Grapes Help Protect Organ Damage Caused By Metabolic Syndrome
Natural components in grapes, called polyphenols, have been found to have properties that can help protect organdamage caused by metabolic syndrome. The research, presented at theExperimental Biology conference in Boston, reveals even more health benefits ofconsuming grapes.
Metabolic syndrome is a major public healthconcern in the U.S., it is characterized as being a group of conditions,including:
Highblood sugar level
Increasedblood triglycerides - which increases heart attack and stroke risk
Lowlevels of HDL cholesterol - the good cholesterol
Excessbody fat around the waist
The lead author of the study, E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D.,led research that observed the health effects that a highfat, American-style diet with added grapes and without grapes hadon the liver, heart, kidneys, and fat tissue in obesity-prone rats.
The grapes were a mix of green, red, and blackand were part of the animals diet for a total duration of 90 days.
At the end of the 90-day period, theresearchers noted that the rats on the added grape diet had reducedinflammatory markers in their body, in particular in the abdominal fat tissueand liver.
In addition, they found that those on thegrape-enriched diet had lower kidney, liver and abdominal fat weight than thosewho didn't eat grapes.
The team also found that grape intakeincreased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver andkidneys.
Intake of fruits and vegetables is thought toreduce these risks, and grapes have shown benefits in multiple studies.
Previous research, conducted by scientists atthe University of Michigan Health System, similarly found that eating grapes has been shown to reduce risk factorsrelated to cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
"Ourstudy suggests that a grape-enriched diet mayplay a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll ittakes on the body and its organs. Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovasculardisease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes. Grape intake impacted both of these components in several tissueswhich is a very promising finding."