Grapes – a Whole Bunch of Natural Cures for the Heart

New research has revealed that grapes could be the way to a man’s healthy heart.

man with grapesEating the super fruit may help protect heart health in men with metabolic syndrome, the American study has shown.

High blood pressure and high blood sugar

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together – increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased fat in the bloodstream (triglycerides) – all of which significantly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

The study – believed to be the first of its kind involving grapes and metabolic syndrome – was conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, among men aged between 30 and 70.

Participants were randomly assigned to eating grapes in the form of a freeze-dried whole grape powder, or a placebo powder, for a period of four weeks.

The results revealed that those who ate the grapes had significant decreases in blood pressure, improved blood flow (greater vasodilation) as well as decreases in a compound associated with inflammation. Natural components, known as polyphenols, found in grapes are believed to be responsible for the beneficial results.

Lower the risk of heart disease

Dr Maria Luz Fernandez who led the study, says: “These results suggest that consuming grapes can improve important risk factors associated with heart disease, in a population that is already at higher risk.

“This further supports the accumulating evidence that grapes can positively influence heart health, and extends it to men with metabolic syndrome.”

So, red, black or green, make sure a delicious bunch of grapes (organic of course) is part of your regular shopping cart and that way, you’re investing in a natural cure for an ailing heart.

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Virginia Mason has joined NaturalCures.com as a writer and editor. Virginia has a journalistic background of more than 30 years, working in various roles with regional, daily newspapers. Before joining NaturalCures.com she worked as a features writer and columnist, covering a variety of topics from the serious to light-hearted, interviewing various subjects including health professionals, politicians, artists and Hollywood superstars! She has a passion for wholesome and organic food and cooking and baking, and a keen interest in natural health and alternative and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in the natural healing properties of plants and herbs. In her spare time she likes to relax through Pilates.

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Virginia Mason has joined NaturalCures.com as a writer and editor. Virginia has a journalistic background of more than 30 years, working in various roles with regional, daily newspapers. Before joining NaturalCures.com she worked as a features writer and columnist, covering a variety of topics from the serious to light-hearted, interviewing various subjects including health professionals, politicians, artists and Hollywood superstars! She has a passion for wholesome and organic food and cooking and baking, and a keen interest in natural health and alternative and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in the natural healing properties of plants and herbs. In her spare time she likes to relax through Pilates.

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