Drinking Coffee may help you reduce obesity: Study
New Delhi : A new study has revealed that drinking coffee daily may help you reduce obesity and diabetes as it stimulates body's fat-fighting defences.
The findings from the study have been published in Scientific Reports journal. The scientists found components that may have a direct effect on "brown fat" functions, an important part of the human body which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy.
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is one of the two types of fats found in humans and mammals.
People with a lower body mass index (BMI) therefore have a higher amount of brown fat.
"Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold. Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss," said study's co-director Michael Symonds, Professor at the University of Nottingham.
"This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions. The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them," he noted.
For this study, the scientists first read the effect of caffine on the stem cells then they measured it on the humans.
"From our previous work, we knew that brown fat is mainly located in the neck region, so we were able to image someone straight after they had a drink to see if the brown fat got hotter," he said.
"The results were positive and we now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there's another component helping with the activation of brown fat. We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar," Symonds added.
"Once we have confirmed which component is responsible for this, it could potentially be used as part of a weight management regime or as part of glucose regulation programme to help prevent diabetes," he concluded.