Eating grapes 'protects heart health in metabolic syndrome patients'

10 August 2012

Eating grapes could help people to protect heart health in men with metabolic syndrome, according to new research.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition revealed that eating the fruit could help to improve the heart health in people with the condition, actually reducing blood pressure, improving blood flow and cutting inflammation in men at risk of heart disease.

In the study, participants were asked to eat grapes in the form of a freeze dried whole grape powder, or a placebo powder, for four weeks.

After a three week 'washout' period, when neither the grape powder nor the placebo were consumed, people were given an alternate treatment.

Researchers found that for each of the study's participants, grape consumption led to improved blood flow as well as decreases in the compound linked to inflammation. 

Study author Dr Maria Luz Fernandez said: "These results suggest that consuming grapes can improve important risk factors associated with heart disease, in a population that is already at higher risk."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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