Health Benefits Of Grapes
Grape is an important commercial fruit crop of South India. It has numerous health benefits. Many of us tend to ignore the health benefits of this simple fruit. Grapes come in different varieties and colors- red, blue, green, purple and black with edible seeds. The fruit is loaded with enormous vitamins and minerals that make it a nutritious powerhouse. Grapes are sweet as candy. Sometimes it is used to make grape jelly, grape juice, grape flavouring and to make wine.
Grapes are rich vitamin K, copper and many of the B vitamins.
Resveratrol in grapes is a key nutrient that may boost health benefits.
They are high in antioxidants, that may protect against diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The presence of potassium and fibre in grapes support heart health.
There are so many ways in which grapes can boost body health.
Grape contains both potassium and fibre which support heart health. A high potassium intake can help bring down high blood pressure, prevention of bone mineral density, protection against loss of muscle mass and lower risk of stroke.They reduce LDL cholesterol levels, blood – triglyceride levels, improved blood vessel and heart muscle damage. This prevents the development of heart diseases.
Immune System Boost:
Grapes are excellent immunity boosting fruit with rich sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. They support the immunity system through their natural anti-microbial properties. Resveratrol compounds in grapes help to fight against germs, heal wounds or prevent bacterial infections, and thus improve your immunity health.
Controls Blood Pressure:
Grapes are highly rich in potassium and minerals that help to maintain our blood pressure. They have low glycemic index, it means they don’t raise sugar in your blood. It has high content in potassium. So they help to reduce the effects of sodium in people with blood pressure. Make sure you’re eating grapes in a dry form to reap the benefits.
Grapes contain resveratrol compounds, which lower risk of some cancers by reducing oxidative stress, protecting cellular DNA, and limiting reactions that are related to tumor growth. Grape extracts block the spread and growth of breast cancer cells and colon cancer. It also prevents the growth of tumors in stomach, lymph, liver, and skin cancer. Another anti-inflammatory property that is present in grapes is the flavonoid quercetin. This may help to control or slow down the risk of cancer growth.
As grapes are rich in fluid and fiber, it helps people stay hydrated, keep regular bowel movements, and the risk of constipation. A high fiber diet may help reduce diverticulitis and the risk of hemorrhoids. The grapes are highly rich in water so they help your digestive health as well as bowel movements.
Rejuvenates The Skin:
As grapes are filled with antioxidants and vitamin C can help to revitalize the skin. It can protect your skin from cancer causing uv rays and free radicals that can cause dark spots and wrinkles. The presence of vitamin C can promote your skin to form collagen, which shows the youthful firmness in your face.
Lutein and vitamin A found in grapes can boost your eye health. It also has beneficial effects in the prevention of cataracts. Resveratrol present in the grapes may also protect against the development of diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. It also protects retinal cells in the eye against the damage from the ultraviolet A light.
Grapes contains the following nutrients:
- Calories: 104
- Protein: 1.1 grams
- Carbs: 27.3grams
- Fat: 0.2 grams
- Fiber: 1.4 grams
- Vitamin C: 27% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Vitamin K: 28% of the RDI
- Thiamine: 7% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 6% of the RDI
- Potassium: 8% of the RDI
- Manganese: 5% of the RDI
- Copper: 10% of the RD
Thus grapes contain amazing health benefits and it is a superfood. Experience its nutritious value.