Increasing your Berry Consumption

Reduces Your Risks for Metabolic Syndrome

A new Finnish study states that people who eat lots of berries will reduce their risk of metabolic syndrome.

A new Finnish study states that people who eat lots of berries will reduce their risk of metabolic syndrome.

Lingonberry, sea buckthorn, bilberry, and black currants may not be berries that you eat every day, but these less common berries pack a huge punch. A recent study has shown that consumption of these berries reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome.

A new study from Finnish scientists has shown that berries are highly linked to the functioning of our liver as well as our risk for metabolic syndrome. Dr. Heikki Kallio and his fellow researchers took women who were approximately age 43 and divided them into two groups.  One group was given a supplement of Lingonberry, sea buckthorn, bilberry, and black currants. In the other group, berries were simply added to the women’s diets as a snack.

The study found that women who took the berry supplement had their ALAT levels decrease by 23%.  ALAT is a well-studied enzyme, which is linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLAD. It is important to note that NAFLAD has been shown to increase the likelihood of metabolic syndrome.

According to Dr. Kallio and his researchers, “Present study results indicate common northern berries and berry products as an effective component of lifestyle modifications aimed at decreasing development of metabolic syndrome and subsequent complications.”

For those not familiar with metabolic syndrome, it is a condition that puts people at risk for a variety of serious problems like coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, more and more people each year are becoming inflicted with metabolic syndrome. One of its symptoms includes weight gain that is centralized in the abdominal area. Those who suffer from metabolic syndrome also tend to become insulin resistant.

In general, the recommended treatment for metabolic syndrome has been to lose weight and exercise. A low fat diet high in fruits and vegetables is recommended. Fish oil has also been shown to be very useful in treating metabolic syndrome. You can read my Fish oil supplement recommendation in this article.

Another healthy food that has been shown to be effective at reducing the symptoms of metabolic syndrome are nuts. Now we can also add berries to this list of foods that help fight this ever-increasing health issue.

Of course, you should be eating as many berries as possible, even if you aren’t worried about metabolic syndrome. Berries provide our bodies with countless benefits, as they are full of antioxidants, minerals, flavonoids and phytochemicals.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 3rd April 2010

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