Abstract Title:

Anti-obesity effect on rodents of the traditional Japanese food, tororokombu, shaved Laminaria.

Abstract Source:

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Oct;73(10):2326-8. Epub 2009 Oct 7. PMID: 19809171

Abstract Author(s):

Mitsuyoshi Miyata, Tomoyuki Koyama, Toshiaki Kamitani, Toshiya Toda, Kazunaga Yazawa

Article Affiliation:

Laboratory of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Science, Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan.


Tororokombu is a traditional Japanese food made from edible kelp. The way to make tororokombu is characterized by shaving kelp very thinly. It was found that tororokombu decreased the serum triglyceride level induced by oil administration to rats and had an anti-obesity effect on obese mice induced by a high-fat diet. These effects were more powerful than those of non-shaved kelp.

Study Type : Animal Study
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