What is Adiponectin and How Does it Relate to Weight Loss?
We all carry fatty tissue – we need it to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins; vitamins A, D, E and K. We also need fat to manufacture hormones, to use as an energy source, to help reduce heat loss and to cushion areas of our body such as the buttocks. In other words, sitting down without any fatty tissue would be rather uncomfortable!
This fatty tissue is called adipose tissue and although we need some of it, too much is not a good thing. Adipose tissue is mostly concentrated around the internal organs (where it’s called visceral fat) and just underneath the skin (where it’s called subcutaneous fat).
Carrying too much adipose tissue and being overweight or obese can lead to health concerns such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
What is Adiponectin?
Adiponectin is a protein that is secreted by cells within the adipose tissue. However, researchers have found that those who are obese and carry a lot of visceral fat in particular, have a lower concentration of adiponectin in their blood.
Furthermore, adiponectin is now understood to play a role in the negative effects of carrying excess visceral fat, including problems with insulin resistance that can lead to type 2 diabetes if left unchecked. Too little adiponectin and we’re more prone to these conditions.
How Does Adiponectin Help with Weight Management?
It’s thought that adiponectin has an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to reduce chronic inflammation. Insulin and type 2 diabetes along with other conditions are linked to chronic inflammation – the more adiponectin you have, the less inflammation and the less likely you are to develop these inflammatory conditions.
Losing weight increases the levels of adiponectin in the blood, and therefore reduces the health risks associated with obesity.
In addition, low levels of adiponectin are seen in those with high levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol.
Studies have shown that adiponectin also helps to manage weight by controlling the levels of glucose within the body and by breaking down fatty acids.
Therefore, activating adiponectin and increasing the levels in the blood can help with the management of weight and weight-related disorders.
How is Adiponectin Activated?
To activate adiponectin, adipose cells must have an influx of glucose. That is, the body needs glucose in a usable form, within the tissues, rather than floating around in the blood (which is also an indicator of poorly managed diabetes and insulin control).
Adiponectin and NuLiv Science InnoSlim®
Our own studies have shown that our InnoSlim® supplement helps to drive glucose into the adipose cells, out of the blood, which encourages an increase of adiponectin.*
In turn, this increase in adiponectin helps to kickstart AMPK enzyme activity. AMPK regulates energy production and weight loss – activating it via the activation of adiponectin helps to regulate a healthy metabolism and with that, weight loss.
Adiponectin is proving to be a definite link between being overweight or obese and obesity-related diseases. Could it be the answer you’re looking for?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.