A new published study by Ohio State University indicates intake of VitaRed Apple Extract decreases plasma values of oxidized low-density lipoprotein/beta2-glycoprotein I complex (oxLDL-β2GPI), an atherosclerosis risk factor. In a 30-day, randomized, placebo-controlled, IRB- approved trial, researchers monitored healthy, non-smoking males and females, 40-60 years old, with historical apple consumption at twice/month or less. Subjects were either given an equal mixture of Red or Golden Delicious apples once a day, a 257 mg daily serving of VitaRed Apple Extract 70% apple polyphenols, or placebo. Results found subjects in both the apple per day and the VitaRed group with significant reductions in plasma levels of oxLDL-β2GPI, 40% and 21% respectively. Subjects taking the placebo experienced no significant difference. The study suggests that intake of apples and apple polyphenols may offer significant benefits for heart health by minimizing a major risk factor of atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries which diminishes blood flow and is a common cause of heart attack and stroke.
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