Want to promote heart health? Look to the grapevine!
Whether you eat the fruit, seeds or skin; drink the juice; or sip on red wine, grapes can help reduce the risk of heart disease. These bright fruits are rich in polyphenols (naturally occurring plant compounds known to have antioxidant activity and other health benefits) including resveratrol, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and flavonoids, which help to:
- Slow or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation, which is an important step in deterring the development of atherosclerosis.
- Reduce blood clotting and abnormal heart rhythms.
- Lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
Choose the darker colored varieties of grapes for the most polyphenol benefits and opt for eating the fruit or skins over juice when able.
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