Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2021 Jun 30:1-9. Epub 2021 Jun 30. PMID: 34190627
Lycopene alleviates western diet-induced elevations in anthropometrical indices of obesity, adipose lipids, and other nutritional parameters.
Given the unrelenting surge in the prevalence of obesity and the intensified efforts aimed at elucidating underlying mechanisms and proffering effective treatments, this study investigated the effects of lycopene on various anthropometrical indices of obesity.Thirty female Wistar rats were equally divided into two groups and fed either control diet or Western diet. After eight weeks, obese rats (fed Western diet) were divided into three groups (n=5); obese control received the vehicle, while the other two received lycopene (0.2 and 0.4 mg/kg body weight, respectively). Normal rats were grouped into three (n=5) and treated similarly. This treatment lasted for another two weeks, in addition to their respective diets. Afterwards, anthropometrical indices were taken.The weight gain, adiposity index, abdominal and thoracic circumference, body mass index, and Lee index were significantly increased (p