Health benefits of grape juice

Drink Your Juice

Another grape juice, please. And keep ’em coming!

In the e-alert “Cup of Good Cheer” (12/24/03) I told you about studies that have shown how the resveratrol content of dark grapes may reduce cardiovascular and cancer risks, and may even prevent the brain damage triggered by free radicals in the days following a stroke.

Now a new study from the U.S. Department of Agricultureindicates that a regular intake of concord grape juice may help the brain forestall the process of brain aging by inhibiting a specific protein that responds to oxidative stress.

As is the case with most of these studies, the subjects used in this research were laboratory rats. And while the lead author of the study, James A. Joseph, recognized that his research is preliminary, he feels the results clearly underline the positive effects that dietary antioxidants have on mental and physical declines of aging.

So set ’em up, Joe. I’ve got a good feeling that concord grapes and grape juice probably won’t do me any harm. And it just might give my brain a little extra edge.

I don’t know about you, but I can use all the edge I can get in that department.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson
Health Sciences Institute

“Grape Juice to Regain Youth”, 12/19/03,