Health Benefits of Grapes



Grape belong to the family of Vitaceae. Grapes, one of the oldest cultivated fruits come in many colors; reds, greens and blacks or blues. Good colour is the key to a good and sensible flavour. The presence of poly-phenolic pigments is responsible for the colour in them. The immense health benefits of consuming grapes are numerous. They are used for various purposes either been eaten or used in recipe and in the the production of wine. Grapes are good  sources of vitamin A, C, B6 and phytonutrients(resveratrol) which is responsible for longevity and anti-aging and helps fight cancer and heart disease. It also has other important minerals such as potassium acts as an electrolyte, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. They are also antioxidants. 

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Grape contain a natural substance called ellagic acid, that is thought to possess cancer-preventing properties. You can also include grape in your weight loss diet as they are one of nature's healthy snack food. Rich in vitamin C, grapes  are vital for good health of the skin and hair as they can be use to reduce wrinkles, sun burn and scalp problems. Grapes are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which makes it very good for the eyes. They are responsible for maintaining good eye health during aging. Pterostilbene is a compound that is present in grapes and can help lower cholesterol level in the body. Grape contains antibacterial, and antiviral strong, so it can protect the body from infection.

Grape fruit can improve brain health and prevent Alzheimer's disease. This is because grapes contain resveratol, which is a polyphenol that reduces the level of amyloidal beta peptides in Alzheimer's patients. Anthocyanins, a type of polyphenolic anti-oxidants present abundantly in the red grapes have been found to have an anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, as well as anti-cancer activity. These are just a few of the numerous health and wellness benefit we can get from grape.



Grapes, red or green
(European type, Thompson seedless),
Nutritive Value per 100 g,
ORAC Value 3,277 (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy69 Kcal3.5%
Carbohydrates18 g14%
Protein0.72 g1%
Total Fat0.16 g0.5%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber0.9 g2%
Vitamins

Folates2 µg0.5%
Niacin0.188 mg1%
Pantothenic acid0.050 mg1%
Pyridoxine0.086 mg7.5%
Riboflavin0.070 mg5%
Thiamin0.069 mg6%
Vitamin A66 IU3%
Vitamin C10.8 mg18%
Vitamin E0.19 mg1%
Vitamin K14.6 µg12%
Electrolytes

Sodium0%1 mg
Potassium191 mg4%
Minerals

Calcium10 mg1%
Copper0.127 mg14%
Iron0.36 mg4.5%
Magnesium7 mg2%
Manganese0.071 mg3%
Zinc0.07 mg0.5%
Phyto-nutrients

Carotene-α1 µg--
Carotene-ß39 µg--
Crypto-xanthin-ß0 µg--
Lutein-zeaxanthin72 µg--

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