Combination May Improve Waist Size and Liver Health
Researchers from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences say a combination of pomegranate oil and brown seaweed extract may reduce waist size and improve liver health.
Their findings were published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
For the study, the researchers recruited 151 obese, non-diabetic premenopausal women. Three quarters of the study participants had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD.)
The participants were randomly assigned to receive a daily dose of the pomegranate oil/brown seaweed mixture or a placebo for 16 weeks. During the study period all of the participants followed a restricted 1800 calorie diet consisting of 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fat.
By the end of the study, women with NAFLD that took the mixture saw a 12 lb reduction in body weight and those without NAFLD saw a 10.5 lb reduction. The women in the placebo group, on the other hand, only lost an average of 3 lbs.
The women in the NAFLD group that took the supplement also saw a reduction in waist circumference and improvements in measurements of liver health including liver fat content, liver enzymes and serum triglycerides.
The researchers believe the results are due to the anti-inflammatory and metabolism normalizing actions of the pomegranate oil and brown seaweed mixture. They also noted that the mixture stimulates the burning of calories.
NAFLD is the build-up of excess fat in the liver cells which can result in inflammation of the liver and even lead to liver failure. Currently 40 million adults in the US alone are suffering from the debilitating and potentially fatal disease. The prevalence of NALFD is expected to grow worldwide as nations become increasingly obese.
According to the World Health Organization, food products that aid in obesity-related health issues are becoming ever more important and in demand. They estimate that by 2015 there will be over 1.5 billion overweight consumers worldwide, adding to the already staggering $117 billion per year health cost associated with obesity in the US alone.