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Good grapes!

From being used in dishing out sinful desserts and refreshing fruit bowls to being renowned as the primary ingredient in the wine making process, it is not without reason that grapes are known as the queen of fruits.

Classified under the family of berries, grapes come in different varieties as well as colours: green, red, blue, purple and black. While majority of the production of grapes in the world are used by the wine making industry, the remaining lot is consumed as fruits and a small portion is used in making dried fruits and beauty products.

Nutritional ingredients

A half-cup serving of grapes contains:

Calories: 52

Protein: 1 gram

Fat: 0 grams

Carbohydrates: 14 grams

Fiber: 1 gram

Sugar: 12 grams

Maintaining beauty

Grapes are the ultimate ingredient that is known to have the best of benefits on the health, hair, and skin. Consuming grapes or applying the tropically means you will surely get the best-desired solution for a particular problem. You just have to be sure of the way to consume grape, to receive the maximum benefit from it.

Beauty benefits

* Loaded with antioxidants for healthy, glowing skin

Grapes are known to improve skin elasticity and improve blood circulation, which keeps skin looking healthy and young.

* Prevents signs of aging and other skin problems

The antioxidants present in grapes help reduce the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

* Provides UV protection

Grapes make a great home remedy for sunburns. They contain powerful antioxidants that protect against harmful ultraviolet radiation, and some studies support the use of grapes or grape derivatives in sun protection products. (Do be aware though that they do not replace sunscreen!)

* Acts as an exfoliant

Grape seed oil is rich in Vitamin E, which helps skin retain moisture and also acts as a mild exfoliant. The tonic properties of this oil works to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, keeping skin smooth and supple.

* Helps lighten scars

The combination of Vitamin E and Vitamin C in grapes can help reduce the appearance of scars and increase blood circulation to the skin and scalp.

* Promotes hair growth and improves volume

The linoleic acid present in grapes and grape seed oil is known to strengthen hair follicles and improve hair growth.

* Prevents hair loss

Grapes can be extremely beneficial when it comes to combating hair loss. Their seeds contain antioxidants that help stimulate blood flow and encourage hair growth.

* Boosts shine in dry, brittle hair

Sun exposure and other environmental factors can leave hair feeling dry and brittle. Grape seed oil can help restore shine by locking in moisture to prevent frizz, split ends, and breakage.

* Fights dandruff

Grape seed oil is full of emollients and nutrients that can help treat dandruff and other conditions caused by a dry, flaky scalp.

Important to note: grape seed oil is most effective on fighting dandruff caused by a dry scalp. It cannot cure dandruff caused by skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, or fungal irritation.

* Brightens eyes

Healthy eyesight and bright, sparkling eyes require many of the vitamins and nutrients found in grapes. Grapes also contain the antioxidant lutein, which helps fight against cataracts and degenerative diseases.

Health benefits

* Packed with essential vitamins and nutrients

Grapes are high in several important vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) and Vitamin K (vital for blood clotting and healthy bones). The nutrients in grapes may help protect against a host of health conditions, including eye problems, some forms of cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

* Boosts brain function

Eating grapes may improve memory, attention, and mood. One study found that 250 mg of a grape supplement per day significantly improved cognitive test scores - measuring attention, memory and language - compared to baseline values. Grapes also contain resveratrol, a chemical that, according to some studies, may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

* Beneficial for heart health

There are two main reasons why eating grapes is good for the heart: May help lower blood pressure - Grapes are high in potassium, which is necessary for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Low intake of potassium has been linked to several health problems, including increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

May help reduce cholesterol - Grapes are loaded with phytochemicals that help regulate cholesterol levels in the body, which thereby aids in lowering the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.

* Relieves constipation

Grapes are a key source of dietary fiber and other powerful nutrients that can help relieve chronic constipation. As a natural laxative, grapes are dense in both water and fiber - the main nutrients required to treat and eliminate constipation.

* Helps with diabetes management

Grapes are high in sugar, which may make them seem like an unlikely choice for diabetes regulation, but they also have a low glycemic index (a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar).

* May offer cell protective properties

Found in grapes, the powerful compound resveratrol has been shown to protect cells and support cancer prevention and treatment that may have beneficial effects against various types of cancer, including colon cancer and breast cancer.

* Prevents loss of vision and protects against eye disease

Grapes also contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which some studies have found help protect the eyes from blue light damage.

* Helps fight bacterial and viral infections

Several of the compounds found in grapes have been shown to help fight bacterial and viral infections. According to this study, grape skin extract may be helpful in protecting against the flu virus.

Selecting grapes as a part of a beauty treatment

Always look for grapes that are fresh and plum and fairly firm to the touch.

Beauty treatments

Different treatments from hair to skin and health benefits include grapes. Remedies are included in the box along with this article.

Side effects

Grape is likely safe when consumed in amounts commonly found in foods. Grape is possibly safe when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts.

Grape seed extracts have been used safely in studies for up to 14 weeks. Eating large quantities of grapes, dried grapes, raisins, or sultanas might cause diarrhea. Some people have allergic reactions to grapes and grape products. Some other potential side effects include stomach upset, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, cough, dry mouth, sore throat, infections, headache, and muscular problems.

Growing grapes for beauty treatments

It is always best to buy your grapes as growing grapes in certain climates can be difficult.


Grape home remedies

- Remove pigmentation and even out the skin tone: Polyphenols present in the grapes even out the skin texture and add a natural glow to the skin. You can use grape juice for this purpose. Apply the juice and leave it on for half an hour, before washing it off with cold water. Do apply a hydrating cream or moisturiser after the process.

- Make your skin soft and smooth: Imagine having baby-soft skin all the time! Grape seed oil is rich in vitamin E which improves your skin quality, Just gently scrub your skin with the mixture and wash it off with water after half an hour.

- Lighten your skin tone: Not just scars, grapes can lighten your skin tone as well. For those looking forward to getting back their naturally glowing skin, black grapes can do wonders. Take the pulp of black grapes and mix one tablespoon of rose water and Fuller’s earth in it. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

- Get rid of oily skin: Apart from removing impurities, a grape face wash has enough nutrients to keep your skin moisturised all day long. Just mix one tablespoon of grape juice, lemon juice and mint juice each. Apply it on your face and leave it for 15 minutes then wash it off with cold water. Follow it up with a spritz of rose water.

- Remove acne and blackheads: For blackheads, apply grape pulp on the affected areas, keep it for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off. For other acne problems, mix sugarcane and chamomile juice with grape pulp. Apply it to your face for 15 minutes, and then wash it off. Repeat the process at least once every week for best results.

 

- Reduce dark circles: Feeling like a raccoon lately? Grapes got your back! Apply some grapeseed oil before you go to bed every night. Apart from dark circles, it will also help you sleep better.

- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana