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Grapes (Vitis vinifera) belong to Vitaceae family, and it originated in Western Asia and Europe. Grape is a cross pollinated vine with watery pulp and skin fruit. Grape is among the healthiest citrus fruits because it has high level of fiber, antioxidants and nutrients.

Nutritional facts

Grape is an excellent source of nutrients such as magnesium, iron, vitamins A, C, B6, phosphorus, folate, selenium, resveratrol and so on.

Antioxidant power

Antioxidants are compound that can help to neutralise damage caused by free radicals to cell. Grape’s antioxidant phytonutrients ranges from common carotenoids like beta-carotene to uncommon stilbenes like resveratrol which can help reduce or prevent the growth of tumours in lymph, liver, stomach, breast, and colon.

Brightens Eyes

Feeling good and living life to its fullest also means taking good care of your eyes.
The Vitamin A and lutein found in grapes can boost eye health as they help neutralise unstable molecules which in turn reduce oxidative stress and damage to the retina, and help prevent cataract and other eye conditions.

Improves Heart Health

Grapes are rich source of potassium which helps to improve blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Presence of high cholesterol level in the blood can foster the buildup of plaques in the arteries and as a result increase risk of heart attack. Lipid lowering and anti-inflammatory effect of polyphenols present in grapes help prevent the risk.

Helps Relieve Constipation

Constipation is infrequent bowel movement caused when there is no enough water or fiber in the diet. Grapes contain high percentage of water and fiber which help stay hydrated, keep regular bowel movements, and reduce the occurrence of constipation.

Benefits Immune System

Grapefruit provides the body with some amounts of B vitamins, zinc, copper and iron, which works altogether to improve the functioning of the immune system. Grape helps in maintaining the integrity of the skin, which acts to protect against infection.

Helps the Kidney

Kidney is an organ whose function is to eliminate waste products from the body, maintaining balanced electrolyte levels, and regulating blood pressure. When blood filters through the kidneys, uric acid builds up and may form urate crystals which can cause damage to the kidney. Studies have shown that grapes reduce the level of uric acid in the body and reduce the workload on the kidney.

Source: AgroNigeria