Many studies have suggested that drinking moderate amounts of red wine is beneficial for cardiovascular health. Personally, I don’t drink alcohol, however if I could skip the alcohol, and still receive these benefits, that would be an added bonus!
The University of Glasgow have carried out a study examining 13 different brands of fruit juice from a local UK supermarket. They measured the number as well as the levels of antioxidants in apple, orange, grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, tomato and grape juice, and found that purple grape juice, made with Concord grapes, had the highest concentration of antioxidants among all of the juices.
Therefore, if you’re trying to maintain a healthy heart through increased antioxidant consumption, a glass of purple grape juice, rather than the more traditional glass of orange juice, may prove more beneficial.
Why is this juice so beneficial?
It is thought that concord grape juice stimulates an arterial relaxation effect, which is similar to that already observed in red wine. However, the beneficial effect produced by the Concord grape juice lasted up to six hours, whereas this extension of effect has not been reported with red wine.
Results of this study suggest that the beneficial component for heart health is contained in the grape, rather than in the alcohol. This is great news all round for those of us who are teetotal!