Grape Health Benefits
Grape health benefits are mostly attributed to compounds called flavonoids (quercitin and reservatrol), which are phytochemicals that give the vibrant purple color to grapes, grape juice, and red wine; The stronger the color, the higher the concentration of the flavonoids.
Some of the health benefits attributed to grapes include:
- Protects LDL cholesterol from the free radical damage that initiates LDL's artery-damaging actions.
- Reduces platelet clumping and harmful blood clots.
| SELECTION TIP: Choose grapes that are plump and free from wrinkles. They should be intact, not leaking juice, and be firmly attached to a healthy looking stem.
- Helps keep the heart muscle flexible and healthy.
- Reduces the risk of hypertension-related death.
- Acts as a preventative agent in prostrate, lung, liver, and breast cancer.
| STORAGE TIP: Place loosely wrapped unwashed grapes in a paper towel and place them in a perforated plastic bag. Store grapes in the refrigerator.
- May inhibit the proliferation and metastasis of live tumors.
- Reduces the inflammation associated with COPD.
- Protects against macular degeneration.
Latest Research on Health Benefits of Concord Grape Juice. www.concordgapejuice.com, 2005
Welch's Summary of Press Release on Benefits of Concord Grape Juice. www.welchs.com, 2004
Resveratrol-induced Activation of p53 and Apoptosis Is Mediated by Extracellular- Signal-regulated Protein Kinases and p38 Kinase. Cancer Research, 2001
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This page was last updated on 09/05/07.