About Vinia

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Nov 22, 2017

Marketed as a revolutionary bio-superfood, Vinia red grape powder is packed with polyphenols and antioxidants the company claims can help improve blood vessel dilation and circulation, support heart health, help maintain blood pressure already within a normal range, and boost wellbeing.

In short, by consuming one to two packets of the bio-superfood per day (mixed with the food or beverage of your choice), the manufacturer claims you can experience many of the benefits associated with red wine and red grapes, but without the associated sugar, calories, and alcohol.

And because of its proprietary growing process, we’re also told you won’t have to worry about residues from pesticides used in traditional agricultural production.

Between in-vitro studies, pre-clinical tests, and clinical studies, the website reports Vinia is supported by over a decade of scientific research. But does this necessarily mean it’s a breakthrough bio-superfood, as claimed on the website? Let’s take a closer look at what this actually means.

What’s the Link Between Red Wine & Cardiovascular Health?

As reported by LiveScience, the American Heart Association emphasizes that “there are no set criteria for determining what is and what is not a superfood.” They also don’t have their own food group, but in general, the term references foods that are high in potentially healthful substances like:

  • Antioxidants – Inhibits the formation of free radicals, molecules linked with many health detriments
  • Healthy Fats – Can help prevent heart disease
  • Fiber – May prevent diabetes and digestive problems
  • Phytochemicals – Various biologically active plant components, such as polyphenols that Healthline reports could help “improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.”

As such, some ‘superfood’ examples include blueberries, kiwi, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, kale, and certain fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel.

The skin of red grapes (the same kind used to make red wine) are also thought to be high in potentially beneficial the polyphenol resveratrol, an antioxidant that WebMD indicates some early research suggests can help protect against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

But Vinia promises to pack the polyphenol and antioxidant punch of 1,000 grapes, or an entire bottle of wine, into a single daily serving. How, exactly, does the manufacturer accomplish this?

Taking a Closer Look at Vinia’s Growing Process & Clinical Evidence

Although we learned above that ‘superfood’ is not a scientifically recognized term, the ‘bio-superfood’ mentioned on the Vinia website references a specific proprietary product: a fine, non-GMO powder cultivated from fruits or vegetables.

In this instance, the website’s FAQ indicates that red grape cells are first grown in a nutritive liquid solution, instead of using water and soil (known as hydroponics). Then, the “essence” is harvested and dried to remove 92 percent of its water content, resulting in a fine powder.

Together, we’re told this harnesses the benefits of raw red grapes, without sugar or calories.

Vinia Bio-Farming ProcessA brief four-step outline of how the manufacturer turns hydroponically grown red grapes into a fine powder. Image credit: BioHarvest

Specifically, the website specifically points out that “daily consumption of VINIA has been scientifically proven to promote healthy blood circulation, support elasticity of blood vessels, support blood pressure already within normal range, and assist in promoting antioxidant activity.”

The only citation provided to support this claim on the Vinia website was a 2001 study titled endothelin-1 synthesis reduced by red wine, which concluded that “red wines strongly inhibit the synthesis of endothelin-1, a vasoactive peptide that is crucial in the development of coronary atherosclerosis.”

As a result, “components specific to red wine may help to prevent coronary heart disease,” they say.

However, while the full transcript wasn't available through PubMed, there was no specific mention of a direct link to "polyphenols found in wine, like resveratrol, tannins, and quercetin," as claimed on the Vinia website. Or, that these “support healthy blood pressure already with the normal range and blood circulation or flow.”

What Do We Know About Vinia’s Ingredients & Nutrition Information?

According to the product’s Amazon listing, the only ingredient in Vinia is red grape powder, which contains milk and soybeans that are used as processing aids. The label listed on their website provides the following nutrition details:

  • Total Fat 0g
    • Saturated Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 0g
  • Protein 0g

We’re also told that one packet of Vinia contains 40mg of antioxidants and polyphenols, along with 5mg of resveratrol. There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or alcohol, and we’re told it features the smooth, subtle taste of unsweetened red grapes.

