5 Health Benefits of Grapes


| 11/15/2012 3:31:00 PM


Tags: natural health, brain health, heart health, grapes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavanols, carotenoids, beta-carotene, lutein, catechins, quercetin, reserveratrol, anti-inflammatory, prevent cancer,

Grapes don’t often get a lot of recognition when it comes to healthy food talk—usually it’s wine, a grape product, that steals the show—but this little fruit bears a lot of benefits, from its antioxidant content to its affects on heart and brain health. Just check out these five health benefits of grapes!

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Health Benefits of Grapes

Antioxidants

Grapes are a treasure trove of antioxidants. As a group, grape varieties are known to contain phytonutrients such as flavanols (catechins, quercetin, etc.), phenolic acids, carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, etc.) and stilbenes (such as resveratrol). Most of the antioxidants in grapes are concentrated in the fruits’ skin and seeds; by comparison, the pulp or flesh contains just one-twentieth to one-one hundredth the level of antioxidants.

Anti-Inflammatory

Reserveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes and grape products such as wine, provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Grapes combination of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties lend it a bevy of other health benefits.




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