Muscadine Grapes and Resveratrol
The Muscadine Grape is very unique!
These Muscadine grapes are scientifically known as Vitis Rotundifolia and are found in the Southeastern United States. They grow wild and in the back yards and in groves grown by local farmers.
These grapes have been used to make red wine.
Some of the health benefits of red wine are:
Helps prevent coronary heart disease by reducing low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
and raising HDL (good cholesterol.)
Prevents hardening of the arteries by increasing nitric oxide.
Can lower high blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Decreases the harmful effects of smoking.
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What are Antioxidants
The antioxidants and polyphenols in these grapes can help prevent free radicals. Muscadine grapes and the polyphenols present in these grapes have been studied as powerful antioxidants.
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Some of the Antioxidants in Muscadine Grapes
Some of the most notable phytonutrients studied as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in these grapes include but are not limited to:
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- Ellagic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Caffeic Acid
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Why These Grapes Are Different
These grapes differ from other grapes in several ways. First, the most notable difference is the thick skin of the grape.
It's In the Skin
The thick skin of these grapes helps it prevent disease, fungus and insects. And is where much of the antioxidant power of these grapes is stored. These thick skins make up 40% of the weight of the grape.
It's a Super Grape
Second, they have an extra set of chromosomes (twenty instead of nineteen that other grapes have) containing genes that allow them to produce a unique balance of phytonutrients that are virtually absent in other grapes.
These grapes have more resveratrol than any other grape.
Ellagic acid that comes from these grapes has powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties.
It's Also the Largest Grape
What is Chromosome Four
Recently, Dr. Thomas Perls of Boston University School of Medicine and his team, who are studying centenarians, found a region on chromosome Four that is linked to exceptional longevity.
These unique grapes have significantly more antioxidant power than other grapes.
More Antioxidants Then Blueberries
Based on the ORAC standard measurement, these grapes have been measured as high as 6,800 per 100 grams, compared to 739 for red grapes. The grape skins alone have about eight times as much antioxidant capacity as whole blueberries.
They also have a Xeno score of 5-the highest level of resveratrol than any other grape.
Ployphenols and Longevity Gene
in the grape skins have been shown to activate the longevity genes in the cells turning on the
the same gene that is turned on when you go on a calorie restricted diet. The major problem with this diet is most people on it say it's very hard to do for any length of time.
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