Written By Admin
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Fruits are an essential part of your daily diet supplying essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall good health. You may already intuitively sense that fresh grapes are good for you.
Grapes, due to their high nutrient content, play an important role in ensuring a healthy and active life.
Inflammation is the basis of many life-threatening diseases of the body. Messaging molecules (interleukin) and pro-inflammatory enzymes (cyclo-oxygenase) that advance inflammation can be defused by grape intake.
Fresh Grapes – A Disease Fighting Resource
Human studies have shown that eating a variety of grapes may help support a healthy heart.
The polyphenols found in grapes have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, and support a healthy heart by promoting relaxation of blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow and function.
In a small human study of colon cancer patients, those consuming a grape-enriched diet (equal to adding 2 1/2 cups of grapes per day for two weeks) were able to inhibit certain genes that promote tumor growth in the colon .
A large cohort study published in the BMJ in 2013 found that certain fruits, (not juices), may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults.
Over the course of the study, 6.5% of the participants developed diabetes, but the researchers found that consuming three servings per week of grapes, blueberries, raisins, apples or pears reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 7% .
Prevention of cataracts
Flavonoids present in grapes have antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals cause things like the development of cataracts, as well as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and various age-related problems.
This is somewhat linked to macular degeneration, as they usually occur around the same time in life.
However, consume grapes in moderation because they contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts.