This little berry packs a powerful healing punch. Research keeps demonstrating the many benefits of grapes—each type has more to offer your body than the one before. Here are the top sixteen reasons grapes should be in your life!
Purple and Red Grapes
Most beneficial active nutrient: Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a stilbenoid, or a natural type of phenol from the phenylpropanoid family, which is produced by plants in response to being attacked by bacteria or fungi. This amazing molecule is usually found in purple or red grapes.
- Weight loss
- Heart health
- Fights diabetes
- Brain power
- Protects from radiation
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases life expectancy
- Improves muscle recovery
Research led by Mary Anne DellaFera, PhD at the University of Georgia, found that resveratrol (when combined with soy isoflavones) can significantly help in weight loss. It causes fat cells to disintegrate at a rate 246% higher than normal and reduces the cells’ ability to store fat by 130%!
Resveratrol improved the dilation of blood vessels, allowing more blood to easily flow through, lowering blood pressure, and increasing oxygen and nutrient flow to the cells.
Research by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine showed that resveratrol resulted in a 10% drop in blood sugar levels in pre-diabetics.
Brain damaging plaques and free radicals in the brain, which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, can be removed by resveratrol, as proven by studies at the University of Switzerland. Another study conducted in Britain found students given resveratrol experienced a 20% increase in blood flow to the brain. This is believed to help speed up our mental responses.
Numerous studies have shown resveratrol’s protective effects against damaging UVB rays and skin cancer. It also works to protect from radiation treatments.
Resveratrol can reduce the risk of heart disease because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
All nutrients have a part to play in our longevity. However, in one study, scientists identified that resveratrol activates the human survival genes.
Because resveratrol is an antioxidant, it helps cells eliminate toxins and uric acid from the body, thereby supporting muscle recovery in athletes.
Most beneficial active nutrients: Vitamins C and K
Countless studies have shown the benefits of vitamin C to the body. From preventing the spread of infections to clearing up your skin, vitamin C has a large antioxidant potential. Green grapes also contain a good dose of vitamin K.
- Low GI
- High fiber
- Prevents infections and supports healthy bones
- Supports your organs
- Enhances blood circulation
The glycemic index (GI) is a system that measures how much a particular food impacts your blood sugar on a scale of 1 to 100. Foods under 55 are considered low GI. Grapes have a glycemic index (GI) of between 43-49. Enjoy them as healthy snacks throughout the day to help curb cravings.
The fiber in grapes helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 2-3 cups of grapes as a healthy choice to keep diseases at bay.
Vitamin C promotes bone health, and prevents infections. It works as an antioxidant and protects your body from free radicals that might increase your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Vitamin K also supports bone health, including teeth, gums, and blood vessels, and helps your blood to clot. A cup of green grapes contains approximately 22 micrograms of vitamin K and 80 milligrams of vitamin C.
Green grapes contain potassium, which you need to support the healthy functioning of all your organs, tissues, muscles, and cells.
Iron helps oxygen to flow through your body and the formation of red blood cells. One cup of green grapes contains 0.54 milligrams of this essential mineral.
Most beneficial active nutrients: phenols and carotenoids
Growing evidence suggests that including concord grapes as part of a vegetable-rich diet, active lifestyle, and proper nutrition may positively impact health. They contain micronutrients and phytonutrients like phenols and carotenoids, as well as resveratrol, that can have a positive impact on cardiovascular and mental health.
- Improves blood flow
- Slows cognitive decline
- Enhances immune health
Research and science from more than a decade ago indicates that concord grape juice helps support flexible arteries and improve blood flow, making it a good food to consider if you suffer from high blood pressure.
Recent research suggests that concord grape juice may help slow the progression of age-related cognitive decline. This is due to the micronutrients protecting the brain cells that are responsible for memory.
The phytonutrients found in concord grapes may improve immunity, helping you to keep colds and infections at bay.
With their potential to boost weight loss, protect from free radical damage, and improve your overall health, grapes certainly deserve superfood status! Add green grapes to your breakfast smoothies, snack on red grapes in the afternoon, or have concord grapes for dessert. Start your year right by adding these healthy fruits to your diet.