Grapes also referred to as “nectar of Gods”, are considered to be one among the most delicious and tempting fruits world over. They find a mention in the Bible when Noah grows them on his farm.
Growing in clusters of 10 to 300, this fruit is not just a rich source of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate but also has essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. If you thought biting one of these tempting little fruits could make you look younger than you were probably right, because this fruit contains flavonoids – powerful antioxidants that can help slacken the aging process- that reduce the damage caused by free radicals.
Thanks to its high nutritive value, this fruit can be used to treat constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, muscular degeneration and can prevent cataract. Grapes are a good blood and body builder, and a quick source of energy.
Dried grapes or raisins are nutritious and help prevent many disorders including constipation, acidosis, anemia, fever and weakness.
Nutritive value per 100gram:
Vitamin A : 80 I.U.
Vitamin B : Thiamine .06 mg.
Vitamin C : 4 mg.
Calcium : 17 gm.
Phosphorus : 21 mg.
Fat : 1.4 gm.
Carbohydrates : 14.9 gm
Protein : 1.4 gm.
Calories : 70
Grape to the rescue
Grapes have high assimilatory power and can increase the moisture present in the lungs.
Red grapes have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and can protect you from infections.
There have been studies that suggest that grapes can enhance brain health and stall the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Resveratrol, a beneficial poly phenol present in grapes, reduces the levels of amyloidal-beta peptides in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies on laboratory rats have shown that purple-colored concord grape juice can help prevent breast cancer by significantly reducing mammary tumor mass.
Grapes contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose and are considered to be laxative food. They relieve chronic constipation by toning up the intestine and stomach.
Grape juice provides instant energy. The iron content in the body is replenished with light and white grape juice and prevents fatigue.
The nitric oxide levels in the blood increase when you eat grapes, and it is these that prevent clots and reduce the chances of heart attacks. Anti-oxidants in them stop oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which blocks the blood vessels.
Grapes are preferred when one suffers from indigestion, as they are considered to be light food. This fruit relieves heat and cures indigestion and irritation of the stomach.
The juice of ripe grapes, when consumed early in the morning helps cure migraine.
Grapes can help eliminate unnecessary acid from the system, thereby reducing the work pressure on kidneys.
Get a grip on grapes:
- Grapes are crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green, orange and pink.
- White grapes are actually green on color and are evolutionarily derived from the purple grapes.
- According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 75,866 square kilometers of the world are dedicated to growing grapes.
- Approximately 71 percent of world grape production is used for wine, 27 percent as fresh fruit, and 2 percent as dried fruit.