A grape is a fruit, botanically a berry, of the deciduous woody vines of the flowering plant genus Vitis. Grapes can be eaten fresh as table grapes or they can be used for making grape juice, jam, wine, raisins, grape seed extract, jelly, grape seed oil and vinegar. Grapes are a type of fruit that grow in clusters.
Now let’s look at some benefits of grapes.
•Bone health. Grapes are a source of nutrients like copper, calcium, iron, and manganese, all of which are essential in the formation and strength of the bones.
•May reduce diabetes risk. Grapes are a low glycemic fruit, and an accepted fruit within a balanced diet recommended for people with diabetes. They can also help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
•May help with asthma. The extract contains potent compounds including proanthocyanidins that have a therapeutic effect on allergic airway inflammation.
•Balance cholesterol. Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which can lower cholesterol levels. The saponins present in the skin of grapes can prevent the absorption of cholesterol by binding with them.
•Kidney disorders. Grapes, having a high water content, can reduce the acidity caused by uric acid by inducing urination. Also help eliminate uric acid from the system, thereby reducing the pressure and stress on the kidneys.
•Improve cognitive health. Grape juice can improve the brain function of older people who have already displayed mild cognitive impairment.
•Relieve indigestion. They relieve heat and cure indigestion and irritation in the stomach.
•Heart health. Grapes contain a number of polyphenols, such as resveratrol and quercetin, that have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The fruits have been shown to protect the lining of blood vessels, reduce LDL oxidation, slow the progression of atherosclerosis, and reduce oxidative stress.
•Prevent macular degeneration. Grape polyphenols helped reduce ocular inflammation, a main factor causing vision-threatening retinal diseases.
•Relieve constipation. They are categorized as a laxative food because they contain sugar, organic acid, and cellulose. This fruit can help relieve chronic constipation by toning up intestinal muscles and the stomach.
•Home remedy for migraines and fatigue. Ripe grape juice is used as a home remedy for curing migraines and for fatigue. You can have it early in the morning, without mixing additional water.
Side effects of over eating grape are:
•May cause allergies.
•May cause an upset stomach.
•May lead to weight gain.