A study published in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that supplementation with an encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice concentrate (NSA’s Juice Plus+ Orchard Blend and Garden Blend) may aid in reducing abdominal fat and improve insulin resistance in overweight boys.
This double-blind placebo-controlled study followed 30 boys between the ages of six and 10 years (nine lean and 21 overweight) for a six-month period. Randomized participants received either placebo or fruit and vegetable juice concentrate capsules in conjunction with nutrition and lifestyle counseling sessions at baseline and halfway (three months) with a registered research dietician.
Body composition and abdominal fat mass were determined using a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. The study found a significant increase in serum beta-carotene levels in both the lean and overweight participants who received the fruit and vegetable juice concentrate capsules. The fruit and vegetable juice concentrate capsule group also showed a decrease in abdominal fat mass and significantly reduced triglycerides among the overweight participants, which may have played an important role in their improved insulin sensitivity. These changes were observed in the absence of weight loss in the overweight boys in both the placebo and active groups.
The researchers concluded that “the improvements seen in insulin resistance, triglyceride levels, and abdominal fat attenuation in the fruit and vegetable juice concentrate capsule group open new avenues for future research and underscore the need to enhance intake of nutrition from fruits and vegetables in overweight boys.”