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February 06, 2009

Weight Loss: Arginine Rich Foods May Help Fight Obesity

Arginine Amino Acid A recent study the effect of arginine, an amino acid, on the reduction of fat in obese rats may hold some promise for helping people lose weight and fight obesity.

"Given the current epidemic of obesity in the U.S. and worldwide, our finding is very important," said Dr. Guoyao Wu, an AgriLife Research animal nutritionist in College Station and Senior Faculty Fellow in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University. 

The Arginine Effect

Supplementing the rats' diet with arginine over a 12 week period apparently decreased body fat by nearly two-thirds of the rodents, and also promoted skeletal-muscle gain.

"This finding could be directly translated into fighting human obesity," Wu said. "At this time, arginine has not been incorporated into our food (but could in the future)." 

arginine-rich foods include seafood, watermelon juice, nuts, seeds, algae, meats, rice protein concentrate and soy protein isolate. 

Findings of this study were published recently in the Journal of Nutrition (http://jn.nutrition.org). 

Read the full article at Medical News Today.

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