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According to news from the US Nutrients Network on August 9, a research data from animal experiments and preliminary human trials showed that daily intake of Citrus extract flavonoids and limonin analogs can reduce the risk of diabetes. The results of study were published in the Journal of Functional Foods.
A research team from Ontario, Canada conducted research on the subject. There are an estimated 24 million people with diabetes in the United States, equivalent to 8% of the American population. According to statistics from the American Diabetes Association from 2005 to 2007, the amount spent on the treatment of this disease was US$124 billion, of which US$116 billion was spent on medication.
Researchers conducted two studies, one of which involved hamsters, and the other involved 19 diabetic patients with abnormal fasting blood glucose levels. In animal experiments, the researchers divided 18 male hamsters into three groups. The first group was fed normal food, and the second group’s diet was 60% fructose. 60% of the diet of the third group consisted of fructose and 1% citrus extract supplements. The results showed that compared with the hamsters that only added fructose, the hamsters added with citrus extract showed a decrease in blood sugar levels, insulin levels, total cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels; there was no record of any adverse reactions.
In the preliminary human trial, the subjects were randomly divided into groups. One group took a placebo as a control, and one group took citrus extract at a daily dose of 1050 mg for 84 consecutive days. The results of the experiment were that the amount of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein decreased by 13% and 23% year-on-year. at the same time, it was found that glucose tolerance increased.
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