The Health Benefits of Grapes

Today I want to share some of the health benefits of grapes.  Grapes come in a variety of colors; green, purple, red, dark blue, yellow, crimson, orange and pink.  I prefer to eat grapes that are light green in color.  I eat grapes once or twice a week.  Once during the week as part of my breakfast, and the other day I will eat them after my dinner for dessert. IMG_20140131_171844_266 I need to pack them in my lunch one day a week too since they don’t spoil like some things do if you pack them into a lunch.

So here are some of the health benefits of grapes.  Thanks and credit goes to a great website I found for the information listed below.  There are many great benefits to eating grapes.  Here are some of the ones I found most interesting.

1.  Grapes can be used as a cure for asthma.  In addition to that, the hydrating power of grapes is also high, which increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthmatic events.

2.  Grapes are a wonderful source of micro-nutrients like copper, iron, and manganese, all of which are important in the formation and strength of the bones.  Adding grapes into your diet on a regular basis can prevent the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis.  Manganese is an extremely important element in the body, which aids in everything from protein metabolism, collagen formation, and nervous system functioning.

3.  Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which prevents blood clots.  Therefore, grapes are an effective way to reduce the chances of heart attacks.  Additionally, the antioxidants present in grapes prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which blocks the blood vessels and is a main contributor to various coronary conditions.

4.  Grapes can help with anemia by keeping iron and mineral levels balanced in the body.  A lack of iron can make you sluggish, and your mind doesn’t work as quickly.  Light and white grape juice supplements the iron content in the body and prevents fatigue.

5.  Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which has the capacity to lower a person’s cholesterol levels.  Pterostilbene is closely related to resveratrol, the beneficial antioxidant and coloring flavonoid that is also found in grapes, and early research has shown that it has anti-cancer qualities as well as having a great impact on cholesterol levels.

6.  Grapes are not only packed with flavonoids and minerals, but vitamins as well.  The high levels of Vitamin C, K, and A in grapes gives you a healthy boost to many of your organ systems, particularly your immune system, which means less chance of coming down with common colds, as well as more serious health issues.

As you can see grapes are really good for you.  Why not pick some up the next time you’re at the grocery store and add them at the end of your meals a few times a week.  A good idea would be to take out any number of desserts that aren’t good for you and replace them with grapes or other kinds of fruits instead.  Your whole body will thank you for it.

Check out this recipe I found.  Looks yummy!

Summer Fruit Salad with a Lemon, Honey and Mint Dressing 


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