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Red Grapefruit May Help Lower Blood Fats


A recent study has shown that grapefruit, the deep red star ruby type in particular, may be helpful at lowering the levels of blood fats in some people who do not respond to cholesterol-lowering medications called statins.

Study participants consisted of people who had had coronary artery bypass surgery and who had taken Zocor, a statin, that was not effective for them. The participants were divided into three groups. Everybody had the same diet, but one group had one red grapefruit per day, another group had one white grapefruit per day, the third group did not eat any grapefruit at all. During the month-long study, none of the participants took lipid-lowering drugs.

At the end of the month, the group that ate the red grapefruit every day had significantly lower triglycerides in their blood. Heart rate, blood pressure and weight remained the same in all three groups.

Source: The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 22 March 2006

The Longer the Breast-Feeding, the Fewer Infections for Baby

New research indicates that if you can manage to breast feed your baby for at least six months, your child is likely to have significantly fewer infections than if you nurse for four months. A recent study showed that babies whose mothers stopped breast-feeding them between four and six months had twice as many recurrent middle ear infections and four times the risk of pneumonia than babies who were breast-fed six months or longer.

Stopping breast feeding at four months increased the risk of infection even more than exposure to smoke or attendance at day care.

The protective effects of breast feeding lasted until the children were age two, even if they stopped breast feeding when they were six months old.

Pediatrics, February 2006
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