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The main 4 health benefits of grapes

14 Mar

1. HEART DISEASES
Numerous studies have been conducted focused on the impact of grapes in preventing or slowing down heart diseases.
About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that French people had less heart related health problems than other countries all around the globe. This discovery was called the French Paradox. The main explanation for this was that French people drank red wine with their meals.
Since this discovery was made, more than 300 other studies were carried out, proving that red wine or grapes juice can reduce the risk of heart diseases in time.
It seems that grapes juice or wine block the artery clogging effects of fatty food products.
Coronary heart diseases occur when plaque accumulations build up on the walls of arteries. This can lead to a blockage of vessels supplying blood to the heart (or brain) causing heart attacks (or strokes).
Antioxidants in fresh grapes, known as polyphenols, are responsible for preventing the accumulation of oxidized cholesterol (this was proven in a study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition).
2. CANCER
Grapes seem to be very good cancer fighting fruits.
They contain high levels of caffeic acid, a very strong cancer fighting substance.
Bioflavonoids, another nutrient contained by grapes, facilitate the absorption of vitamin C into our bodies and help vitamin C maintain healthy connective tissue in our bodies. They also function as antioxidants, by protecting vitamin C from oxidation and by preventing ruptures in capillaries.
Bioflavonoids provide strength to our cells in the battle with cancerous cells and also help kill cancer cells.
The early mentioned nutrient, resveratrol, also helps in preventing cancer, especially liver, lung, breast and prostate cancer.
As for heart diseases, red grapes are best for cancer prevention.
3. VIRUSES
Health benefits of grapes is a study conducted at Erciyes University in Turkey, scientists discovered that grapes have an effective antimicrobial action. The study revealed that this action applies for certain bacteria, like Stoph and the famous E. coli.
Additionally, the high concentration of tannin, another polyphenol contained by grapes, can help fight viruses and tumors. Tanin is absorbed in the intestinal tract, where it is most effective in fighting viruses.
4. AGING
Although we have found that resveratrol has a lot of health related benefits, the list is not over yet.
As we have previously discussed, resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that can help reduce heart diseases, the risk of cancer and even brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Besides these benefits, resveratrol seems to influence genes controlling the aging process.
According to Harvard Medical School researchers, this substance can restrict calories intake. It activates enzymes that slow aging, thus increasing DNA stability and extending life span by 70%.

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