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Lower your lipids--with grapes.

Recent research using rat liver cells suggests that a compound in grapes called pterostilbene (TAIR-oh-STILL-bean) can help people reduce their lipid levels. The study found the lipid-lowering property of pterostilbene to be superior to that of resveratrol, another beneficial compound found in grapes, as well as to ciprofibrate, a commercial hypolipidemic drug.

This novel study showed how, at cellular and molecular levels, resveratrol and similar compounds activate a biological receptor that regulates fatty acid metabolism and plasma lipoproteins, helping prevent plaque deposition in arteries. Other research detected, for the first time, pterostilbene in a genus of shrubs--Vaccinium--that includes blueberries, lingonberries, and huckleberries. Agnes Rimando, USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, Oxford, Mississippi; phone (662) 915-1037, e-mail arimando@msaoxford.ars.usda.gov.
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Title Annotation:Science Update
Author:Rimando, Agnes
Publication:Agricultural Research
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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