Obesity and diabetes are very difficult diseases to prevent; however, researchers have recently found that almond oil from wild almond trees can help. Found in the seeds of almond trees, almond tree oil is able to control gastric microorganisms.
Studies showed that there are three types of microorganisms in the stomachs of mice. Sterculic oil was fed to the mice, which helped the mice tolerate glucose and insulin properly. Sterculic oil comes from almond trees of the genus Sterculia foetida.
The enzyme stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 (SCD1) causes the body to resist insulin. This resistance to insulin can cause diabetes and obesity. Sterculic oil was found by earlier research to be effective in preventing SCD1 insulin resistance.
Obese mice used in the study were given sterculic oil to see if microbes in the gut could be controlled. The microbes targeted were Actinobacteria, Bacilli, and Erysipelotrichia. The study showed there was improvement of glucose and insulin tolerance but did not indicate help with weight loss. Researchers hope to find better ways of reducing weight gain in the future from these studies.