Grapes are rich in flavonoids which gives grapes, grape juice, and red wine their vibrant purple color. The more flavonoid content, the stronger the color, and essentially, more benefits!
Flavonoids are antioxidants that are believed to reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease by lowering bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol, and reducing the risk for blood clotting. Red wines, in particular are packed full of flavonoids. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Petit Syrah contain the most, followed by Merlots and Red Zinfandels. White wines contain significantly fewer amounts of flavonoids.
The buzz is that moderate consumption of red wine may offer more than just heart health benefits. Resveratrol, an antioxidant found predominantly in the skin of red grapes, may not only inhibit the development of tumors in some cancers but also assist in the formation of nerve cells, which may be huge in minimizing the risk of developing neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Its also a great energy booster and may even be helpful in shedding extra weight!
In the skin, Resveratrol not only neutralizes free radicals, but it also serves as a protectant against UV radiation. In addition, it offers anti-sagging, anti-wrinkle, and anti-inflammatory properties, while also promoting firmness and rebuilding structural integrity.
Along with Resveratrol, Tartaric Acid is an Alpha Hyrdroxy Acid (AHA) derived from grapes and is effective in the “ungluing” of cells to allow shedding of dead skin (revealing new skin), and boosting collagen production. Tartaric Acid is especially beneficial for sensitive skin types.
For women, a 4 oz glass of wine is considered one serving; One serving per day for maximum benefits. For men, 1-2 servings per day to reap the benefits.
If you have health problems, take medications, or do not currently drink alcohol, always consult with your physician first, as these recommendations are geared toward individuals with a clean bill of health.
When it comes to your skin, great care should be taken in the over-consumption of wine, as it can lead to broken capillaries and exacerbate existing conditions like Rosacea.
What about grape juice?
Research shows that grape juice has many of the same benefits as red wine but falls short of some of the heart health benefits, like lowering “bad” cholesterol, compared to red wine. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on this one.
Cheers to your Health!