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Compound in peaches may support metabolic health

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Individuals who have received blood tests indicating they have high glucose levels putting them at risk for developing diabetes may want to eat more peaches or other stone fruits. New research indicates that these fruits have high levels of compounds that have been shown to support metabolic health.

A team of researchers from Texas A&M University measured the nutrient contents of peaches, plums and nectarines. They found that these fruits have a unique mixture of nutrients that have been shown to suppress inflammation and improve the metabolization of cholesterol. In particular, stone fruits have high levels of antioxidants known as phenols.

The researchers said these nutrients may provide unique support for metabolic health. They appear to control the manner in which the body processes fat and other metabolic functions. This may help individuals who are at risk for developing diabetes avoid the condition entirely.

"Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol, LDL, which is associated to cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Luis Cisneros-Zevallos.

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