Health Benefits of Grapes

Health Benefits of Grapes by Deana SteeleGrapes

A diet high in fruits and vegetables has long been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, among other illnesses.  Grapes are one of the foods that have evidence behind them giving them super-food status.

Grapes are one of the fruits that are widely available and grown in many climates. They are also one of the most studied fruit and come in thousands of varieties. In general, most grapes contain numerous antioxidants but one in particular is a compound that has been shown to increase the expression of genes related to longevity.  This is resveratrol, which is found in the skin of a grape. You can buy resveratrol in supplement form or you can add organic grapes to your diet and benefit from all the other phytonutrients and vitamins this fruit has to offer. 

Grapes also contain flavonoids that are very powerful antioxidants, which can reduce the damage caused to our cells from the daily assault of free radicals. Grapes are high lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important and protective antioxidants for eye health.

Cancer

Resveratrol can help protect against certain forms of cancer. The effects of resveratrol on the growth of human breast cancer cells was examined and the results show that these cancer cells are inhibited dramatically. Resveratrol has also been directly linked to reduce colon cancer.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage cushioning between joints wears away. A 16-week clinical study showed adding grapes to the diets of 72 men and women’s resulted in less pain from osteoarthritis.

 

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Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
References:

Lu, Runqing, and Ginette Serrero. "Resveratrol, a natural product derived from grape, exhibits antiestrogenic activity and inhibits the growth of human breast cancer cells." Journal of cellular physiology 179.3 (1999): 297-304.

Tiernan, Casey, et al. "Consumption of whole grape powder reduces joint pain and influences serum biomarkers in individuals with self-reported knee osteoarthritis (1025.10)." The FASEB Journal 28.1 Supplement (2014): 1025-10.