Friday, May 11, 2012

A Taste of Home & Health

A simple bite of something can take you back several years.  This is a list of all the fruits, vegetables & snacks that bring a smile to my face & memories to my mind.

The all famous GRAPES. Almost everywhere you turn, every household would have hanging vines. Not only did this provide us with a beautiful ceiling filled with growing grapes, but it would be our shelter & shade while sitting outside on a summers day. 

Grapes provide us with a myriad of health benefits. They are full of antioxidant power, and contain a great amount of nutrients & minerals.

Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium & Zinc

HEART:  Help prevents blood clots reducing chance of heart attacks & strokes.

CHOLESTEROL:  antioxidants present in grapes prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol & in turn prevents this bad cholesterol from blocking blood vessels. Moreover saponins present in grape skin can prevent absorption of chelesterol by binding with it.

FATIGUE: The antioxidants & iron present in grapes helps in prevention of fatigue.

IMMUNE BOOST: Once again, antioxidants help in elimination of free radicals. This helps boost immunity as well as eliminate cancerous cells.

ANTI-CANCER: Resveratrol is considered to have anti-inflammatory effects. Other properties of grapes can inhibit the growth of cancer causing agents and reduce or prevent proliferation of cancerous cells. Aside from prevent cancers, grapes have the ability to suppress gowth & spread of cencer cells.

ALZHEIMER'S: resveratrol (a polyphenol) in grapes helps stall onset of neurodegenerative disease. This helps enhance brain health.

MACULAR DEGENERATION: Vitamin A and other properties in grapes help in preventing age related degeneration (ie. loss of vision)

CATARACTS: damage is caused by free radicals in our system. Antioxidants are required to reduce oxidation process that leaves behind these free radicals. Grape flavonoids reduce and fight the damage that free radicals do - such as cataracts, cardiovascular diseases, cancers & age related problems.

ANTIBACTERIAL:  Great for infections. Both antiviral & antibacerial. It has been said that grapes have strong antiviral properties against herpes infections.

KIDNEY DISORDERS: Grapes help reduce the acidity of the uric acid and helps in the elimination of the acid from the system, thereby reducing the work pressure of kidneys.

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