Health Benefits of Grapes

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One of the benefits of grapes, in particular the muscadine, is they possess a high concentration of antioxidants and resveratrol. Medical studies have shown that resveratrol protects and prevents the negative effects of high calorie diets, is an anti-inflammatory and has the potential to inhibit cancer growth. Researchers discovered and demonstrated positive results when resveratrol comes in direct contact with cancer cells as it inhibits further growth of the cancer cells.

Some of the many benefits of grapes found by Scientist are the inhabitation or growth of a variety of cancer cells to include prostate, breast, colon stomach, pancreatic, thyroid and skin cancers. Resveratrol has shown to reverse coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and slow down the aging process. As further studies and research is done, perhaps we may very well find that the health benefits of grapes and the natural compounds or antioxidants they possess will benefit our overall health and as previously mentioned aiding with the aging process.

Interesting enough, is that antioxidants have ability to prevent damage to cell throughout the body and prevent aging in many organs and particularly the brain and heart. Muscadine grapes contain high levels of resveratrol that reportedly act as a sirtuin activator which is proposed to slow the effects of the aging process. It may very well come to pass as research continues that a pill or dietary supplement will someday prevent or treat the effects of aging, cancer and diabetes with a natural compound found in grapes. Significant test with resveratrol started in the mid 90’s for treatment for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and the aging process with positive or favorable results.

The results from test of resveratrol are so encouraging and promising that many researchers suggest and are hopeful that in the future existing medications for cholesterol, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, Parkinson’s, cancer, Alzheimer’s may no longer be needed. In patients with diabetes test have shown that resveratrol destroys and prevents cancerous pancreatic cells from reaching the bodies energy cells or mitochondria.

Further demonstrations and test of resveratrol reveal that it is an anti-tumor and chemo-preventive agent, found to affect cellular growth of cancerous tumors from further promotion and progression. The anti-tumor effects of resveratrol agents were found to be inhibitors of the glioma-induced angiogenesis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating the effects of resveratrol on the tumor growth and angiogenesis of gliomas.

Other benefits over recent years as a dietary supplement reveal that muscadines promote sexual health, aids the immune system and membrane stability. It is one of the highest antioxidants, promotes normal urinary flow, supports normal blood glucose, supports a healthy circulatory system, and for women reduces irritability, bloating and cramping associated with premenstrual syndrome.

I would have never guessed or thought that such overall health benefits of grapes could be derived from muscadine skins or seed extracts, as in the south eastern part of the country, they grown wild and are plentiful to harvest and further research to promote the overall health benefits of grapes.

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