Reach for a Peach

New research shows that eating peaches, plums and nectarines may help some people battling metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, federal authorities say.

The studies, conducted by Texas AgriLife Research, found that stone fruits contain “bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome,” said Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, a food scientist for AgriLife Research, in a news release. “Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL which is associated to cardiovascular disease.”

Risk factors for metabolic syndrome include carrying extra weight around the middle and upper parts of the body and insulin resistance.

Treatment usually calls for losing weight, exercising and taking measures to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Source: Texas AgriLife Research news release

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