When sports nutrition expert and author Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD appeared on Birmingham, Alabama’s Fox 6 News, she urged people to care for their heart. Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death, killing more than 350,000 Americans each year. One way to support your heart health is to consume eggplant, grapes and blueberries. The nutrients in these and other purple foods support a healthy blood pressure. We were thrilled when Spano included our MegaNatural-BP supplement as an effective way to enrich your diet with these beneficial nutrients.
There is something special about richly pigmented fruits and vegetables. “Dark purple, black, blue and red produce have anthocyanins in them. They also have flavonoids (which are) polyphenols,” said Spano. “These are antioxidant compounds which support artery health.”
The polyphenols found in purple foods have been studied for their effect on blood pressure. “Research has shown that certain ones, such as blackberries, help expand your blood vessels to accommodate your blood flow,” said Spano who explained that the force of blood on your artery’s walls may damage them, increasing the likelihood of plaque build-up.
Polyphenols are concentrated in the seeds of grapes. “So 100 percent grape juice has it, if the seeds are crushed and included,” she said, reminding viewers to read juice labels carefully. “And there are also dietary supplements which contain MegaNatural-BP,” she added. “It’s a grape seed extract that has been shown in clinical trials to actually support blood pressure within a healthy range with no adverse side effects.” Trials have shown that MegaNatural-BP helps people with elevated blood pressure in the prehypertension range – between 120/80 and 139/89 – maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
MegaNatural-BP is made in California from a special blend of unfermented wine and grape juice seeds. The beneficial nutrients are extracted with hot water and the solution is purified, concentrated and spray dried. The result is a wholesome and patented grape seed extract which helps maintain cardiovascular health.