Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.
Table Of Contents
- History Of Grapes And General Information
- Uses Of Grapes
- Grape Seeds & Grape Seed Extracts
- Some Facts About Grapes
- Nutrients In Grapes
- Nutritional Levels In Grapes
- Health Benefits Of Grapes
- Health Benefits Of Grapes In Specific Health Conditions
- Grape Juice Benefits
- Some Of My hubs On Healthy Foods
- Some Good Links On Grapes
History Of Grapes And Other Information
The grape plant is a woody vine of the genus Vitis. Most grapes come from the vine, Vitis vinifera.
Grapes have been grown in Asia for about 7000 to 8000 years. Currently, 90 % of the grapes grown in the US come from California.
Grapes are round or oval berries having a translucent skin and flesh. They may be with or without seeds. The colours of the grapes vary from green to yellow, pink to red and crimson and purple to dark blue to black. The so-called white grapes are in fact green grapes.
Grapes are a healthy fruit full of antioxidants, beneficial for the health and strength-giving one for the those sick. In a complicated and severe disease where a patient is not given anything to eat or drink, grape diet is advised. Grapes are best eaten alone.
Dry grapes are called Raisins when made from yellow, ripe grapes.
Currants are dried larger black grapes.
Sultanas is a raisin made from white grapes or red grapes that have been bleached.
When fresh grapes are not available, raisins or currants can be consumed.
Other species from which lesser quantities of the fruit come from are
- Vitis labrusca - a North American vine. The fruit is used to make wine and is eaten as fruit also.
- Vitis riparia - a wild vine of North America. The fruit is used to make wine and jams.
- Vitis rotundifolia - a vine of Southeast US. The fruits are used in jam and winemaking.
- Vitis amurensis - a vine of Asia.
Seedless grapes have a lower health value due to the absence of seeds which are rich in phytochemicals.
Uses Of Grapes
Grapes are eaten raw or used in making jam, jelly, juice, vinegar, wine, raisins, molasses, and grape seed oil.
Grape Seeds And Grape Seed Extracts
Grape seed extracts are a very concentrated source of Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid & oligomeric proanthocyanidin complex, medically referred to as OPCs. OPCs are extremely powerful antioxidants.
These very nutrients are present in the grape skin but in much lower concentrations.
Grape seed extracts are thought to be beneficial in a variety of health issues pertaining to damage due to free radicals like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to name a few. They are also beneficial against bacterial infections.
The flavonoids lower LDL cholesterol. The OPCs may reduce symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency like an accumulation of blood in the legs and consequent pain, swelling and tiredness and visible veins, oedema due to injury or surgery, growth of cancer of some organs, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Other conditions where grape seed extract may is suggested are Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, night blindness, haemorrhoids, prevention of damaging effects of oxidation due to free radicals.
Grape seed extracts interact with certain medications. The OPCs may interact with blood thinners or anticoagulants and phenacetin.
Always consult your doctor or medical practitioner before you start taking grape seed extracts.
Some Facts About Grapes
The sugar in grapes is easily digestible. Grapes purify the blood, give energy to the heart and help reduce anaemia.
Raw grapes are green and sour but on ripening the colour changes to greenish-yellow or purple/ black depending on the variety.
Grapes are plucked half-ripe from the plant and boxed to the markets. They ripen on the way due to the environmental temperature.
Unripe grapes take a long time to digest, can cause throat infection and are hot in nature. Consumption of large quantities of unripe grapes can cause nosebleed and even blood in stools. Ripe grapes when consumed help in clear bowel evacuation, improves eyesight, clear the voice and improves digestion. These are some benefits of grapes.
Grapes Nutritional Benefits
- Grapes contain the antioxidant resveratrol. The concentration of resveratrol in the seeds and skin is about 100 times higher than in the flesh. They also contain anthocyanins and other phenolic compounds like ellagic acid, quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin.
- Grapes contain high levels of Vitamin C, K and copper, good levels of vitamin B6, B2, B1 iron and potassium. They are free of cholesterol.
- Grape skin contains loads of beta carotene, lycopene, ellagic acid, resveratrol and sulphur compounds. The seeds contain tannins, polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Grapeseed oil contains high levels of vitamin E, phytosterols and the polyunsaturated fatty acids linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid and oleic acid.
