An estimated 30 percent of American adults have prehypertension, a condition that increases their risk of developing high blood pressure (i.e., hypertension) along with its potentially serious health consequences. Now there’s exciting new evidence that managing prehypertension may be as simple as enjoying a low-calorie beverage made with a patented grapeseed extract, which is currently available only in supplement form.
This is the third human clinical study using a patented grapeseed extract to be conducted by researchers at the Center for Nutrition Research, Institute of Food Safety and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Results will be presented by Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman and Dr. Eunyoung Park at Experimental Biology 2013. The conference will be held April 20 to 24 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
In the randomized, placebo-controlled study, 36 prehypertensive adults were randomized to drink either a beverage formulated with the grapeseed extract or a placebo daily for six weeks. At the end of the study, those participants who consumed the drink containing the patented grapeseed extract formula on average experienced significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared with those who consumed the placebo. For many, the reductions put them within a normal blood pressure range.
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