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:7/29/2014)... from scientists at the University of Kent has shown ... are regulated a breakthrough that could have a ... from Kent,s School of Biosciences uncovered the mechanism whereby ... known as actin filaments are ,fine-tuned, to ... filaments appear to completely stable, providing a framework for ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... new book that brings together two of the major ... profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique ... James E Jepson, details the incredible preservation and diversity ... scene for what these remarkable fossils can tell us ... future of our planet. Like the mosquito in Jurassic ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can ... human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires, disease, brucellosis, ... mBio , the online open-access journal of the American ... non-antibiotic drugs that could one day help curb bacterial ... list inhibit the growth of at least three of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Unique images bring fossil insects back to life 2New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections 2
(Date:7/29/2014)... PORTLAND, Oregon , July 29, 2014 ... titled, "Global surgical equipment market (types, applications and geography) ... Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2013 - ... expected to reach $12.1 billion by 2020 registering a ... Due to the breakthrough achieved by the electro surgical ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Philadelphia’s newest entrepreneurial incubation space is ready for ... The Innovation Center @3401 , a collaborative effort of ... to help attract and nurture start-up businesses in the ... , The Innovation Center @3401 (ic@3401), which is ... the new home of DreamIt Ventures and ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... 2014  United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: ... results for the second quarter ended June 30, ... that our medicines are reaching increasing numbers ... (PAH)," said Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., United Therapeutics, ... launch this quarter of our extended-release tablet ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Dr. Jason Wendel – recipient of a Regional Top Doctor ... 10 Plastic Surgeon Specialists for Nashville, TN – has released ... includes a Hydration Booster, Retexturing Night Crème, and Anti-aging C ... younger, more radiant appearance while protecting them from the sun’s ... why at Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery, we have ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Surgical Equipment Market is expected to reach $12.1 billion by 2020 - Allied Market Research 2Global Surgical Equipment Market is expected to reach $12.1 billion by 2020 - Allied Market Research 3Innovation Center @3401 Opens for Business; DreamIt Ventures and Point.io First Residents 2Innovation Center @3401 Opens for Business; DreamIt Ventures and Point.io First Residents 3United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 10United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 11United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 12United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 13Dr. J. J. Wendel Launches New Line of Skin Care Products 2
Cached News: