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Paleo Diet May Help Protect People From Heart Disease

August 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A small U.S. study presented at a recent heart disease conference found that people who stuck to the Paleo diet of minimally processed foods for eight weeks showed signs of improvement in heart health. The eight participants in the study – there was no control group – experienced a 35 percent increase in levels of interlukin-10 (IL-10), a signaling molecule secreted by immune cells. Low levels of IL-10 predict increased heart attack risk in people who also have high levels of inflammation. High IL-10 levels may counteract inflammation, providing a protective effect for blood vessels. The increase in IL-10 could suggest a lower risk for cardiovascular disease after following the Paleo diet.
Charlotte Libov , "Could the Paleo Diet Benefit Heart Health? ", Newsmax Health, August 29, 2016, © Newsmax Health
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