Grapes protect against damage from metabolic syndrome

grapesA study by the University of Michigan Health System, examined the effects of a high fat American diet with and without grapes. is a cluster of conditions that occur in combination consisting of 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 for , stroke and .

The results of this study revealed that a three months of a grape enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body. The markers were associated with and were found in the and abdominal fat tissue. grapes also reduced , and abdominal fat weight, compared with those the control diet. Additionally, grape intake increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the and kidneys.

“Our study suggests that a grape-enriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” said Mitchell Seymour, lead author of the study. “Both and oxidative stress play a role in progression and organ dysfunction in . Grape intake impacted both of these components in several tissues which is a very promising finding.”


University of Michigan Health System. “Grape intake may protect against -related organ damage.”

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