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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2008 Oct;72(10):2761-3. Epub 2008 Oct 7.

Reducing effect of feeding powdered nacre of Pinctada maxima on the visceral fat of rats.

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Support Center for Advanced Medical Sciences, Institute of Health Biosciences, University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan.


An abdominal fat accumulation complicated by high blood triglycerides is regarded as a risk factor of metabolic syndrome. Feeding powdered nacre, mother of pearl, from Pinctada maxima, resulted in reduced body weight, visceral fat amount, and blood triglyceride level without influencing the food intake, body length, or amount of muscular tissue, suggesting that nacre powder specifically could decrease visceral fat.

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