Health Enhancement Products announces grant to Wayne State University to analyze effects of PAZ organic compounds on cholesterol and inflammation

March 30, 2009

Scottsdale, AZ and Detroit, MI - Health Enhancement Products, Inc. (HEPI-OTCBB) has awarded a grant to the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University to conduct a study to confirm the therapeutic effects of its ProAlgZyme (PAZ) bioactive compound in reducing LDL cholesterol and C-reactive protein, a protein found in the blood in response to inflammation.

Wayne State University ranks among the nation's top 50 public universities engaged in basic and applied biomedical research. The Department of Nutrition and Food Science conducts research in obesity and diabetes, body weight management, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, nutrition and cancer, oxidative stress, diet and aging, gene expression, metabolomics, food safety and food bacteria.

The study will isolate the various bioactive components and later test for significant changes in LDL cholesterol and C-reactive protein. Upon completion of the study, Wayne State will publish a scientific paper describing the final results, as well as the means and methods employed, to be authored by the principal investigator, Dr. Smiti Gupta, associate professor of nutrition and food science at WSU.

Once the study is accepted by HEPI, the Company will immediately commence human trials to further confirm efficacy for cholesterol and C-reactive protein with an aim toward garnering a share of the nutraceutical and functional food market. In what economists consider a disastrous year for business in general, nutraceutical and functional food marketers are experiencing real growth. In the EU and US combined, functional food sales grew at an adjusted 30% annualized rate in 2008, and 2009 appears to be on track to repeat the strong sales volume. According to Euromonitor International Data, the global health and wellness market has surged past the $570 billion mark in 2008, with functional representing the fastest growing segment at $152 billion annualized.

"As a food additive or performance enhancer, PAZ will likely boost the beneficial aspects of functional foods, supplements, sports drinks and composite nutraceuticals," states John Gorman, the company's sales director. "We see PAZ as having great potential for improving the health of Americans and those seeking wellness everywhere."

About Wayne State University
Wayne State University is one of the nation's pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting, ranking in the top 50 R&D expenditures of all public universities by the National Science Foundation. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world.

About Health Enhancement Products, Inc.
Health Enhancement Products, Inc. is a nutraceutical company engaged in the development of a dietary supplement product using only pure, all-natural ingredients. The Company's premier product is ProAlgZyme (PAZ), a liquid product drawn from living algae grown in distilled water. The distilled water in which the algae is grown is drawn off, filtered and bottled as ProAlgZyme.

Health Enhancement Products, Inc. contact:

John Gorman, Director of Sales, HEPI
(480) 385-3800 or or visit