Waste from grapes good antioxidant

Grape skins and seeds are waste products for wine and juice. But smart folks have captured them and extracted the powerful antioxidants they possess. Among their many talents are anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-cancerous and anti-microbial. Studies have shown they hold promise for heart disease and high blood pressure. They are even being added to beverages as functional items.  Usually extracted with organic solvents which can be expensive, toxic and difficult to dispose, Univ. of Arkansas researchers are “greening” the process by using pressurized water, a technique called subcritical water processing. This process produces antioxidant compounds that are smaller in size and more effectively adsorbed by the body.  (excerpted from Nutrition Industry Executive magazine, Oct. 22011)

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