Pilot Study of Oligonol Supplementation to Promote Cardiovascular Health
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The investigators hypothesize that acute consumption of Oligonol, a patented lychee fruit extract (Amino Up Chemical Co.) particularly rich in low molecular weight flavanols, will improve endothelial function, reduce platelet reactivity and increase circulating levels of flavonoids after a single intake.
Condition or disease
Dietary Supplement: Oligonol
The investigators have demonstrated from previous studies at UC Davis that a single dose of a high-flavanol supplement from cocoa can improve endothelial function, measured by increased blood flow from peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT), reduce platelet reactivity, and increase circulating levels of flavonoids in the blood. The investigators seek with this proposal to determine if a similar response can be noted with a different high-flavanol supplement in normal, healthy people.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 50 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Age 18-50 yrs.
Healthy, not taking prescription medications
Subject is willing and able to comply with the study protocols.
Subject is willing to consume the Oligonol extract drink or placebo once a week for each of three weeks.
Physical signs of health impairment.
Abnormal clinical laboratory (CBC, chemistry, liver, etc.) values if determined to be clinically significant by Dr. Eric Gershwin
Treatment with corticosteroids, hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory drugs
Renal or Liver disease
Heart Disease, which includes cardiovascular events and stroke
History of psychiatric disorders i.e. schizophrenia or bi-polar or depression treated with antidepressants within the last 1 year.
Routine use of prescription drugs or over-the counter medications, which may potentially modulate the outcome of this study; including antibiotics, aspirin and aspirin-containing formulations, COX-2 inhibitors, antihistamines, corticosteroids, ACE-inhibitors, and beta-blockers, erectile dysfunction drugs.
Asthma (can be worsened by mild to moderate food allergies).
Indications of substance or alcohol abuse within the last 3 years
Undergoing nicotine cessation therapy
Multi-Vitamin and mineral use other than a One-A-Day type formula
Current, consistent use of herbal or plant-based supplements; omega-3 fatty acids, and fish or unwilling to discontinue use while participating in the study.
Alcohol consumption > 1 oz/day (2 beers/day or 2 glasses of wine/ day, 1 drink of hard liquor/day)