Blueberries Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health have determined that two or more servings per week of blueberries significantly reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The researchers followed 180,000 women and 41,000 men for 20 years, evaluating dietary flavonoid intake and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  The anthocyanins of blueberries were the clear winner.  The flavonoids Plant compound that is associated with pigmentation. Flavonoids have been shown to modify allergens, viruses, inflammation, and various carcinogens. Found in green tea, citrus, berries, onions, parsley, red wine, dark chocolate, and others. in apples (quercetin) and pears also showed benefit, needing five or more servings per week.

An earlier animal study showed that blueberries significantly boosted the production of adiponectin Protein hormone that modulates metabolism including glucose and fatty acid catabolism. High levels are associated with low body fat. , the key hormone made in your white adipose tissue that prevents your liver from developing insulin resistance that can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. 

The animal research demonstrates the mechanism.  The human research proves the point.  Blueberries are really good at helping your blood sugar metabolism and can assist in you not developing type 2 diabetes.

Concentrated blueberry anthocyanins are readily available in dietary supplements, offering a convenient way to increase intake of this health protective superfruit.

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