Research Shows Grapes Could Protect Men With Metabolic Syndrome From Heart Failure

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 24, 2012

As men age, it's important they pay attention to the kind of foods they're eating to live the highest quality of life possible. Now, new research could have more men reaching for grapes. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, men with metabolic syndrome who eat grapes, may be protecting their hearts.

The researchers looked at men between the ages of 30 and 70 who had metabolic syndrome and broke them into groups who either consumed grapes in the form of freeze-dried whole grape powder or a placebo powder. The participants ate either powder for four weeks before going on a three-week washout period. After the three weeks, the groups switched their powder consumption.

The researchers found that those who ate the grapes experienced reduced blood pressure and inflammation, as well as an improved blood flow.

"These results suggest that consuming grapes can improve important risk factors associated with heart disease, in a population that is already at higher risk," said researcher Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez. "This further supports the accumulating evidence that grapes can positively influence heart health, and extends it to men with metabolic syndrome."

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