Ferulic acid on glucose dysregulation, dyslipidemia, and inflammation in diet-induced obese rats: An integrated study

Norma Julieta Salazar-López, Humberto Astiazarán-García, Gustavo A. González-Aguilar, Guadalupe Loarca-Piña, Josafat Marina Ezquerra-Brauer, J. Abraham Domínguez Avila, Maribel Robles-Sánchez*

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Abstract

Obesity is considered to be a low-grade chronic inflammatory process, which is associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. An integral evaluation of the effects of ferulic acid on biomarkers of glucose dysregulation, dyslipidemia, inflammation, and antioxidant potential induced by a high-fat diet (HFD) in rats was carried out. Three groups of male Wistar rats (six per group) consumed a basal diet (BD), which was supplemented with either lard at 310 g/kg (HFD) or lard and ferulic acid at 2 g/kg (HFD + FA), ad libitum for eight weeks. Body weight gain, hyperplasia, and hypertrophy in abdominal fat tissues were higher in the HFD group than in the HFD+FA group. The rats fed a HFD + FA significantly inhibited the increase in plasma lipids and glucose, compared with the HFD group. Biomarkers associated with inflammation were found at higher concentrations in the serum of rats fed a HFD than the HFD + FA group. Plasma antioxidant levels were lower in HFD rats compared to rats fed the HFD + FA. These results suggest that ferulic acid improves the obesogenic status induced by HFD, and we elucidated the integral effects of ferulic acid on a biological system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number675
JournalNutrients
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

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Keywords

  • Dyslipidemia
  • Ferulic acid
  • Glucose dysregulation
  • High fat diet
  • Inflammation

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