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Tart cherries lower heart, diabetes risks
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:07:17 GMT
A study has revealed that tart cherries have significant health benefits in animal models when it comes to heart, diabetes and weight.

According to a research team, the delicious bite-sized round fruit helps reduce belly fat and even lowers cardiovascular and diabetes risks.

The discovery was made after researchers used rat models and fed them whole tart cherry powder in addition to a high-fat diet.

The study group had "significantly" lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels in comparison with the group that received no cherry powder.

The study also revealed that the cherry-fed rats were also less likely to develop belly fat which in humans is linked to high cardiovascular risk.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and presented at the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association.

A pilot study is scheduled to be implemented by the University of Michigan using whole tart cherries in human models this spring.

Cherries contain resin, tannin, gallic acid, lignin, calcium, potassium, iron, volatile oil and hydrocyanic acid and are considered to be one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods.

source press tv





Apple Cider Vinegar: This vinegar has a number of healing properties and it makes the skin soft and supple. Apple cider vinegar is concentrated with enzymes and these help peel off dead skin cells. It breaks down fat and helps food digest properly.




Carrots: Help to maintain the outer layer of the skin to prevent premature aging. It works just like Retin A.


Tomatoes: This vegetable does wonders to your skin. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.




Sweet Potatoes: These potatoes are full of vitamin A and vitamin A is known for being an anti-wrinkling agent. The result of eating this vegetable is smoother skin.



Wheat Germ: To get rid of pimples efficiently include two or three tablespoons of wheat germ in your diet. You add this to your cereal, yogurt and cottage cheese.




Cranberries: These berries keep the urinary tract lining healthy.




Garlic: Helps to combat wrinkles and restores tissues.



Citrus Fruits: These fruits hold the skin cells together by forming collagen. Collagen cannot be added to the skin topically and hence fruits and juices must be made an integral part of your daily diet.



Nonfat Yogurt: Is high is calcium and helps to keep your smile white and your teeth cavity-free.



Cheese: Make a slice or two of hard cheese a part of your diet. Cheese helps to prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth and prevents cavities. Choose between Swiss, cheddar or Gouda.