07 Nov Seaweed Reverses Metabolic Syndrome
Rats fed seaweed reverses metabolic syndrome caused by a junk food diet. Sounds too good to be true? Professor Brown was astonished. This animal study was published in 2017 but few seem to understand the ramifications. You can negate a junk food diet with seaweed. Alternatively, you will be able to reverse the ill-health effects of a bad diet.
Professor Lindsay Brown University of Southern Queensland supervised this PhD study along with Dr Sunil Pachal at the University of Southern Queensland. The paper is listed below.
They took rats and fed some of them on an junk food (extra sugar + fat) diet. Just like in the movie Super Size Me, a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being. If you want to see what a human on junk food diet looks like. Or not.
Professor Brown’s trial had 3 groups of 10 rats each. Group 1 had normal rat diet. Group 2 had a Junk food diet. Group 3 had the junk food diet plus some seaweed (Kappaphycus sp) . The trial went for 8 weeks.
This data is taken directly from the peer reviewed published paper, and highlights a few key metrics. There are other more complicated conclusions as well.
Seaweed Reverses Metabolic Syndrome:Weight
|Final Weight g|
|Energy Intake kJ/day|
|Feed conversion efficiency g/Kj|
|Abdominal Fat mg/mm|
|Total Fat Mass Times|
|Bone Mineral Density g/cm2|
|Basal Blood Glucose mmol/L|
|Total Glucose mmol/L.min|
|Systolic Blood Pressure mm|
No Weight Gain. Why Not?
Blood Glucose Back to Normal
Blood Pressure. No Hypertension
Gut Microbiome Changes
Professor Brown was astonished. The introduction of seaweed did not reduce the symptoms a little. The seaweed had such a dramatic effect it was if these rats had not eaten the junk food diet. What was going on?
 Wanyonyi, S; du Preez, R; Brown, L; Paul, N; Panchal, S 2017 Kappaphycus alvarezii as a Food Supplement Prevents Diet-Induced Metabolic Syndrome in Rats. Nutrients (9) 11 DOI:10.3390/nu9111261 (Click for Abstract) (Click to download full paper)