What are the health benefits of grape vs. grapefruit juice?


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Grape and grapefruit juices both contain antioxidants that improve cholesterol and heart health. Grapefruit juice contains more nutrients that promote a healthy weight and digestive health in addition to its heart benefits.

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What are the health benefits of grape vs. grapefruit juice?
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Grape juice, particularly from red and purple grapes, contains a high source of antioxidants called resveratrol and flavonoids. These compounds prevent the low-density lipoproteins associated with bad cholesterol from accumulating in the arteries as plaque. Grape juice also prevents the formation of blood clots, which can help prevent heart attacks. The antioxidants from a single serving of grape juice remain active in the blood for up to four hours.

In comparison, grapefruit juice similarly lowers the level of bad cholesterol present in the blood, it but also contains vitamin C, potassium and fiber. The high fiber content helps a person feel full quicker and is important for digestion and regularity. In a study reported by Medical News Today, obese individuals who consumed 8 ounces of grapefruit juice or half of a fresh grapefruit lost more weight than those who did not have grapefruit juice.

The vitamin C in grapefruit juice is a powerful antioxidant. It protects the skin from sun damage and can reduce the free radicals that cause cancer. The potassium in grapefruit juice lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. It also protects against osteoporosis by preserving bone mineral density.

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