http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422111242.htm

Grape Intake May Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome-Related Organ Damage
Apr. 22, 2013

The ScienceDaily.com site shared another huge “grape intake” headline and these critical details:

“Consuming grapes may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to research presented Monday at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston. Natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for these beneficial effects.”

“Researchers from the University of Michigan have presented the result of their work to the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston that shows how consuming grapes may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome. The scientists explain that natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects.”

“… three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, but most significantly in the liver and in abdominal fat tissue.”

“… grape intake increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys.”

“Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides — significantly increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Intake of fruits and vegetables is thought to reduce these risks, and grapes have shown benefits in multiple studies.”

E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System, led the study and said, “Our study suggests that a grape-enriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs.” “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes. Grape intake impacted both of these components in several tissues which is a very promising finding.”

John Phillip, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher, and author of “Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan,” introduced the study to the NaturalNews.com readership:

“Metabolic syndrome refers to a related group of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels that dramatically increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes, among a host of other serious chronic diseases. Extensive research has identified a number of natural foods and aggressive lifestyle changes that can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.”

Phillip even identified a benefit for those who don’t choose to make “aggressive lifestyle changes”:
“… regular consumption of a variety of different colored grapes can directly impact the development of metabolic syndrome, even when consumed as part of a high fat, American-style diet followed by millions across the country.”

Original source:  University of Michigan Health System

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