Soy yogurts enriched with blueberries contain natural compounds that may dampen the activity of enzymes that play a role in high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These enzymes-angiotensin-l converting enzyme (ACE-l), alpha/amylase, and alpha-glucosides (carbohydrate-altering enzymes)—are also the targets of medications used to treat diabetes and hypertension.
Scientists from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst took samples from four different brands of peach, strawberry, blueberry, and plain yogurt (including soy yogurt) and tested their ability to inhibit these enzymes, using water or a buffer solution as a control.
Soy yogurt enriched with blueberries packed the most punch, inhibiting the activity of all three enzymes. Peach and strawberry yogurts helped inhibit the two carbohydrate-altering enzymes.
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