Fun Facts about the Queen of Fruits – Grapes
Grapes are popularly known as the Queen of Fruits and come in three variants based on its colors Red, Black and green. They are extremely popular amongst all age groups as a fruit or in the form of wine.
They are a rich source of immunity booster Vitamin C, it is one fruit which is popular even in dried form. From being a vital part in salads to being the main ingredient in the winemaking process. Extremely popular as a finger food these are easy and mess free to eat. Dried grapes, known as raisins or kismis falls into the category of the dry fruit family.
Let’s take a look at the history and some benefits of this delightful fruit.
The origin of grapes can be traced to the Middle East in the early 8000’s. The city of Shiraz started making wine which became popular quickly amongst the masses.
As per studies, on an average, 72 million tones of grapes are grown each year worldwide. Most of this is used for the strenuous task of winemaking. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the grape.
Provides Protection Against Sunburns:
The skin of grapes contains proanthocyanidins and resveratrol that are powerful antioxidants. Applying a portion of pulped grapes works wonders on sunburn affected areas.
Many people agree to the fact that wine helps in reducing the aging process. This is true, grapes are rich in antioxidants which helps in fighting the harmful effects of free radicals caused due to the aging process.
Makes Skin Supple:
They are great exfoliating agents that make your skin baby soft. Grape seed extracts are rich in vitamin E and retain the moisture of the skin. Grape seed scrubs acts as an exfoliant and removes the dead skin layers.
Treatment For Hair Loss:
Linoleic acid present in grapes and grape seed oil strengthens the follicles and makes the hair strong and healthy. Mash a portion of seeded grapes and apply it generously on your scalp for better hair.
Imparts Shine To Limp, Dead Hair:
A homemade pack of the skin of black grapes, chickpea flour, and fenugreek powder works wonders on dry and brittle hair structure. Apply the pack and rinse after 15 minutes for lustrous hair structure.
Fights Stubborn Dandruff:
Black grapes can prevent scalp itchiness and stubborn dandruff as they are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. You can get instant relief from the dry scalp by mashing up black grapes and applying it to your hair. Wash it off after 15 minutes. You will be surprised by the results.
All form of grapes be it green, red or black are rich sources of Vitamin E and antioxidants
Relieves a Migraine:
The antioxidants like riboflavin which is present in grapes are believed to be responsible for curing a bout of a migraine. Next time you have a headache have a fistful of grapes.
Treats Alzheimer’s Disease:
The grape is known to have a delaying effect on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Consumption of grapes in your daily life is bound to reduce neurological issues in future.
They are effective in event of burning and bloating of the stomach, just have a glass of grape juice or a handful of the fruit. It also reduces stomach heat and hence improves digestion.
Prevents Eye Degeneration:
The trouble with your vision is the first symptom of aging that most of us face. due to the numerous antioxidants present in grapes, it helps in strengthening your eyesight.
Pterostilbene is a compound present in grapes that helps to lower the sugar levels in the blood, hence preventing diabetes.
Lowers Cholesterol In Blood:
Regular consumption of grapes can help in regulating the cholesterol levels in your blood. It is very effective when it comes to controlling cholesterol levels, try including grapes in your diet.
Heals Kidney Disorders:
Grapes help in reducing the acidity of uric acid hence helps in reducing the threat for kidney stones and any other kidney disorder.
Grapes have a high therapeutic value for asthma if consumed during the season of summer and winter, they tend to increase the level of moisture in your lungs.
After a heavy spicy meal, you are bound to feel bloated and might suffer from constipation the next day. Have some grapes to improve your digestion and solve your constipation issues.
Grapes are available throughout the year and can be easily purchased from a local vendor. Not only this grapes in different form make the perfect gift. Some gift options are a fruit box filled with freshly plucked grapes or a box of dry fruits containing Kismis (dried grapes) or a bottle of wine red or white no matter which.