Whole grape juice is an excellent option to hydrate and maintain the well functioning of the body. Bioflavonoids, tannins and resveratrol (substance present in the grape skin that protects it from fungus attacks) are responsible for the health benefits offered by grapes.
It is ideal to drink one glass of concentrated grape juice per day, ideally alone (not mixed with other liquids) and in between meals. The reason for this is because its digestion is very fast, which can lead to stomack gases if consumed together with lunch, for instance.
Check below, 5 benefits of the regular consumption of whole grape juice:
1. Hinders/Slows down aging
When we eat, the digestion process liberates free radicals that can damage cells, and give them an “aged” appearance. And that way, they are eliminated by the immune system.
Resveratrol acts in our body repairing the cells and fighting the free radicals. Thus, it slows down the aging of the skin, besides improving and increasing life expectancy.
2. Weight loss properties
A glass of whole grape juice has approximately 140 kcal. Despite presenting a high caloric value, this juice is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that stimulate cells to not store fat.
Nutrients present in grape juice also help to accelerate metabolism, helping the process of body mass loss and, consequently, reducing waist circumference.
3. Acts as a natural antidepressant
Grape presents high concentrations of vitamin B, so it is appointed to improve the mood, acting as a natural antidepressant and helping to regulated the nervous system’s activities.
Its revitalising power is another advantage: able to alleviate the effects of insomnia and anxiety. The grape fruit is also diuretic and stimulates liver function, being an excellent choice to reduce hangover symptons.
4. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Resveratrol, present in grapes, protects brain cells and helps to transport oxygen to the brain, benefiting all of the cognitive functions. This substance acts in memory activation, preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Resveratrol also prevents demencia and other degenerative diseases; it improves mental health and provides a better quality of life.
5. Improves cardiovascular health
The substances present in grape juice are vasodilators and decrease the risks of bleeding and of hemorrhage. Its antioxidant properties are beneficial to blood flow and present two protective effects to the cardiovascular system:
the dilation of the arteries — that facilitates blood flow in the entire body —specially beneficial when there are obstructions of the coronary artery; and related to plaque aggregation, capable of protecting against bleedings, specially in the case of cuts.
Whole grape juice is an excellent health ally. Unlike the industrialized juices that are sold in boxes, it is made from the entire fruit, including skin and seeds. This grants that all of its properties are present in the juice. Whole grape juice does not contain alcohol and can be consumed by children.