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Grape Juice As Cholesterol Diet

Are you thinking of including grape juice as a part of your cholesterol diet? Here is evidence that grape juice can indeed help lower your cholesterol levels. Recent studies done by researchers in Spain have revealed that the polyphenols present in grape juice can help in reducing bad cholesterol levels.

Mechanism of Action of The Active Compounds in Grape Juice

  • According to researchers at the University of Alcala, Spain, The polyphenols were disrupted by the bad cholesterol transport pathways and these molecules are eventually absorbed by the cells.
  • During the study, concentrates of red grape juice were incubated along with human liver cells which had LDL cholesterol present in them. In the presence of LDL (bad cholesterol) it was observed that the number of free cholesterol molecules was reduced. This was because the polyphenols present in the grape concentrate was found to bind with the free LDL-receptors and to increase LDL receptor activity.Thus, polyphenols helped reduce levels of LDL cholesterol circulating in the body.
  • Decrease in production of a free radical called superoxide, and an inflammatory marker (soluble CD40 ligand) has also been reported.

List of Benefits

Benefits of consuming grape juice include:

  • Reduction in blood clots risk factors
  • Reduction in low-density lipoprotein(LDL) commonly called bad cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of clogged arteries.
  • Prevention of damage to blood vessels of the heart
  • Helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels
  • Grape juice is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that clean up harmful free radicals (reactive oxygens), a key component in ageing process.
  • Some of the polyphenols such as catechins, anthocyanins and epicatechins, are believed to protect against different types of cancers and diseases affecting the heart.
  • In addition to decrease in LDL cholesterol levels, an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels is also reported.

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