Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Grape juice good for the heart

Grape juice seems to have the same protective effect against heart disease as red wine Reuters/Yahoo!News 1/31/07 "Grape juice can have a similar effect (against heart disease) as red wine but without the alcohol. That is a very important message," said Dr Valerie Schini-Kerth, lead author of the study published in the journal Cardiovascular Research...polyphenols in Concord grape juice activate endothelial cells to produce nitric oxide which helps to protect against cardiovascular disease and to maintain healthy blood vessels and blood pressure..."But not every grape juice has the beneficial effect. It has to have a high level of polyphenols,"...The amount of polyphenols in grape juice, as in red wine, depends on the type of grape used and how it is processed"

I wish they listed the other types of high polyphenol grapes, not just Concord. From what I've seen in supermarkets, most 100% grape juice is almost always made from Concord grapes.

Also no discussion about whether grape juice has functional resveratrol.

The study was funded by Welch Foods Inc.

I'll post more on this study when I can get real details.

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