Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body that can also be found in some fruits and vegetables as mustard, Goji berries, almonds, sunflower seeds, cardamom, fennel, coriander and cherries. University of Granada researchers have analyzed the effects of melatonin on obesity, dyslipidimia and high blood pressure in young diabetic obese rats.
Melatonin is found in small quantities in some fruits and vegetables as mustard, Goji berries, almonds, sunflower seeds, cardamom, fennel, coriander and cherries. Thus, the intake of this kind of food might help in controlling weight gain and preventing heart diseases associated to obesity and dyslipidemia.
Trials with rats
Finally, authors state that, if this finding is confirmed in humans, administration of melatonin and intake of food containing melatonin might be a useful tool to fight obesity and the risks associated to it.
A collaborative study
This study was partially funded and supported by the Research Plan of the University of Granada, by the research group CTS-109 (Junta de Andalucía),
The authors of this study are professors Ahmad Agil, Miguel Navarro, Rosario Ruiz, Sausan Abuamada, Yehia El-Mir and Gumersindo Fernández. They are certain that, in the light of the results obtained, a reduction of conditions associated to obesity and diabetes (heart diseases mainly) can be expected, which are good news, since these conditions reduce obese patients’ quality of life and life expectancy.
Contact: Ahmad Agil. Department of Pharmacology. Institute for Neuroscience of the Department of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Granada. Pone number: +34 958 24 35 38. Cell phone: +34 625 143 349. E-mail address: email@example.com