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There’s Nothing Sour About Grapes

These Fruits Pack Powerful Benefits

Benefits of Grapes

The Skinny:

It’s hard to dislike grapes. First off, there are plenty to choose from 8,000 varieties. Plus, a lot of them are tasty as snacks. And, of course, they are the foundation for wine worldwide. So, what’s not to like? Pretty much nothing. But for those still unconvinced, it is important to recognize that grapes have benefits, including their ability to fight diseases, build better bones and support brain health. WellWell has outlined six key gains from munching grapes. Read on.

The Slate:

Fights Disease 

The resveratrol found in red grapes is considered a wonder chemical by many because it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that offer protection against diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The related anti-inflammatory properties also help ease discomfort from arthritis and skin inflammation.

Protects Eyes 

Grapes contain fat-soluble carotenoid pigments lutein and zeaxanthin; which gives foods a yellow or orange color and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. They improve visual acuity.

Manages Blood Sugar 

Even though they may raise blood sugar slightly, grapes contain naturally occurring sugars. It gives them a low glycemic index, which means most people can munch as many grapes as they want. Those with diabetes can still enjoy them, but they may want to limit their grape intake to 17 at a time.

Lowers Blood Pressure 

Grapes have potassium but lean on sodium, which helps those suffering from high blood pressure. Beyond this, the flavonoid antioxidants in black, green and red grapes are particularly beneficial in battling back hypertension.

Improves Bone Health 

Grapes are great bone builders thanks to their high potassium, manganese, and vitamins B, C, and K. The combined impact helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The resveratrol in red grapes can also enhance bone mineral density and slow bone loss—both are especially important in postmenopausal women.

Builds Brain Function 

In simple terms, grapes and grape juice make people smarter and happier. They contain various nutrients and compounds that research studies have shown can enhance and improve memory, attention and mood. One British study reported that mood and short-term memory skills improved within 20 minutes of participants drinking a glass of grapes.

Eyes Up: 

What’s your favorite grape benefit? Let us know at info@wellwellusa.com.

 

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