Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Grape Juice or Wine

Grapes and red grape juice contain flavonoids and antioxidants which reduce the risk of heart disease. Grape juice scores higher in natural plant antioxidants than any of the other juices or beverages tested including red wine and cranberry juice cocktail on a per serving basis. The antioxidants, called proanthocyanidins, are part of a larger family of plant compounds known as flavanoids that have been linked to lower risk of heart disease and cancer.

Red wine also contains a resveratrol, which reduces the risk of blood clots. Resveratrol is found in the skin and seeds of grapes. However, eating small amount of grapes may not provide enough resveratrol to have a significant health benefit.