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7 health benefits of grapes that you never knew about

When we think of grapes, we instantly think of wine. But did you know that the many health benefits of grapes make this fruit a superfood?
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Sweet or sour, red grapes are what your body needs this season. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 29 Jan 2021, 19:00 pm IST
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With the changing season, you also need to make some changes in your diet—like including seasonal and local vegetables and fruits. One fruit that is in season these days is angur or grapes! Sweet and super refreshing, grapes are also incredibly healthy. This fruit is packed with vitamins C and K, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants such as resveratrol and beta carotene—all of which can help prevent chronic diseases.

Still wondering how? Well, this list of health benefits of grapes will explain it all:

 

1. Grapes can protect you from a few cancers

 

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, resveratrol—which is found in abundance in grapes—inhibits cancer growth in the skin and breast. It can also help leukemia patients. Resveratrol is an antioxidant which is concentrated in the skins of red and purple grapes.

 

2. Grapes reduces the risk of heart disease

 

What you eat affects your heart’s health. It is widely believed that purple grapes and red wine are beneficial for heart health. But have you ever wondered why? Well, grapes have polyphenols, potassium, and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of heart disease or so suggests the American Heart Association (AHA).

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3. They can ensure you have great vision

 

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Maintaining good eyesight is not impossible. You just have to include the right ingredients in your diet, such as grapes! According to a study by researchers at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami (Florida) grapes can combat eye diseases as they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that can prevent free radicals from causing damage to the retina.

 

4. Grapes can defend your skin

 

According to a study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy, the resveratrol in grapes can treat acne. What’s more, a study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggests that when acne-curing ointment benzoyl peroxide is used with resveratrol, the results are even better. 

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Grapes prevent signs of aging. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

 

5. It has anti-inflammatory properties

 

Along with resveratrol, grapes also have anthocyanins which offer anti-inflammatory benefits to the body.

 

6. Grapes can provide relief from constipation

 

Grapes are rich in fiber and water, which basically means that this is a great fruit if you suffer from constipation woes. Why, you ask? Well, that’s because both fibre and water are essential to regulate bowel movements.  

 

7. Grapes are also kidney friendly

 

Grapes are a kidney-friendly superfood. Red grapes expel uric acid from the body. And by doing so, they reduce the pressure from the kidneys. 

We hope these health benefits of grapes have convinced you to include this superfood in your daily diet this season. 

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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