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Scientists Develop Fruit Juice Blend That May Benefit Cardiovascular System

May 5, 2011: 08:28 AM EST
French scientists collaborating with a German fruit juice maker have developed a fruit juice blend that provides an optimum level of vasodilation with the least amount of bitterness. Berries and other fruits are rich in polyphenols, which boost the release of compounds such as nitric oxide that dilate blood vessels. Vasodilation has been linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The optimum blend the researchers developed included a base of grape juice (63 percent), plus apple, blueberry, strawberry, lingonberry, acerola and aronia (chokeberry) juices. The researchers hope to test the effect of their juice blend in animal and human studies.
Cyril Auger, et al. , "Fruit juice-induced endothelium-dependent relaxations in isolated porcine coronary arteries: evaluation of different fruit juices and purees and optimization of a red fruit juice blend", Food & Function, May 05, 2011, © Royal Society of Chemistry 2011
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