VISCERAL fat, also known as belly fat, wraps around the organs inside your belly. This type of fat is considered dangerous as it can release harmful chemicals into your bloodstream. Luckily, simple diet tweaks can help stomp out the stubborn fat.
Visceral fat lurks in your abdominal cavity, surrounding a number of vital organs, such as the liver, pancreas and intestines. What’s worse, the belly fat can trigger serious health conditions, ranging from diabetes to heart disease. Here’s one herb that may help reduce the harmful body fat.
Unlike the majority of the fat in your body, visceral fat is hidden deep inside your belly.
This harmful fat makes up about one-tenth of your overall body fat.
It might feel out of sight, out of mind but it can release proteins and hormones that cause inflammation.
This inflammation could lead to damage in your arteries and impact how your body breaks down sugars and fats.
Visceral fat: Ginger could help reduce the dangerous belly fat in ‘weeks’.
Visceral fat: Ginger could help reduce the dangerous belly fat in ‘weeks’. (Image: GETTY)
The 69p herb able to reduce this dangerous belly fat is ginger, according to research.
A study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that ginger powder was able to reduce visceral fat adiposity.
Adiposity describes a degree of fattiness or amount of fat, located in a specific region of the body.
This research originally set out to investigate whether ginger supplementation can inhibit obesity.
The research looked at mice models that were given ginger powder purchased from Seoul in Korea.
The research team prepared the ginger powder using a pressurised hot water extraction method.
After the mice were following this diet for seven weeks, the research saw reduction in visceral fatty tissue, obesity and other weight-loss indicators.
The research reports that their findings show a “promising dietary strategy” to cut fatty tissue and obesity.
Ginger powder was able to reduce visceral fat adiposity.
Ginger powder was able to reduce visceral fat adiposity. (Image: GETTY)
Visceral fat lurks in your abdominal cavity, surrounding a number of vital organs.
Visceral fat lurks in your abdominal cavity, surrounding a number of vital organs. (Image: GETTY)
Ginger is a herb of tropical origin commonly used as a spice.
It’s packed with phenolic compounds, flavonoids and terpenoids, known for their “health-promoting effects”.
The herb also seems to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant activities, according to the study.
However, recent years pointed to the possible anti-obesity effects of ginger as well.
There’s another research study looking into the fat-burning effects of ginger.
A review of 60 studies, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, further confirmed that ginger offers beneficial effects against obesity.
This time the research also included human-based trials.
These suggest that consuming the herb can enhance calorie burning and reduce feelings of hunger, which has been linked to weight loss.
The herb has been also associated with positive changes in cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, inflammatory proteins and liver health.