SUPERFOOD SERIES: Grapes

Posted by on 17th June 2019

grapes  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Grapes

Grapes have so many surprising health benefits that after you read this blog, you’ll want to eat the whole bunch.

One of the greatest benefits of adding grapes to your diet is the addition of resveratrol,  shown to activate genes associated with slower aging and longer lifespan. Flavonoids present in grapes are antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals lead to the development of cataracts and various age-related problems. This free radical damage has been somewhat linked to speed macular degeneration. Fortunately, antioxidants combat these free radicals, help you look younger and stave off age-related conditions like cataracts.

Grapes increase nitric oxide levels in the blood, which can prevent blood clots and and assist in overall cardiovascular health.

Another great grape health benefit is the ability to support bone health and prevent the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin K are important nutrients found in grapes, which are also a wonderful source of micro-nutrients like copper, iron and manganese, all of which are important in the formation and strength of the bones. Manganese is an extremely important element in the body, which aids in protein metabolism, collagen formation, and nervous system functioning.

Grapes are high in a B-vitamin, riboflavin, that is needed to break down carbohydrates into energy, and as a result, may improve memory, attention and mood.

Due to their well-known therapeutic value, grapes can be used as a treatment for asthma. In addition to that, the hydrating power of grapes is also high, which increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthmatic events.

Grapes are very effective in overcoming and eliminating constipation. They are classified as a laxative food because they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose. They also relieve chronic constipation by toning up intestinal muscles and the stomach.

And although grapes are high in sugar, they have a low glycemic index; a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar.

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