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Red grapes, blueberries may enhance immune function - FreshPlaza

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Red grapes, blueberries may enhance immune function FreshPlaza In an analysis of 446 compounds for their ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered just two...
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Red Grapes, Blueberries May Enhance Immune Function

Red Grapes, Blueberries May Enhance Immune Function | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
In an analysis of 446 compounds for their the ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers discovered just two that stood out from the crowd—the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from...
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In analyzing of 446 compounds for their the ability to boost the immune system in humans, researchers from the  Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, found only two of these that stood out. 

 

These are resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, and 

pterostilbene, a compound from blueberries.

 

These compounds, are classified as stilbenoids, compounds produced by plants to fight infections, and in human biology appear to affect some of the signaling pathways that allow vitamin D to do its job, researchers said. It appears that combining these compounds with vitamin D has considerably more biological impact than any of them would separately, which is crucial since one-third of the global population is vitamin D deficient.

 

Findings do not prove these benefits would occur as a result of dietary intake, since findings were made in laboratory cell cultures.  As such, it has not been proven that similar results would occur as a result of dietary intakeaccording to a study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

 

Resveratrol has been the subject of dozens of studies for a range of possible benefits, from improving cardiovascular health to fighting cancer and reducing inflammation.

 

This summary was written by FoodieDoc, Anna Resurreccion, PhD. CFS

 

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http://www.foodproductdesign.com/news/2013/09/red-grapes-blueberries-may-enhance-immune-functio.aspx

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