For all of you grape-lovers out there, here are some interesting facts that will make you love grapes even more!
Grapes have an extensive list of health benefits, especially for your heart. This is largely due to an antioxidant found in the skin of grapes, resveratrol. This potent phytochemical functions to protect your DNA from oxidative stress damage caused by free radicals. In doing so, your cardiovascular system is protected. Other functions of resveratrol include maintenance of normal blood pressure levels, support of blood vessel elasticity, normal healthy lipids and circulation, maintenance of ideal body weight, prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, inhibit the spread of cancer, and prevention of the spread of irregular cell activity.
Another essential component can be found in the seeds of a grape. The seeds include an antioxidant named proanthocyanidin, which assists in lowering ones blood pressure, as well as prevention of diseases such as leukemia, skin cancer, and obesity. In addition, grape seeds have been found to improve blood circulation, joint flexibility, and elasticity of body tissues and arteries.
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Also, make sure to stop by one of our vendors, such as Windy Acres Farm, to purchase some grapes. They’re finally in season!
Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!
– Sarah, Food & Nutrition Associate