Grapes are a rich source of manganese, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, thiamine and riboflavin.

Grapes contain a phytoalexin, resveratrol, which protects the fruit from environmental stressors. In your body, this compound server as a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer agent.

Resveratrol reduces plaque buildup in your arteries, and hence supports cardiovascular health. This compound has also been found to prolong the lifespan of mice in laboratory studies.

Grapes with darker skin contain more flavonoids, while grapes with seeds contain more variety of flavonoids that support vein health. So go for darker grapes with seeds if you can.

The water content in grapes can help you quench your thirst on a hot summer day, while the potassium found in grapes can help you control your blood pressure.

[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.

Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On

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