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This low-sugar fruit cuts your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure

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Here is evidence that blueberries are good for you. What is not mentioned is that blueberries come from a family of plants called nightshades. Nightshades can cause already existing inflammation to become worse. Itís a little like gasoline. In the can gasoline doesnít cause much problems. You can even pour it on dry wood or charcoal without any effect. Pour it on live coals and the result is much different. Since most of us have some inflammation in our bodies at any given time, if you are sensitive to nightshades they would be a good thing to avoid. To find out if you are sensitive the most reliable way is to avoid them for 90 days and see how you feel. When you reintroduce them you should know for sure if you are sensitive.
 
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Two new studies add to the growing body of research about the many health benefits of consuming blueberries. Researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) have found that blueberries help to prevent obesity-related insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes, while researchers from Oklahoma State University (OSU) have found similar success in using blueberries to prevent hypertension.

Published in the October issue of The Journal of Nutrition, the PBRC study found that obese participants who consumed blueberry-rich smoothies twice a day for 42 days experienced an increase in insulin sensitivity compared to participants who consumed an equally nutritious, but blueberry-free, smoothie twice a day for the same time period.

None of the participants had diabetes at the time of the study, but the blueberry compounds appeared to actually regulate the obesity-related insulin factors that are implicated in causing pre-diabetes and diabetes.

"We now know that compounds in blueberries may help obese, non-diabetic individuals maintain healthy blood glucose levels," explained Dr. April Stull, a researcher at PBRC.

In the OSU study, which was also published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers observed that patients with pre-hypertension -- that is, elevated blood pressure levels that are not quite at full hypertension levels -- responded well to drinking a beverage once a day for eight weeks that contained two cups of blended blueberries.

According to Arpita Basu, professor of nutritional sciences at OSU and author of the study, the blueberry group saw an average drop of seven-to-eight points in systolic blood pressure by the end of the evaluation period.

"Many patients rely too heavily on medication to help control blood glucose," explained Basu. "A diet that includes blueberries is a component of a healthier lifestyle that also includes diet and exercise."

Sources for this story include:
http://www.pbrc.edu/news/?ArticleID=102
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Jonathan Benson - Natural News
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