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Support Healthy Digestion With This Unlikely Duo

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iStock_000016312764XSmall What do broccoli and blueberries have in common? New research suggests they could be very effective in alleviating digestive problems. In a study published in Nutrition, scientists at Nutrigenomics New Zealand examined the effects of these two foods on mice with symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The findings indicate that adding these foods to the diet may change the bacteria in the intestinal tract and also reduce inflammation commonly seen in this disorder.

The intent of the study was to probe methods of enhancing intestinal health. IBD is a medical condition that involves pain and debilitation, sometimes having extremely serious complications that are life threatening. Approximately 1.5 million Americans have IBD: half of then manifest Crohn’s disease and the other half manifest ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Gunaranjan Paturi, a noted plant and food research scientist, provided his opinion of the study’s import, TopNews relays. He states there is an expanding body of evidence that indicates compounds contained within fruit and vegetables can be immensely beneficial for medical conditions involving the intestinal tract. Because of the positive results, Paturi recommends that clinical trails be conducted to examine the effect in humans.

While Paturi’s study suggests eating fruit and vegetables may reduce the effects of IBD already present, the results of a study last year suggests the consumption of fruit and vegetables may help prevent the risk of developing IBD.  Research published in the April 2011 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology provided a systemic review of studies evaluating the effect of diet on IBD risk. They found that patients with high fruit intakes had a lower Crohn’s disease risk and those with high vegetable intakes had a lower ulcerative colitis risk. The same study found that patients whose diet contained a high quantity of total fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as omega-6 fatty acids and meat had a higher risk of IBD.

When you look at both studies together, the findings indicate fruit and vegetables may not only help alleviate symptoms of IBD, but may also prevent its occurrence.

Sources:

http://www.ccfa.org/info/about/crohns
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21468064the

http://topnews.net.nz/content/221297-broccoli-and-blueberries-can-bust-gut-issues
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10785969


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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