Khamis, 29 April 2010

Grapes cut heart disease risk

"A grape-enriched diet can lower blood pressure and improve heart function, reducing the risk of developing heart disease, a new study says.

According to the study presented at the 2010 Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, Calif., grapes can lower blood pressure, improve glucose tolerance and reduce triglycerides levels.

Such a diet can reduce the indicators of inflammation, oxidative damage and cardiac stress, the study found.

"The possible reasoning behind the lessening of metabolic syndrome is that the phytochemicals were active in protecting the heart cells from the damaging effects of metabolic syndrome. In the rats, inflammation of the heart and heart function was maintained far better," said lead researcher Steven Bolling.

Scientists urged individuals to add grapes to their daily diet to protect themselves against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. "

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