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Compound In Tomatoes Helps Reduce Abnormal Fat Levels In Blood

January 6, 2011: 09:25 AM EST

Tomatoes have been found to contain a variety of beneficial compounds that improve lipid (fat) metabolism, but until now the reason why has been a mystery. For this study, researchers in Japan tested various compounds extracted from tomatoes and found that one compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, fights dyslipidemia, a condition which is caused by an abnormal amount of lipids, such as cholesterol or fat, in the bloodstream. The compound enhanced fatty acid oxidation and helped regulate hepatic (liver) lipid metabolism. According to the researchers, the findings suggest that 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid found in tomatoes has anti-dyslipidemia affects and can therefore help prevent vascular diseases.

Young-Il Kim, et al., "9-oxo-10(E),12(E)-octadecadienoic acid derived from tomato is a potent PPAR α agonist to decrease triglyceride accumulation in mouse primary hepatocytes", Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, January 06, 2011, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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