North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association
NC Muscadine Grape Association Annual Conference: January 17-18, 2020
Our conference is only a few days away. We are pleased to bring Dr. Patricia Gallagher of Wake Forest School of Medicine, who is leading the muscadine health benefits research featured below, as our keynote speaker. The conference will also be a great opportunity to learn about growing and marketing muscadines and to network with growers, wineries, and industry suppliers. Plan to attend!
January 17: “Fundamentals of Muscadine Production” workshop, at James Sprunt Community College, Tour of Duplin Winery, Reception at Duplin Winery
January 18: Main conference at Duplin County Cooperative Extension Center, in Kenansville, NC, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. See the full program here.
Online registration closes at noon on January 16. At-the door registrations will be accepted, but we recommend at least calling first. Participation in the workshop or any of the other Friday events cannot be assumed or guaranteed without preregistration.
New Research on Muscadine Health Benefits
The muscadine grape is a nutritional powerhouse. Like many intensely colored fruits, vegetables, and berries, the muscadine grape is a rich source of polyphenols. The skins and seeds of muscadine grapes are particularly rich in the polyphenolic compound resveratrol, which has been studied for its anti-oxidant benefits in numerous diseases, including cancer and heart disease. However, many of the health benefits of the muscadine have been linked to other polyphenolics, including ellagic acid.
Exciting new research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine over the past five years investigated the use of a highly concentrated muscadine grape extract in both animal studies and clinical trials in humans. The researchers showed that the muscadine grape extract reduced human breast and prostate tumors growing in mice, improved gut health and cardiovascular health in rodents, amplified the effectiveness of standard breast cancer therapies in mice with human tumors, improved exercise capacity in hypertensive rats and reduced self-reported fatigue in cancer patients. The research team includes over 25 faculty members from multiple departments. This work is supported in part by a $20 million gift made in 2015 by an anonymous donor. The studies are on-going; the concentrated extract is still in research and development and is not commercially available at this time. However, muscadine grapes and other muscadine grape products are available to everyone now!