Eating grapes could hold remarkable potential for health benefits

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Recent studies released by Dr. John Pezzuto and his team from Western New England University show "astonishing" effects of grape consumption and "remarkable" impacts on health and on lifespans.

Published in the journal Foods, one study showed that adding grapes in an amount equal to just under two cups of grapes per day to a , typically consumed in , yielded reductions in fatty liver and extended lifespans. Noting that these studies add an entirely new dimension to the old saying "you are what you eat," Pezzuto, who has authored over 600 scientific studies, said that the work with grapes showed actual changes in genetic expression. "That is truly remarkable," he noted.

Adding grapes to a high-fat diet also increased levels of and delayed natural death. Acknowledging that it is not an exact science to translate years of lifespan from a mouse to a human, Pezzuto said that his best estimate is the change observed in the study would correspond to an additional 4-5 years in the life of a human.

Another study by Dr. Pezzuto and his team, published in the journal Antioxidants, reported that consumption altered 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 & Nutrition, showed that in addition to changes in genetic expression, grapes also change the metabolism.


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More information: Asim Dave et al, Consumption of Grapes Modulates Gene Expression, Reduces Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, and Extends Longevity in Female C57BL/6J Mice Provided with a High-Fat Western-Pattern Diet, Foods (2022). DOI: 10.3390/foods11131984

Falguni Parande et al, Effect of Dietary Grapes on Female C57BL6/J Mice Consuming a High-Fat Diet: Behavioral and Genetic Changes, Antioxidants (2022). DOI: 10.3390/antiox11020414

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