Hunter Medicale Reserch Institute finds pill could help the overweight

FIRST PHASE: Associate Professor Lisa Wood with the fruit-and-vegetable capsules.

FIRST PHASE: Associate Professor Lisa Wood with the fruit-and-vegetable capsules.

A CLINICAL trial of a fruit-and-vegetable capsule investigating whether it can reduce inflammation produced by fat cells has been extended by the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

If the supplement proves effective it would lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma and cancers in overweight people.

Hundreds responded to the first phase of trials in March this year, with researchers looking to reduce the age limit of participants from 50 to 40 years to open the trial to more people.

University of Newcastle Associate Professor Lisa Wood said poor diet was impacting the metabolic health of older, overweight people.

She said only 5 per cent of Australians were getting their recommended dietary intake of fruit and vegetables each day.

"We know that fruit and vegetables can reduce the damaging effects of being overweight and now we want to see if nutrients extracted from fruit and vegetables can have similar protective effects by lessening inflammation," she said.

To participate in the trial email Lisa.Wood@newcastle.edu.au or phone 4042 0116.

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