Latifeh Ahmadi*, Alia El-Kubbe and Sarah K. Roney Pages 202 - 207 ( 6 )
Unripe grape juice (verjuice) may offer health benefits, including the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The presence of bioactive compounds in verjuice influences blood pressure, inflammatory markers, oxidative stress, endothelial function, fatty streak formation and glycemic level. Studies have shown that the bioactive compounds also affect serum lipid profile, raising LDL cholesterol under certain circumstances. The health-promoting effects of verjuice have been investigated through human and animal trials. This review paper provides a comprehensive summary of the literature on the pharmacological and phytochemical properties of green grape juice. Further research on this juice is needed to quantify the phytochemical composition and support the current findings. Furthermore, future studies are needed to determine the exact amount of verjuice required to exhibit the optimal health effects on humans, as this is currently unknown.
Cardiovascular disease, grape juice, verjuice, hypertension, phenolic compounds, phytochemicals.
School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College, London, Ontario, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College, London, Ontario, Kingston General Hospital & Hotel Dieu Hospital Kingston, Ontario