Mankind has been cultivating grapes for thousands of years, enjoying the fruits in different ways. Today, there are many different kinds of grapes available in most supermarkets, and it is a normal part of people’s diet. Apart from being tasty, grapes are really beneficial to the human body.
To start with, grapes contain many vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, C, B1 and B6, as well as folate. In 100g grapes you get more than a third of the daily need of manganese, a trace mineral which helps your body synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol and control the blood-sugar level. Apart from this, grapes contain, magnesium, selenium, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus!.
Grapes also help prevent high cholesterol and blood clotting. Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which has the capacity to bring down cholesterol level.This makes it excellent to combat heart-disease. In fact, grapes and grape-products, such as juice or wine, can counter-balance an otherwise fatty diet. The reason for this is that grapes contain antioxidants and flavonoids. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that give the vibrant purple color to grapes, grape juice and red wine.
Traditionally, grapes have been used to cure constipation, even severe cases. Since they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose, they act as a laxative. They also bring roughage to the intestines, thus toning them up.
Red, but not white wine, is thought to be a protection against lung-cancer, colorectal cancer and breastcancer. This might be because the grapes contain resveratrol which has an anti-inflammatory effect on human cells. It is especially effective n the initial stages of cancer, preventing it from growing. Grapes have also proven good for curing asthma. Apart from the above-mentioned reasons, they also moisturize the lungs, making it easier to breath.
Resveratrol has also shown beneficial for brain stimulation,slowing down the onset of neurodegenerative diseases , thus helping patients who are prone to get Alzheimer’s disease.
Eating the grapes with the seeds is a good idea, since the seeds can help strengthening the capillary walls. It has been used in the treatment of venous insufficiency, and edema following surgery.
According to history, grapes have been around for at least six thousand years. In all their varieties and forms, grapes are being used on a daily basis by much of the world’s population. Without knowing it, people have been protecting their health by eating grapes or drinking wine and other products of grapes. How much more reason to use it frequently when one knows the vast health-benefits!