In past research studies, scientists have vindicated the health promoting benefits of eating grapes to lower the risk of chronic diseases ranging from cancer to dementia and diabetes. Grapes of all varieties contain potent natural compounds known as polyphenols that provide critical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support for many cellular and metabolic functions throughout the body. New evidence has now emerged to show how eating grapes or taking standardized supplements of grape extracts can improve essential biomarkers to dramatically improve heart health in those individuals with metabolic syndrome.
Researchers from the University of Connecticut have published the result of their research in the Journal of Nutrition to explain how grape consumption is heart protective in those high risk individuals diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The study team observed a reduction in key risk factors for heart disease in men with metabolic syndrome, most notably lowered blood pressure, improved blood flow and reduced inflammation.
Grapes lower deadly levels of inflammatory compounds to lower heart disease risk
Metabolic syndrome is a major public health concern defined as a cluster of conditions that occur together: increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides. All these factors are known to significantly increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Any natural compound that can minimize or reduce the effect of any of these dangerous markers without the need for pharmaceuticals should become part of a protocol for millions of at-risk individuals.