Grapes, anyone?

Grapes, anyone?

Are you a fan of grapes? This tasty little fruit comes in a variety of colors, inclding green, red, black, yellow and pink, not to mention that both seeded and seedless varieties exist. They also come in a multitude of forms, from raisins to jellies to juice. People have cultivated grapes for thousands of years, including several ancient civilizations that revered them for their use in winemaking. Grapes also make a quick and delicious snack you can enjoy at home or on the go. Grapes offer a wealth of health benefits, primarily due to their high nutrient and antioxidant contents.

Here are the top 9 health benefits of grapes:

Packed with nutrientes

Grapes contain many important vitamins and minerals, including copper and vitamins B and K.

May aid heart health

Grapes may boost heart health in several ways. Compounds in grapes may protect against heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels

High in antioxidants

Grapes are rich in antioxidants, which are beneficial plant compounds that may protect against chronic health condition

May have anticancer effects

Antioxidants in grapes may prevent the growth and spread of multiple types of cancer, though human research is lacking.

May protect against diabetes and lower blood sugar levels

Though grapes are high in sugar, their low to moderate GI makes them fairly safe to eat in moderation if you have diabetes. Additionally, compounds in grapes may protect against high blood sugar.

May benefit eye health

Grapes contain several compounds — such as resveratrol, lutein, and zeaxanthin — that may help prevent common eye diseases.

May improve memory, attention, and mood

Grapes contain compounds that may improve memory, attention, and mood, as well as protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

May support bone health

Grapes contain vitamins and minerals important for bone health, although more research is needed in humans.

May slow signs of aging and promote longevity

Resveratrol, which is found in grapes, has been shown to activate genes associated with slower signs of aging and longer lifespan.

May benefit skin and hair health

The antioxidant resveratrol in grapes may protect your skin from damage and promote hair growth but more research is needed.

The bottom line is that grapes offer several important nutrients and powerful plant compounds that benefit your health. Though they contain sugar, they don’t appear to negatively impact blood sugar control when eaten in moderation.

Antioxidants like resveratrol provide most of grapes’ benefits, including their anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetes, and anticancer properties.

They are also quite delicious and easy to add to your diet. For the most benefits, choose fresh grapes over grape juice or wine. (source: healthline.com)