Thread: Cherries may help fight diabetes
01-01-2005, 11:56 PM #1
Cherries may help fight diabetes
Michigan State University researchers Monday reported chemicals found in
The researchers, writing in the Jan. 5 issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, said a group of naturally occurring chemicals found in abundance in cherries could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Lab tests using animal pancreatic cells showed the chemicals, called anthocyanins, increased insulin production by 50 percent. Anthocyanins are a class of plant pigments responsible for the color of many fruits, including cherries.
Anthocyanins also are potent antioxidants -- chemicals increasingly associated with a variety of health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer.
The researchers said the compounds show promise for both prevention of type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, the most common type, and for helping control glucose levels in those who already have diabetes.
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01-02-2005, 01:16 AM #2
Interesting read bro
01-02-2005, 04:16 AM #3
There's good news for cherry lovers. Not only does this ruby-red fruit taste great, but ongoing research shows that Montmorency tart cherries may relieve the pain of arthritis and gout and help fight cancer and heart disease. That's because tart cherries are bursting with antioxidants. Research also shows that tart cherries are a rich source of melatonin, a powerful antioxidant considered more potent that vitamins C, E, and A because it is soluble both in fat and water
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