Studies show ‘remarkable’ potential for health benefits of grape consumption
Recent studies published by Dr. John Pezzuto and his team at Western New England University show “astonishing” effects of grape consumption and “remarkable” impacts on health and lifespan.¹
Published in the journal food, a study showed that adding grapes to a high-fat diet commonly eaten in Western countries led to a reduction in fatty liver disease and increased lifespan. Noting that these studies add a whole new dimension to the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, Dr Pezzuto, who is the author of more than 600 scientific studies, said work on grapes has shown real changes in gene expression. “It’s really remarkable,” he says.
Adding grapes to a high-fat diet also increased levels of antioxidant genes and delayed natural death. Acknowledging that it’s not an exact science to translate years of lifespan from a mouse to a human, Dr Pezzuto said his best estimate is that the change observed in the study would correspond to four to five years. additional in the life of a human.
Another study by Dr. Pezzuto and his team, published in the journal Antioxidants, reported that grape consumption altered gene expression in the brain and had positive effects on behavior and cognition that were impaired by a high-fat diet. A third study, published by a team led by Dr. Jeffrey Idle in the journal Food and nutritionshowed that in addition to changes in gene expression, grapes also alter metabolism.
The California Table Grape Commission provided the grapes used in the studies as well as partial support. For more information on these studies, please click here. For more information on California table grapes and health, click here.
¹ Studies have been performed on mice.
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