Grapes are an incredibly healthy fruit and the ways to consume them are endless – from snacking on them whole to enjoying them processed into a wine. But just what is it about grapes that makes them so good for the body?
Grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. These antioxidants have been found to slow or prevent certain kinds of cancers such as lung, pancreatic, prostate and colon cancer. One of these polyphenols, known as resveratrol, is a heart-healthy antioxidant that is found in red wine. Resveratrol does more than just protect the heart however – this antioxidant also has the ability to protect the brain from free radicals that may cause damage that can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The antioxidant resveratrol is so important to health that many doctors have taken to calling it “reverse-it-all”.
The high polyphenol content in grapes may also help to reduce cardiovascular diseases by preventing plaque build up while also aiding in blood pressure reduction. More heart health support comes from both the fiber and potassium that are found in grapes. Studies have shown that an increase in potassium along with a decrease of sodium is one of the most significant changes a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
For an interesting way to add more grape to your diet, try this almond butter frape smoothie! Chock full of vibrant red grapes for their antioxidant abilities as well as almond butter and hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats, this smoothie is a healthy snack or breakfast addition to your diet.