Ethical Naturals Says Study Shows Whole Grape Extract’s Cholesterol, Antioxidant Benefits

August 30, 2012

The firm says results showed increased HDL cholesterol and decreased total cholesterol:HDL cholesterol ratios.

Botanical ingredients supplier Ethical Naturals Inc. (San Anselmo, CA) reports that a 26-subject human study has shown that six weeks of supplementation with the company’s patented whole grape extract increased HDL cholesterol and decreased total cholesterol:HDL cholesterol ratios.

Furthermore, the company says that the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed improvements in key antioxidant biomarkers. For instance, lipid peroxidation biomarker 8-isoprostane was improved in grape extract subjects versus placebo. Subjects enrolled in the study had symptoms associated with one or more of the following conditions: pre-hypertension, overweight, and pre-diabetes.

Ethical Naturals markets the patented whole grape extract under the names ORAC-15M and VinCare. It says these ingredients are standardized to contain 80% grape polyphenols.

The study was performed with the help of research firm KGK Synergize (London, ON, Canada).