Laval University in Quebec, one of the oldest in the Canadian country, has located a fruit in the Amazon jungle capable of reducing obesity. Camu camu ( Myrciaria dubia ), similar to other tropical berries such as cape goat, is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C and a type of nutrients called polyphenols.
Polyphenols are found in various types of fruits and vegetables (berries, cocoa, pomegranates, etc.) and in beverages such as tea, beer or wine. They protect the body against ultraviolet radiation and certain types of pathogens .
André Marette, a physician and researcher in the study, says that they have already demonstrated the nutritional benefits of polyphenol-rich berries in previous studies. “This is what gave us the idea of testing the effects of Camu camu on metabolism and obesity.”
The team selected a group of overweight mice . For eight weeks, they were fed a diet rich in fats and sugars: half of them received the Camu Camu extract, and the other half did not. Meanwhile, another control group of mice maintained a more balanced diet.
At the end of the experiment, the half fed with the Amazonian fruit had gained 50% less weight . And most importantly, they gained a similar weight to the control group with a healthy diet. In addition, these “f rugivore” mice improved their glucose tolerance, in addition to reducing the concentration of liposaccharides in blood.
Investigations believe that Camu camu has effects on resting metabolism . “The changes remodeled the intestinal flora of the animals, increasing the presence of the bacterium A. muciniphila and reducing that of Lactobacillus “
These changes of the mice that had ingested Camu camu were transferred to those without improvements in their intestinal flora. Partially, the metabolism of these unhealthy mice replicated the conditions of their companions. This proves, according to the researchers, that the alteration of the intestinal flora also comes into play when it comes to reducing the weight of animals.
The potential slimming properties of Camu camu have not yet been tested in humans . Now, the Canadian laboratory aims to see if it would be possible to use its nutrients in our species.