Green Drink with Red Grapes
Video by Dr. Anthony Vasile
Growing up I used to spend a lot of time at my grandfather’s house. I call him Gramps. One snack that I remember him always having was frozen red grapes. I loved eating them especially on hot summer days. I didn’t realize at the time that there were so many health benefits, I just thought they tasted good. I think when most people hear that red grapes are good for them their minds instantly go to red wine. Red wine in moderation can actually give health benefits but in the end, it still contains alcohol which is harmful for your system. One of the most studied nutrients found in red grapes is a compound called resveratrol.
The grape antioxidant resveratrol has been a topic of intense research for the past three decades. Resveratrol and other grape ingredients, as well as whole-grape products, have shown considerable promise in health promotion and disease management. Phytochemically, whole grape represents a natural combination of resveratrol and other phytonutrients, as it contains several catechins, anthocyanins, polyphenols, and flavonols.
Recent research has suggested that whole-grape products may help in maintaining heart health and protect against aging, aging-associated diseases, neurodegeneration, and some cancers. Whole grapes seem to be more advantageous, owing to the possibility of synergistic interactions among multiple ingredients leading to enhanced bioactivity and bioavailability. Attached below is a link to this research.
After learning more about the health benefits of red grapes, I have incorporated them into a green drink. I nice tip when using red grapes is to freeze them before putting them into the smoothie. Freezing the grapes make the drink ice cold while giving it a nice consistency instead of using ice that can water it down. This recipe is very simple yet delicious.
- About 10 organic frozen red grapes
- 1 handful frozen organic mixed greens
- ½ organic Bartlett pear
- ¼ cup organic almonds
- ½ cup water
Singh CK, Liu X, Ahmad N. Resveratrol, in its natural combination in whole grape, for health promotion and disease management. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2015 Aug;1348(1):150-60. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12798. Epub 2015 Jun 22. PMID: 26099945; PMCID: PMC4553113.
Our Chiropractors in McKinney, located near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Ridge Rd, teach our patients the link between how you eat and how your choices can effect your health. We are committed to getting rid of back pain, neck pain and headaches with chiropractic adjustments and exercise. We also know that to keep pain away and stay healthy you must put the right nutrients in your body while also having a positive mindset. We hope you enjoy this Green Drink with Red Grapes!