Grapes reduce risks for heart disease and diabetes, U-M animal study shows

Grapes reduce risks for heart disease and diabetes, U-M animal study shows


(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Heart disease is far and away the number one cause of death in the US. A set of risk factors known
as the metabolic syndrome is becoming increasingly
common in the population. These risk factors include
obesity and hypertension that often lead to diabetes
and cardiovascular disease. Researchers at the University of Michigan have been studying the
effect that dark fruits have in preventing metabolic syndrome. Your mom probably told you eat
your fruits and vegetables, but there’s probably evidence
now that these things, fruits and vegetables, actually
modify or lessen your risk of developing metabolic syndrome
and cardiovascular disease. In this current study here at
the University of Michigan, we looked at the effect of grapes, specifically grape powder, and its effect in animals who were very prone
to develop metabolic syndrome and its cardiovascular components. – [Narrator] One group of
animals was fed a high fat, American style diet. This group did develop metabolic syndrome. – A second group of
animals fed the same diet, however, supplemented
with grapes, grape powder, had very much lessened impact
on their metabolic syndrome. The phytochemicals in grapes appear to lessen inflammation in the heart and in the body as a whole. It also, in terms of heart failure, made the cardiac enlargement, obviously an enlarged heart is bad, was lessened with phytochemicals. Also, the kidney function was
improved in these animals. – [Narrator] Further study is needed to determine the effect grapes and other dark fruits may have in preventing metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in humans. One conclusion, however, is clear. – It appears that, not surprisingly, grapes are very good for you. Fruits and vegetables are good for you. Here at the University of Michigan, we’re gonna continue our work in this fruit and vegetable system and how they are beneficial
on this metabolic syndrome and your cardiovascular risk.