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Want To Reduce Belly Fat? This Oil Extract May Help

An oil extracted from the sterculia foetida tree may help reduce belly fat and protect against issues related to obesity according to findings presented at the Diabetes, Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Dysfunction Symposium in Keystone, Colorado the week of January 12, 2011.

For the study researchers at the University of Missouri ran tests on rats that were genetically pre-disposed to have high levels of abdominal fat.

All of the rats were fed high fat meals for a period of 13 weeks. Additionally, half of them were given a supplement containing what would be the equivalent of 3grams of sterculic oil for a 250 pound human.

At the end of the supplementation period, the researchers found that the rats given the sterculic oil extract had less abdominal fat and a decreased likelihood of developing diabetes.

The researchers believe that the fatty acid content of sterculic oil may inhibit the action of an enzyme associated with insulin resistance, which may indirectly result in belly fat reduction.

Another study involving sterculic oil was conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham in 2008. Their study was published in the July, 2008 edition of the Journal of Lipid Research.

For this study, hamsters were fed a high fat diet and half were supplemented with sterculic acid. The hamsters that received the supplementation gained less body weight and developed less fat tissue.

Belly fat has been linked to a large range of health problems including insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other obesity-associated health disorders.

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