News You Can Use | Grapes are good for the heart

News You Can Use | Grapes are good for the heart

Researchers at the University of Michigan, US, have found that eating grapes could slow a “downhill sequence" of high blood pressure (BP) and insulin resistance, risk factors for metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes. The findings were presented last week at an Experimental Biology 2010 convention in California.

Heart surgeon Steven Bolling, head of the university’s Cardioprotection Research Laboratory, suggested that the protective effect may be due to phytochemicals, and that a diet higher in phytochemical-rich fruits may benefit humans, but he added that those trying to lower BP and reduce risk of diabetes should follow tried-and-true advice: Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fats, trans-fats and cholesterol, maintain a desirable weight, and exercise more.

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