HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
"Berry, berry, berrygood!"

New Orleans -- Red berry fruits -- such as the elderberry, chokeberry and bilberry -- have been used in folk medicine in Europe and North America for centuries. Hippocrates referred to the elderberry tree as his medicine chest while less famous healers have used the fruit as anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, diuretic and laxative agents, as well as for the treatment of dysentery, stomach ailments, scurvy and urinary tract problems.

The berries contain a unique and complex chemical composition and are all rich in flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocynanins. The anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple and blue pigments of the berries and hold the most promising properties for human health. Since anthocyanins have been shown to be powerful anti-oxidants, scientific reports about their anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerative, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties is not surprising, albeit more work needs to be done.

In recent years, the simple chemical nitric oxide (NO) has been shown to play an enormous role in the function of all arteries in health and disease. NO is produced by endothelial cells, which line the inner surface of all blood vessels. NO is a potent relaxing agent of arterial smooth muscle. It plays a major role in keeping the blood pressure of an individual from becoming dangerously high and in preventing blood vessels from spasming. In addition, NO inhibits the development of blood clots and the early processes of atherosclerosis.

Superoxide belongs to a family of reactive chemicals known as oxygen radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS) or oxidants, as they are commonly referred to in lay literature. These radicals generally promote spasm, blood clot formation and atherosclerosis in arteries. Oxygen radical generation has been shown to be increased in a variety of cardiovascular diseases and also appears to play a detrimental role in cancers, diabetes and inflammatory conditions. Vitamins C and E are known to scavenge or s
'"/>

Contact: Donna Krupa
djkrupa1@aol.com
703-967-2751
American Physiological Society
22-Apr-2002


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Genetic modification of linseed produces healthier omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
2. Chemical signals health of brain cells Symposium
3. The birth of reproductive health: A difficult delivery
4. Ventilation in bars, casinos doesnt control health risk for hospitality workers
5. Diabetics face fewer healthy food choices in some urban areas
6. Human health risks in space flight focus of research internships
7. Study shows impact of emotionally healthy fathers when mothers poor mental health affects children
8. Ottawas leadership in biomedical and health research has paid off
9. Oxygen sensing in worms may hold key to healthy blood pressure in humans
10. Make a splash for public health this summer
11. Endurance exercise found to be equally effective as diuretics in improving cardiac health

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Berry berry berrygood

(Date:10/29/2014)... as ,facultative, form part—together with other cells—of tissues and ... from the others. However, they have a very special ... cells again. This phenomenon is something that happens in ... tissue growth, thus allowing the regeneration of the organ ... the underlying mechanism that allows these cells to retain ...
(Date:10/29/2014)... organisms in the living world compete with members ... in how much they invest into their competitive ... to get access to high-quality resources, while others ... of the lower-quality resources that are left over ... animal and human societies seems to fluctuate considerably ...
(Date:10/29/2014)... of kidney cancer patients in Europe sheds light on ... an apparent link between exposure to aristolochic acid and ... research, by an international team led by scientists from ... Montreal, underscores the importance of investigating possible sources of ... of the Aristolochia genus, also has been suspected of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):A mechanism that allows a differentiated cell to reactivate as a stem cell revealed 2Evolution of competitiveness 2Evolution of competitiveness 3Study sheds light on genetic architecture of kidney cancer 2Study sheds light on genetic architecture of kidney cancer 3
(Date:10/30/2014)... October 30, 2014 SoundConnect ... provider, offers Office 365 end users the key ... complete phone system by adding voice enablement and ... includes Lync Online, a communication tool that includes ... With hosted voice, O365 becomes a comprehensive unified ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 Whitehouse Laboratories ... its ICH Stability Testing and Package Test Capacity. Responding ... centers on a dramatic increase in environmental chamber storage ... stability, storage and aging samples to be securely held ... this major capital expenditure has already taken place with ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... -- A new report, commissioned by BioCrossroads and conducted ... look at Indiana,s capital market ... different time frames: 1993 to 2002 and 2003 to ... for investment growth.  The Life Science Innovation Capital ... in innovation dollars as well as an increase in ...
(Date:10/27/2014)... North Carolina (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 ... invited earlier this month to sit down with Bryan Hamilton, ... from RPG Solutions to discuss talent in the Research Triangle ... topics that were highlighted at the roundtable include ... the Triangle, the significance of work/life balance and the unique ...
Breaking Biology Technology:SoundConnect Launches Voice Enablement and Hybrid Audio Conferencing for Office 365 2SoundConnect Launches Voice Enablement and Hybrid Audio Conferencing for Office 365 3Whitehouse Labs Announces Major Capital Investment in Stability and Storage Testing Capacity 2Whitehouse Labs Announces Major Capital Investment in Stability and Storage Testing Capacity 3New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 2New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 3New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 4New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 5Personify's Ryan Carfley Talks Recruiting with Triangle Business Journal, RPG Solutions 2Personify's Ryan Carfley Talks Recruiting with Triangle Business Journal, RPG Solutions 3
Cached News: