Superfruit cocktail has super heart benefits
Scientists have developed a special blend of superfood fruit juices which they believe is the ideal blend for lowering the risk of heart disease.
Previous studies have suggested the fruit and vegetables are good for the heart and fruit that contains polyphenols – which destroys fat cells in the body – can improve the functioning of arteries.
The new findings support this evidence after French scientists tested the cocktail on pig arteries and found that the combination of fruit juices caused the artery walls to relax.
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They say it is the healthiest and best tasting blend of fruit juices, and includes grapes, apples, blueberries, strawberries and lingonberries.
There were also some more exotic fruits added to the cocktail – aronia, from America, which is also known as chokeberry and acreola, a cherry like fruit from the West Indies.
Grape juice makes 60 per cent of the ‘healthy heart’ fruit cocktail, and the final recipe was chosen through a taste test with 80 volunteer consumers.
Lead researcher Dr Cyril Auger, from the University of Strasbourg, said: “Among the various fruits investigated, the most active ones were predominantly berries including cranberry, lingonberry, aronia, blackcurrant and blueberry.”
He added: “These berries are characterised by the presence of high levels of anthocyanins, which are pigments responsible for the blue-red colours of fruits.”
The findings were published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Food and Function and the authors concluded: “Our data indicates that blends of fruit products can be developed to combine a high level of vasorelaxant activity and an enjoyable taste.”
Superfruits and superfoods are now becoming so popular, that the Hard Rock Cafe have now incorporated these ingredients into their cocktail selection:
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”