Chocolate, tea and berries may protect from diabetes

Ingredients in chocolate, tea and berries could guard against diabetes – Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes. Findings reveal that high intakes of these dietary compounds are associated with lower insulin resistance and better blood glucose regulation.

Grapes and red wine may help to treat multiple types of cancer

Compound in grapes, red wine could help treat multiple types of cancer, study finds – A recent study by a University of Missouri researcher shows that resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, can make certain tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment.

Strawberries and blueberries lower heart attack risk in women

Strawberries, blueberries may cut heart attack risk in women — American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report – Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by as much as one-third. Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of naturally occurring compounds called dietary flavonoids, also found in grapes and wine, blackberries, eggplant, and other fruits and vegetables.

Red wine drinking may reduce breast cancer risk in women

Moderate red wine drinking may help cut women’s breast cancer risk, Cedars-Sinai study shows – A glass of red wine with dinner may reduce breast cancer risk in women.

Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce one of the risk factors for breast cancer, providing a natural weapon to combat a major cause of death among U.S. women, new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shows.

Eating grapes and drinking red wine protect your skin

Protective Effect of Structurally Diverse Grape Procyanidin Fractions against UV-Induced Cell Damage – UV radiation leads to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These molecules exert a variety of harmful effects by altering key cellular functions and may result in cell death. Several studies have demonstrated that human skin can be protected against UV radiation by using plant-derived antioxidants.

Natural plant sunscreen shows promise in preventing skin cancer

Grapes provide some of the natural agents studied in the prevention of skin cancer in mice at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. – Maybe you worshipped the sun in your youth or weren’t as meticulous as you should have been with sunscreen. If so, take heart: Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio are finding that certain plant substances, when given in combinations, may suppress damage that can cause skin cancer.

Pomegranates may prevent breast cancer growth

Natural compounds in pomegranates may prevent growth of hormone-dependent breast cancer – Eating fruit, such as pomegranates, that contain anti aromatase phytochemicals reduces the incidence of hormone-dependent breast cancer, according to results of a study published in the January issue of Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Popcorn has highest levels of healthy antioxidants

Whole grain cereals, popcorn rich in antioxidants, not just fiber, new research concludes. – Snack foods like popcorn and many popular breakfast cereals contain “surprisingly large” amounts of healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols”, revealed by researchers at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Grape seed extract may cure leukemia

Grape seed extract kills laboratory leukemia cells, proving value of natural compounds. – An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky. They found that within 24 hours, 76 percent of leukemia cells had died after being exposed to the extract.