Grape Benefit to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes
Health Tips – After some time ago a team of researchers found that compounds in red grape skin and seeds could push an enzyme that protects nerves in the brain from damage due to stroke, there is now a new study about grapes that is believed to reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
Scientists at the University of Michigan, United States, research the benefits of grape in reducing risk factors related to cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. The effect was alleged to be caused by the phytochemicals – natural antioxidants – which is contained in the grapes.
Findings of the study presented 27 April 2010 at the Experimental Biology Convention in Anaheim, California, United States suggests that a diet enriched with grape help prevent the risk factors of metabolic syndrome, a condition estimated to affect 50 million Americans and is thought to be a precursor of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers studied the effects of grapes (green, red and black grapes) to rats in laboratory experiments. Grapes were mixed into the powder and inserted into the rat food.
The researchers compared rats that received a diet enriched with to the ones not given. After three months, the the rats that received a grape-enriched diet had lower blood pressure, better heart function , have lower triglyceride levels and improve glucose tolerance.