Hydroxytyrosol promotes mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial function in 3T3-L1 adipocytes Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (In press). I was actually reading this initially in the Lee Swanson Research Update, which focused on the benefits this has on obesity and cardiovascular complications of diabetes. However as I was reading the study, it sounds like it could be applicable to us. To be sure my biochemistry is remarkably rusty. But with a conclusion like this -- "These data suggest that HT is able to promote mitochondrial function by stimulating mitochondrial biogenesis" -- as well as how it does it "HT is an activator of 5′AMP-activated protein kinase and also up-regulates gene expression of PPARα, CPT-1 and PPARγ" and reading about how all of those are involved in energy metabolism, I keep feeling there's something possibly quite interesting here that I can't put my finger on. Or not. LOL! Who knows?