Healthy Nutrition: Grapes
Grapes, one of the most popular and delicious fruit is also healthiest. Grapes are one of the most scientifically studied foods in the modern diet. Researchers aim to focus on grape seed, grape skin and its extracts with equal attention given to red wine and grape juice. The major reason behind such a great interest is that the richly pigmented grape fruit is full of powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals that are known for promoting good health. Grape is called the “Queen of the fruits” and it banks numerous health promoting phyto nutrients such as Poly Phenolic Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Drastic reduction in blood pressure, Protection against asthma, migraine, constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, macular degeneration, cataracts, high cholesterol, edema, better heart function with decreased heart muscle damage and antibacterial activity are a few among the many benefits of grapes.
Grapes are nature’s wonderful medicines that are packed with vitamins, minerals, anti oxidants and many phyto nutrients and are incredibly healthy for us.
A study done in the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Centre served as a confirmation of how healthy eating grapes is. They and many other scientists believed that the naturally occurring antioxidants in grapes may activate a “protective process in the genes that reduces damage to the heart”. Drinking grape juice brings most of the health benefits that a red wine has to offer, without the risks that come with alcohol consumption. A recent experiment found that grape seed extract could counter inflammation brought about by an unhealthy diet.
Another study revealed that the resveratrol, the “red wine nutrient” that grapes contain are effective in blocking cellular signal pathway that has been linked to more than 85% of sporadic colon cancers. Resveratrol is Mother Nature’s wonder drug. It is in fact a molecule synthesized by the plants for their protection which turns out to be effective in protecting even the mankind from heart diseases, cancer and many more.
It is such a miracle drug, that many of the leading drug companies are trying to mimic its molecule to develop a drug for treating heart diseases, maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance and also supporting improved longevity. The resveratrol actually works by altering the molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels to reduce the risk of stroke. This is achieved by the resveratrol by initially reducing the susceptibility of blood vessels damage through decreased activity of angiotensin and then through increased production of the vasodilator substance, nitric oxide.