Nutritional Levels In Grapes
|Grapes, red or green|
(European type, Thompson seedless),
Nutritive Value per 100 g,
ORAC Value 3,277(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Percentage of RDA
Health Benefits Of Grapes
- The ORAC value ( Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity ) of grapes is more than twice than that of pomegranates, more than thrice than that of blueberries and blackberries and more than four times than that found in strawberries as can be seen from the chart alongside.
- Grapes protect against cancer of the prostate and colon, heart diseases, Alzheimer's disease, viral and fungal infections due to the phytochemical resveratrol in them.
- They offer anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-bacterial benefits due to their anthocyanins contents.
- Grapes are low in calories with zero cholesterol making it ideal for obese people to consume.
- Grapes improve blood circulation, prevent blood clots thus reducing the risk of strokes and reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, prevent atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.
- Prevents and removes bladder and kidney stones and detoxifies the liver and kidneys by removing the waste matter.
- Relieves constipation if taken daily, benefits in eye diseases like macular degeneration, prevent cataract and prevents night blindness and improves vision.
- Benefits in asthma, migraine and digestive problems like indigestion reduce fever and fatigue.
Health Benefits Of Grapes In Specific Health Conditions
Grapes can be consumed as they are or grape juice can be consumed. Either way apart from being an amazing help in diseases, grapes are good for health. Some of the health benefits of grapes in different diseases are:
1. In Migraine
Drinking 1 cup of Grape juice before sunrise daily. It relieves migraine headache.
2. In Teething In Toddlers
At the 1st sign of teething give the child 2 spoons of fresh Grape juice daily. It eases teething and alleviates problems during dentition. Honey can be added to taste. The Grapes should be sweet.
3. In Increasing Breast Milk
Consuming Grapes is good for increasing milk production in lactating females.
4. Aversion To Intoxicants
Eating Grapes regularly removes the tendency to consume tea, coffee, tobacco and alcohol.
5. In Arthritis
Grapes reduce uric acid levels. Excess uric acid causes body joint pains. Grapes should be consumed early morning.
Some more benefits of grapes are:
6. In Nosebleed
Juice of sweet Grapes, when taken in through the nose, stops nosebleed.
It has seen practically that consuming Grapes regularly for some weeks sharpens our 5 senses, dull eyes exude a new sparkle, listless hair becomes lustrous, face radiates a new glow and the voice becomes stronger.
The gums and teeth become firmer.
8. In Constipation
1 spoon of Grape juice regulates bowel movement in any case of constipation in small children.
9.In Scanty Urine Or Suppression Of Urine
Take 3 pieces of dry Currants ( Munakka) from which seeds have been removed. Fix a whole Black Pepper seed in the Currant and consume at night. In a few days, relief will be experienced.
10. In Heart Pain and Increased Heartbeat
Grape juice consumed in such a situation helps to lessen Angina pain and regulates the heartbeat.
Points To Note
If a large quantity of grapes is consumed it can cause stomach spasms and blood and mucus to be expelled during a bowel movement. Therefore, though Grapes are highly beneficial and recommended, never consume Grapes in large quantities.
250 gms of Grapes at one time can safely be consumed by a healthy person. It can be repeated 2 or 3 times a day if consumed for a specific purpose.
Always consume fresh Grape Juice rather than getting the tetra packed or tinned variety.
Grape Juice Benefits
Grape Juice Benefits
Grape juice benefits in many health conditions, some of which are:
- Reduces migraine. Drink 1 cup early in the morning. Do not add sugar.
- Benefits in asthma.
- Boosts immunity.
- Controls age-related conditions like Alzheimer's.
- Purifies blood and flushes out toxins.
- Reduces LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol due to its flavonoid contents.
- Reservatrol content prevents tumour formation and prevents cancer.
- Grape juice increases the levels of nitric oxide in the body which prevents the formation of clots in the blood vessels.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- The antioxidants repair damaged cells and are anti ageing.
Some good links
- Cranberry and Grape Face Mask by Hubber Susie HQ
A fresh fruit face mask is simple and quick to make at home. Cranberries are one of the highest antioxidant rich fruits which combine with vitamin, nutrient and mineral rich grapes perfectly on skin.
- Growing Grapes in Northern Climates
Advice for cultivating hardy grape varieties in northern climates. Planting guide, problem solver and gallery of photos. Includes list of cold hardy varieties for wine, table grapes and those for jam and jelly.
Some of my other hubs on healthy foods
- Health Benefits Of Pineapple
Pineapple is a juicy fruit with atropical flavor and a sweet and tarty taste. Second only to bananas in popularity, this fruit is full of health giving benefits. Read on to find more...
