What is adiponectin?

If you are struggling to lose weight,  understanding what is adiponectin might be the key as highlighted in this article:  Adiponectin – a key to fat loss? By Andrea Kreithen, MD / Natural  

Adiponectin is a type of fat hormone that plays a role in  metabolizing fats.   High body fat is associated with low adiponectin levels and thus less fat metabolism whereas low body fat is associated with higher adiponectin levels and thus greater fat metabolism.  For most people when they are young, they have high adioponectin levels and as people age, adiponectin levels fall and this partially explains why people gain weight later in life.

Recently in the news and on Dr. Oz, there have reports of natural agents to target truncal obesity otherwise known as belly fat.  Some of these agents include raspberry ketones and safflower both of which increase adiponectin levels.

Raspberry Ketones:

When ingested in substantial amounts, the ketones derived from red raspberries are believed to trigger the production of adiponectin… read more – ***The Science behind Raspberry Ketone

Safflower:  Clinical studies have shown that moderate consumption of safflower oil can reduce belly fat…. Learn more about the science of safflower here:

Lose Belly Fat – What is Safflower Oil?

 Other conditions linked to low adiponectin levels:

Besides obesity, low adiponectin levels are linked to

1. Type 2 Diabetes

2. Heart disease- atherosclerosis

3. Metabolic syndrome – a condition characterized by high triglycerides, reduced good cholesterol, elevated blood sugar,

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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