Grape Seed Extract and Heart Health
Newest Research On Naturally-Derived Antioxidants, Carotenoids From Grape Seed Beneficial For Helping Support Cardiovascular Health, Specifically, Daily Supplements of Resveratrol
The study published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, is the first research to evaluate the acute effects of resveratrol supplementation on circulatory function, revealing that resveratrol improves flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) – a marker of cardiovascular function.
“Oral resveratrol supplementation elicited an acute dose related improvement in endothelium-dependent vasodilatation, as demonstrated by significant increases in FMD at each dose relative to the placebo,” wrote the researchers from the University of South Australia
Flow-mediated dilatation of the brachial artery is a marker of blood vessel function and cardiovascular health, and is recognized as an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Impaired FMD is associated with several cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension and obesity, and is characterized by structural and functional changes to the blood vessel endothelium.
Various food ingredients, including polyphenols, and isofolavones , have been suggested to improve FMD. Thecardiovascular benefits of resveratrol, a polyphenol compound from red wine, have been suggested include, suppression of platelet aggregation, enhanced antioxidant status, and increased NO availability.
A key mechanism behind blood vessel endothelial dysfunction is suggested to involve the impaired release of nitric oxide (NO), causing blood vessels to constrict. Increased availability of resveratrol is suggested to increase NO production.
This study investigated if oral supplementation of resveratrol can enhance FMD, and assessing any potential dose-responserelationship for this effect.The research compared supplements of 30, 90, and 270 mg resveratrol with placebo in 19 overweight or obese subjects.
Proportional increases of dosage amounts:The study revealed increasing doses of resveratrol were associated with proportional increases in plasma resveratrolconcentrations. Resveratrol was also seen to significantly improve FMD compared to placebo.
Resveratrol supplementation increased blood plasma concentrations from 4.1 in placebo to 7.7 after 270 mg resveratrol, and a significant linear relationship was found between resveratrol dose and acute FMD responses.
“Whilst the FMD assessment does not reveal whether resveratrol is acting on the endothelium or on vascular smooth muscle to enhance vasodilatation, there is evidence to suggest that resveratrol can increase endothelium-derived NO bioavailability,” wrote the authors.
The researchers note their results suggest that resveratrol could play a role in the reported cardiovascular health benefits of grapes and red wine.
“Further research is warranted to confirm the sustainability of the effect of resveratrol on FMD,” they added
Source: Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases(Published online)”Acute resveratrol supplementation improves flow-mediated dilatation in overweight/obese individuals with mildly elevated blood pressure”
LisaMetzgar, PhD,she received her BA in Biology from UCSD, is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and received her Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa has taught body mind retreats in San Diego, Seattle, and Australia and currently has a practice in Reno, NV where she does nutrition counseling.Lisa's passion is to educate families about a healthy lifestyle.
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