Mar 10, 2013

Health Benefits of Grapes

Health Benefits of Grapes: Their 3 Varieties to Power Your Organism

In many cultures and since centuries grapes have been regarded “the queen of fruits.” Do you know that these are berries (!) in clusters botanically? Anyway, this is so beautiful and juicy wonder by nature, which also comes as a real storehouse of health.
Today, grapes are widely cultivated all over the world, giving us pleasure of tasting that semi-translucent flesh in smooth skin. Interestingly, but there are white/green, red/purple and blue/black varieties of these fruits, either with edible seeds, or seedless. The color means presence of different pigments.

The most amazing is that antioxidant compounds of grapes are densely concentrated on their skin and seeds! Commercially, they are grown for various purposes: eating as fresh table fruit or as dried raisin/currant/sultana, and using in wine production. So, you have a wide choice how to get all the health benefits of grapes.

What’s Useful to Know about Grapes?
  • Grapes, eaten/used in recipes, are ‘table’ grapes. They are opposed to ‘wine’ grapes, which are used in viniculture; as well as ‘raisin’ grapes, used to make dried fruits.
  • Grapes’ intake has long been connected with a better blood sugar balance, and thus, better insulin regulation.
  • Several grape phytonutrients play a proven role in longevity and healthy aging.
  • Only a few fruits have deserved as much attention in health researches as grapes.
  • Grapes are present in all the diets worldwide.
  • Except Antarctica, grapes are cultivated on every continent.
  • Grapes can boast of probably the most amazing nutrient composition, which provides all the body systems with benefits (cardiovascular/respiratory/immune system/inflammatory/blood sugar regulating/nervous systems).
6 Key Benefits of Grapes: Enjoy & Stay Healthy
  1. Grapes are rich in powerful antioxidants, which protect against colon/prostate/breast cancers, heart/nerve/Alzheimer’s diseases and viral/fungal infections. Such constituent as resveratrol reduces stroke risks, elevates high blood pressure and relaxes blood vessels. Anthocyanins are some other type of antioxidants, abundantly present in red grapes. Those phyto-chemicals have an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-allergic and anti-cancer activity. As for catechins in white/green grapes, they also possess health-protective functions.
  2. Grapes are very low in calories and provide 0 cholesterol levels.
  3. Grapes are rich in copper, iron, manganese, calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, carotenes, vitamin C, A, K and B-complex vitamins.
  4. Grapes treat constipation, kidney disorders, fatigue, cataract, asthma, migraine.
  5. Grapes contain flavonoids that reduce free radical damage and aging.
  6. Grapes provide instant energy, boost the immune system, enhance brain health, bring down cholesterol levels, protect from infections and viruses.
As you can see, grapes play an essential role preventing numerous disorders and diseases, being used as a tasty home remedy all year round.

A Few Rules on Selection, Storage & Serving For More Amazing Nutrient Composition
  • Choose fresh grapes, which feature plump, free from cracks/leaking juice, and firmly attached to a green stem.
  • Buy ripened grapes: green – with a slight yellowish hue; red – with a pinkish-red hue; blue-black – with deep and rich color.
  • Always store grapes in the fridge, washed and wrapped in a paper towel. This way, the fruit will keep fresh for several days.
  • Wash grapes in cold water for a couple of minutes and a few times. Pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • If not consuming the whole bunch at once, separate it into clusters. Thus, you’ll prevent the stem from drying out.
Well, all the wealth of healthy benefits in grapes is somewhat indescribable! Just eat them and forget about diseases.


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