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Grapes come in so many sizes and shapes and not to forget, the colors! It is known as “The Queen of Fruits”. Did you know that a grape is a berry of the deciduous vines?

Grapes can be eaten raw and fresh or could be used for making wine, jam, jelly, raisins, vinegar and grape seed oil. This fruit mainly belongs to various species of Vitis genus. Genus Vitis is a type of the family Vitaceae, which is like woody vines with simple leaves and flowers. This includes a large variety of grapes as well.

Grapes grow in clusters of fifteen to three hundred. It could be in shades of crimson or red, dark purple or black, dark blue, yellow, green, pink, orange.

Grapes have health benefits ranging from the head to the toe of a human.

Health benefits include increasing the health of the heart, preventing cancer, better digestion, low in sugar, increases longevity and skin health, decreasing the risk of obesity and helping in weight loss, treating asthma and migraine, increasing bone health, eliminating constipation and fatigue, promotes health of hair, treats, kidney disorders, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as cognitive benefits. The list can go on and on. So here are the eight benefits of grapes given below.

Has Cardiovascular Benefits And Heals Kidney Disorders

The never-ending inflammation of the cardiovascular system should be a concern for several kinds of disease. Excessive fat intake, also known as “the French Paradox”, could lead to cholesterol problems. But grapes can solve this problem.

Grapes helps in better blood pressure regulation. It could increase your BP if it’s low or decreases it if the BP is high. This fruit reduces cholesterol levels and oxidation. Grapes also increase the levels of glutathione in the blood.

This colorful fruit reduces the acidity of uric acid. Since grapes contain high water content, they create the urge of urination. This eliminates this acid which results in the reduced stress on kidneys.

Prevents Cancer And Strengthens Bones

Grapes contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that

slow down and prevent various kinds of cancer. Cancers that occur in lungs, mouth, pharynx, gullet, pancreas, prostate gland and tumors in the colon can be treated to an extent by consuming red wine.

Micronutrients like copper, manganese, and iron are present in this little fruit. These minerals help to strengthen and form the bones. Aging can lead to problems like osteoporosis can be avoided by the intake of grapes.

Helps In Digestion And Provides Relief From Constipation

If you want to get rid of any stomach infection or constipation, start eating grapes. Grapes are classified as laxative foods because they are rich in sugar, cellulose, and organic acid.

They relieve the heat, constipation, end the issues to dyspepsia and the irritation you experience by toning the intestinal muscles and stomach.

Low In Glycemic Index (Sugar) And Reduces Diabetes

Grapes contain a low glycemic index (GI) level. Low GI levels between forty-three to fifty-three is a good indicator for consumption for the diabetic patients. Resveratrol present in grapes protects you from diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy.

Black grape intakes balance the blood sugar levels helps in insulin regulation and increases the insulin sensitivity. Diabetes could, later on, cause eye degeneration. To prevent the same, grapes should be consumed. They are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that help maintain good eye health.

Increases Longevity And Skin Health

Phytonutrients are present in grape skins and grape seeds and flesh. This helps in increasing longevity and decreasing calories. The more we decrease the calorie intake, the more we remain nourished. Staying nourished will keep us healthy and will provide longevity to life.

Did you know that applying grape juice or pulp of grapes reduces and cures uneven skin tones? The polyphenols present in the grape helps to improve the skin tone. In fact, green grapes lighten the scars caused by acne.

Grape seed extracts work as exfoliating agents and make the skin softer than before.Mashed grapes are the best remedy for sunburns. They act as a sunscreen and reduce the redness on the skin. Grapes help in the reducing your dark spots and wrinkles.

Grapes are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Vitamin C helps in the rejuvenation of the skin whereas Vitamin E secures the moisture in the skin. Grapes also increase the elasticity of the skin. Plus it improves blood circulation that helps in a better skin texture as well as a healthy and glowing skin effect.

Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

The hormone, melatonin, is present in grapes. Melatonin acts as an antioxidant. Short-term intake of grapes behaves like a short-term antioxidant benefit. Grapes increase blood levels of glutathione and help protect the cell membranes from radical damage. It also reduces the oxidation of fat.

Grapes lower the risk of unwanted and excessive inflammation. Eating grapes daily would reduce inflammatory issues and keep you healthy for a long time.

This fruit also alleviates symptoms of allergies including running nose, hives, and watery eyes.

Improves Brain Functions And Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Consuming grape juice provides benefits to the brain. Grapes enhance the brain’s health and delay the degenerative neural diseases.

Anemia or fatigue can be pushed away by intaking grapes. As grapes maintain the iron and mineral levels balanced, your mind and body will be boosted with instant energy. Grapes also boost the immunity.

Grapes protect the brain and improve the memory and concentration levels. Reservatrol or polyphenols present in grapes is beneficial for declining and treating the Alzheimer’s disease.

Provides Benefits To Hair And Treats Dandruff

The black grape seed oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E. This helps in reversing excessive hair loss, increasing blood circulation in the scalp, stopping split ends from coming back and decreases the amount of prematurely gray hair.

Grapes also help you to get rid of dandruff within a few weeks. Applying grape seed oil regularly will generally reduce dandruff. Grapeseed oil also helps in regaining the lost shine and health of your hair.

Cures Asthma And Migraine

Riboflavin is present in ripe grape juices or grape seed.This is most beneficial for people suffering from migraine.

Grapes have high hydrating power which increases the moisture present in lungs and reduces asthmatic issues. It also keeps you hydrated.

The benefits don’t stop here and neither do the different names of grapes take a break. Grapes are popularly known as ‘Angoor’ in Hindi, ‘Drakshi’ in Kannada, ‘Dhraksh’ and ‘Draksha’ in Gujarati and Marathi respectively. Even thought the Queen of Fruits has several names, it is definitely beneficial to eat it daily. Go grab your bunch of grapes now!

Dr. Suzanne Grevelink is an independent health care industry analyst & speaker and entrepreneur. She has successfully completed many health care events and in-demand as a speaker, regular contributor.

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