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Supplement containing grape seed, grape skin, Ginkgo biloba and bilberry shows cardiovascular benefits.

  The new study, presented at the American Federation of Medical Research, was conducted by John Folts, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Coronary Artery Thrombosis Research and Prevention Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Researchers used a patented compound developed by Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca, Inc. containing flavonoids from grapeseed, grape skin, Ginkgo biloba and bilberry extracts. Preliminary data on 20 dogs and 12 humans indicate that the supplement is an effective inhibitor of platelet aggregation, as well as an antioxidant. The formulation reduced platelet activity by an average of 52%, roughly the same rate as aspirin, according to Folts. The research suggests that the flavonoid supplement may be a better platelet inhibitor than aspirin, not only because it maintains its effectiveness in the presence of elevated adrenaline in the blood, but because it also reduces the effects of another platelet stimulant, adenosine di phosphate. And unlike aspirin, the supplement exhibits powerful antioxidant properties that soak up "free radical" oxygen molecules associated with heart disease.  
  PR Newswire, May 13, 1998.  
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