Friday, February 7, 2014

How to be Heart Healthy Drinking Grape Juice

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it's 80% preventable.


I am motivated by many things to write this article, but, my primary motivation comes from the fact that the American Heart Association (for whom I used to work years ago) has deemed this Heart Month. . Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It's more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just "an old man’s disease."

In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the No. 1 killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women.

So, I couldn't think of a better time to discuss heart health than now. There are many ways to protect your heart, like, minimizing stress, getting adequate exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet, all factors that can contribute to your heart health. But, what I would like to focus on are the benefits of drinking Purple Grape Juice.

According to research done by the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Org. and Nutrition Today, Concord grapes may support healthy circulation to promote cardiovascular and cognitive health in certain populations. Welch's is committed to supporting independent research on Concord grape juice, and no I am not biased because I happen to bear the same last name, no relation. But, they are always so kind as to provide the benefits their research with the public.
In particular the study suggest red/purple grapes play a role in supporting a healthy heart. The study suggest that by enjoying red/purple grapes and grape juice, including Concord grape juice each day you can support cardiovascular health, by providing vascular benefits (endothelial function) to promote healthy circulation.

According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, the flavonoids in grape juice, like those in wine, have been shown to prevent oxidation of so-called bad cholesterol (LDL, a low density lipoprotein) that leads to the formation of plaque in artery walls. So, drinking a tall glass of grape juice daily can significantly reduce oxidation in your blood in as little as 14 days.
Unlike "wine" that only prevents blood from clotting when consumed at high levels, grape juice can lower your risk of developing the blood clots that lead to heart attacks, without having to worry about becoming intoxicated. Unlike grape juice, alcohol also generates free radicals, that continually cause damage to blood vessel tissues, negating any of the benefits that the red wine's oxidation may offer.
The choice is ultimately yours, Welch's or Wine.

P.S. Feel free to share the article, as long as, you provide a link back.

February is Heart Month and also the month for Love. Here is a great opportunity to have a wonderful Valentines Day Gift. Don't miss out.

Valentine Free Box

1. Vislocky LM, and Fernandez ML. Grapes and Grape Products: their Role in Health. Nutr. Today. 2012, e-published May 31.
2. Web MD, Buzz about Grape Juice. 2003, April 03.