Grape Juice or Red Wine: Are Both Fine?
The beneficial polyphenols that are found in red wines are also found in grape juice that is made from the darker skinned grapes. For years, many studies have proven and promoted the use of red wine claiming that one or two glasses a day offered substantial health benefits. The polyphenols found in the dark-skinned grapes used to make red wine are also present in grape juice and not adversely affected by processing techniques.
Studies performed in Spain showed that individuals who consumed grape juice instead of red wine experienced similar benefits, especially when it came to their cardiovascular health. Some of the reported benefits included lowered blood pressure, reduction in the number associated with LDL cholesterol, lowered risk of blood clots and less chance of the blood vessels of the heart being damaged because of cardiovascular disease.
Grape juice and red wine alike also contain antioxidants. Antioxidants rid substances from the body that cause oxidation to occur. By removing these damaging components, the body is able to function with less stress and absorb nutrients much better. Antioxidants help to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. They also minimize the signs of aging and help the circulatory system to function at its best. As the oxidants are removed, more oxygen is able to flow through the body, nourishing cells and tissues.
The majority of the nutrients found in both grape juice and red wine come from the skins and the seeds of the fruit. As the fruits are processed the nutrients are released and able to be absorbed by the body no matter which form they take. For individuals who prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages, the same basic benefits can be gained by drinking grape juice.
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