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Blueberry Antioxidants Deliver Therapeutic Effect On Liver

June 7, 2010: 03:21 AM EST
Scientific evidence that blueberries have a healthy effect on human retinal, brain and tumor cells is mounting, but until now no one has explored whether they might protect or treat the liver. Chinese scientists in a new study in rats induced liver fibrosis using the well-known cleaning solvent and refrigerant carbon tetrachloride. The study found that blueberries could reduce various measures of liver malfunction compared with the control group by inhibiting liver inflammation and lipid peroxidation. “Increasing consumption of blueberries is a reasonable strategy to increase antioxidant intake, and may lead to a reduced risk of hepatic disease,” the authors concluded.
Yu-Ping Wang, Ming-Liang Cheng, Bao-Fang Zhang, Mao Mu, Jun Wu, "Effects of blueberry on hepatic fibrosis and transcription factor Nrf2 in rats", World Journal of Gastroenterology, June 07, 2010, © Baishideng
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