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Welchs Grape Juice

Free radicals are the chemical results of body processes such as breathing and digestion. These charged compounds roam the arteries looking to bond with oppositely charged particles and through the process of oxidation may combine with LDL (low-density lipoprotein) particles. LDL particles carry cholesterol from the liver to the cells that need it.

When oxidized LDL particles become more toxic and more easily penetrate the inner surface (endothelium) of the arterial system depositing cholesterol there. As more and more cholesterol deposits in the blood-vessel walls, the arteries become clogged and blood flow is restricted. In this manner, the adverse effects of heart disease are accelerated.

Antioxidants are chemical compounds that neutralize free radicals. Drinking purple grape juice has been suggested to delay the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Grape juice is a rich source of polyphenols, potent antioxidants that 'mop up' harmful-reactive, free radicals.

In addition purple grape juice has the ability to inhibit platelet aggregation thereby decreasing clogging in the blood vessels. And Concord grape juice significantly increases HDL good cholesterol and significantly lowers two markers of inflammation (CD40 ligand and superoxide). Inflammation plays a key role in atherosclerosis. Drinking grape juice has at least a few very heart-friendly functions.

Along with grapes, apples have been found to be very strong antioxidants. Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants. In addition quercetin has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity.

The phytochemical composition of apples varies greatly between different varieties, and there are also small changes in phytochemicals during the maturation and ripening of the fruit. Storage seems to have little to no effect on apple phytochemicals, but processing can greatly affect the phytochemicals.

Note when you purchase these juices, make sure that they have the pulp of the juices - the pulpier the better. There are many fruit juices sold that are just juice-flavored water - you don't want these. Read the labels carefully.

Two small glasses of either juice a day should provide you with a good supply of their heart-healthy antioxidants.

Tim Lazaro is a competitive, masters runner who writes on issues related to health, natural-food diets, and aerobic exercise. He employs the life-style changes and diets that he writes about. He has lowered his total cholesterol and lost weight using these cholesterol-lowering methods.

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