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Scientists Document Numerous Health Benefits Of Eating Chokeberries

April 25, 2010: 08:33 AM EST
U.S. scientists studying the health impact of the chokeberry found that lab rats fed chokeberry-spiked water weighed less at the end of testing than control animals who drank only water. They also had less abdominal fat, lower blood glucose, and reduced levels of triglycerides (fats) and “bad” cholesterol in the blood. The findings suggest the possibility that eating chokeberries could reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in humans. In addition, chokeberry-induced changes in the expression of genes might reduce chronic inflammation or even lower cancer risk. In the rate experiment, the chokeberry extract lowered expression of the gene coding for interleukin-6 (IL-6), a protein that triggers inflammation following trauma or infection and has been linked to diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and atherosclerosis.
Bolin Qin and Richard Anderson , "Chokeberry extract found to regulate weight gain, blood glucose and inflammation in rats", Presentation at the Experimental Biology meeting ( Anaheim, Calif.), April 25, 2010, via EurekAlert, © American Society for Nutrition
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