A new published study by Ohio State University indicates intake of VitaRed™ Apple Extract decreases plasma values of oxidized low-density lipoprotein/beta2-glycoprotein I complex (oxLDL-β2GPI), an atherosclerosis risk factor.
Study Design: 30-day, randomized, placebo-controlled, IRB- approved; conducted by Ohio State University.
Subjects: Healthy, non-smoking males and females, 40 to 60 years old, with historical apple consumption at twice/month or less
1) Apples: equal mixture Red Delicious and Golden Delicious; 1/day (N=16)
2) VitaRed™ Apple Extract 70% apple polyphenols: 257 mg daily serving in 2 capsules, equivalent to 194 mg apple polyphenols (N=17; blind)
3) Placebo: Gelatin in 2 capsules (N=18; blind)
Results: Subjects in both the apple per day and the VitaRed™ group saw significant reductions in plasma levels of oxLDL-β2GPI , 40% and 21% respectively. Subjects taking placebo experienced no significant difference.
The study suggests that intake of apples and apple polyphenols may offer significant benefits for heart health by minimizing a major risk factor of atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries which diminishes blood flow and is a common cause of heart attack and stroke.
VitaRed™: a convenient, healthy source of apple polyphenols
The study authors postulate that the effects seen in the VitaRed™ group may indicate daily intake of VitaRed™ Apple Extract could be a convenient means of obtaining many of the heart-healthy benefits of apples for those who do not regularly consume apples.