Previous studies have shown that moderate wine consumption
can favorably influence cholesterol levels in the bloodstream,
by increasing high-density lipoproteins (the “good” cholesterol).
These studies suggest that such benefits confer specifically
to consumption of red wine, rather than white wine, beer or
other types of alcohol.
If you’d like to get the cholesterol-lowering benefits of
red wine without the alcoholic content, consider a possible
alternative: purple grape juice. Flavanoids, the powerful
antioxidants present in red wine, are also present in purple
grape juice, an observation that spurred a recent study published
in the journal Circulation. In the study, 15 adults
with coronary artery disease consumed approximately 21 ounces
of purple grape juice twice daily for 14 consecutive days.
Results showed improved arterial dilation (the ability of
the arteries to expand, allowing for enhanced blood flow)
and improvements in other indicators of the disease.
What are you waiting for? Get to the store and get yourself
some purple grape juice today! As these results suggest, you’ll
be doing yourself and your loved ones a favor.
Stein JH, Keevil JG, Wiebe DA, et al. Purple grape juice
improves endothelial function and reduces the susceptibility
of LDL cholesterol to oxidation in patients with coronary
artery disease. Circulation 1999: Vol. 100, pp1050-55.
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