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Date:12/9/2009

y is warranted to assess the potential of Concord grape juice to forestall progression of age-related memory decline, these results are very encouraging."

Keeping the Pressure Down

Large and small studies have tested whether people with elevated blood pressure, or hypertension, may be able to improve their blood pressure by consuming beverages rich in health promoting polyphenolic compounds, such as grape juice. However, some concerns have been raised about the levels of natural sugar present in 100% juice. Dr. Joseph Vita of Boston University School of Medicine shared the results of his randomized double-blind crossover study on blood pressure and fasting blood glucose with juice via a presentation at ICPH.

"Studies have shown that nocturnal blood pressure relates to cardiovascular health. Under healthy circumstances, blood pressure will dip down at night, a response known as nocturnal dipping. Evidence suggests that there is an association between the reduction or absence( )of this typical nocturnal dip and future cardiovascular events," explained Dr. Vita.

In a recent study, Vita compared the effects of Concord grape juice on blood pressure, fasting glucose and insulin levels to the effects of a calorie-matched, non-polyphenol-containing, placebo beverage. Study subjects included 64 men and women with pre-hypertension or stage 1 hypertension. None of the study participants were on antihypertensive medication. While this research did not find a significant decrease in 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure over the study period, several factors suggest that the consumption of Concord grape juice has effects that might be relevant to blood pressure control. The group drinking Concord grape juice experienced a larger nocturnal dip in blood pressure, while the placebo group experienced a reduction in the nocturnal dip.

Vita added, "This study demonstrated that compared to placebo, Concord grape juice
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