Drink Red Wine or Eat Purple Grapes.. Both Are Heart Healthy!
You may already know that drinking a small amount of red wine offers multiple heart healthy benefits including:
- Reducing levels of bad cholesterol
- Helping to lower blood pressure
- Lowering the risk of blood clots
- Preventing damage to blood vessels
However, while red wine offers many great health benefits, grape juice and red or purple grapes offer great benefits as well. Red and purple grapes and their juices offer many of the same heart benefits that come with drinking red wine.
Grapes are packed with antioxidants, including flavonoids and resveratrol, which are usually found in the seeds, leaf, stem, and eatable skin of the grapes. Purple and dark red grapes are usually higher in antioxidants than other types of grapes. Quercetin, a flavonoid that’s a natural anti-inflammatory, is found in grapes. This flavonoid helps to protect against damage caused by bad cholesterol while reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
The high content of polyphenols in grapes may also help protect the heart by preventing the build-up of platelets. The potassium and fiber in grapes support heart health as well. Other health benefits of eating red and purple grapes include:
- Protecting the body from diabetic neuropathy
- Reducing the symptoms of allergies
- Relieving problems with constipation
- Reducing the risk of certain types of cancer
- Providing a positive impact on memory
Although drinking red wine in moderation offers some great heart benefits, eating grapes or drinking grape juice may actually be better, especially for individuals who want to lose weight. Grape juice is lower in calories than wine, and eating a serving of grapes provides an option that's even lower in calories. Eating grapes also offers you the benefit of added fiber, which is one of the essentials for good heart health and permanent weight loss.
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