Russian-American collaboration finds herbs can assist overweight stress symptoms

By Shane Starling

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Botanicals like berries can reduce cardiovascular stress events, a Moscow congress has been told
Botanicals like berries can reduce cardiovascular stress events, a Moscow congress has been told

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The Russian Institute of Nutrition and Amway’s Nutrilite Health Institute Collaboration have found cardiovascular disease, inflammation and metabolic syndrome stress symptoms can be reduced via herbal interventions.

The findings of two studies were presented in Moscow this month. It found those with a history of cardiovascular disease had significantly higher levels of stress markers suggestive of inflammatory and metabolic stress compared with those with no history of the disease.

"The Nutrilite Health Institute has conducted a number of assessment studies to measure health status and needs in various countries,"​ said Amway technology strategist Keith Randolph, PhD.

"In partnership with the Russian Institute of Nutrition, we've seen that Russian adults, like their American counterparts, exhibit indicators suggestive of poor heart health.”

Amway’s Dr Randolph highlighted 2008 research published in the Journal of Nutrition​ that revealed the ability of botanical extracts like rose hip, grape leaves and vines, and berries to reduce the stress markers.

That research showed greater response to the botanicals among those who were genetically at risk to higher levels of the inflammation.

"Across the globe, we are entering an era in which it will be critical to identify new early stress indicators that presage disease onset, as well as safe and efficacious 'wellness' interventions that preserve health and build resilience to health decline,"​ Dr Randolph told the Moscow congress.

"Clinical assessment and intervention research such as these studies advance us towards those goals. We've found that appropriately targeted and formulated botanical formulations are feasible, safe and effective. "

The findings build on those presented in 2010 at the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology in Washington DC.

The Russian Institute of Nutrition is a private-public organisation established by the Russian Academy of Sciences and Amway's Nutrilite Health Institute.

The partnership aims to facilitate collaboration that will improve public health by strengthening activities related to disease control, treatment and prevention, clinical and translational research, manufacturing practices and regulatory science, and emerging technologies in the field of health care.

Nutrilite is an Amway-owned supplements brand.

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