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Orange Extract May Help Decrease Fat Mass

Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid, a type of plant pigment with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects found primarily in unripe citrus fruit. A recent study has found that supplementation with 2S-hesperidin, the main flavonoid in oranges, may help decrease fat mass and increase muscle development.

Forty amateur cyclists participated in the study. Half took 500 mg of 2S-hesperidin and the other half took a placebo daily for 8 weeks. The researchers evaluated body fat percentage, lower limb fat mass, muscle mass percentage, and total muscle mass at baseline and at the end of the study.

Participants in the 2S-hesperidin group saw a 10.4% decrease in body fat percentage and a 10.5% decrease in lower limb fat mass. They also saw a 3% decrease in total body fat, a 1% increase in muscle mass percentage, and a 1.7% increase in total muscle mass. No changes were seen in the placebo group.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Murcia. It was published on March 29, 2021 in the journal Food & Function.

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