Grapes are a great ‘super food’, not only are they delicious and nutritious

By: Taylor

Grapes are a great ‘super food’, not only are they delicious and nutritious, they can be used to create wine, jams, juice, jellies, grape seed extract, raisins, vinegar as well as grape seed oil. Each and every use of the grape provides the body with beneficial nutrients and packs a flavorful punch. Grapes, and the products made from grapes, can be used in a number of different recipes from appetizers to desserts, beverages to flavor enhancing ingredients in meat dishes such as meatloaf and barbeque.

History of Grapes

A grape is the fruiting berry that grows on woody vines and are a non-climacteric type of fruit that grows in clusters of 15 to 300. Cultivation of grapes began 6,000 – 8,000 years ago in the Near East. To date, the earliest archeological evidence of wine making dates from 8,000 years ago in the country of Georgia. Grapes come in a variety of colors and can be green, orange, dark blue, yellow and pink. Though some believe the grape also comes in white, when in actuality, they are green in color and are evolutionarily derived from the purple grape.

Records of the cultivation of grapes are depicted on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and historical records attest to ancient Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans growing purple grapes for both wine production and eating. In time, grape growing spread throughout other nations including those in Europe, Northern Africa and North America.

A native grape grew wild across North America, this grape was a staple in the Native American tribes with many tribes using it in the making of Pemmican. These same grapes were considered by European colonists to be unsuitable for wine and many also felt it unsuitable for consumption of any kind.

Health Benefits of Grapes

The resveratrol in grapes is one of the most beneficial aspects of the grape and is connected to, or responsible for the following benefits:

Exciting new studies at the University of Georgia have found that the resveratrol in grapes (when combined with soy isoflavones) assist in weight loss in two ways. First, it reduces the cells ability to store fat by approximately 130% and second, causes fat cells to disintegrate at a rate of 246 percent higher than normal.
The resveratrol in grapes has also demonstrated an ability to improve the dilation of blood vessels which allow for improved blood circulation, resulting in lowered blood pressure, increased oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells, and reduces the risk of cardiac disease and heart attack factors as well as stroke.
A recent study in England shows that resveratrol increases blood flow to the brain by up to 200%, increasing memory and mental response.
The resveratrol in grapes has been found, by a study at the University of Switzerland, to ‘mop up’ brain damaging plaques and free radicals which have been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Numerous studies on resveratrol has shown it to have a positive effect on cancer. In addition, resveratrol protects the skin from harmful and damaging UVB rays and protects the skin from skin cancer.
Resveratrol has shown its ability to protect the body against radiation therapy when used as an adjunct to a radiation therapy as a treatment for cancer.
Resveratrol has been identified by scientists as a nutrient which activates the human gene for longevity and survival.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine conducted a study which showed that pre-diabetics given resveratrol had a 10% drop in blood sugar levels.
Resveratrol is an anti-inflammatory and has been effective as a treatment for heart disease.
Other Health Benefits of Grapes

Grapes contain powerful antioxidants which support cell growth, eliminates uric acid and other toxins from the body, boost the immune system as well as supporting muscle recovery.
Ripe grape juice (not mixed with water) is a popular home remedy for migraines.
Grapes contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose which can be very effective to alleviate constipation, and can relieve chronic constipation by toning the intestine and stomach.
Grapes play an important part in dyspepsia. Grapes will relive heat and cure indigestion and irritation of the stomach lining.
Grapes of the white and light variety – or grape juice made from those grapes – will replenish iron in the bloodstream and alleviate fatigue.
A new study has shown that Concord grape juice assists in preventing breast cancer, and has shown significant reduction in mammory tumors in lab rats.
Grapes can prevent age related vision loss and macular degeneration. Studies show that three servings of grapes a day reduced the risk of macular degeneration by over 36%.
Grapes contain pterostilbene, which has shown to reduce bad cholesterol while not negatively effecting good cholesterol.
Grapes have a tremendous health benefit to both fetus and mother when consumed during pregnancy. As well as to child and mother when consumed by the breast feeding mom.

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