Anyone who has browsed the local supermarket lately likely noticed almonds aren’t just used for snacking and salads anymore. Now you can buy almond milk as a lactose-free alternative for your cereal, almond oil as a replacement for butter and even use almond tree oil for moisturizing your hair and skin. In many ways, almonds seem to be the nut, or technically the seed, with limitless uses and benefits.
In fact, this may be so true that almond tree oil is useful as a future weapon to combat obesity and diabetes. According to Science Daily, a recent study conducted at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) has discovered the oil derived from the seeds of wild almond trees could help a person lose weight by affecting certain organisms in the stomach.
Researchers studied the effects of almond tree oil on obese mice. They found that the ones given the oil as part of their diets increased their sensitivity to insulin, explains the source. The study authors discovered the oil affected three times the microorganisms in stomachs of the mice that improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity significantly. According to Ph.D. student in environmental engineering at Missouri S&T Shreya Ghosh, this was did not have an effect on lean mice who were given the almond tree oil.
Previous research on almond oil
The wild almond trees used in the experiment were wild Indian almond trees, or Sterculia foetida trees. Therefore, the oil is actually referred to as sterculic oil. Researchers have been wondering about sterculic oil’s potential for reducing obesity-related medical issues for some time now. In fact, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources sought to uncover how this plant oil could hold the key to decreasing belly fat in 2011.
“This research paves the way for potential use in humans,” James Perfield, an assistant professor who took part in the 2011 study explained. “Reducing belly fat is a key to reducing the incidence of serious disease, and this oil could have a future as a nutritional supplement.”
However, it was this recent research that found the sterculic oil also resulted in lower levels of the gut microbiota, a finding that is believed to be associated with the glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. While the mice who were fed the oil did not experience weight loss, the researchers are still confident that these results could offer new information on controlling obesity and diabetes.
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Similar to the wild almond tree oil, Skinny D contains properties that affect the body’s cellular response to insulin and can reduce the glycemic effect of meals. The natural ingredients in this supplement can decrease a person’s craving for sweets so he or she can support a healthy response to food. Skinny D provides the body with increased protein to maximize energy and help the body feel full, so it’s easy for most dieters to forget he or she is even eating less.
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