Category Archives: Grapes

Grape Seed Extract: Improvements in Anxiety and Sleep

Vitis vinifera is the Latin name for the common grape vine. Vitis vinifera is cultivated throughout the World for wine, fruit and juice production. Vitis vinifera grows to around 30 meters in length, and is characterised by a flakey bark, … Continue reading

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Vitis vinifera: Grapes and Raisins to Treat Anxiety?

Grape extracts have been shown to contain high concentrations of dietary phytochemicals, particularly polyphenols. As polyphenols have been shown to possess possible anxiolytic effects in humans and animals, this may suggest that extracts of grape plants may confer mood elevating … Continue reading

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Grape Juice: An Alternative to Red Wine?

Evidence suggests that consumption of red wine reduces the risk of a number of diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease. This may relate in part to the presence of the alcohol within red wine, consumption of which has been shown to reduce … Continue reading

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Concord Grape Juice and Memory

Evidence suggests that fruits and vegetables have beneficial health effects. The exact reason for this is not known, but studies suggest that the polyphenols contained within fruits and vegetables may have a number of beneficial health effects. One line of … Continue reading

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Pycnogenol: Antioxidant Bark

Antioxidants are protective of disease because they inhibit free radical chain reactions, and this reduces oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is associated with many Western lifestyle diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and obesity. Oxidative stress may initiate … Continue reading

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Fruit Versus Fruit Juice: Blood Sugar Effects

The absorption of glucose causes a release of insulin from the pancreas. This insulin is required to allow the uptake of glucose to cells and therefore has a blood sugar lowering effect. The rise in blood sugar seen following ingestion … Continue reading

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Red Wine Alternatives

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Grapes and Blood Pressure

t is becoming increasingly evident that antioxidants are able to favourably modulate high blood pressure. In particular, plant antioxidants such as the polyphenol class of compounds are able to cause blood pressure changes by increasing flow mediated dilation. For example, … Continue reading

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Grape Seed Extract Benefits the Vasculature

Dietary flavonoids are a diverse group of polphenolic plant chemicals that are found in high concentrations in fruits and vegetables. Evidence suggests that flavonoids are important dietary components that decrease the risk of disease. Grapes contain flavonoids in their fruits … Continue reading

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Grapes and Cancer

Fruits and vegetables contain many phytochemicals that have biological effects in humans. Phenolics, glucosinolates, terpenoids, carotenoids and phytoestrogens have all been identified as having possible protective effects against disease. Grapes are a particularly good source of a number of phytonutrients … Continue reading

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