According to their summaries of the available clinical evidence, though, sites like WebMD, the Natural Medicines Database, and Examine indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence that resveratrol supplementation—whether through a pill or a red grape powder like Vinia—can provide any meaningful benefits in humans.

Could Vinia Cause Side Effects?

The website emphasizes that Vinia is a food classified by the company as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe), and that despite conducting several clinical trials and selling more than 160,000 daily servings of the powder, there have been no reported related adverse effects or events.

Even the WebMD link earlier notes that no studies have discovered any severe side effects related to resveratrol specifically, even when taken in large doses. However, they also report that the ingredient could “interact with blood thinners like warfarin and NSAID medications like aspirin and ibuprofen,” which may raise your chance of bleeding.

Outside of this, Vinia is gluten free and doesn’t contain nuts, although it does contain casein hydrolysate from milk as a processing aid, so it’s not considered vegan.

How Much Does Vinia Cost?

Vinia is only available directly from the company, priced as follows:

  • 1 Month Supply (30ct box of 0.4g packets): $79.99
  • 3 Month Supply: $219.99 ($73.33 per box)
  • 6 Month Supply: $379.99 ($63.33 per box)

The single box option comes with a $5.99 flat rate shipping fee, while remaining options include free shipping.

Regardless of the quantity, Vinia orders come with a 30-day, 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, less S&H. Note: Per the terms, though, this is only valid on unused, unopened products in their original package. In other words, once you open the box, you own it.

To request a refund, BioHarvest’s customer service can be reached at 800-785-0514 or support@vinia.com.

What Are Customers Saying In Their Vinia Reviews?

We only encountered two Vinia customer reviews on Amazon at the time of our research, both of which gave the red grape powder five stars. Together, common compliments referenced increased energy, a general sense of well-being, and improved blood pressure values.

From a company perspective, BioHarvest Ltd. (formerly known as Fruitura Bioscience Ltd.) is based out of Albany, NY and has been in business since 2007. According to the Vinia website, it was founded by a five-person team of PhDs who are at the center of the Israeli biotech and agri-tech industries.

Using their bio-superfood approach, the company says they’re on a mission to “bridge the gap between food and well-being” and to “harness the power of science and technology to unleash the potential of nature.”

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The company’s main website wasn’t functional at the time of our research. Bloomberg.com’s company information for BioHarvest also listed another product named Mirroring Nature, although we didn’t encounter any third-party references to this product, either.

Are There Other Red Grape Polyphenol Powders Like Vinia?

Whether sourced from grapes, red wine, polygonum, or other fruits and veggies, there are perhaps dozens of resveratrol and polyphenol powders competing for many of the same customers as Vinia.

And taking a look at online marketplaces like Google Shopping, Amazon, and Walmart.com, most were priced between $30 and $60 at the time of our research. However, there was a huge discrepancy in the quantities provided, with some offering as little as 30g, while others sold up to 10oz in a single bottle.

To help you cut through all these options and find your best match, ConsumerLab (some content may require a membership) recommends you keep in mind that “dosages for resveratrol of known benefit and safety in people have not been established.” Also, that the long-term safety of the ingredient hasn’t been well evaluated.

Even WebMD notes that “Until more high-quality research is done, experts do not recommend resveratrol supplements for anti-aging or disease prevention.”

What does this mean for you and Vinia’s red grape powder?

Our Final Thoughts About Vinia

While we didn’t encounter any other powders during our research that utilized hydroponically grown red grapes like Vinia, the manufacturer also didn’t provide any clinical evidence—nor did we encounter any on third-party sites—that this might deliver meaningfully better results than competing polyphenol or resveratrol powders.

From a price perspective, we think it’s also important to point out that Vinia was the highest per-weight resveratrol powder we encountered during our research, and the company’s terms stipulate that once you’ve opened a $63.33 box (at minimum) to give it a try, you lose the ability to process a refund.

Based on this risk-to-value proposition alone, we’d strongly recommend speaking with your doctor before placing an order for Vinia—or purchasing any other polyphenol or resveratrol powder, for that matter.

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