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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Coffee protects against Diabetes and Blueberries can reduce High Blood Pressure

Two articles in the ScienceDaily today caught my attention, the first about drinking coffee and the second about eating blueberries.

In the first entitled 'Why coffee protects against diabetes' a report is carried that researchers have discovered a possible molecular mechanism behind coffee's protective effect against type 2 diabetes. Too many of us a morning cup of coffee is that morning elixir, may give us an early jump-start to the day, but there seems to be more as numerous studies have shown that it also may be protective against type 2 diabetes. Yet no one has really understood why.

The second entitled 'Bioactive compounds in berries can reduce high blood pressure' explains why eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University. High blood pressure -- or hypertension -- is one of the major cardiovascular diseases worldwide. It leads to stroke and heart disease and costs more than $300 billion each year. Around a quarter of the adult population is affected globally -- including 10 million people in the UK.

Both articles have links to other information sources so are worth a read.

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