Monday, March 12, 2007

Specific CLA isomer and diabetes, heart disease etc

Food Supplement Could Prevent Development Of Diabetes And Atherosclerosis ScienceDaily 3/12/07 ""CLA seems to protect cells programmed to become diabetic against development of diabetes and it also prevents disease processes that lead to atherosclerosis, chronic inflammation and colon cancer," says Dr Roche. ...Classified as a nutraceutical or nutritional supplement, CLA is thought to change the balance between fat cells and muscle cells in the body...The problem is that commercially available supplements contain two forms of the compound known as isomers," explains Dr Paul Evans, a researcher with the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB). "Isomers are molecules that have the same molecular formula but the atoms are arranged differently in space. In the case of CLA one isomer known as cis-9-trans-11 CLA has beneficial effects but the other form, trans-10-cis-12 CLA, can be detrimental and could induce a diabetic state.""

Again the importance of the isomer form of a supplement. Last one was on lycopene. Science on nutraceuticals almost never seems to get simpler...

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