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High Antioxidant Consumption Linked to Reduced Body fat Distribution

Posted on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 by anthony

Effect of High Antioxidant Consumption on Body Fat Distribution

New research indicates a link between total dietary antioxidant consumption, body fat distribution and antioxidant status in healthy young people. The researchers found an inverse relationship between the consumption of dietary antioxidants and body fat distribution – in other words the greater the consumption of antioxidants the lower the distribution of bodyfat, and the higher their antioxidant status. The researchers also found that dietary antioxidant consumption was inversely associated with glucose biomarkers – an indicator of insulin resistance.

The researchers found an association between higher dietary antioxidant consumption and lower level of specific lipid biomarkers. The researchers stated that: “an increased consumption of antioxidant-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, red wine, seafood and legumes, has resulted in an improvement in the lipid profile, with increased HDL-c and decreased LDL-c and triglycerides concentrations in some intervention trial studies” – HDL is the good cholesterol and LDL is the bad cholesterol. The researchers also commented that: “polyphenols and carotenoids have the ability to reduce cholesterol absorption, to increase cholesterol and fecal bile excretion, to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and to stimulate the expression and activity of the LDL receptors”.

Summary of the research

The key findings from this research was that subjects with a higher consumption of dietary antioxidants tended to have reduced central adiposity (fat stored around the stomach) lower levels of glucose and lipid biomarkers. The link between antioxidant consuption and reduced central adiposity is particularly important since it is well known that Central adiposity carries an increased risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and death, and is closely related to insulin resistance. Of particular importance was how this research highlighted the potential health benefits of a high intake of antioxidants even amongst a group of healthy young adults.


Hermana, et al. (2011) Dietary total antioxidant capacity is inversely related to central adiposity as well as to metabolic and oxidative stress markers in healthy young adults. Nutrition & Metabolism 2011, 8:59

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