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Citrus Extract May Help Men Lose Weight

Having a large amount of abdominal fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and sleep apnea. A recent study suggests that a combination of extracts from blood orange, grapefruit, sweet orange, and guarana may help men reduce abdominal fat as well as reduce waist and hip size.

Participants in the study included 25 men between the ages of 30 and 45 with BMIs between 26 and 29.9 kg/m2. All of the men were told to follow a diet containing between 2200 and 2500 calories per day and to exercise for 30 minutes every week. For twelve weeks, half of the men were also given 900 mg of the citrus fruit extract while the other half were given a placebo daily.

At the conclusion of the study, the citrus group had a 9.7% reduction in abdominal fat, while the placebo group had only a 4.8% reduction. The citrus group also had decreases in waist and hip sizes of 7.4 cm and 5.6 cm, respectively. The placebo group had reductions of only 2.1 cm and 2.0 cm.

Additionally, the citrus group had a 3.75% reduction in total body weight, compared with a 1.76% reduction in the placebo group. Finally, the waist to hip ratio was reduced by 2.27% in the citrus group, compared to only 0.20% in the placebo group.

Researchers from Fytexia, RDVC Produits Santé (Le Havre) and the University of Montpellier conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 3, 2015, in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.

In addition to helping with weight loss, the nutrients and antioxidants in citrus fruits have been linked to improved skin appearance, lower blood pressure, and reducing the risk of stroke. These health benefits are most often attributed to the high vitamin C and polyphenol levels in the fruits. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant.

Citrus fruits make a great snack and can be easily integrated into your diet by adding them to cereal or yogurt in the morning, drinking them in smoothies, or adding them to your dessert.
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