Grape­fruit pro­tects from heart dis­ease

Lesotho Times - - Health -

LON­DON — A daily glass of grape­fruit juice keeps blood ves­sels healthy and could pro­tect against heart dis­ease, a new study shows.

Just half a pint a day was enough to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion.

Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied that health­boost­ing chem­i­cals, called fla­vanones, that are nat­u­rally found in cit­rus fruits are re­spon­si­ble for the ben­e­fits.

The find­ings, pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion, sug­gest reg­u­lar grape­fruit juice con­sump­tion could play vol­un­teers’ blood ves­sels. a vi­tal part in ward­ing off heart dis­ease. But there was lit­tle or no changenge when they

Heart dis­ease kills one in six of all men drank the fla­vanone-free ver­sion.on. and one in 10 women. Re­searchers mea­sured this with a test

Eat­ing a diet rich in fruit has long been called flow-me­di­ated di­la­tion, which is de­known to have a pro­tec­tive ef­fect. signed to show how “stretchy”y” and flex­i­ble

But there has been less re­search on preart­ery walls are. cisely what it is in cit­rus fruits like grapeThe more elas­tic they are thehe bet­ter as it fruit that helps to sus­tain a healthy heart. al­lows blood to flow more freelyy to the heart.

Re­searchers at the French Na­tional InIn a re­port on their find­ings the re­search­sti­tute for Agri­cul­tural Re­search at Clerers said: “Reg­u­lar grape­fruit juice uice con­sump­mont-fer­rand, France, re­cruited 48 healthy tion by mid­dle-aged, healthyy post­women aged be­tween 50 and 65 — one of the menopausal women is ben­e­fi­cial­cial high­est risk groups for heart dis­ease. for ar­te­rial stiff­ness.

Half the group was given a daily quota of “This ef­fect may be re­lated too fla340 millil­itres — roughly half a pint ””— of vanones present in grape­fruit.” grape­fruit juice packed with fla­vanonese and How­ever, pa­tients with ex­ist­ing the rest an iden­ti­cal-look­ing drink but with heart dis­ease should be care­ful­ful about no fla­vanones. drink­ing grape­fruit juice as it canan in­ter­fere

Af­ter a few months the two groups then with med­i­ca­tion. swapped over. Lev­els of drugs used to treatat raised cho

The re­sults from the six-month trial les­terol or high blood pres­suree can in­crease showed that af­ter reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of sig­nif­i­cantly af­ter just one glassss of the juice, fla­vanone-con­tain­ing juice, there was a sig­ex­pos­ing pa­tients to a greaterr risk of sidenif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the health of the ef­fects. — Daily Mail.

Half a pint of grape­fruit a day was found to im­prove heart health, a team of french sci­en­tists re­vealed.

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