includes healthy fats such as vegetables oils, fish and nuts.
Now a team of research have dug deeper into the health benefits of one of the key components of the Mediterranean diet – olives and olive oil – to really understand the benefits.
Scientists have not previously known which specific compounds in the fruit contribute to its nutritional benefits.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.
A team of researchers by Virginia Tech discard that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps the body produce more insulin.
Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas – just under the stomach.
It helps the body use glucose for energy and is released into the blood stream.
“Our work provides new mechanistic insights into the long-standing question of why olive products can beanti-diabetic,” said Bin Xu, lead author, assistant professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Oleuropein also helps detoxify molecules called amylin which can cause type 2 diabetes.
Experts hope the discovery will help people understand why olive oil and olives are so beneficial,
They said it could lead to new, low-cost ways of combatting type 2 diabetes and obesity.
The benefits of eating olives and olive oil include helping people lose weight and preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
“We believe it will not only contribute to the biochemistry of the functions of the olive component oleuropein, but also have an impact on the general public to pay more attention to olive products in light of the current diabetes epidemic.”
Experts said they now plan to test the oleuropein in animals and investigate which
The findings by experts at Virginia Tech were published in the journal Biochemistry.
This comes after it was revealed the Mediterranean diet is KEY to staying healthy.