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Extracts Of Pears May Offer Hope For Diabetics With High Blood Pressure

April 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
American researchers have found in test tube experiments that two varieties of pears might help people control type 2 diabetes, as well as hypertension caused by diabetes. Studies tested the peel, pulp and juice of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears, both rich in phenolic compounds. They found that the watery extract of Bartlett pulp acted like ACE (angiotensin-I-converting enzyme) inhibitors, the medications used to treat high blood pressure. In further testing, they found that fermented Starkrimson pear extract can inhibit H. pylori – a gut bacteria associated with gastritis and stomach ulcers – without affecting beneficial probiotic bacteria.
Dipayan Sarkar et al., "Dietary functional benefits of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears for potential management of hyperglycemia, hypertension and ulcer bacteria Helicobacter pylori while supporting beneficial probiotic bacterial response. ", Food Research International, April 23, 2015, © Elsevier Ltd.
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