According to researchers who conducted a study at Glasgow University, purple grape juice could help combat major illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
For the study, the researchers measured levels of antioxidants-chemicals that combat damage inside the body, in a range of popular juice drinks.
Purple concord juice was found to have the highest levels and range of phenolic antioxidants, which are usually found in plants. The juice contained the same levels of these compounds as that which is found in Beaujolais red wine.
Alan Crozier, professor of plant biochemistry and human nutrition, who headed the research team, recommended that people include a glass of such juices as part of the recommended five-a-day fruit and vegetable intake.
Antioxidants have been said to have a protective effect against heart disease, cancer, inflammation and even Alzheimer’s disease.