Grape polyphenols backed for MetS benefits

Consumption of polyphenol-rich grape may offer heart health benefits for men with metabolic syndrome, according to new research data.

The study – published in the Journal of Nutrition – evaluates the effects of grape polyphenols in people with metabolic syndrome (MetS) – revealing that consumption of a freeze dried whole-grape powder led to reductions in blood pressure, improved blood flow and reduced inflammation.

Led by Dr Maria Luz Fernandez at the University of Connecticut, USA, the research team suggested that consumption of grapes may help protect heart health in people with metabolic syndrome by improving vascular functions.

Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, raised blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides – all of which are known to significantly increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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