The muscadine grape isn’t just America’s most famous indigenous variety … it’s the strongest grape in the world when it comes to resveratrol and other healthy polyphenols.
In fact a standard 5 oz glass of North Carolina muscadine wine can have up to 6mg of resveratrol. That’s 100 times more than the miserly 0.06mg you might find in a glass of French Pinot Noir.
People who are interested in the anti-aging and health-promoting properties of resveratrol will know that supplement makers are selling capsules that contain 250mg or even 500mg of the ‘miracle molecule’ resveratrol.
But there are actually a whole range of polyphenolic compounds in wine … and some researchers are saying the health promoting secret is in the blend of polyphenols, rather than simply having a mega-dose of just the one resveratrol molecule.
Tip. You’re better off with a natural blend of polyphenols.
It’s not a couple of words you’d want to try and say after a glass or two of vino, but ‘Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins’ are considered the reason why red wine is so healthy (in moderation, of course). And that’s because OPCs represent the natural blend of polyphenols as found in the grape, and therefore in wine.
So it’s good to know that award-winning muscadine wine maker Hinnant Family Vineyard is also making a pure muscadine grape seed extract called Muscadinex. Containing nothing but muscadine grape seed extract, Muscadinex contains 650mg of natural blended polyphenols per capsule.
Mary Green of Muscadinex explains the benefits. “When researchers first isolated the polyphenol resveratrol as the healthy molecule in wine that was supposed to account for the surprisingly good health of French wine drinkers, the supplement industry starting making huge dosage resveratrol supplements. Apart from the fact most of these resveratrol-only capsules aren’t even made from grapes, nobody stopped to question the fact that the French will only have a glass or two of wine with their meal. And yet 500mg of resveratrol can be the equivalent to about 7,500 glasses of Pinot Noir, or even 1,000 glasses of the strongest French red wine!”
Mary continues: “So it stands to reason that it isn’t just the resveratrol alone which has the health benefits, but rather the synergistic blend of OPC polyphenols found in grapes. In fact there are around 100 polyphenolic compounds in muscadine grapes, and the muscadine grape seed has the widest range of those healthy molecules, including ellagic acid and quercetin. Great news then that Muscadinex is made from pure muscadine grape seed extract. We don’t add anything, and we don’t take anything away. You could say that Mother Nature is our director of product development.”
If you can’t get muscadine wine, try Muscadinex instead.
The website Visit North Carolina Wine (www.visitNCwine.com) has a wide range of free information and maps about North Carolina.
You can also stay online to see the wines from the Hinnant Family Vineyard (www.hinnantvineyards.com). All the muscadine grape seed extract used in Muscadinex comes from the Hinnant farm.
North Carolina wines are delicious. But if you don’t want to have too much wine, or a bottle of wine a day seems a little extravagant, the alcohol-free Muscadinex grape seed extract capsules give you all the full benefits in a one-a-day capsule. A 60-capsule, two-month bottle of Muscadinex costs just $29.99, so you’re getting the health benefits of muscadine wine for just 50 cents a day.
PS – if you’d like to see some North Carolina vineyards in action, check out the YouTube video from www.visitNCwine.com below. Good health!