Eating grapes turns out to be a great benefit for our health, since it is a fruit with a high water content, they are rich in essential nutrients and that is why they become a good complement to keep our body hydrated, since it is a food Rich in antioxidants, it is also diuretic, anti-inflammatory and helps to take care of the eyes.
It is the fruit of a plant called vine (Vitis vinifera) from Asia Minor and which, according to the Bible, already existed before the Universal Flood. This fruit, in the form of a small, globose berry, with a variable color ranging from whitish-yellow to black, is grouped in clusters. Fruit of which there are many varieties, its use both fresh and in the form of wine makes it a highly appreciated fruit.
The composition of the grapes can vary slightly depending on whether they are green, red or black grapes. In general, its contribution is carbohydrates, vitamins B6, folic acid, fiber, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, phytonutrients such as resveratrol and flavonoids.
1.- They are antioxidants. Grapes are also rich in beta-carotene (in its red or black varieties), a precursor of vitamin A as it transforms into this vitamin when the body needs it. Thanks to this, it helps to protect the mucous membranes and slow down the aging of the skin and eyes.
2.- Cardiovascular improvement. Having other components such as tannins, flavonoids and anthocyanins are ideal for caring for the heart, having a vasodilator effect that prevents sediment from accumulating in our arteries.
3.- They help detoxify the body. Grapes favor the purification of toxins from the body, as they have the power to clean the intestines and prevent constipation. This property is due to its potassium salts (especially raisins), which control the balance of fluids in the body, as well as its sodium levels.
4.- Helps combat high blood pressure. They help regulate high blood pressure due to their potassium contribution. If sodium (high) and potassium (low) levels are not balanced, blood pressure levels worsen. Potassium lessens the effects of sodium. The more potassium consumed, the more sodium can be eliminated through the urine.
5.- Antitumor. Within one of the main components of grapes, the flavonoids, is resveratrol, present above all in the skin of black and red grapes. Different studies have indicated that its antifungal properties (to prevent the growth of fungi) is effective in reducing tumor growth.
6.- They protect the bones. Grapes promote bone protection and can help prevent osteoporosis. These have a high boron content, a semi-metal that helps prevent osteoporosis by favoring the fixation of essential minerals in our body and our bones, such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Thus, the consumption of grapes is indicated in phases of life in which this ailment tends to occur more frequently, such as during pregnancy and menopause. The high vitamin K content of the grapes also contributes in this sense.
7.- They favor the development of the fetus in pregnancy. Eating grapes during pregnancy is beneficial because it will help the baby develop properly, because they are a food rich in folic acid, it prevents the child from suffering developmental anomalies or malformations such as spina bifida.
Despite all the benefits it provides, its consumption should be moderate, since it can cause a laxative effect. In addition, the grape is the typical fruit of Christmas. The celebration of taking 12 grapes accompanying the 12 bells at the end of the year is due to the fact that a year of excessive production, at the beginning of the 19th century, this form of celebration was promoted to take advantage of the surplus of the harvest.