Grapes are often known as the queen of fruits is said to have a long history with the fruit starting to be cultivated around 8000 years ago. The various ways in which the fruit can be consumed, the texture, the varieties, the taste and the easy portability of the fruit all make it one of the most popular fruits among the larger sections of the society. Not only are these fruits very tasty they come loaded with a host of health benefits too.
Benefits of Grapes:
Grapes are low calorie and low glycemic index foods. They can be safely consumed after the fruits are carefully washed to remove the pesticide residues. Grapes are generally stored in the refrigerator.
Anti-Cancer Properties: Polyphenols are anti oxidants which are present in grapes which help in reducing the risks of different types of cancer such as esophageal, lung, mouth, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate and colon.
Use of Resveratrol in Grapes: Another polyphenol which is present in the skin of red grapes is resveratrol which helps in maintaining a healthy heart by reducing the risk of cardio vascular disease through reduced platelet build up. This polyphenol also offers other benefits such as protection against diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy (a condition where diabetes affects the nerves and eyes respectively), treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, reduction in the menopausal symptoms such as mood swings and hot flashes. Resveratrol plays a significant role in increasing the longevity of the person.
Quercetin in Grapes: Grapes also contain a flavanoid called quercetinÂ which possess anti inflammatory properties and reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis. Quercetin also reduces watery eyes and runny nose due to allergies. Grapes also contain high amounts of potassium which is said to have beneficial effects in reducing stroke, prevents loss of muscle mass and prevents risks of kidney stones. Potassium levels in grapes are also helpful in reducing the blood pressure of a person.
Prevents Constipation: Grapes helps in regularizing bowel movements and subsequently constipation due to the high water and fiber content in the fruit.
Healthy Skin and Grapes: Grapes and healthy young looking skin go hand in hand. Grapes increases sweating giving a fresh appearance to skin. Topical application of green grapes lightens pimple scars and evens out uneven skin due to its vitamin c content. The vitamin c also helps in formation of collagen which strengthens the skin while vitamin E in grapes performs a moisturizing and exfoliating action. Grapes act as anti-ageing agents too.
Grapes and Asthma: Grapes increases the moisture content of the lungs and thus reduces the symptoms of asthma
Bones: Grapes contain minerals such as copper, iron, and manganese which help in absorption of calcium and thus improve bone health subsequently reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Migraines: Undiluted Grape juice is considered as a cure for migraines.
Increases Immunity: The vitamin content of A, C and K improves the natural immune system of the body. Grapes also possess strong anti bacterial and anti viral properties which helps in increasing the immunity.
Ophthalmic Health: Grapes help in preventing cataracts and macular degenerations.
Grapes are a versatile food and can be consumed as juice, wine or jelly. Grapes are also dried as raisins and used. Though grapes are small in size they are power packed with numerous nutrients and they possess health benefits which alleviate many problems and maintains our health. What more they are tasty too and such a wonder food should surely form a part of our daily diet.