To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

The effect of acai (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) intake on the atherosclerosis inflammatory mediators (sCD40L e CCL5) in apparently healthy women

Thalles de Freitas Castro (Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Brazil)
Simone Fátima Gomes (Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Brazil)
Fernanda Cacilda dos Santos Silva (Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Brazil)
Fernando Luiz Pereira de Oliveira (Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Brazil)
Joana Ferreira do Amaral (Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Brazil)
Helena Dória Ribeiro de Andrade Previato (University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil)
Renata Nascimento de Freitas (Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Brazil)
Ana Carolina Pinheiro Volp (Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 28 August 2019

Issue publication date: 22 January 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of acai pulp consumption on biometric parameters and inflammatory biomarkers (sCD40L, CCL5, TNF-a and CRP) in apparently healthy women.

Design/methodology/approach

Nutritional intervention was performed with women who consumed 200 g of acai pulp daily during 30 consecutive days. Firstly, they were divided into two groups: normal weight and overweight related to BMI. Then, such volunteers were subdivided into other two groups according to values below or above the median of sCD40L.

Findings

sCD40L (ρg/mL) concentrations increased in overweight volunteers post-consumption of acai (964 ± 542) compared with the same volunteers pre-consumption of acai (633 ± 187, p = 0.03), and the CCL5 concentrations (ρg/mL) decreased in volunteers with sCD40L concentrations below median after the treatment (4.1 ± 1.5) when compared in same volunteers before the treatment (5.8 ± 1.8, p = 0.02). Protein consumption (g) reduced in volunteers with sCD40L concentrations below median after the intervention (96.6 ± 44.5), when compared before the intervention (96.7 ± 33.8, p = 0.03).

Originality/value

This paper concluded that the acai consumption can modulate the inflammatory profile in both stratified volunteers according to the BMI and the sCD40L marker median.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

Disclosure: No potential conflict of interest has been reported to this study.

Citation

de Freitas Castro, T., Fátima Gomes, S., Cacilda dos Santos Silva, F., Pereira de Oliveira, F.L., Ferreira do Amaral, J., Dória Ribeiro de Andrade Previato, H., Nascimento de Freitas, R. and Pinheiro Volp, A.C. (2020), "The effect of acai (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) intake on the atherosclerosis inflammatory mediators (sCD40L e CCL5) in apparently healthy women", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 50 No. 1, pp. 216-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-11-2018-0321

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited