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Study: Snacking on grapes could add 5 YEARS to your life

Scientists described the results as "astonishing."

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Snacking on grapes could add FIVE YEARS to your life, according to new research.

The 'superfood' flushes out refined fats and sugars in processed foods and regular consumption combats the effects of a junk food diet.

Scientists described the results as "astonishing."

Grapes are rich in chemicals that boost gut bacteria and lower cholesterol.

They also contain antioxidants that dampen inflammation - reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Dr. John Pezzuto, of Western New England University in Massachusetts, said: "It adds an entirely new dimension to the old saying 'you are what you eat.'"

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Grapes actually change the expression of genes, explained the professor of pharmaceutics.

Dr. Pezzuto, who has authored over 600 studies, added: "That is truly remarkable."

In a series of experiments, mice gorged on a high fat diet typically consumed in western countries.

They also received a daily powdered grape supplement equivalent to a punnet. The lab rodents had less fatty liver - and lived longer than peers.

Dr. Pezzuto said: "The change observed in the study would correspond to an additional four to five years in the life of a human."

The team also found grapes improve the function of neurons - protecting against Alzheimer's.

They had positive effects on behaviour and cognition that were impaired in mice fed high fat diets without the extract.

A third study showed in addition to the other qualities, grapes also help burn up calories by increasing metabolism.

In particular, they may help prevent Alzheimer's and non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), both of which have been linked to eating junk foods.

Dr. Pezzuto said: "The adverse response was diminished by grape intervention. Life-long survival was also enhanced.

"These results suggest the potential of dietary grapes to modulate gene expression, prevent oxidative damage, induce fatty acid metabolism, ameliorate NAFLD and increase longevity when co-administered with a high-fat diet."

Liver disease is a growing problem across the world, because of unhealthy eating habits.

Added Dr. Pezzuto: "The life-long addition of grapes to a high-fat diet increases longevity.

"These data illustrate the extraordinary influence of nutrigenomics, a burgeoning field of investigation that will augment our appreciation of diet and health."

Recent research also found eating grapes reduces the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Chinese scientists are currently working on a 'fountain of youth' pill - based on grapes.
The latest findings are in the journals Foods, Antioxidants and Food & Nutrition.

The research was partly funded by The California Table Grape Commission who provided the grapes used in the experiments.

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