Grape Fruit Facts and Health Benefits 101

Facts about Grapes


Grapes are little oval fruit which have a semi-translucent flesh with a smooth peel. Grapes can be either seedless or with edible seeds. Similar to blueberries, grapes are protected by a whitish bloom.

Color, size, taste as well as physical features are different among the types. Grapes can be found in many different colors such as red, amber, green, blue-black and purple. Normally, whole grapes feature a little crunchy texture with a sweet, dry and tart taste.

Grapes have a very long history. Studies suggest they had been cultivated in Asia since 5,000 BC. Grapes played a role in several biblical stories, being known as the fruit of the vine. Grapes were initially grown in the US in the beginning of 17th century by the Spanish in New Mexico. After that, they spread like wildfire to the central of California where local climate, with absence of grape-preying bugs, best helped their production.

At present, France, Italy, Spain, the US, Chile and Mexico are some of the major producers of grapes.

Dark and Green Grapes with Juice


Health Benefits of Eating Grapes

  • Thanks to its eminent healing value, grapes work extremely well to cure asthma. Besides, its assimilatory power is also greater. It improves the moisture contained in lungs.

  • Grapes raise the nitric oxide concentrations in the bloodstream, which avoids blood clots and thus lowering the risks of heart attacks. Furthermore the antioxidant in grapes stops the oxidation of bad cholesterol in our body that clogs the bloodstream.

  • Ripe grape drink is an essential home cure for treating migraine. It ought to be consumed in morning hours, without adding water.

  • Grapes are incredible in treating constipation. They are regarded as a laxative fruit, because they consist of organic acid, cellulose and sugar. Additionally, they ease chronic constipation through firming up stomach and intestine.

  • Grapes play a major role in dyspepsia. The fruit relieves heat and heal indigestion as well as irritation of one's stomach. They are sought after as they make up a light food.

  • Light or white grape fruit juice replenishes our body's iron content and prevents tiredness. However, the juice of dark grape would not provide an iron boost but reduce the iron levels. Consuming grape juice gives you instant energy. The antioxidants found in grapes provide the essential lift to our immune system.

  • Grapes may significantly lower the acidity in our urine and helps eliminate the acid from our body, thereby minimizing the work stress of kidneys.

  • Through the most recent research, it was learned that purple Concord grape juice helps prevent breast cancer. Remarkable decrease in mammary tumor mass of white mice was noticed after they were given the grape juice in the experiments.

  • Resveratrol, an excellent polyphenol found in grapes decreases the concentrations of amyloidal-beta peptides in individuals who have Alzheimer's disease. Studies show that grapes are able to boost brain health and prevent the progress of the neurodegenerative disease onset.

  • Grapes may stop macular degeneration. 3 or more servings of grapes daily will lower the potential risks of macular degeneration by more than 36 percent.

  • Flavonoids in grapes contain antioxidants, which will minimize the damage attributable to free radicals like cataract besides heart diseases, cancer, and also age related problems.

  • Grapes have a substance called pterostilbene, which is capable to reduce cholesterol level. Saponins found in grape skin can stop the cholesterol absorption.

  • Red grapes feature powerful antibacterial and antiviral benefits and may protect you against infections. They possess a strong antiviral benefits against poliovirus as well as herpes simplex virus.

  • Grapes have robust anti-cancer benefits because of the anti-inflammatory of resveratrol found in grapes. It is especially helpful in colorectal cancer as well as breast cancer. The present of anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, which have benefits of an anti-proliferate are able to prevent the development of cancer causing substances. Grape juice not only inhibits the chance of cancer but also prevents the development and propagation of malignant cells. The pigments in grapes boost the overall immunity of our body.

Buying Tips of Grapes

  • Try to find well-colored, plump fruit strongly attached to the stem. Green or white grapes are usually sweetest if the color carries a yellowish cast. Red types are better if fine red predominates on most of the fruit. Bunches will hold together when the stems are mostly green and flexible.

  • Stay away from soft or wrinkled berries, or grapes with stems which are brittle and brown; these are generally the consequences of drying or freezing. Likewise, stay away from grapes having bleached areas throughout the stem ends (suggesting injury and bad quality), and leaking fruit (an indicator of decay).

Storing Tips of Grapes

  • Avoid washing grapes prior to keeping them.

  • Examine bunches for rotten grapes and discard them.

  • Place the grapes inside a plastic carrier in the fridge. Store them for not more than a week.

  • Rinse the grapes with cold water prior to serving.

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