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The health benefits of grapes

Sarah Wassner Flynn is a New York City-based writer. She's contributed to magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, National Geographic Kids, Runner's World, Women's Health, Prevention and MetroSports New York. She is also the author of The Book of ...

Great Grapes!

You love plucking them off the vine, their flavor in your wine, or perhaps the sweet and tart taste of their juice. And according to a recent study, it's not just the flavor of grapes that makes them so great - it's their health benefits, too.

Great Grapes!

Why grapes are good for you

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the skin on grapes contains 50 to 100 micrograms of resveratrol, a cancer-fighting agent that can selectively target and destroy cancerous cells. Resveratrol is also said to fight heart disease, Alzheimer's, and minimize the brain damage associated with a stroke.

Additionally, red grape skins and seeds contain recently isolated compounds shown to reduce the size of estrogen-dependent breast cancer tumors. Additionally, the good for you fruit is linked with
anti-aging properties.

Any grape is fine off the vine

Red and dark purple Concord grapes contain heart-healthy flavonoids and are often considered the "healthiest" varieties. But studies say white grapes are just as good for you, offering up plenty of potassium and antioxidants. To get grape's maximum benefits, eat handfuls a day — just be wary that each cup you consume contains about 100 calories.

Grape juice is good, too

A little bit of red wine has long been known to help out the heart, but, today, experts express that its non-alcoholic cousin can be just as good for the ticker. Studies show that two servings of 100 percent Concord grape juice a day may lower blood pressure and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) levels, while improving blood flow, and reducing the risk of blood clots. Not a fan of pure grape juice? Try Ebodi, a new non-alcoholic juice blend beverage made from a specially developed grape pomace extract, which is derived from the skins, seeds and stems of red wine grapes.

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