Lots of people keep grape juice in the fridge just to serve the kids at kiddush, but there are so many reasons to keep grape juice around for the adults as well. In fact, some may even say that "grape juice season" is coming as we approach Purim and Passover. Personally, I don't know that many people that can drink all 4 cups of wine. Lucky for us, there are more reasons than ever to save some for the grown ups.
1. Flavonoids to improve heart health
The flavonoids (plant nutrients) found in grape juice are similar to those found in wine and they will raise the level of HDL (good) cholesterol and improve heart health.
2. Reservatrol to prevent cancer
This is the big buzz word in many health stores lately, and it is naturally present in grape juice and has been seen to prevent the formation of tumors and prevent cancer. Maybe purple should be the new pink.
3. Potassium to decrease blood pressure
Grapes are high in potassium, which has been found to improve blood pressure possibly more than a low sodium diet.
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4. Polyphenols improve memory and cognitive functions
Grapes, and by extension their juice, contain polyphenol compounds that exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions which reportedly improve cognitive function. This has been evident in several studies of different population groups, from busy stressed out moms to seniors.
This Passover, I know what I'll be sharing with my daughter. Just make sure to go purple, it's where all the nutrients are at.
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