- Benefits Of Mulberry Plant - Morus Alba And Mulberries
Mulberries are full of health giving nutrients including antioxidants. Apart from the silk which the cocoons offer to us, this colourful fruit has immense uses with all parts of the tree being useful. To know more about the various health benefits of
- Raspberry Fruit And Its Health Benefits
Raspberry heads the list of berries having the highest ORAC value which means it is the most effective anti oxidant aid in prevention of cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration of the eye and other diseases due to free radicals. To know more abou
- 6 Amazing Benefits Of Sesame Oil
Sesame and sesame oil is a health food. sesame oil is much used in Ayurvedic medicines because of its many health giving properties. To know how you can benefit from using sesame oil, read on...
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.
Health Benefits Of Grapes
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly
kashif on November 16, 2014:
thanks for this valueable information, could please say some words for decrease of uric acid by using grapes.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 04, 2013:
@LKMore-thanks and I hope you doubly enjoyed the grapes.
@JCielo-good to see you and thanks for the read and sharing.
@TimeTraveller2-Thanks and red wine is great too.
Sondra Rochelle from USA on October 03, 2013:
We eat grapes daily at our home. Tried grape juice but it was too rich. My husband also drinks red wine to help protect his heart. Fantastic article and voted up.
JCielo from England on October 03, 2013:
Really interesting and useful hub Rajan. Voted as such and shared.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 03, 2013:
Very informative hub. I love grapes, particularly in the form of grape juice, and it's good to know that it is so healthful. Voted up and more.
LKMore01 on October 03, 2013:
This was the first HUB I read after returning from the grocery store. Usually, I buy bananas or pears but the grapes were on sale and looked delicious so I grabbed a bag. As always you're HUB is informative, interesting and brilliantly designed.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 03, 2013:
@Suzie-thanks for reading and appreciating and it's an honor to get my hub linked to yours. Thanks. Appreciate the sharing as well.
@Schoolmom-glad you like the info and hope this would be useful to you.
Schoolmom24 from Oregon on September 30, 2013:
This was so packed full of great information, thank you! I have been juicing regularly for the last year and love learning all about various fruits and vegetables and what they can do for us. (In fact, my first hub was on juicing!) Voted up and useful!
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 29, 2013:
Loved this informative article, you always do the best health benefit hubs! I love grapes and was fascinated with the the amount of benefits. I love all the dried options like raisins and sultanas and often eat as healthy snacks.
Love to link this and your cranberry one to my hub cranberry and grape face mask if okay? Will publish tomorrow!
Cheers for another great write, up ++++ shared and pinned!
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 15, 2013:
@Peggy-thanks and yes I would like to believe most of us like raisins and add them to various preparations. Thank you for reading and sharing.
@Rose-thanks for the vote and read.
@seanorjohn-I agree with you. Thanks for stopping by.
seanorjohn on July 14, 2013:
this is amazing info Rajan. I wish doctors would spend more time giving nutritional advice rather than simply handing out pills. I love grapes but never realised the many health benefits. Great hub. Voted up and useful.
rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 13, 2013:
I absolutely love grapes and the health benefits are numerous. This was another excellent Health article Rajan! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2013:
We like grapes in all their forms including those made into wine. We always have raisins in our home to add to cereals or bake into muffins or eat as snacks. Excellent hub as always. Up votes, pinning and sharing.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 07, 2013:
@ Lol! Thanks for reading.
@Glad you like the info Toytasting. Thanks.
Toy Tasting from Mumbai on May 06, 2013:
Rajan, this was an awesome read. I love grapes and after reading this I love them even more. Thank you so much for enlarging my knowledge on the uses and benefits of grapes. Cheers!
Alex Munkachy from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 05, 2013:
I eat grapes all the time and still find that I consume large quantities of caffeine and alcohol daily... especially wine!
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 18, 2013:
Grace, thanks for taking time to read and comment.
Grace-Wolf-30 from England on April 17, 2013:
I very much appreciate your knowledge of nature and natural remedies. Thank you for sharing this hub.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 30, 2013:
@ Amanda - and when buying ready juices go for the 100% juice packs. They are free of added sugar. Thanks for stopping by.
@ newusedcarssacram - thanks for visisting.
@ joy - thanks for stopping by and I'll be checking your hub too.
