The answer is yes. Drinking purple grape juice may have health benefits whether you are healthy or have existing health conditions. Similar to the effect of red wine, drinking grape juice had heart-health benefits, which include reducing blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes and improving the functioning of the layer of cells that line blood vessels.

While these research results are promising, keep in mind that grape juice and wine are beverages and not medications. We still need to eat our fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy to meet our nutrition needs. We also need about 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.

Because this is a family column, here is an alcohol-free recipe for all age groups. The grape juice provides heart-healthy flavanoids. A serving of the purple cow beverage also provides calcium and vitamin D from the milk.

Purple Cow

  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen Concord grape juice concentrate
  • 1 c. cold water
  • 1 c. fat-free milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. ice
  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Secure the lid and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
  • Makes three servings. Each serving has 70 calories, 0 grams (g) of fat, 14 g of carbohydrate and 40 milligrams of sodium.