Stone fruits could help reduce risk of diabetes

New research from the United States has claimed that people who eat stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches and plums could receive benefits in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The findings from Texas AgriLife Research, which are to be presented at the American Chemical Society, found that bioactive compounds present in these fruits can potentially help to prevent obesity-related diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease. The four main phenolic groups involved work on different cells to change a range of gene and protein expressions, which are dependent on the type of compound in question. Each of these fruits contain similar phenolic groups in a variety of proportions, making them a good source of health-promoting compounds, and they may also complement each other.
Researcher Luis Cisneros-Zevallos said “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.”
He added “However, at the same time, all of them are working simultaneously in different fronts against the components of the disease, including obesity, inflammation, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.” The team now hopes to explore the part each type of compound could play in the working of these molecular mechanisms.

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