@ Ratnaveera - thank you very much.
ratnaveera from Cumbum on March 30, 2013:
Very happy to read this article as I like very much eating of grapes. You have added each and every information about Grapes. I am sure that you have written an ultimate article about Grapes! Videos are very useful to use grapes. Best Wishes! Voted Up!
Joy from United States on March 29, 2013:
wawo... so many benefits.. I am going to buy now.. meanwhile I also have created one hub about environment friendly food habits which are affordable too... If you don't mind you can check it out here - https://hubpages.com/food/Environment-Friendly-Eat...
newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on March 29, 2013:
Grapes not just taste amazing, they have lots of nutrition value. Thanks a lot for sharing so much information, it was nice to read.
Amanda Littlejohn on March 29, 2013:
Wow! I never realized that there were so many amazing health benefits to be had from eating grapes. I really like grapes but only get them when they are in season. I think I might take up drinking grape juice more often, though, now that I realize just how much good it could do me.
Thanks for this great information! Bless you :)
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 21, 2013:
Rumana, unripe grapes cause cough not the ripe ones. Appreciate the votes and sharing.
Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on March 20, 2013:
Hi Mr. Rajan,
I love green grapes, I don't like grapes which has got seed in it.
I was always under impression that grapes causes cold and cough, but now I know its important benefits also.
Thanks for writing this informative hub.
Voted up Useful and Shared!
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 28, 2013:
This has not yet been proved, superfly, though the colored ones have more anthocyanins and flavonoids. Thanks for stopping by.
David McKenzie from Canada on February 28, 2013:
I heard that red grapes are healthier than green ones. Is this true?
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 18, 2013:
moonlake, that is a good healthy substitute. Appreciate the feedback and visit. thanks.
moonlake from America on February 18, 2013:
I love grape juice and it is one of the drinks I'm drinking now in place of diet coke. Voted up and more.
Indian Chef from New Delhi India on February 15, 2013:
Very informative hub. Voted it up and shared on hubpages.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 10, 2013:
You're lucky a variety of grapes are available. Thanks for stopping by, Devika.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 10, 2013:
We have tons of grapes during August to September and that is my favorite time of tasting for the sweetness and there are various kinds too. Thanks sharing more information on grapes I enjoy learning more about grapes
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 29, 2013:
@ Neinahpets - Thanks for visiting Stephanie. I hope grape juice helps in your problem.
@ elderadvisor - Thanks for stopping by, Alicia.
@ bizzarrett - Glad you found the hub informative. Thanks.
Elizabeth Barrett Kearney from Maine on January 27, 2013:
Awesome Hub, thanks for this. I knew grapes were good for you, but I didn't know how much they offered. !
Alicia Foley from Connecticut on January 27, 2013:
Another informative hub about the wonders of natural food. It was interesting to learn about how grape seed make a positive difference in the nutritional content of the grape. Voted up. Thank you
Stephanie from Canada on January 26, 2013:
Very informative. I LOVE grapes; red seedless to be exact. Awesome to know it does such great things. As someone with hypertension I will start drinking grape juice and see if it helps me!
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 26, 2013:
Glad to provide you with some info that you were missing. Thanks for stopping by.
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 26, 2013:
Great tips! I love grapes and grape juice. I didn't know they did that much. Thanks so much for sharing!
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 18, 2013:
Thanks for your positive feedback Jane. This will motivate a lot of readers. Much appreciated.
Jane 51 on January 18, 2013:
Hi I have started drinking Grape Juice and have discovered it lowers my blood pressure significantly.Great Article Thanks!
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 11, 2013:
Kiran, healthy individuals should not have any problems consuming grape juice at night.
Kiran on January 11, 2013:
Can we consume grape juice in night times???
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 13, 2012:
@ elango - thank you.
@ dianne - fresh juice is best made by oneself. Thanks for stopping by.
G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 13, 2012:
Where can I buy fresh grape juice? I drink a glass of Paul Newman's grape juice every morning.
elango on August 07, 2012:
thank's a lot for your news these things are very helful for our health.once again i thank UUUU
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 06, 2012:
Akinsanya on April 06, 2012:
Lovely piece on a lovely fruit. Many more people should know about this, and take advantage. Thanks for the information.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 05, 2011:
Thanks for the comments Ruchira.Such comments goad me to do better.
I appreciate it.
Ruchira from United States on October 05, 2011:
I knew that grapes have loads of fiber but the above information has enlightened me. Thankyou!!