Muscadine grapes prove not all Super Fruits need to come from exotic places. Think if you have seen one grape you have seen them all? You must have never seen the Muscadine grape! Muscadine grapes grow in not so exotic places like - Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. These are not the type of places we normally find Super Fruits - but the research does not lie, Muscadines are super!
Whatmakes Muscadine grapes different?
Muscadines actually have an extra pair of chromosomes. Normal grapes have 19 pairs of chromosomes, while Muscadine grapes have 20 chromosomes. It is believed that this extra pair of chromosomes allows Muscadine grapes to products phytochemicals that are not found in any other grape.
Ellagic Acid - The Secret Agent in the Muscadine Grape
It is also believe that an extra pair of chromosomes is the reason that Muscadines contain Ellagic Acid. Ellagic Acid is not found in any other grape, so this is one of the reasons the Muscadine grape is considered a super grape. Why is Ellagic Acid so important? There are numerous studies underway investigating the role Ellagic Acid can play in cancer prevention. Ellagic Acid may aide in chemoprevention. Chemoprevention is a term that means to chemically prevent cancer from occurring, growing or metastasizing. There is great interest in chemoprevention (not to be confused with chemotherapy) because it may be the best way to fight cancer; stop it from growing before it reaches a level that causes problems.
What Else Can Muscadine Help With?
Muscadine is much more than just a great source of Ellagic Acid. Muscadine grapes have 6 times the resveratrol as red grapes. In addition, Muscadines have more antioxidants than red grapes and they are packed with phytonutrients. We could fill a book with details on the health benefits of the Muscadine grape - but in short, it can help increase energy, regulate blood sugar, reduce free radicals, help the body build and repair and increase mental clarity.
How Come Muscadine Grapes Are Not More Popular?
It is a sad secret of this industry, companies loves selling fruits from far away places with mythical stories. Supplement companies want to tell you a small tribe lives in some remote rain forest and eats Super Berry X and they all live to be 130 years old.
Muscadine does not have the mystique of coming form an exotic land. What Muscadine does have is more science and clinical date than 99% of the Super Fruits being pushed on consumers.