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Grapes contain resveratrol for your brain

bunch of grapes - CopyGrapes contain resveratrol for your brain:¬†Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which is why we examine it here more closely as part of Enzo’s brain health management. We recently discovered its benefits as a result of helping gather in the family grape harvest, when I noticed that Enzo enjoyed eating a few bunches of grapes a day. Since he was able to consume so many, were they doing him any good?

What is Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a compound produced by many plants as part of their natural defense mechanism. Yes, even plants have to protect their cells against free radical damage from UV radiation, pollution and environmental toxins. These same qualities, which are found in a glass of red wine, have been identified as making it possible for the French to maintain good standards of health while consuming a diet relatively high in saturated fats from butter and cheese for expample. This phenomenon has become known as the ‘French Paradox’.

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When grapes are made into wine, especially red wine, the skins are present during the fermentation process. This is when resveratrol is released. Red wine also contains flavonoids and both compounds have significant antioxidant properties.

Does red wine contain large amounts of resveratrol? The jury is still considering how much is enough when applied to brain health, or whether red wine is of any benefit to your health. Socioeconomic and lifestyle choices may play a significant role in this determination since studies suggest that people who have higher incomes are more likely to drink wine. They are also more likely to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and take regular exercise.

We suggest some advise from yester-year: …”a little of what you fancy does you good”! However, if Enzo want’s to consume 5 bunches of grapes a day … so be it.

Published by thebigdreamfactory

My name is Susie Evans-Ardovini and I created The Big Dream Factory. I was born in the UK and have been a chef and restauranteur for over 30 years. During this time I have also lived in France and Italy where I visited many beautiful places and met many wonderful people. I am particularly impressed with the Italian way of life and their approach to food. Many families work extremely hard to grow and produce their own salumi, cheese, wine and olive oil which means that they have a wealth of knowledge and experience, most of which has been handed down through countless generations. It is no different in the kitchen. Nearly all foods served at an Italian table have been gathered from someones garden or field, and is then served alongside homemade, pasta, gnocchi, and countless dishes that could not be recounted in this tiny space since each family's knowledge is unique ... well, you can only imagine. I have walked Rome, climbed to the top of the Vatican, seen Milan, Venice, the Cinque Terre, climbed mountains, walked The Path of the Gods, wandered the great city of Napoli, lived on the little Island of Ponza and gathered a pile of friends, family and photographs as well as invalueable experience along the way. I became a new immigrant to the U.S.A on December 15th, 2013. With the support of many great friends and a passion (bordering on obsession), I am here in search of the American Dream and to bring you the natural flavours and vibrant colours of Italy. All my pasta, gnocchi and biscotti are made by hand just as I saw Italians do in homes and good restaurants all over Italy, every day and sometimes, twice a day. I hope you enjoy my creations and invite you to share your comments, photographs and recipes with me on Facebook or Twitter. In return I of course, will share beautiful Italy with you.

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