Grapes are a delicious fruit that has been eaten for thousands of years. They are grown in all kinds of temperatures around the world and come in different colors green, red, black, yellow, and pink varieties. Grapes can be eaten fresh, made into juice and wine, and dried to make raisins.
They may be one of the most versatile fruits around, but grapes are more than just a sweet snack that you can enjoy.
Grapes also have impressive nutritional benefits. They contain a high amount of vitamins C and K, as well as thiamine, riboflavin, potassium, vitamin B6, copper, and manganese. In one cup of juice, you’ll also get 1.1 grams of protein and 1.4 grams of fibers. All that goodness can lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, so having some daily grape is an excellent habit to have.
1. Disease Prevention
Antioxidants are highly beneficial compounds that help you to repair the cellular damage caused by harmful free radicals. Unless neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals create oxidative stress that is associated with chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Grapes contain many types of antioxidants, that are super good for your skin.
Red grapes have the highest level of antioxidants, including the polyphenol resveratrol, which contains significant heart-healthy benefits. It also balances your blood sugar and lowers your risk of developing cancer and diabetes. Resveratrol is just one of many antioxidants that we can found in grapes, though. They also contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein, quercetin, lycopene, and ellagic acid, and many others.
2. Better Eye Health
The beneficial compounds in grapes may also help you to protect your eyes from common degenerative diseases. The resveratrol in red grapes has been known to reduce the risk of glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic eye disease.
In some studies, resveratrol also protected human retinal cells from damage due to ultraviolet light. Minimizing that damage can potentially insure the development of macular degeneration. Grapes also contain a pair of antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin that protect your eye health, especially from the blue light that comes from your phone,laptop,TV……
3. Slower Aging
We all want to feel young for the rest of our life, and grapes can help to achieve that. Certain plant compounds found in grapes, including resveratrol, have been found to affect aging and lifespan. Resveratrol activates a gene called SIRT1 that has been linked to a longer lifespan in animal studies.
While resveratrol handles your insides, the vitamin C in grapes helps to keep your skin healthy. It plays an important part in the production of collagen, the substance that keeps skin smooth, elastic, and wrinkle-free.
4. Decreased Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is the hallmark of diseases like arthritis but is actually a factor in every disease. The swelling is an important immune response in some circumstances, but when it occurs in error or becomes chronic, it can cause damage to your cells. That may open the door for cancer, a heart condition, and other autoimmune disorders.
The grape powder has been featured in several studies that fight inflammation. In one study of 24 men with metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease), a daily dose of grape powder equivalent to 1.5 cups of fresh grapes was found to significantly raise the level of anti-inflammatory compounds in their bloodstream.
5. Sharper Memory
Several interesting studies have looked at the effect of grapes on learning and memory. A 12-week study done on 111 healthy adults found that 250 mg of a grape supplement every day improved baseline scores for a cognitive test. The test of memory, language skills, and paying attention.
Another study revealed that 8 ounces of grape juice every day can boost your mood and increase your speed of memory recall. (But we will always recommend some fresh grapes over the juice alone because you need the fiber to prevent blood sugar spikes. More research is ongoing to determine if grapes may help to stop the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
6. Improved Bone Health
Grapes provide many of the minerals critical to your bones, vitamin K being chief among them. Vitamin K has a strong role in keeping calcium inside your bones, preventing it from leaching out into the bloodstream.
Grapes also contain some vitamins like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium. Some studies have shown that resveratrol can lead to improved bone density too, but further studies in humans are necessary to confirm this.
7. Bolstered Immune System
Your immune system primarily works to fight off foreign invaders in your body, such as bacterial or viral infections. But more than just waging war once you are sick, a strong immune system can actually repel bugs before they get you. And with a daily dose of grapes, you too can become one of those annoying people who never seem to come down with the seasonal cold or flu. Forget about an apple a day.
Several compounds in grapes will protect against viral and bacterial infections, including good old vitamin C and therefore the magnificent resveratrol. Other compounds in grapes have actually been found in test tube studies to stop yeast infections, the herpes virus, and chickenpox from taking hold. Grapes may also offer some protection against food-borne.
The near-magic of grapes lies in their combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. From disease prevention to raised memory to an extended life, there’s little that grapes can’t do. And even better, they’re sweet and delicious yet don’t spike your blood glucose once you eat them.
Whether fresh or dried (raisins), red or green, it’s a snap to add some grapes in your lunch bag or into your breakfast plate. During the summer season, frozen grapes are a really nice treat. They can even be used to chill drinks without watering them down as ice does.
And while grape juice doesn’t contain any of the fiber that you can found in fresh grapes, the red variety does contain resveratrol. So does red wine! With this many ways to enjoy grapes and so many health benefits to doing so, you’ll want to keep some on hand at all times.