Top 8 Organic Compounds Which Can Help In Obesity

Certain foods are rich in nutrients that reduce inflammation. Organic compounds found to reduce inflammation have been the subject of research for a long time. Although their effects have not been proven, there is evidence that certain substances can be anti-inflammatory in nature.

·         Isoflavones

These naturally occur in the antioxidant isoflavonoids. They are essentially petrochemicals and can remove free radicals from the body. By eliminating free radicals, isoflavones reduce cellular oxidation and slow the aging process. They also prevent cancerous mutation in cells. Research shows that consuming soy beans and other soy products rich in isoflavones can lower the incidence of cancer, especially breast cancer. Phytoestrogens, which also belong to the isoflavone group, may contribute to enhanced hormone balance for women.

·         Lignans

Obtained mostly from flaxseed, hempseed, and whole grains like rye and oats, lignans are a group of plant-based antioxidants. They act as phytoestrogens and may improve metabolism in overweight and obese people.

·         Polyphenols

Polyphenols are found in tea, fruit and vegetables – especially brightly colored produce. Polyphenols may boost metabolic rate by as much as 10 percent. A 2002 study published in “Phytomedicine” demonstrated that subjects who consumed green tea extract – which is rich in polyphenols – each day reduced their body weight and waist circumference by almost five percent in three months.

·         Glucosinolates

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower contain glucosinolates. These organic compounds contain sulfur and nitrogen and help remove toxins from your body. They prevent cell oxidation, thwart chemically-induced carcinogens, and prevent the formation of cancerous masses and tumors.

·         Carnosol

Found in the herb rosemary, carsonol is a phenolic antioxidant that inhibits the formation of cancer cells.

·         Resveratrol

Found abundantly in red wine and grapes, resveratrol has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. It has also been used to treat high cholesterol, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

·         Cocoa

Used to make dark chocolate and other treats, cocoa contains a high level of the antioxidant group flavonoids, which have been linked to improved cardiovascular health.

·         Quercetin

Quercetin is a powerful plant based antioxidant that belongs to the flavonoid category. It is found in abundance in foods like cabbage, black and green tea, spinach, capers, apples, red onion and garlic. Organically grown vegetables and fruits may contain higher levels. Quercetin has also been linked to a reduction in cancer causing carcinogens and increased metabolic rate.



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