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Polyphenol-Rich Grapes Reduce Symptoms Of Metabolic Syndrome In Obese Rats

April 22, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced the inflammatory markers in the liver and abdomens of obese rats and helped reduced damage to the liver and kidneys associated with metabolic syndrome, U.S. researchers report. Inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in type 2 diabetes, researchers said. “Grape intake impacted both of these components in several tissues which is a very promising finding," they concluded. Natural components known as polyphenols found in grapes polyphenols  probably responsible for these beneficial effects.
E. Mitchell Seymour et al., "Grape Intake May Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome-Related Organ Damage", News release, University of Michigan research presented at the Experimental Biology conference, April 22, 2013, © Seymour et al.
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