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Heart : Healing Foods: Grapes

Posted July 18, 2014

By Michael T. Murray, ND

Having been consumed since prehistoric times as far back as 5,000 B.C.E., grapes were highly valued in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for their ability to be made into wine. Today there are over 90 varieties of grapes, each rich in nutrients.

Nutritional Highlights:
  • Grapes are a source of manganese, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, potassium and vitamin C.
  • They are rich in flavonoids, which are a health promoting natural chemical found in plants.
  • A serving size of a 2/3-cup of grapes contains only 69 calories.
Health Benefits:
  • Grape seed extracts are used to treat varicose veins and other venous disorders.
  • The flavonoids found in grapes have powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reverse atherosclerosis.
  • Grapes can reduce the risk of heart disease as well as prevent blood platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.
  • Containing resveratrol, which acts as an antioxidant, grapes can inhibit plaque build up in arteries and reduce risk of atherosclerosis.
Often thought of as an easy snack, consider adding grapes to salads or even roasting them as a wonderful way to incorporate them into your regular diet.


Dr. Michael T. Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine and the author of more than 30 bestselling books, including The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He is a graduate and former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents, of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

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