Grapes are often termed as the “Queen of Fruits”, because of its delicious taste and innumerable health benefits. Grapes come in various sizes; some are big while some are comparatively smaller. They are beautiful to look at as they come in various colours like green, red and also blue or black. They are sweet, juicy, and can be used as key ingredients in many of the delicious food items and desserts.
Grapes are rich in Vitamin C which helps in boosting the immunity. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties which creates a protective shield against various diseases. According to this study, the grapes are rich in phytochemicals which can decrease the chronic illness and diseases.
Surprising health benefits of grapes
I used to suffer from tortuous pain of migraines, the bouts of the arduous pain was unbearable to me, during those times I just wanted to grab something be it painkiller or any darn thing under the sun just to reduce the pain.
My doctor prescribed me to have grape juice daily in the morning, in empty stomach. By grape juice, I mean, pure fruit juice with no added water, sugar or any other preservatives. I made fresh fruit juice from grapes at my home, and within a few days I noticed that the bouts of migraine have decreased a lot.
There are many other health benefits of this amazing fruit and that’s what we are going to discuss hereunder.
Did you have heavy oily foods today? Are you feeling bloated or gassiness? The grapes have anti oxidizing properties which speed up the digestion process. The food is digested fast and the glucose is sent to the blood. Thus the bloating will be reduced and you will feel better instantly. Drink a glass of pure grape juice, and that one burp will make you feel good and lighter. Grapes are really beneficial for those having issues in digesting their meals.
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease which can surface in advanced ages. Grapes can help in taking care of the brain health, improving the cognitive system of the brain. The brain cells dry up with age, causing diseases like amnesia or memory loss. Grapes are heart healthy and it help in maintaining good brain functioning.
Fights against breast cancer
Studies show that grapes have antioxidant properties and antimutagenic properties which can stop the multiplication of the cancerous cells. Thus grapes can prevent the deadly disorder from occurring.
Strengthening the immunity
In this study, it is shown that the regular consumption of grape juice can improve the immunity of the body. Stronger immunity means your body can easily fight various illnesses like flu or common cold, or even serious chronic illnesses. The immune system of the body is one of the most vital functions of the body, because this system protects you from various germs, like bacteria and virus. Drinking a glass of fresh grape juice can surprisingly boost your immune system.
For healthy heart
According to this study, The grapes are rich in polyphenols which reduce the risk of various cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and other heart related problems. Grapes help in reducing the blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol, reducing inflammation and also provide inhibition of oxidation. Eating fresh grapes fruit or drinking grapes juice is seriously beneficial for your heart.
Studies have pointed out that the grape juice can increase the formation of insulin in the blood, thus helping in curing and preventing diabetes. Diabetes occurs when there is insulin resistance and the level of glucose is high in the blood. Grapes, even though they are sweet, will help the pancreas to produce more insulin and thus diabetic patients will get relief.
Due to the anti inflammatory properties of the quercetin, grapes can cure any allergies like watery eyes, runny nose, or itching on the skin. Many of the allergies are often caused due to the high levels of uric acid; the grape juice can cure the allergies from within, and will also prevent them from occurring in near future.
Consuming watery fruits like water melons, grapes, cucumbers can cure constipation. Grapes will keep you hydrated, normalizing the bowel movements, and also easing the pain of the constipation. It will hydrate the walls of the intestines so that the bowel movement is easier.
For better oral health
Grapes are rich source of polyphenols, flavonoids and high levels of iron, which play a very important role in taking care of the oral health. Grapes also have calcium which can strengthen the teeth. The grapes can also remove the bad breath by killing the germs and the bacteria behind the smell. Diseases like dental plaque, tooth decay, tooth pain can be cured by the regular consumption of grape juice.
Cures kidney disorders
The uric acid often causes high pressure on the kidneys, and that cause kidney stones. The kidney function is important for proper urination, and also for the balance of the whole body. The grapes have antioxidants and polyphenols which will help in lowering down the levels of the uric acid, and also flushing them out of the body permanently.
Tips to buy good quality grapes?
Whether you are buying the red, green, black or blue grapes, the grapes must be of the best quality. Ripe grapes will taste sweeter, but unripe ones will taste sour, so always buy the ripe ones.
The grapes must be firm, round and smooth skinned. The skin of the fruit must be tight and clear, with no marks or blemishes on it.
To check the freshness of the grape, hold the branches of grapes and shake it, if the grapes fall down that means the fruit is not fresh, and they were stored for long time. Fresh grapes hang tightly from the stem, so they won’t fall down from the stem.
If you want to keep the grapes fresh for longer hours, then store them dry in air tight containers or plastic bags. Do not wash them, as dry fruits can be stored for longer days. Keep them in the coolest part of the refrigerator, to maintain the quality of the grapes.
Over to you
Grapes are a super fruit, it has exotic looks and it tastes delicious. Grapes are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. There are many health benefits of grapes like,
- It’s good for your heart
- Cures oral problems
- Magical for migraines
- Good for diabetes
- Helps in constipation
- Good for kidney
Eat a bunch of fresh grapes daily, or make grape juice or smoothies at home. Do not add sugar in the juice as the fruits are naturally sweet, sour and juicy.
Do you like eating grapes?
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.