Eating grapes may prevent metabolic-syndrome organ damage

Eating grapes might be the key to preventing organ damage that's associated with metabolic syndrome.

According to research present at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston this week, natural compounds called polyphenols are the tiny little miracle workers that give grapes such a healthy profile.

Obese rats fed freeze-dried grape powder

A study by Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System, used a blend of freeze-dried grape powder that was given to obese rats for 90 days. Seymour and his team wanted to see how the effects of a high-fat, American-style diet would differ with and without grapes. More specifically, they wanted to know what effects grapes might have on the heart, liver, kidneys and fat tissue in the animals.

Inflammatory markers went down

After three months of the grape diet, the rats showed significant improvement in terms of inflammation throughout the body, which was most noticeable in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. Grapes also seemed to increase antioxidant defense in the body, particularly in the liver and kidneys.


Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that happen simultaneously, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar and excess abdominal fat. Without intervention, the syndrome usually develops into diabetes or heart disease, among other conditions.

"Our study suggests that a grape-enriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs," Seymour said in a press release.

Seymour's previous research showed grapes to be effective in reducing risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease in obese rats.

Source: Science Daily

Photo by John Nyboer


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