Grapes are a type of berries, that grow on woody vines. They can be eaten as they are, or used to make jam, jelly, raisins, vinegar or grape seed oil. Grapes can be crimson, white, black, dark blue, purple, orange or a dark shade of pink and grow in clusters, in places no higher than 300 meters.
Grapes are a part of human diets since around 8,000 years ago and over the years they have been a symbol of luxury (think of those scenes when a king is fed grapes by a beautiful young lady) and a symbol of health. One of the most delicious and popular fruit, grapes are rich in vitamins A, B6 and C and also in flavonoids – very powerful antioxidants which slow down the aging process.
Health Benefits of Grapes
If you’re suffering from migraines, you’ll be happy to know that grape juice works miracles for curing them. You should prepare your juice every morning and drink it on an empty stomach, without adding any water to it. Because of the high level of antioxidants, grapes can cure severe headaches.
Another great health benefit that comes with eating grapes is the fact that they have a strong antibacterial and antiviral activity which will help prevent infections. Studies have shown that grapes can fight off bacterial infections in almost all of the systems in our bodies – while also strengthening the immune systems.
Grapes also help prevent heart diseases, by increasing the nitric oxide level in the blood which prevents it from clotting. They also prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, meaning that they help unblock blood vessels – thus preventing some coronary afflictions. Studies have shown that grapes also help fight cancer, breast cancer, constipation, kidney disorders, asthma and strengthen the bones.
Grapes are packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – which means they are of great use to our bodies. Include grapes in your diet and enjoy the benefits. How often do you eat grapes?
References: whfoods.com, organicfacts.com. Photo : pinterest.com