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A University of Connecticut study found that consuming the polyphenol resveratrol beneficially affected the key risk factors for coronary heart disease in both pre- and post-menopausal women.
RESVERATROL MAY HELP REDUCE HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN A study to evaluate the effects of grape polyphenols, like resveratrol, on pre- and postmenopausal women. Risk of Heart Disease in Women Current findings confirm that menopausal status has an effect on coronary heart disease risk factors. Postmenopausal women can make a variety of lifestyle changes to control the increased risk of heart disease: Weight loss Increased physical activity Intake of fruits rich in polyphenols. Polyphenol treatment effectively reduced the major coronary heart disease risk factors that are elevated after menopause and has a distinct role in altering intracellular processing of lipoproteins and inflammation. • In this 2008 study by The Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and the Department of Medicine at Columbia University in New York, NY, doctors evaluated the effects of grape polyphenols, like resveratrol, on pre- and postmenopausal women. • The women consumed an engineered grape powder or a placebo for four weeks. There were alterations in oxidative stress levels and inflammation markers. Consuming the polyphenols beneficially affected the key risk factors for coronary heart disease in both pre- and postmenopausal women. Effects of the Polyphenol Resveratrol Resveratrol can be naturally found in red wine, grape skins, and peanuts. Effective doses of this polyphenol can be simulated by taking a resveratrol supplement in tablet form.
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