By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Want to fight belly fat – eat some blueberries. That is according to scientists from Michigan.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: All Adults Eligible For Vaccine On Tuesday, Except Philadelphia Residents
Research found there is a high level of naturally occurring antioxidants in blueberries. The goal is to fight metabolic syndrome. That’s a group of health problems that includes too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and high triglycerides.READ MORE: Firefighters Called To Virtua Memorial Hospital In Mount Holly
Together, these conditions increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
So how do the blueberries work? One possible mechanism is that blueberry intake affects genes related to fat burning and storage.MORE NEWS: Man Seriously Injured After Shot In Neck In Philadelphia's Holmesburg Neighborhood
The concept is that blueberries will help with weight and then help with the increased risk of diabetes that occurs in those situations.