Dr. Gerard Mullin
"Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can cure the patient with food. Our medicine should be food and food should be our medicine." — Hippocrates, 420 B.C.

Grapes, Red Wine and Better Health

Passover and Easter celebrations this week bring together friends, families and loved ones to celebrate. One of the healthiest libation options to consider is red grapes as whole fruit in juice or red wine.  Grape compounds have been shown to block the formation of fat cells. Grapes are rich in the antioxidant resveratrol which has evidence of attenuates inflammation and provides potential health benefits.

Resveratrol, trans-3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene, is a phytochemical produced by plants that is abundant in the skin of red grapes—contributing to a high concentration in red wine and grape juice. Intense media coverage highlighting its potential applications in the prevention and treatment of age-related diseases has inspired many individuals to try resveratrol supplements.

Resveratrol has been reported to decrease oxidative stress and attenuate inflammation, and these mechanisms may account for many of its health benefits.  The suggested link between resveratrol and the French paradox has created considerable interest in studying resveratrol’s potential to improve cardiovascular health.

There is abundant research demonstrating the relationship between red wine, grape juice, and other grape product consumption and physiological factors that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aside from cardiovascular disease, resveratrol has been reported to potentially benefit a number of conditions, including cancer.

Resveratrol may have possible benefits for diabetes mellitus, the metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Resveratrol is an anti-inflammatory substance found in grape products that appears to impart a number of health benefits. Consider grape products when you celebrate this holiday and every holiday.

 

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