Ursolic Acid found in an Apple Peel may increase the amount of Calories Burned

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(Best Syndication News) - Mice given ursolic acid burned more calories and reduced obesity levels compared with those that were not given the supplement. The study was an investigation on the potential of using ursolic acid as a way to reduce obesity. The research was published in the June 20 edition of the journal PLoS ONE.

Christopher Adams, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, and a Faculty Scholar at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI, led the study.
Additional benefits of the mice taking the ursolic acid supplement were the increase in muscle mass and more brown fat. Increase in muscle mass and brown fat are believed to help burn calories efficiently.

Adams explained that they knew that ursolic acid caused more muscle mass in healthy mice from previous research he worked on. The researchers wanted to test ursolic acid in mice that were eating a high-fat diet. This was to model obesity and metabolic syndrome.

As expected, the high-fat diet mice gained muscle. However, to the researchers’ surprise, the mice showed reductions in obesity, pre-diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

Adams theorized that possibly the increase in muscle mass helped burned the extra calories. He said that they were surprised though, by the increase in brown fat, which is an exceptional calorie burner. He suggests that the increase in brown fat also may be partly responsible for the protection against obesity.

Adams added that they are not sure why ursolic acid increased brown fat in the mice. Additionally, the researchers are not sure if the same benefit of ursolic acid works with humans. Their next goal is to test this supplement on humans.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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