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Grapes appear to boost the immune system and help reduce joint pain.

According to a study reported at the Web site Natural News, grapes are rich in potassium, resveratrol and other antioxidants and “reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.”

Those substances may also boost immunity. University of Illinois researchers discovered that “resveratrol, found in grapes, slows down or stops the growth of benign and malignant tumors.”

A few grapes make a healthy snack and register a moderate 50 on the glycemic index—so there’s not a big insulin surge. On the other hand, grape juice is very high on the GI, so avoid that.

One grape “juice” that is not high glycemic is red wine. My husband drinks a glass or two almost every night, and he has absolutely no joint pain. Or maybe he just doesn’t notice it after a few glasses.

—Becky Holman


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