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Study Suggests Indian Gooseberry Extract May Aid Cardiovascular Health

A few previous studies have linked Indian gooseberry with improved cardiovascular health for people with diabetes, and now a recent study has linked it to aiding cardiovascular health for the general population. The study examined the effect of supplementation of Indian gooseberry (branded as CAPROS®) on cold pressor stress-induced cardiovascular changes.

The cold pressor test involves submerging the subject’s hand in ice-cold water until the pain is unbearable and then measuring cardiovascular changes.

The study included 12 healthy volunteers who were given either two capsules of 250 mg of the Indian gooseberry extract or a placebo daily for 14 days. This was followed by a 14 day washout period after which the participants switched interventions.

The researchers measured heart rate, augmentation pressure, augmentation index, subendocardial viability ratio, and radial and aortic blood pressure before and after the cold pressor test.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the Indian gooseberry group had a significant decrease in arterial stiffness and an increase in subendocardial viability ratio, which is a measurement of how well blood flows through the heart.

Researchers from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India, conducted the study. It was published in the January 2014 issue of Pharmacognosy Research.

Previous studies have shown that Indian gooseberry may help reduce pain and swelling in the pancreas, help with upset stomach, eye problems, joint pain, diarrhea, dysentery, obesity, and inflammation. It has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine and can be found in supplement form.

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