Heart Health: Beyond Cholesterol

February was American Heart Month, which has been recognized annually in the US for the last 57 yearsBut for many people, focusing on heart health is – and should be – a year round pursuit.

Heart Health is More Important than Ever This Year

Why?  Because we are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, which experts say is likely to influence cardiovascular health for years to come.  We now know COVID-19 isn’t just a lung and respiratory issue, it’s a systemic inflammatory disease which can be especially serious for the heart.

What Can You Do to Improve Your Heart Health – Now and in Years to Come? Plenty!

Heart disease is mostly avoidable.  It’s a diet- and lifestyle-related disease that you can prevent, even reverse, by:

“Eating Smart for Your Heart” is More than Just Managing Cholesterol

Did you know that most major heart attacks occur in people with a normal cholesterol level? It’s true!  One national study showed that nearly 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels indicating they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event!

What does this tell us?  That heart health is not just about reducing cholesterol.  It’s also about reducing inflammation and maintaining a healthy blood pressure.   

Grape Seed Extract (GSE) Helps Maintains a Healthy Heart

The polyphenols in GSE have been shown to have numerous heart health benefits, including reducing blood pressure:

  • A 2015 review of 10 clinical trials showed that grape polyphenols significantly decreased systolic blood pressure.  
  • In 2016, a review of 16 clinical trials also demonstrated that GSE had a beneficial impact on blood pressure–both systolic and diastolic; the effect was more pronounced in obese subjects.   
  • Just recently, another clinical study demonstrated that GSE had a positive effect on blood pressure in healthy volunteers, possibly by reducing vascular inflammation.

Olivino contains 150 mg of GSE per 2-capsule serving, a level clinically documented to help maintain a healthy blood pressure.  Fight your inflammation and maintain a healthy heart with the Fruits of the Mediterranean Diet.  

Just own it: Your heart health is in your hands. 

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  1. Carl Smith on March 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve been taking Olivino for over 2 years. My resting pulse rate is down to 60.
    My blood tests have been normal. I’ve been in crowded places over the past 8 months & have not contracted Covid19

  2. Jim Javenkoski on March 7, 2021 at 4:50 am

    Hi, Clare: Is GSE’s beneficial mechanism of action well-understood by researchers, or is that still somewhat unclear? The statement above “…possibly by reducing vascular inflammation” suggests there is more to learn about its molecular-level functional effects. Also, which of GSE’s polyphenolics appear to be the most beneficial for cardiovascular health—and are these more abundant in certain varieties of grapes? Just curious.

    • Olivino on March 9, 2021 at 4:58 am

      Hi Jim! Thank you for the great questions and so nice to hear from you again! I was hoping to get to this today but alas, time got away from me. I promise to respond tomorrow. Clare

      • Olivino on March 10, 2021 at 4:25 am

        Hi again Jim,
        Back to your questions:
        1. Are GSE’s beneficial mechanisms of action well understood by researchers?
        Answer: Mechanisms of action are better understood in animal (in vivo) and cell culture (in vitro) models. The most plausible are that grape polyphenols increase the availability of Nitric Oxide (NO) which is a vasodilator, thereby relaxing blood vessels.

        2. Which of GSE’s polyphenolics appear to be most beneficial for CV health.
        Answer: The beneficial polyphenols include: anthocyanins, flavanols, flavonols, stilbenes (resveratrol) phenolic acids.

        3. Are the polyphenolics referred to in Q2 more abundant in certain varieties of grapes
        Answer: Polyphenols are the most important phytochemicals in grape because they possess many biological activities and health-promoting benefits. Anthocyanins are pigments, and mainly exist in grape skins. Flavonoids are widely distributed in grapes, especially in seeds and stems, and principally contain (+)-catechins, (−)-epicatechin and procyanidin polymers. Anthocyanins are the main polyphenolics in red grapes, while flavan-3-ols are more abundant in white varieties. Here is a link to a nice review: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2852857/

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