As an avid wellness advocate, I am always interested in learning more about foods that can optimize my health. While I know that constant fruit and vegetable consumption is the best way to do this, I am not familiar with all of the vitamins and minerals that they contain. Recently however, my research on grapes has led me to learn more about all of the benefits the fruit offers. Here are three:
1. Grapes Contain Vitamin K.
In her discussion of the health benefits of grapes, WebMD writer Chloe Thompson notes that the round fruit provides its eaters with a quarter of the daily recommended value of vitamin K. This is important because vitamin K helps blood clot properly and is used to help calcium build bones. As noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, people who have higher levels of vitamin K have greater bone density. On the other hand, those with osteoporosis have been found to have lower levels of the vitamin. This data makes the benefits of eating grapes-a food rich in vitamin K-plain.
2. Grapes Contain Vitamin C.
In her discussion of the health benefits of grapes, Meg Campbell notes that they contain Vitamin C. This is important, because Vitamin C plays a primary role in cardiovascular health and immunity, two important components of holistic health.
As an avid exerciser, I am very interested in consuming foods that contain vitamin C because I recognize that having and maintaining cardiovascular health is integral to getting a good workout. Thus grapes are definitely a fruit I want to keep in consideration when choosing what to eat.
3. Grapes Are A Low Glycemic Index (GI) Food.
In their discussion of the health benefits of grapes, WHFoods notes that grapes are classified as a low glycemic index (GI) food. In the case of grapes, they say, studies have shown that this low GI value is a good indicator of the fruit’s blood sugar benefits. Ultimately, grape consumption results in better blood sugar balance, insulin regulation, and increased insulin sensitivity. These effects of grape consumption are attained through grape juices, grape extracts, and phytonutrients within the grapes.
As made plain by the information listed above, grapes are a great food to eat if you want to maximize your health. Personally, I like eating grapes alone and mixed in with other fruit for a smoothie. But there are a million other ways grapes can be prepared, including tossing them in a salad. Enjoy!