Grapes for August

by Niki Kefala

Grapes are the ultimate fruit for August and there are plenty of reasons for that.

They are not only tasty – especially when combined with cheese – and perfect for August when you eat them on your balcony with a view of the sea, but grapes also have some special components that make them essential to our health.

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Grape cake
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Grape cupcakes

Health Benefits of Grapes

First of all grapes are high in water content and help you to keep hydrated. In addition to that, the hydrating power of grapes increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthma. Grapes also contain fiber, which is essential for minimizing constipation.

They are full of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer and also can enhance brain health and delay the onset of degenerative neural diseases. Red grapes particularly, have strong antibacterial properties that can protect you from infections that are very common in summer time.

Flavonoids have antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals cause things like the development of cataracts, as well as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and various age-related problems.

The fiber and potassium in grapes also support heart health. Moreover because of their high potassium content, grapes are recommended to those with high blood pressure.

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Grapes are light like the air and so they play an important role in dyspepsia as they relieve irritation in the stomach. If you suffer from anemia, eating grapes can certainly help as they aid in keeping iron and mineral levels balanced in the body.

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Roast chicken with olives, grapes, and rosemary

As for your face? Hollywood actress Emma Stone keeps her porcelain complexion by using grape seed oil. Why not try it as well?

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