How can I use grapes to help reduce my risk of cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Grown in the northern United States, dark grapes are known for their tart, musky flavor. Seeded wine grapes like the Concord variety have thick skin and a high concentration of polyphenols, including resveratrol, which has been shown to inhibit lymph, liver, stomach, and breast cancers. This powerful antioxidant is found mostly in the skin and seeds, so make sure to eat the entire grape.

Have up to 2 cups a week for maximum benefit. If you can’t find Concord grapes, make sure to choose red or purple types -- they contain significantly more resveratrol than their green counterparts.

For a fun way to eat these superfruits, freeze and add them to your drinks in lieu of ice cubes. For an added antioxidant bonus, pop them in a glass of grape juice, which is also a good source of resveratrol. Try for two 5-ounce glasses of grape juice a week.

For even more cancer-fighting benefits, indulge in a glass of red wine. This type of vino, especially pinot noir, has been proven to reduce the risk of renal, lung, and ovarian cancers when consumed in moderation a few times a week. Be sure to speak with your doctor before adding any alcohol to your diet.
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