The Goodness of Grapes

Green and Red Grapes

Grapes have been enjoyed for their taste and beauty for thousands of years. And today’s scientific research keeps on showing that grapes are more than just a pretty fruit—they are also very, very good for us.

In fact, more than a decade of research suggests that grapes help maintain a healthy heart and may also help defend against a variety of age-related and other illnesses. Studies are ongoing to uncover the links between grapes and heart health, eye health, brain health, joint health, cell health, and preventing certain cancers.

Of course, grapes aren’t just healthy, they also taste great: crisp, juicy, and sweet. They’re convenient, making them truly a Super Snack. Eat them by the bunch, or toss them into recipes.

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Grapes Keep Cells Healthy

Grapes of all colors—red, green, and black—are natural sources of polyphenols, which appear to help protect the health and function of our cells. Grape polyphenols:

  • Have antioxidant properties, which can help protect against cell-damaging free radicals.
  • Can influence the communication between cells that support key biological processes.

My Heart Belongs to Grapes

Numerous studies suggest that consuming grapes and grape products may contribute to heart health in a number of ways. Eating a variety of grapes may help:

  • Improve blood flow
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Improve blood lipids

Seeing Is Believing

Research from Fordham University, funded by the California Table Grape Commission, suggests that grapes may reduce the risk of blindness related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In laboratory studies, grapes offered significantly more retinal protection than the much-touted lutein, and prevented blindness.

Add Grapes to Your Diet

Try one of these recipes to add grapes to your diet:

Source: California Table Grape Commission