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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CITRUS FRUIT EXPANDS; NEW RESEARCH FINDINGS COMPELLING

 LAKE ALFRED, Fla., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A summary of recent research findings on the health benefits of citrus fruit were announced today by the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), which sponsored the studies.
 Dr. John Attaway, director of Scientific Research for the FDOC, notes that the studies were designed to build on the existing evidence linking higher intake of antioxidants and flavonoids (a broad class of compounds found in fruits and vegetables) to prevention of several diseases, including cancer and heart disease. "We reviewed much of the current literature on antioxidant behavior and then focused our studies on the specific role citrus fruit plays in disease prevention."
 Some of the recent research announcements are as follows:
 -- Dr. Elliott Middleton at the State University of New York at
 Buffalo found that tangeretin, quercetin, and nobiletin
 inhibit the growth of squamous cell carcinoma -- small
 malignant skin tumors. In a separate study, Dr. Middleton
 determined that the same three flavonoids appear to act as
 antihistamines in controlling allergic reactions;
 -- Dr. Ralph Robbins, University of Florida in Gainesville,
 found that citrus flavonoids may help prevent blood cell
 clumping that could lead to life-threatening blood clots;
 -- Dr. E.G. Miller at Baylor College found that two potent
 flavonoids, limonin and nomilin, may inhibit the growth of
 oral tumors.
 The research results are compelling, according to Dr. Bruce Bistrian, M.D., Ph.D. at Harvard University Medical School and member of the FDOC's Medical and Nutritional Research Advisory Committee. "There's a lot more to citrus than most people think about. Many other studies have supported these conclusions and there is a growing body of medical research on the good health benefits of folic acid, citrate, thiamin, vitamin A and, of course, vitamin C found in citrus fruit," he says.
 Through financial support by Florida's citrus growers, the FDOC has been funding medical research for more than 30 years on a not-for- profit basis. Bistrian adds that the culmination of this and other, related research is about to pay off for the American public. "I think we are finally very close to the time when the FDA will approve health claims specifically related to citrus products, especially orange juice," he concludes.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: There will be a panel discussion on the nutritional and health benefits of citrus fruit products at the annual meeting of the International Food Technologists, July 10- 14 in Chicago. If you are interested in a list of panel members and topics, contact Patrick Carle at Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600 ext. 3130/
 /CONTACT: Paul Resta of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., 212-697-5600, for Florida Department of Citrus/


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