Grapes are great for a healthy snack any time of day. But did you know that for centuries they have been used for their medicinal properties than any other fruit? These medicinal grapes are loaded with plenty of antioxidants to keep you healthy for years to come. Most people struggle to eat more foods rich in antioxidants, so eating this sweet and juicy fruit is a good way to increase your intake.
Grapes are a good source of potassium. Potassium is a mineral that helps to balance fluids in our body. If you have high blood pressure levels eat more grapes to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Medicinal grapes are also known to ease inflammation which in turn protect your cells from damage. Did you know that studies have shown that a diet rich in grapes can prevent or even delay the onset of cataracts and glaucoma? These sweet little juicy treats are full of surprises!
Since grapes have a low glycemic index this makes them quite attractive when striving towards your weight loss goals. Foods with a low glycemic index won’t raise your blood sugar levels quickly after consumption instead they will keep you more stable and your sugar cravings at bay.
Are All Medicinal Grapes Equal?
The amount of antioxidants and anthocyanins, aka phytochemicals, present in medicinal grapes depends on the variety. Anthocyanins are in most blue, purple and red skinned fruits. These dark color fruits are also much higher in fiber, polyphenols, and melatonin then green or white grapes. Therefore, it seems that the red or purple color variety of medicinal grapes are better for our bodies.
Medicinal grapes contain Vitamin C, E, and K which are all good for healthy bones and tissues. Vitamin K helps with quick healing of sores and aids the body’s digestion of iron. Vitamin E from the seeds, can help with maintaining healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system.
Red wine, made from red or purple medicinal grapes, is known to have many health benefits. Malbec wine has four times more antioxidants as Merlots and twice as much as Cabernet Sauvignons. However, Madiran wine contains the highest amounts of antioxidants necessary for healthy blood-vessel function. But if your trying to loose weight and still want to benefit from drinking wine, Pinot Noir is ideal. This wine has the lowest calorie count and sugar content per glass than any other red wine!
Enjoy All the Varieties
Grapes come in a variety of colors, such as green, red, black, yellow, purple, seeded, seedless and even cotton candy! Its an all year round fruit that is always available. When selecting grapes from the grocery store, be sure to choose ones that are firm and without blemishes. The most fresh medicinal grapes will have green flexible stems and look quite plump. Alternatively you can always opt for dried fruit versions which are equally as good. Do not buy grapes that have white fur growing on them as this is a sign of mold. Store them in a cool place or refrigerator.
Try this quick sweet recipe to enjoy grapes in a whole new way!
- 1 lb. of red or purple grapes
- 1 package of strawberry gelatin mix
- Remove grapes from stems and wash well in strainer. After pat the grapes dry to remove excess water.
- Put the grapes in a 1 gallon zip lock bag with gelatin mix and seal tightly. Shake so that grapes are evenly coated with sugar mix.
- Empty sugared grapes onto cookie sheet in a single layer. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and serve.