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Health Benefits of Grapes

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Grapes are grown on a grapevine and are part of the Vitaceae family, which includes roughly 60 interfertile wild vitis species found in subtropical Europe and North America, Mediterranean, Asia, and continental-temperate climatic regions.

Grapes belong to the family of berries, and some have edible seeds and others don't have seeds. Like blueberries, a white bloom protects grapes.

Grapevines have been widely used for the cultivation of grapes, jams, juice, and wine for thousands of years. They're a rich in essential nutrients, such as fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, so they're a good addition to the diet.

Antioxidants Are Abundant in Grapes

Grape flavonoids have excellent antioxidant capabilities that aid in minimizing oxidative stress. According to some studies, flavonoids may create considerable quantities of simple phenolic acids as a consequence of their metabolic conversion in the body, which have considerable effects in scavenging free radicals and boosting the activity of other antioxidants.

Vitamin C and manganese are two key elements to note because grapes have some of the highest Vitamin C concentrations of any food. Grapes are also high in antioxidant phytonutrients such as beta-carotene and resveratrol, which vary from common carotenoids like beta-carotene to uncommon stilbenes like resveratrol.

There are so many antioxidant components in grapes that it would take a long time to list them all. Although the whole grape is beneficial for health, the seed and skin have the most antioxidant content.

Exhibit Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Polyphenols present in grapes may reduce chronic inflammation. Grape flavonoids and proanthocyanidins, as natural substances, may target multiple pathways to alleviate chronic inflammation and may be more helpful than manufactured medications.

Helps in Controlling Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

The most common nutrition-related disorders in the United States are metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Polyphenols found in grape fruit and its related products have been shown to lower metabolic syndrome. They may prevent the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity by serving as multi-target modulators with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The glycemic index (GI) of grape is considered to be low, with GI levels ranging from 43 to 53. A low GI number doesn't always mean you can lower your high blood sugar levels.

Because of the presence of phytonutrients in grapes, grape extracts, and grape juices, they may help with blood sugar control, insulin management, and insulin sensitivity.

The effects of grape powder extracts and freeze-dried grape powder derived from green, blue-purple, and red seed and seedless California grapes on inflammation and glucose tolerance showed decreased inflammation enhanced glucose tolerance. The extracts of grape seeds may also help in avoiding type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity and improve gastrointestinal health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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