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Good HDL Rises, Inflammation Drops With Grape Juice

I've posted a lot of information recently about resveratrol, a cancer-fighting chemical that belongs to the family of polyphenols, known to combat damaging free radicals in the body. Although resveratrol is naturally found in grapes, red wine is probably one of the more popular sources.

Another source of polyphenols -- Concord grape juice -- may be a potent weapon as well in lowering two markers of inflammation in people with stable coronary artery disease as well as increasing one's amount of good cholesterol (HDL), according to a new study.

Although previous research has shown Concord grape juice has strong antioxidant and platelet-inhibitory effects, this is the first study that demonstrates its positive effect on the soluble CD40 ligand, an emerging marker of cardiovascular inflammation, even in subjects on a daily aspirin regimen, scientists said.

If you read this blog often, you also know I don't recommend red wine at all now because I am convinced alcohol is actually a poison and will unbalance your hormones. Because fruit juice has about eight full teaspoons of sugar (typically fructose) per 8-ounce glass, I can't recommend Concord grape juice as a healthy option either.

However, I am looking into using grape pomace, a by-product of winemaking that is loaded with resveratrol and many other polyphenolic bioflavanoids and antioxidants.

EurekAlert November 17, 2004

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