Grape Juice: A Cholesterol Buster
The bioflavonoids in grape juice prevents cholesterol from sticking to our arteries. Grape juice is a tasty, healthy solution to help fend off high cholesterol.
Regular consumption of grape juice therefore reduces the likelihood of clogged arteries and lowers the risk for conditions such as heart disease and strokes.
In studies of people with heart disease, drinking grape juice for two weeks helped widen arteries, and reduced cholesterol oxidation by more than one-third, according to doctors at Stanford University.
Greatness of Grapes
- A cup of red or green grapes has only 100 calories; there’s 60 in a cup of Concord grapes.
- Two recent reports suggest that substances called anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, which give Concord grape juice its rich color, may help slow the growth of breast-cancer tumors. (The same pigments may help prevent short-term memory loss, too).
- A new animal study finds antioxidants called polyphenols in grapes protect insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and may help to prevent type 1 diabetes.
- Compounds found in grapeseeds may offer protection against sun-related skin cancer.
Word of Caution
Some medications may be affected by grapefruit juice include: midazolam (Versed), cyclosporin (Sandimmune, Neoral), lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor), pravastatin (Pravachol), and Thyroid medications.