Grapes, also called as ‘Nectar of Gods’ and ‘Queen of Fruits’, are of round or oval shapes and come in varying colours like black, green, golden and purple. They are commonly found in Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Grapes can be eaten fresh and in dried form, that is, raisins. Also, grapes are used to make wine.
Grapes are composed of water, glucose, fructose, gallic acid, anin, fruit acids, lemon acid, formic acid, amber acid, oxalic acid, pectin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamins, cobalt, enzymes, Vitamin A, C, K, B1, B2, B6, folic acid and phosphoric acid.
Some of the health benefits of grapes are as follows:
– Grapes juice is advised to patients suffering from gout, rheumatoid arthritis, constipation and liver problems.
– Grapes help the kidney to function better by reducing the acidic levels. It also reduces ‘acid’ from uric acid thus eliminating pain.
– Grapes have anti- viral qualities which guard against viruses such as herpes.
– Grapes protect against clotting of blood.
– The seed of grapes can be used to produce edible oil which helps to strengthen the capillary walls.
– Black, purple and red grapes help the cardiovascular system by controlling cholesterol levels.
– Grapes increase the production of endothelial nitric oxide whose function is to reduce blood pressure and relax the blood vessels.
– Grapes help the body to recover from gastritis, anemia and insomnia.
– Patients with angina are advised to use the juice from grape leaves for gargling.
– People having cavity problems should not eat grapes.
– Obese people should eat grapes in moderation as they help to gain weight.
– A glass of grape juice on a daily basis is helpful for tuberculosis patients.
– Grapes improve the brain health and helps in reducing neurodegenerative diseases.
– Grapes contain resveratrol which is used for chemoprevention.