The Health Benefits of Grapes

An experienced urologist whose contributions have been vital to the development of several pharmaceuticals, Dr. Erol Onel serves as a vice president of La Jolla, California-based Heron Therapeutics. A talented chef who has won a number of competitions at the cooking club he attends with his wife, Dr. Erol Onel is particularly fond of grapes.

Grapes contain polyphenol, an antioxidant that has been linked to a reduction in the risk of various types of cancers, including those affecting the prostate, lungs, and colon. Further, these same antioxidants have been shown by numerous studies, including one published by the Journal of Nutrition in 2009, to reduce to risk of both diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Due to their high water content, grapes can also help people maintain regular bowel movements, plus the potassium contained in the fruit can help lower blood pressure.

Interestingly, a 2014 study reported on by UCLA and published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy has found that a compound extracted from grapes can be used to treat acne.

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