Great news for people who don't like wine! The latest studies show you can get almost the same benefits from grape juice. The reason? Purple grape juice contains powerful disease-fighting antioxidants called flavonoids that give wine many of its heart-healthy benefits.
Heart and vascular problems develop when endothelial cells that line blood vessels don't work properly. Researchers recently found that flavonoids in Concord grape juice activate the endothelial cells to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps protect against cardiovascular disease and helps maintain healthy blood vessels and blood pressure.
Bottom line, grape juice is a terrific way to get many of wine's potential health benefits. When you go for the juice, choose the purple kind, which is far richer in antioxidant flavonoids than red or white.
Enjoy a four-ounce glass with breakfast or for an afternoon snack, and your heart can realize almost the same benefits your wine-drinking friends like to brag about. Or uncork one of the fine nonalcoholic red wines on the market and enjoy with dinner or with appetizers. They're loaded with antioxidants and wonderful flavor -- and you can drink all you like without worrying about the drive home!
Enjoy the health benefits of grapes, today.
Try my ChefMD®-approved recipe for warm spinach salad with chicken, grapes and toasted pecans.