If you have high blood pressure going to a doctor’s appointment can feel an awful lot like being called to the principal’s office. First there’s the dreaded “tsk tsk” sound he makes as he checks your numbers. And then there’s the disappointed look on his face as he delivers the news, “Your numbers are still too high.”
It’s enough to make you want to skip out on your next appointment altogether. Don’t.
Imagine instead strolling into your doctor’s office and knocking his socks off with your picture perfect blood pressure. Because it turns out powerful, natural grape seed extract could be the key to turning your blood pressure numbers around once and for all.
Here’s the scoop…
Heal hypertension with grape seed extract
In a University of California at Davis study both 150 and 300 milligrams of grape seed extract taken daily for four weeks significantly reduced blood pressure (BP) in folks suffering with metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes. In both groups systolic BP—the top number—dropped by 12 points, on average. And diastolic BP—the bottom number—fell an average 8 points, according to the study in the journal Metabolism.1
In another study, a daily 300 milligram dose of grape seed extract effectively lowered BP in a group of volunteers with elevated blood pressure. Over the 8-week study systolic numbers dropped an average 8 points and diastolic numbers fell an average of 4.2
Both 150 and 300 milligrams of grape seed extract reduced blood pressure significantly in another group suffering with borderline hypertension. Folks receiving 150 milligrams of a standardized grape seed extract had their systolic BP drop 21 mm Hg on average. While those who received the higher dose of 300 milligrams saw their systolic BP numbers plummet an average 28 mm Hg!3
Return your blood pressure to normal without drugs!
Now a new study, published earlier this year in the British Journal of Nutrition, has once again confirmed that grape seed extract offers a safe, effective alternative to high blood pressure drugs. Volunteers with high blood pressure who took 150 milligrams of grape seed extract twice a day for six weeks significantly reduced their blood pressure.4
On average systolic blood pressures were down 5.6 percent and diastolic numbers dropped 4.7 percent. Not only that, the higher the BP the better the results, with some folks seeing nearly double those drops. In fact, the majority of volunteers taking the grape seed extract were able to bring their blood pressure numbers into the picture perfect normal zone!
Grape seed extract is brimming with artery-relaxing “polyphonic” compounds including catechins, epicatechins and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs for short). OPCs in particular are powerful antioxidants. They fight damaging free radicals and inflammation, helping to protect your blood vessels from the kind of damage that leads to high blood pressure.
Grape seed extracts are available wherever supplements are sold. We generally recommend 300 milligrams of grape seed extract a day as either a standalone supplement, or as part of a comprehensive heart or anti-aging formula.
1. “Effect of grape seed extract on blood pressure in subjects with the metabolic syndrome,” Metabolism, December 2009, Volume 58, Issue 12, Pages 1743–1746
2. “Effect of Grape Seed Extract on Blood Pressure in Subjects with Pre-Hypertension,” Journal of Pharmacy and Nutrition Sciences, 2012, 2, 155-159
3. “Grape Seed Procyanidins in Pre- and Mild Hypertension: A Registry Study,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 313142, 5 pages
4. “Effects of grape seed extract beverage on blood pressure and metabolic indices in individuals with pre-hypertension: a randomised, double-blinded,” Br J Nutr. 2016 Jan 28;115(2):226-38
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