A cup of coffee can help tackle obesity and diabetes. Researchers from the University of Nottingham have found that a cup of coffee can trigger ‘brown fat’, which could be key to fighting obesity.
This is the first study in humans that looked at components which could affect ‘brown fat’ functions, a special type of body fat which help maintain your body temperature in cold conditions. The researchers have published their research findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is found in almost all humans and mammals. BAT burns calories to generate body heat. People with a lower body mass index (BMI) have higher levels of brown fat. The investigators explain that increasing activity of brown fat improves blood sugar control as well as blood lipid levels, helping with weight loss.
In the latest study, the researchers looked at whether caffeine would stimulate brown fat. They started with a series of stem cell studies and then moved on to humans for the findings. Their study found that a cup of coffee can affect our brown fat functions, helping to tackle obesity and diabetes.
“The results were positive and we now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there’s another component helping with the activation of brown fat. We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar,” said study co-director, Professor Michael Symonds, from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham.
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