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Plasma matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 levels are reduced following low-calorie cranberry juice supplementation in men

November 5, 2010
Ruel G, Pomerleau S, Couture P, Lemieux S, Lamarche B and Couillard C
J Am Coll Nutr 28(6):694-701

OBJECTIVE: Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, also known as gelatinase B, is implicated in the development of hypertension and atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability to rupture, an important step in the etiology of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have suggested that flavonoid consumption may be cardioprotective, and its favorable impact on circulating MMP-9 concentrations could partly explain this association. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of consuming increasing daily doses of low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail (CJC) on plasma MMP-9 concentrations of abdominally obese men.
METHODS: Thirty men (mean age +/- SD: 51 +/- 10 years) consumed increasing doses of CJC during 3 successive periods of 4 weeks (weeks 1-4: 125 ml/day, weeks 5-8: 250 ml/day, and weeks 9-12: 500 ml/day). Before the study and after each phase, a series of physical and metabolic variables were measured, including MMP-9.
RESULTS: We found that CJC supplementation significantly decreased plasma MMP-9 concentrations (mean +/- SEM: -36% +/- 9%, p CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that daily CJC consumption is associated with a decrease in plasma MMP-9 concentrations in abdominally obese men. We hypothesize that polyphenolic compounds from cranberries may be responsible for this effect, supporting the notion that the consumption of flavonoid-rich foods can exert cardioprotective effects.