And It's Cheaper than Red Wine
Moderate red wine consumption reduces the risk of heart problems
and protects the body from cardiovascular disease, but the
alcohol in it can cause health problems. New research suggests
that purple grape juice may provide these same benefits, without
the effects of alcohol.
A study in the June 12, 2001 issue of Circulation
tested blood samples incubated with purple grape juice, and
examined 20 subjects, 20 to 45 years old, who drank purple
grape juice daily for two weeks. The purple grape juice inhibited
blood clotting and increased antioxidants in both in- and
out-of-body tests. Results were dose-dependent: the more juice
a person drank, the more dramatic the effect on blood clotting
and antioxidant levels.
The beneficial properties in red wine and purple grape juice
appear to come from the presence of flavonoids, which are
concentrated in the skins, seeds and stems of grapes. Purple
and other dark-colored grapes offer much greater concentrations
of flavonoid compounds than light-colored grapes.
Freedman JE, Parker III C, Li L, et al. Select flavonoids
and whole juice from purple grapes inhibit platelet function
and enhance nitric oxide release. Circulation June
12, 2001:103, pp 2792-2798.
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