Even though in most of Australia blueberries are a luxury treat, I will bring to your attention yet another study to show just how awesome they are. There has been some research that shows that plant polyphenols slow adipogensis and induse lipolysis (in other words, they slow down fat tissue creation and increase fat cell breakdown), so the researcher in this latest study described at Science Daily wanted to quantify this affect with blueberry polyphenols.
"I wanted to see if using blueberry polyphenols could inhibit obesity at a molecular stage," said Moghe. The study was performed in tissue cultures taken from mice. The polyphenols showed a dose-dependent suppression of adipocyte differentiation. The lipid content in the control group was significantly higher than the content of the tissue given three doses of blueberry polyphenols. The highest dose of blueberry polyphenols yielded a 73% decrease in lipids; the lowest dose showed a 27%
Another reason to snack on blueberries?